Published by Entangled: Embrace on September 28th 2015
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A new adult romance from Entangled's Embrace imprint...Sometimes all a girl needs is a little practice...
It's been twelve months, three days, and eleven hours since accounting student Scarlett Logan made it past a second date. A pitcher of mojitos in hand, she employs her supreme graphing skills to narrow things down to one horrifying explanation. Kissing. Clearly someone needs to teach her how to kiss properly. Like, say, her best friend and roomie, Finn Mackenzie. He's safe, he's convenient, and yeah, maybe just a little gorgeous.
Finn knows exactly why Scarlett's boyfriends are disappearing quickly. Him. Not a single guy she's brought home is nearly good enough. And he'll be damned if he lets some loser give her "kissing lessons." No. He'll do the honors, thank you very much. The moment their lips touch, though, everything turns upside down. But Scarlett deserves the one thing Finn can't give her. And if he doesn't put an end to the sexy little shenanigans, he'll teach Scarlett the hardest lesson of all...heartbreak.
This was a sweet “friends to lovers” type story. It also explored much deeper themes involving Finn being the main guardian of his two younger sisters since his parents had both passed away. It was a pretty unique story and the writing from Rachel Bailey was incredible. I also liked how the narration effortlessly went back and forth between Finn and Scarlett’s point of view. It gave us a better look into what the characters really thought about each other, especially towards the beginning of the story when they were strictly best friends and roommates. If we only saw the story from Scarlett’s perspective, I probably would have thought Finn was a total jerk, but getting inside his head also was very effective and insightful.
Every character in this book had a large and memorable personality. Scarlett was a likable and sweet girl who was a great and loyal friend/roommate to Finn. Sure, she has her flaws which become more obvious to the readers as the book progresses, but that’s what makes her relatable and so realistic. Finn had his moments where you weren’t sure how to feel about him, but those were all very brief, fleeting moments. For the most part, he was totally worth swooning over honestly. I loved how protective he was over Scarlett, but it didn’t feel like too much either. Even the supporting characters were layered and developed. I’m particularly thinking of Scarlett’s parents and Finn’s two sisters.
I wasn’t sure how I felt about the whole kissing lessons thing. It felt a little corny and maybe even a little cliche as well. But luckily, it didn’t take all that long for them to fess up and admit their true feelings for one another. I did enjoy getting to see them together as a couple until the drama came to play. Unlike some other books, the drama in this one actually felt realistic. It wasn’t another person getting in the way, it was just life in general.
This was a quick read that I enjoyed! I recommend it for those that are looking for something light and sweet, with a side of drama thrown in for good measure, but not too much. I’m looking forward to reading more from Rachel Bailey!
About the Author:
As a teenager, I was a voracious reader of science fiction, until one day when I was 16, I saw Pride and Prejudice on television. The old version with Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson. I adored it. I’d seen it in the TV guide and, since I had a crush on Laurence Olivier after seeing him in Henry V, I’d taped it. I watched that tape so often I can still recite most of the dialogue by heart. I sought out the book, devoured it, then found every other Jane Austen book and read and reread them frequently. I only discovered romance as a genre as an adult. Imagine my delight when I first read modern versions of Jane Austen! Now I read most subgenres of romance, from category to historical to romantic comedy. Such a banquet!
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