The Finn Factor by Rachel Bailey
Publication Date: September 28, 2015
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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 lives with her best friend Finn. They became friends when Finn saved her from being beaten by his then roommate. That was four years ago and they’ve been friends ever since. Scarlett never stayed in one place very long when she was growing up so she moved a lot as an adult as well. She finally moved in with Finn a year ago and she’s loving the safety and security she feels.
Scarlett goes on yet another date where it seems the guy is interested and yet he seems to take off quickly when the date is through. She was studying to be an accountant at one point in her life so she decides to make a chart of her dates and how long it’s been since she’s had sex, etc. She enters in all of the factors and discovers that she must be bad at kissing because once the men kiss her they become disinterested. She decides to ask someone she knows through work to help her but Finn’s having none of it. He decides that he will be the kissing instructor.
Finn Mackenzie is a good guy. He lost his parents when he was just 18 and has basically raised his two sisters. He feels like he’s doing the right thing in chasing Scarlett’s dates off when she’s out of the room. He tells himself it’s because they only want one thing and that once he finds someone that’s a good person he’ll back off – just like he would do with his sisters. That’s until he kisses her and all of the feelings that he didn’t acknowledge that he had for Scarlett come to the surface – and they are definitely not sisterly feelings.
Scarlett and Finn try to stay away from each other but soon figure out that it’s impossible. They decide to date but keep it on the down low and they don’t tell anyone – not even his sisters. This is fine until Scarlett finds out about Finn’s involvement in her past dates. Issues also arise when Scarlett starts getting closer to Finn and realizes that the secure, solid life she wants isn’t possible with a man who is an archaeologist and will be moving around endlessly.
The Finn Factor was a good story. It was fun and pretty light and I had fun reading it.
Scarlett and Finn were cute together. They had some awesome chemistry when they finally let themselves feel it. While the whole “kissing lesson” thing made me roll my eyes a bit I was soothed by the fact that they had been drinking and we all know that good decisions are not made while intoxicated. Now it ended up good for these friends as it worked as a catalyst to get them together.
While I wasn’t sure how they didn’t know they liked each other after four years after thinking about it, it could definitely happen. There are just times when you look at someone differently and it’s like getting a reality check. This happened with Finn and Scarlett and it ended being good. Scarlett was a bit over-dramatic near the end of the book for my liking but she came through in the end.
The secondary characters in this story played a big part and they did it well. Finn’s two sisters, Scarlett’s friend and her parents – all of them added a realistic element to the story.
After looking up Rachel Bailey on Goodreads I realized she’s written quite few books. This is a new-to-me author but I’ll be perusing her works in the near future to see if I can find some other gems.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5