May 03, 2016

Review: Finley (Sunset Cove #1) by Ella Frank

Title: Finley
Author: Ella Frank
Series: Sunset Cove #1
Genre: MM, contemporary romance
***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.

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Finley by Ella Frank
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 **I love my teacher.** STARS

“I want to forget. Forget how much it hurts when I’m not with you.”

That was a delightful read. A second chance MM standalone that also happens to be a spin-off from Ella Frank's Temptation series. One of my all time favourites. So it comes with no surprise that I was dying to read Finley. And I have to say it was a very good read. Sexy, emotional and all kinds of cute.

“Hmm… So, what lesson are you going to teach me today, Professor?”

Daniel 'Finn' Finley is a successful lawyer living in Chicago when he receives a note from his former Professor and ex-boyfriend Brantley Hayes, telling him it is time to come home to Florida.

Brantley and Finn had a secret and slightly forbidden love affair back when Finn was in law school until one day Brantley driven by a fear of holding Finn back told him to go, finish his schooling in Chicago and to experience the world.

Cut to seven year later. Finn is at a very different stage in his life. He is nothing like his former self. He is driven, domineering and very much in charge of his life. He still resents Brantley for sending him away and over the years he has filled the hole in his heart with work and by becoming a brilliant lawyer.

So what will happen when he goes home?

“I’m here because you told me to come home. But we both know I won’t truly be home until I’m back between your sheets, Professor.”

I have to be honest this is a very straight forward story. There is not much movement or action. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, but if you are looking for twists and surprises this might not be the book for you. It's more of a character book. How mostly Daniel has changed over the years, what consequences Brantley's actions had and if there is a way to go back to what they had.

So yes, I have seen a lot of reviews mentioning lack of story. I have to agree there isn’t much, but on the other hand I don't care. Who needs fancy twists when you can have two hot guys going at each other and such wonderfully crafted relationships. I'm not complaining.

Brantley and Finn aren't as good as Logan and Tate by a long shot, but they sure manage to occupy your time for a good while. And just between the two of us, there might be a cameo in store for you. *wink wink*

Well, when it’s all said and done I had a great time reading this and I’m sure curious to see what happens between Jordan and Derek...bring on Devil’s Kiss. ;)

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