Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Release Blitz & Review for For Finlay by J. Nathan

Title: For Finlay
Author: J. Nathan
Genre: New Adult Sports Romance
Release Date: January 30, 2017


Finlay Thatcher is a lost soul, guilt-ridden after the death of her twin brother. When Alabama's football coach gives her the opportunity to work for him, she knows it's her chance to move on, even if it means living her brother's dream.

Caden Brooks is Alabama's star quarterback. He's got it all. The attention of adoring fans. A girlfriend who'd do anything to hold on to him. And a future in the pros. He's getting along just fine until Finlay steps into his life, despising him at first sight and pushing his buttons like no other.

Unfortunately for Finlay, and her attempt to keep Caden at arm's length, there's nothing Caden loves more than a challenge. The problem with this challenge is she comes with a secret that has the power to destroy everything.

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“You’re awfully quiet this morning.”

My eyes cut to Brooks. His ear buds dangled over his shoulders. I tugged mine out. “Huh?”

“Just wondering what pearls of wisdom you’re gonna bestow upon me today.”

“You need to stop hesitating when you drop back,” I told him, much to his obvious surprise. “Either do it or don’t. Did you see how those guys pummeled you?”

“See it? I was under it.”

“Yeah, well, your offensive line sucks. But you can’t give the defense a chance to get to you. Know where you’re throwing and hit the mark. Your receivers are good. They’ll get there.”

He stared at me, his eyes narrowed slits.

I wiped my face with the small towel I’d draped over the treadmill screen. “Don’t worry, you’ve got potential.”

He laughed disbelievingly. “Potential? I’m the starting quarterback for Alabama.”

Those words—especially leaving his mouth—cut deep. The only reason he was playing was because Cole wasn’t.

“I’ve got more than potential,” he assured me.

“Yeah. You’ve got a massive ego ready to destroy small countries,” I said, my words clipped as I remembered why I despised him so much.

“All great athletes have egos. You’ve got to.”

Wow. My hatred toward him was growing by the second. “And you’re humble.”

He laughed. Didn’t he notice I wasn’t laughing? I hoped to God he didn’t think I was flirting. This was as far from flirting as one could get.

We ran in silence, the pounding of our sneakers on the treadmills mirroring the pounding in my head brought on by his arrogance.

“What’s your deal anyway?”
I glanced over at him. “What’s that supposed to mean?”

“Not many girls know so much about football and wake up at four in the morning to run.”

I scoffed. “Hope you’re not implying I thought you’d be here.”

“I didn’t say that.”

“But you were thinking it.”

He smirked. “You’d be amazed at the lengths girls go to get my attention.”

My eyes flared. “I suppose you think I took some crash course in football, too, just to impress you with all my knowledge.”

“Just saying.”

My face scrunched as I pressed the arrow on the screen to quicken my pace. “Keep dreaming, superstar.”

“Girls have done some whacked out shit.”

My eyes jumped between the wall in front of me and Brooks. “First of all, I’m not about to steal your towel because it has your sweat on it, nor will I be swiping your jockstrap to sell online. We, my friend, are victims of bad timing.”

“Bad timing?”

“Yeah. Anytime you’re in my space, it’s bad,” I assured him.

Review: 5 STARS!!

This was a fantastic book!! For Finlay is filled with love, forgiveness, heartbreak and trust.

Finlay is a strong character. She is honoring her brother by working for the college football team. She is witty, smart, caring and a little bit heartbroken. What she was feeling and went through with her brother when they were teenagers, I understood, but at the same time I felt really bad for her. No one should feel like that about their sibling. I wished someone had talked to Finlay and then maybe it would have saved her. I loved how Finlay didn't let anything penetrate her shell that she put around herself, except for Caden. When Finlay lets go of her guilt, she really embraces life.

Caden is the unexpected hero. I loved that he was imperfect yet perfect at the same time. the connection he has with Finlay isn't instant, and I loved that they started off as friends. Caden is sweet, strong, determined and even though I loved his character, there was a couple of times that I wanted to punch him. I loved that he was there for Finlay and when he learned the truth about everything, I was glad that Finlay made him grovel a bit. Caden didn't give up on Finlay; he pushed her out of her shell and comfort zone and showed her what true love was. Caden played a big part in Finlay's life before she even knew him.

The connection that these two characters form is strong and true. The passion they have for each other was off the charts HOT and I loved the banter between them. Finlay gave as good as she got, and whether Caden wanted the advice or not, Finlay would tell him straight up what he was doing wrong and right out on the field. I truly enjoyed this story and I cannot wait to see what J. Nathan comes out with next!!

-Elizabeth from Crazii Bitches Book Blog

Author Bio

J. Nathan is the author of the new adult novels For Finlay, Before Hadley, Until Alex, and Since Drew. When she's not writing, she's a total romance junkie! Add an alpha male who's unlikable in the beginning...even better. Happy endings are a must. Love triangles and negative people are the bane of her existence. Her family, friends, guys in backwards hats, and watermelon margaritas are the light…

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