Published by Entangled: Embrace on September 28th 2015
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A new adult romance from Entangled's Embrace imprint...Sometimes all a girl needs is a little practice...
It's been twelve months, three days, and eleven hours since accounting student Scarlett Logan made it past a second date. A pitcher of mojitos in hand, she employs her supreme graphing skills to narrow things down to one horrifying explanation. Kissing. Clearly someone needs to teach her how to kiss properly. Like, say, her best friend and roomie, Finn Mackenzie. He's safe, he's convenient, and yeah, maybe just a little gorgeous.
Finn knows exactly why Scarlett's boyfriends are disappearing quickly. Him. Not a single guy she's brought home is nearly good enough. And he'll be damned if he lets some loser give her "kissing lessons." No. He'll do the honors, thank you very much. The moment their lips touch, though, everything turns upside down. But Scarlett deserves the one thing Finn can't give her. And if he doesn't put an end to the sexy little shenanigans, he'll teach Scarlett the hardest lesson of all...heartbreak.
When a housemate starts giving kissing lessons, get ready to toss that friendship out of the window and slide down that slippery slope into the burning unknown. At least that’s the story of The Finn Factor, when a deluded guy convinces himself that it’s for his housemate’s own good to scare off her dates. The rather predictable plot is countered by memorable characters and I thought Finn as the star of the show, surprising me only in the way a female author writing him could. In fact, he proved more pleasingly sensitive than usual and his ready admission of his issues as well as his giving nature made him much more likeable than Scarlett, who came off more self-centred than I would have appreciated. Obsessed with the thought of instability holding her captive for the rest of her life, Scarlett does the very thing to Finn that he fears most – abandonment – only to get her own personal and remorseful epiphany late in the book when I felt she’d short-changed him for too long.
As far as NA books go, The Finn Factor isn’t the angsty rollercoaster or a standout. But I’ll probably remember it for the rare, sweet male protagonist who can hold his man-card and still talk about his own emotions.