Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Erotica, LGBT, Romance

Review: Finley | Sunset Cove Series by Ella Frank

FINLEYIt’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.

4 Stars

Romance | Adult Fiction | Erotica | Contemporary | MM Romance

Yeah I think it is high time I admit that I am completely obsessed with Ella Frank. There is no denying it. I have read a mountain of her books in just the span of a couple of months and I have no plans on stopping. Her writing style is absolutely phenomenal; everything from her multilayered characters, depth enticing storylines and drama that makes my knees weak – I am two shakes away from an anxiety attack with all this emotional swoonage.

I am normally not a big second chances type of trope kind of gal but honestly Daniel and Brantley’s romance begged me to read it. So here were are…

Finley opens with somewhat a cryptic starting – one where I am not entirely sure where this will lead, but nonetheless, Daniel is now thirty, established lawyer in Chicago when he receives a letter from his past lover, Brantley. Brantley is someone he has not seen in over seven years; seven years since he shut the door in his face urging him to move on with his life, go to college and become a lawyer – which Daniel did.

Now Daniel returns to his hometown to ‘catch up’ with Brantley – and whew… things get heated. At first I was really hesitant. I said it before and I say it again, I was not sure what was in store with this storyline, I knew it was a ‘second chance’ trope but I didn’t know how or why. Can I just take a moment to say that I LOVED it. By golly miss molly did I swoon. Brantly is nine years Daniel’s senior and previously his professor from college. Oh my lanta, gush me more please. I cannot handle the forbidden sexiness drooling from this book.

What I liked most about Daniel and Brantley is though Brantley is very much his senior, Daniel doesn’t care, as a matter of fact he finds it more appealing. Daniel is also more confident, cocky, arrogant personality now with age, Brantley finds it more sexually appealing with how ‘bossy’ Daniel has become. Their personalities really meshed well with one another. Though they both had their internal conflicts with what happened seven years ago, they are still utterly consumed by one another. By the end you finally realize why Brantley pushed Daniel away and it tears your heart to pieces; especially those flashbacks… ugh…. Give me a heartache why don’t you.

They really did have a fierce, passionate connection from the start. Both from their insecurities to their flaws, down to their perfections and how they molded to one another. They enjoyed the company and honestly it was hard to see them hash out their past. I will also admit after reading some of Ella Frank’s other MM Romances’ Finley was more of an emotional angst feel read for me. Not in any way bad, please this was amazing. When I wasn’t choking on my tears, I was smiling like a schoolgirl. This one really tugged at my heart.

Surprisingly I did not put two and two together until about halfway through that the more of Ella Frank novels I read, the more connected worlds they are. This is Daniel Finley. THE DANIEL FINLEY. And if you have not read the Temptation Series that would obviously mean absolutely zero relevance to you, but just know, Logan and Tate are here! Whew. I know, I really feel like I should have picked it up sooner, I recognized the name but honestly until Daniel mentioned Mitchell & Madison law firm in Chicago I did not really put any placement to the development. Then the run in between Tate and Logan verses Daniel and Brantley… if you didn’t notice I am definitely fanning myself over here.

Overall, this was a great start to yet another series by Frank. Again I say she has completely consumed me body and soul – beguiled me even. I cannot get enough of her novels. I really enjoyed Brantley and Daniel. They had this forbidden appeal with second chances dripping off their every inch of sexaul emotional tension. The ending sent me swooning over the moon for these two.

At this point I cannot wait to dive into Devils Kiss, I am so ready for Derek and Jordan.You slay me Ella… each inch of your creative mind slays me.

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