The Finnegan brothers are bound to hurt any girl that gets between them. But that doesn’t stop Lena. She loves pain with her pleasure. When things get too hot for her to handle, she does the only thing she can do to protect herself… she runs away. Three years later, Lena is back in town for her father’s wedding. She prays she can avoid her past, hoping nobody remembers her parents’ messy divorce or how she disappeared. However, as soon as she arrives, she finds she can’t run from her past anymore. There’s no escaping the Finnegan brothers. Not this time.
I don’t even know where to begin my review for the Finnegan Brothers series 😦 I read this thing, cover-to-cover and found myself truly hoping it would pull itself out of the “Hot Mess” category. Unfortunately, that did not happen with this read. Here are the problems:
Characters: Other than Mackenzie, the youngest member of the cast, there isn’t a single likeable character in this read. It’s a bit sad when the most mature character in the entire series is a teenage girl. I found each of the main characters to be either completely immature or incredibly fake. Lena has no idea what she’s doing with her life so she runs around making one bad choice after another, Blake is apparently angry at everyone, Slade is both angry and a reckless drunk, Charity is just a twit . . . . you get the idea. I am a very character-driven reader so to find only one character that felt even the least bit likeable/relatable was very hard for me to get past.
The Plot: There are a lot of holes and issues with this plot. Some of the holes are small and easy to ignore and others are craters. Like the holes, some of the plot issues are easy to ignore but others are glaring. For example, there is very little backstory in this read which make understanding the actions and words of some of the characters difficult to comprehend. What has Blake been doing for the past three years? Where did Lena’s dad meet Charity, the woman who broke up her parent’s marriage, why don’t we know more about Slade and the downward spiral he has been on? As a lover of backstories, the lack of backstories made the entire read feel flat. Back stories help flesh out characters and make the read and characters more interesting. What you have here is just a series of events with little to no context.
The Sex: Again I am forced to point out that gratuitous sex never works!! For the length of this read, there is a lot of sex and most of it doesn’t really work with the story. I LOVES me some naughty bits in my reads but not when they are thrown in for the hell of it and have little to do with the actual story. Remember Lena’s bad choices I mentioned above? Yep, most of them involve sex and her trying to sex her way into liking a guy better in order to get over another guy. While I can deal with that, it is the last bout of naughty that just defies reason. Seriously? You run out back at a wedding and ride the guy to orgasm all before your little sister calls you back in for the cutting of the cake???
The Bottom Line: Had this series been any longer, I likely would have DNF’d it. From start to finish, there are so many issues and problems with this read that I found it hard to enjoy. I generally try to find some good in every book I read and I don’t like to rant but this book really pushed me past my limits.