Original Title: Finley
Year Published: 2016
Published by: Ella Frank, LLC
Number of Pages: 360
First Sentence: “It’s time to come home, Finn.”
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
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.
This was such a lovely book. I absolutely adored it and it was a story that definitely stayed with me for a long time after (I read it this summer, I’ve just been bad at writing reviews). The writing was superb and the whole thing was just fantastic.
Both Finn and Brantley are brilliant characters and you will end up falling in love with both of them but in slightly different ways. They both have flaws but they do make up for them, or the flaws are just what makes them human. I loved the relationship between the two, but they are also perfect as individuals.
The story is a combination of flashbacks and the now, and it is beautifully written. The flashbacks never feel like they halt the story, instead they add background and more depth to the current story. It ensures that you understand why the characters act the way they do. The plot is entertaining and so extremely well written and will sweep you off your feet.
Apart from Finn and Brantley we have a very interesting relationship between two other characters, that is explored in a book called Devil’s Kiss (which is also brilliant) and it adds a little fun element to this story. It also ensures that you get mini-breaks from Finn and Brantley, breaks that you don’t think you need but that you find that you do need when reading the book.
If you do have slight issues with age differences then be aware that their relationship starts as a sort of student/teacher relationship. However, it is not underage (I think Finn is 20 when they first get together) and it is all consensual.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do.