Thursday, February 2, 2017

REVIEW: "For Finlay" by J. Nathan (New Adult, Romance)

by J. Nathan

Genre: New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: January 30th 2017

Standalone: Yes

Sports, Heavy Subjects (grief, death), Enemies to Lovers, Sports (Football), Road Trip, Stuck With You
Other Books by J. NATHAN



Description from Publisher:
Finlay Thatcher is a lost soul, guilt-ridden after the death of her twin brother. When Alabama's football coach gives her the opportunity to work for him, she knows it's her chance to move on, even if it means living her brother's dream.

Caden Brooks is Alabama's star quarterback. He's got it all. The attention of adoring fans. A girlfriend who'd do anything to hold on to him. And a future in the pros. He's getting along just fine until Finlay steps into his life, despising him at first sight and pushing his buttons like no other.

Unfortunately for Finlay, and her attempt to keep Caden at arm's length, there's nothing Caden loves more than a challenge. The problem with this challenge is she comes with a secret that has the power to destroy everything.
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My Musings:
I was a huge fan of J. Nathan's Before Hadley, so when I saw this available for request, I jumped on it. And I was not disappointed! This is a very different story, but still had some pleasant surprises, and rich characters that really sucked you into the story immediately.

The characters, all of them, were so enjoyable, in fact, that I really hope to get some more of them in later books! (Best friends of Finlay and Brooke's, Sabrina & Forrester maybe? Yvette & Grady? :) ).

Finlay is an older freshman after delaying college for a couple of years after a tragedy rocked her entire family. She gets a job as the "water girl" for an Alabama university's football team and gets to deal with all that means. She finds herself running into one of the players, Brookes, over and over again, as the two have similar routines and quirks. Brookes, the star quarterback who is used to getting what he wants, doesn't know what to think of this strange girl who isn't under his spell. Except keep his hands off since he has a girlfriend and is NOT a cheater like his father.

The way that these two go from biting each other's heads off to friends to more was great and I really liked their dynamic. The push and pull before they finally give in was a joy to read and the fact that these two had great chemistry made it all the better!

There is a bit of mystery to this from the beginning. I really appreciated that this was paced just right and the reveals set perfectly that my interest was piqued while also being satisfied quickly enough that I didn't feel frustrated.

I also thought that the catalyst for the inevitable crisis and misunderstanding with our main characters was well conceived and executed, with just enough drama. Being the outside observer to their issue was fun, as much as I wanted to throttle them both. :)

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author: J. Nathan
J. Nathan is the author of the new adult novels For Finlay, Before Hadley, Until Alex, and Since Drew. When she's not writing, she's a total romance junkie! Add an alpha male who's unlikable in the beginning...even better. Happy endings are a must. Love triangles and negative people are the bane of her existence. Her family, friends, guys in backwards hats, and watermelon margaritas are the light…
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