For Finlayby J. Nathan
Caden Brooks is Alabama's star quarterback. He's got it all. The attention of adoring fans. A girlfriend who'd do anything to
Finlay Thatcher is a lost soul, guilt-ridden after the death of her twin brother. When Alabama's football coach gives her the opportunity to work for him, she knows it's her chance to move on, even if it means living her brother's dream.
Caden Brooks is Alabama's star quarterback. He's got it all. The attention of adoring fans. A girlfriend who'd do anything to hold on to him. And a future in the pros. He's getting along just fine until Finlay steps into his life, despising him at first sight and pushing his buttons like no other.
Unfortunately for Finlay, and her attempt to keep Caden at arm's length, there's nothing Caden loves more than a challenge. The problem with this challenge is she comes with a secret that has the power to destroy everything.
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An emotional story on love, loss & figuring out your own identity. Finlay is following a dream but it’s not her dream that she’s following. Caden Brooks has it all, star quarterback, adoring fans, a girlfriend & a future at the pros. She despises him and pushes him while he’s trying to pull her into his charm. Finlay is strong & sassy & refuses to give in but the more she gets to know him, he may not be bad after all. A quick drama filled read that will leave you wanting more. -read by RazzReader with Pop Fizz Clink Read
I was a huge fan of J. Nathan Before Hadley, so when I saw this available for request, I jumped on it. And I was not disappointed! This is a very different story, but still had some pleasant surprises, and rich characters that really sucked you into the story immediately. The characters, all of them, were so enjoyable, in fact, that I really hope to get some more of them in later books! (Best friends of Finlay and Brooke's, Sabrina & Forrester maybe? Yvette & Grady? :) ). Finlay is an older freshman after delaying college for a couple of years after a tragedy rocked her entire family. She gets a job as the "water girl" for an Alabama university's football team and gets to deal with all that means. She finds herself running into one of the players, Brookes, over and over again, as the two have similar routines and quirks. Brookes, the star quarterback who is used to getting what he wants, doesn't know what to think of this strange girl who isn't under his spell. Except keep his hands off since he has a girlfriend and is NOT a cheater like his father. The way that these two go from biting each other's heads off to friends to more was great and I really liked their dynamic. The push and pull before they finally give in was a joy to read and the fact that these two had great chemistry made it all the better! There is a bit of mystery to this from the beginning. I really appreciated that this was paced just right and the reveals set perfectly that my interest was piqued while also being satisfied quickly enough that I didn't feel frustrated. I also thought that the catalyst for the inevitable crisis and misunderstanding with our main characters was well conceived and executed, with just enough drama. Being the outside observer to their issue was fun, as much as I wanted to throttle them both. :)
For Finlay, J. Nathan Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance, New Adult I’ve enjoyed some terrific NA reads, despite being well past NA age....I’d read Until Alex and had mixed feelings, some of it felt really slow and very YA as opposed to NA, but there was a section that had me gripped, so I requested this book hoping the writing had evolved that way. Sadly for me its not, well not with this book. That's fine, everyone wants different stories, different types of writing styles and this already has lots of 5* reviews so clearly its perfect for other readers. For me though it still felt very YA, with the protagonists being very immature in their actions and reactions. I did feel for Finlay, what an awful thing to happen, and understood perfectly her feelings towards Caden, based on what she saw. Thats it though isn’t it – its what she thought she saw not what actually was happening, there’s always more to a story...and its a long while before she discovers that. Meanwhile she’s so attracted to Caden despite her feelings and that was fun, seeing how the boy she thought he’d be matched up to the one in front of her...or rather didn’t. There was some snappy dialogue that was fun. He was a typical football Jock except for his anti cheating stance, I was pleased to see that, and understood his reasons. He kind of stretches credulity though when it comes to how he breaks with the girlfreind and gets with Finlay, he's sticking to the letter of his morality but not really the essence of it. Still, its a typical YA/NA reaction, do what you want and convince yourself you're in the right :-) His girlfriend was a great b itch, I do so love characters like hers. I’d have liked to have seen more of her and the nastiness, perfectly drawn, rich b itch type wanting a rich and famous husband....there's a lot of them around. Overall, though the story was moving forward, for me it felt a bit too YA, the characters kind of immature in their actions, and I wasn’t hooked into what was happening, gripped with the story, didn't have the can't-put-it-down feeling. And of course when Caden finds out what he thinks is the truth his reaction was just that, like a thwarted schoolchild rather than an adult. In some ways I was kind of having mixed feelings, the drama of it was perfect, the ex was wonderfully vindictive, but believing he’d really react like that? On the say so of someone who he knows a) doesn’t like Finlay b) wants him back c) got her knowledge in a strange way, its not as if Finlay was hiding it. Somehow that reaction felt OTT even though it led to some perfect drama. I felt the Caden we’d been led to believe in wouldn’t have acted that way, would have looked a bit harder for the truth. Still then I guess we wouldn’t have this book.... So the drama of it was perfect even though the reasons for it fell down a bit. The storyline was ok, more or less believable, but for me the characters felt a little immature at times, backed up by Caden’s reaction. Its me more than the book, its a perfectly decent read, and has lots of readers who love it, but for me its between a three and a four star not a five. If you love typical storm in a teacup YA romances this is perfect, I need a bit more maturity in my characters and their actions though. Stars: 3.5, a good read, perfect for others, but a bit on the YA side for me. ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers