Title: The Finn Factor
Author: Rachel Bailey
Release Date: September 28, 2015
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.
Scarlett Logan is suffering a long, torturous dry spell. It's been more than a year since she's made it past the first date with a man, and she's determined to get to the bottom of what’s going wrong. A jug of mojitos and an evening spent graphing her dating history lead Scarlett to believe that she's a bad kisser, and that's why the men don't come back for more. She decides the only way to pull herself out of the slump is to get kissing lessons from a local actor.
Finn MacKenzie is Scarlett's best friend, roommate, and the reason she can't get a second date. He’s secretly been chasing off her dates for almost as long as he’s known her. He's appalled at the idea of Scarlett getting kissing lessons from some guy, any guy, and offers to provide them to her himself. The kiss—the one supposed to be only practice for Scarlett to use on other dates—turns both of their worlds upside down.
This story was adorable. It's the perfect light hearted friends-to-lovers romance. Finn is studious and serious. He's bearing the weight of the world on his shoulders as acting guardian to his two younger sisters, and self-appointed guardian of Scarlett's heart. He’s a natural care giver—strong, silent, and fiercely protective.
Scarlett is fun and sweet—she's patient and level headed, pitching in when she's needed and keeping Finn grounded. She’s been helping him raise his sisters without giving it a second thought because, to Scarlett, that’s what you do for the people you love. Together they're tender and sweet and hot, hot, hot.
Surrounded by a secondary cast of quirky, hilarious characters that made me laugh out loud more than once, Scarlett and Finn were sweet, swoony, sexy, and occasionally infuriating. This book balances tough situations and the crazy curveballs that life throws at you while remaining light and fun and oh, so sweet. I spent most of the book with my heart aflutter, watching Scarlett and Finn dance around each other, trying to figure out how to navigate their way from friends to lovers to...more. It’s well written and delightful—a true "feel good" book.
~ Review by Shelly
This story was a fantastic mix of charming, light-hearted, sweet romance with a side of sexiness.
Finn and Scarlett are best friends. They are also roommates, and have been there for each other through numerous things. Scarlett is having a sexual dry spell and assumes that her problem is her kissing. This ends up leading to kissing lessons. Kissing lessons with her best friend, Finn. However, kissing is so not the issue, as much as Finn is the issue.
“Of course, she’s stab me in my sleep is she knew what I was doing – probably with her favorite electric bread knife – but it was worth the risk. She really needed to start picking a better class of guy.”
And The Finn Factor is born. He has been interfering in Scarlett’s dating life for the last four years. Of course, he never realized he interfered because he had feelings for her.
“The walls around our relationship had worked out well for four years. They kept me seeing her as my friend, Scarlett, not as a gorgeous girl. Until that kiss…Now we had a problem.”
The Finn Factor is such a feel-good story. I love friends-to-lovers romance, and this one was amazing! There was such a great dynamic between Scarlett and Finn as friends, made even better as they worked through becoming more. I loved the family dynamic. And Harvey was the perfect addition. I really enjoyed this story!!
~ Review by Tiffany
Rachel Bailey is a lover of books, chocolate, dogs, and ice cream. Luckily, she has three dogs, an ice cream maker, a steady supply of chocolate, and bookshelves overflowing with books, so she's covered on all fronts.
Despite spending her life trying to scam more time to read, she's managed to graduate with degrees in psychology and social work, and now has her dream job - making up stories for a living.
Her books have hit the USA Today bestseller list, are published in over twenty-six countries and have been translated into sixteen languages.
She lives on a piece of paradise (ten acres of native trees on the side of a hill, within driving distance to the beach) on Australia's east coast with her own personal hero. She loves to sit with a dog or two, overlooking the trees and read books from her ever-growing to-be-read pile.