Finley (Lili’s Review)

Title: Finley (Sunset Cove #1)
Author: Ella Frank
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: March 22nd 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 4074 Kindle Locations
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5

***A spin-off from the Temptation Series***

It’s time to come home, Finn.
It’s been seven years since Daniel Finley left his hometown in Florida for the hustle and bustle of Chicago’s city life.
Since then, he’s worked hard for his position at the prestigious law firm Leighton & Associates, even when it’s caused distance and isolation from his family and friends. But that’s all about to change.
On his thirtieth birthday, he receives the one thing he never dared hope for. Something that was promised to him years earlier—a note. One simple sentence from the man he’s never been able to forget.
Six words will forever change the course of their lives.
Brantley Hayes has it all. Or so he thinks. When he first made the decision to take a job down in Florida, his family thought he was crazy. But, after years of living in the quiet beach town, he finally feels a sense of community. He’s surrounded himself with friends who are like family, has a job he loves, and owns a spectacular beachfront property that is his sanctuary.
Yet he still feels unfulfilled, as if a piece of the puzzle is missing, and he knows exactly which piece it is. On an impulse, he follows through with a promise he made years earlier. A promise to call home the one he sent away.
Nothing is as simple as it seems.
After years of separation, the former lovers are reunited, but Brantley wasn’t expecting to encounter the high walls now guarding Daniel’s heart.
Daniel may not be the same person he was when he left, but he knows that the first step to healing is the note in his hand.

Finley by Ella Frank is a spin-off her popular Temptation Series. This book is a teacher/student and second chances romance story. Daniel Finley fell hard for his professor Brantley Hayes and chased him until Brantley could resist no more. Due to their nine year age difference and their places in life Brantley insisted Finley go away to college never dreaming he would stay away.

Negatives first:

    *So Brantley sends Finn away and stays away for seven years. I understood Finn was hurt but staying away from his family and close friends (as close as they were- for that long) just didn’t gel with me.
    *The flashbacks. Many were necessary to the plot, but it started to reach a point where it started getting distracting. I wanted their story to move forward not backward.
    *The end. It was too cookie cutter. His job offering him partnership despite him telling them to shove their previous offer was highly unbelievable.

My highlights:

    *The story is told from an alternating POV.
    *Sexual tension is palpable between Finn and Brantley.
    *The book had an excellent cast of secondary characters.
    *I appreciated that the story was more character driven than the past couple of books I’ve read from Ella Frank. I love me some smexy times- BUT it has to have some plot to back it up.
    *I loved the tender moments between Finn and Brantley.
    *The cameo from Logan and Tate. Good times. 🙂
    *There was no unnecessary drama.
    *The flashbacks. Although I felt that there were too many the ones in the first half of the book were great and gave me a great sense of why they fell in love.

Overall, it was a pretty good book. I found it engaging and did find myself rooting for them and wanting Finn and Brantley to finally get their HEA. I think Ella Frank has another hit on her hands. 3.75 Stars.

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Galley copy of Finley provided by Ella Frank in exchange of an honest review.


I’m a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness.

A few of my favorite tropes:

-Friends to lovers
-Age gap

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