Sunday, March 20, 2016

Finley ~ Ella Frank

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.

So this was my first book from Ella Frank (hangs head in shame), so you can understand why I am kicking myself for waiting so long to pick her up. Well not her specifically, but…well…you know what I mean. LOL

I really liked Finn and Brantley’s story. Besides their hot-as-hell chemistry, they seemed to really love each other. This is why it kills me that Brantley sent Finn away! I mean, I get that Brantley wanted the best for Finn, but the Finn that went away and the Finn that returned are two different people.

The heartache that they both went through just guts me, since they both loved each other so much. I still think Brantely has insecurities about his age, but I could feel Finn’s love through the pages. Brantley never needed to question that his age was an issue, but like all people, we all have our own struggles.

Even though I didn’t read the temptation series, I was able to follow this story and can definitely be read as a standalone. The only thing that bugged me is at times I had a difficult time with the his on his this, or he and he that. I was trying to keep track who was stroking or kissing whose stuff, but got a little confused. Other than that, I loved Brantley and Finn!! I’m dying to know what’s up with Derek and Jordan though….

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