REVIEW – FINLEY (Sunset Cove, #1) by Ella Frank

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SYNOPSIS:

***A spin-off from the Temptation Series***

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.

*****Dee’s Review*****

.5 My Finn Stars*****

(ARC kindly provided by author, in exchange for an honest review)

I have one word to describe this book, HOT!!!

Intense and very passionate also come to mind when I think about Finley.I’ve always been a fan of Ella Frank but her M/M books are quickly becoming a favorite for me, actually in this whole genre. She can do m/m and do it so well, I’ve never thought I’d crave these stories in such a desperate way. I’m in love!!!!!

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Daniel Finley left his home in Florida with a broken heart but with a lot of determination to graduate as a lawyer and become the best one he could be. Seven years of non-stop work has landed him a spot in one of the best law firms in Chicago. Daniel aka Finn has been unstoppable working towards his ultimate goal, to make partner. But seven years of hard work mean nothing when he gets a note that says, it’s time to come home.

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Professor Brantley Hayes has a very successful career and a gorgeous home by the beach, in a great town full of wonderful friends, but he knows deep inside him that something is missing, or rather someone…

Daniel was the student and Brantley was the professor. Ten years his senior Brantley tried to keep his distance from his gorgeous and bright college student but Finn was very determined and these two embark in a very hot romance. Even though both men were smart and independent adults, Brantley knew that Finn had a bright future ahead of him, and he was the one that had to make the very painful decision of letting him go, so Finn could fulfill his future, even if that meant breaking his heart.

Now seven years later, the pain and attraction are very much still alive between these two ex-lovers, but what happens now when they meet again? Do they discover that they have both moved on, or will they be able to re-start their love?

Ella Frank is a brilliant writer. She has the ability to create romantic stories that tease you to no end with the most seductive words you’ll ever read. She has mastered the M/M genre and this book especially is now one of my ultimate favorite of hers. If you are curious about trying an M/M book, I think this book could be the perfect starter read, you might even get addicted. ; )

 

*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 It’s Always Been You Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

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Brantley Hayes is a professor at UCF & lives in Sunset Cove, Florida. He falls hard for his student Daniel Finley who pursues him relentlessly. Daniel is this young, stunningly beautiful blonde surfer who knows what he wants & what he wants is his sexy professor. Daniel is very direct, confident & playful. Eventually, Brantley can’t resist Finn and they develop a relationship. Finn is very intelligent & has a bright future ahead of him. Brantley doesn’t want to hold him back, & thinks he knows what’s best for him. He pushes Finn away & it greatly impacts both their lives. Finn moves to Chicago for law school & is gone for seven years working hard & becoming a successful attorney. His life is now in the big city. Upon his 30th birthday, he receives a note from the man he’s never forgotten or forgiven.

 

-Brantley Hayes was in a class all of his own when it came to men. And fuck, Daniel thought, he was still the pinnacle of perfection in his eyes.

-He was just so fucking beautiful.

-Brantley was still every single thing he wanted in a man wrapped up in one perfect package.

 

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Finn takes a vacation & buys a plane ticket back home. He wants to know what Brantley Hayes wants from him after all these years. He heads back to Florida but decides when he sees Brantley things will now be on his terms. He’s no longer the 22 yr. old Brantley remembers. Finn is now a man, a gorgeous somewhat arrogant, self-assured man, who holds a lot of resentment for his former professor. His walls around his heart are built up, & Brantley will have to work hard to earn his trust back. All those years ago Brantley truly thought he was doing the right thing when he sent Finn away. He decides it’s now or never. Go for it with Finn, or let him go for good. He has a lot of regrets when it comes to Finn, but he is willing to do whatever it takes to get him back. They reunite & it’s explosive as they get reacquainted. This book was just delicious!!! My fav m/m I’ve ever read! As this couple’s hearts slowly heal & find their way back to one another it’s absolutely beautiful! Just LOVED this one!!! 😀

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-It’d been so long since he’d felt such comfort in another’s arms. In truth, he hadn’t felt it since this man’s.

-This man is everything I want.

 

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