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.
I’ve long been a fan of Rachel Bailey’s category romances, so it was with great excitement I waited for the release of her second foray into New Adult romance, The Finn Factor. I wasn’t disappointed. Ms Bailey rocks the first person point of view in this tale of friends to lovers.
Finn Mackenzie has his hands full finishing his PhD in ancient history, raising his two young sisters and keeping an eye on room mate Scarlett’s boyfriends. He deals with his challenges with the maturity suited to a twenty four-year-old who has had to grow up quickly and take on the responsibility of parenting his orphaned family. His four year friendship with Scarlett takes an interesting twist when she asks for kissing lessons. He is torn between falling into a serious relationship and losing his best friend if things go bad.
Scarlett wants stability with the perfect man and if Finn wasn’t her best friend, he’d be the one. But she’s not prepared to risk that friendship by taking things further, no matter how well he kisses. Scarlett is a twenty one-year-old who, like most new adults, is still finding her feet in the world – except as the product of hippie parents, she knows exactly what she doesn’t want. Focused on creating a stable foundation, she ignores her artistic talent for a casual job in a legal firm while she studies accounting. Until kissing lessons from her best friend turn her world upside down and she has to reassess her goals.
Absolutely enjoyed every moment of this read. A good balance of humour and emotion tied in with well drawn characters and a great plot. I didn’t think I’d enjoy a New Adult romance (I’m the mother of a new adult – it’s both a challenge and a blessing!) but Ms Bailey hits the nail squarely on the head with this one. I’m a convert. Off to read The Summer of Jake.