Fleeing from his existence as an outcast child in a fanatic cult, Finn Masterson makes his way to Los Angeles, only to find an unforgiving city with little prospects for a teenager with few life skills. After years of living on the streets in DTLA, doing anything and everything required to survive, Finn finds a home, a job, and kindness with Saint Jeffrey, who is renovating a grand old building mere blocks from Skid Row. Finn knows better than to trust a good thing, so when harassing texts and calls culminate in threats to the people he has come to care about—especially a former Marine, Miguel Fernandez—Finn returns to the streets to keep those he loves safe. But one single-minded, stubborn warrior brings Finn back into the fold, and they defeat his last remaining enemy giving them the freedom to pursue their forever.
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I was pretty sure Finn and Miguel's story would produce some tears and tickle my heart. I was not disappointed! In the previous book, Saint had found Finn on his doorstep. Cold and in need. It resonated with Saint leading him to give Finn the opportunity to make a life for himself. I figured from the little clues that Finn had a tragic back story. Didn't know what happened but whatever it was was enough to make him doubt his self-worth and to have him a little fearful of what was behind. Time and reassurances have helped Finn to find his footing. He still waits for the other shoe to drop but for now, he is going with the flow, enjoying the moment and proving to Saint he was worth the gamble. Finn is a bit nervous about starting school, and it turns out with good reason. Being no stranger to the bullying he tries to ignore the harassing texts and physical confrontations from his classmate. That is until it begins affecting those he cares for. With Miguel gone and Saint upset with him he only has one option to protect those who are threatened because of him. He returns to the streets. I adored Finn. He calls to your protective instincts. He radiates an innocence despite knowing he has seen some of the worst humanity has to offer. His all in attitude is one of the things I enjoyed about him. At times his optimism was quite catching. Sadly it seems more of a defense mechanism. Miguel is a bit older than Finn and has also seen his fair share of the uglier side of humanity. He is immediately drawn to Finn, but he knows a battle-hardened man like himself is not what the kid needs. It was fun watching Miguel come around. Such a stubborn fool. We get to meet some interesting new characters in this episode. Some of whom I see possibly staring in their own stories. Others have slipped seamlessly into supporting roles. There is a bit of suspense and just the right touch of angst. The cast is vibrant and easily worms their way into your heart. The story line is easy to follow, though a bit short (my greed could be talking here). Some of the happenings were a bit out of the realm of possibility but the story was so good that I was okay with that. Did not even question the scenes till well after. There are some scenes that felt rushed, not in the sense they weren't complete. I think again it could just be me, I just wanted more. Looking forward to the next journey.