on March 31st, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I Thought I knew what love was, but I didnÔÇÖt have a f*%king clue. Now, IÔÇÖm in the fight of my life to win over the woman who owns my soul. ~ Finn Black
The face of an angelÔÇª
The heart of a saintÔÇª
One look, one smile, and I didnÔÇÖt stand a chance. The instant my eyes landed on Presley Chambers, I was a goner. She was a force of nature that turned my world upside down. Sweet, sassy, and sexy as hell, she brought me to my knees.
But she isnÔÇÖt just any woman, sheÔÇÖs a gift, sheÔÇÖs a goddess, sheÔÇÖs my diseaseÔÇª and IÔÇÖll fight like hell to erase her fears.
Sometimes fate has other plans. Now our future is in her hands.
I can only hope sheÔÇÖll give us the chance we both deserve.
The idea that someone could possess me was insaneÔÇª until I met Finn Black.~ Presley Chambers
The face of AdonisÔÇª
The heart of a heroÔÇª
Finn Black infiltrated my safe world the minute he breathed my name. He broke down my barriers and convinced me to take a chance. For the first time ever, I was living my life with a man who promised me a future only dreams are made of.
Sometimes the line between love and longing are tested.
HeÔÇÖs asked me to trust him, to trust us, but the fear of losing him became too much.
Now I must decide if IÔÇÖm willing to take a leap of faith, and hope heÔÇÖll be there to catch me.
Cyndi and I were fortunate enough to attend Authors In The City (AITC) this year. Lo and behold, we had the opportunity to meet Ahren Sanders, and struck up a quick friendship. So, when we had the opportunity to read and review Finn, we jumped at the chance. We were left with some strong emotions and thoughts on the book. Wonder how you’ll feel about it…
Loredana: Cyndi, I liked this book, but I think I may have to drop-kick Raven across town. I know the book is all about Finn and Presley, but I am still PISSED at this woman.
Cyndi: *giggle* I love how much she pissed you off. I’m right there with you.
Loredana: Seriously, I can’t stop thinking about it. I have two schools of thought on this…either I am too fixated on Raven’s bitchiness OR Ahren wrote her so well to have evoked such an emotion from me. Okay…let’s actually talk about this book now. This was my first book by Ahren. What about you?
Cyndi: Yes, it’s the first by Ahren that I’ve read. I have to say I think her writing style make it easy to get into the story. The prologue was a good intro to the 2 main characters ~ I knew immediately where they were in their lives.
Loredana: You know..that’s a great point. A prologue seriously does help acquaint a reader with the characters. I hate when you’re playing catch-up for the first part of the book! I liked Finn a lot. He moved really fast (apparently that’s the MO of these guys) so that was a bit to handle for me, but he’s an all around good guy. BUT, the whole GPS thing on the phone got to me.
Based on his personality, do you firmly place him the Alpha category, pseudo or not at all?
Cyndi: YES, he’s Alpha – definitely Alpha. I loved that about him but I agree, he does take it a bit far. What I loved about him was that I could feel┬áhow pulled he felt towards her. There was that phenomenal connection.
Loredana: Really undeniable.┬á What did you think about the secondary characters?┬á Anyone stick out to you?
Cyndi: I’m onto you – you just want to talk about Raven.
Loredana: LOL…this time I was actually thinking about Reese and Tripp┬á:)
Cyndi: I haven’t had my Raven bitch-fest moment
Loredana: BRING IT!
Cyndi:┬áI’ll answer your question first. I liked Reece – she knows Presley well and had her back, but also called her out when needed.┬á Tripp didn’t stand out all that much to me. He was just there…all the boys loved goading Finn.┬á Did I miss something?┬á What about you?
Loredana: YES! Rather than being a blindly supporting friend, Reece was supportive, insightful, and intelligent about it. The best type of friend.┬á Nah…Tripp was like a good time boy. I don’t think we really got to know him.
Cyndi: That’s it – that’s what I felt with TrippÔÇª just didnÔÇÖt know him. ┬á┬áSo, before we get on the bash Raven bandwagon, what did you think about Presley?
Loredana: Presley…she reminded me of a little old bitty not living her life. Not until Finn. ┬áNice enough girl, but she needed to wake up because life was passing her by.
Cyndi: Agree – She’s just getting by. Very measured, altruistic and loyal She’s careful and I get why but she NEEDED to meet Finn, she needed to be shaken up.┬á And Finn… well, he’s totally swoon worthy, quite the catch. It’s hard not to like almost everyone in the story. Robbie and Ember – great circle of friends to be a part of.
Loredana: They are a great circle of friends. I love the ode to Finn at the end!
Cyndi: Raven – well, I completely DESPISED her.┬á Part of me wants to go back and read about her and Declan in Surrendering.┬á But man, she made such a bad impression on me I’m not sure I’d get past what I know of her now. ┬á Though it was her appearance and reaction that made for the PERFECT angst. Maybe I’m like her, judging based on only a small bit of info and preconceived ideas – that’s exactly how she is with Presley. It’s just that she is SO MEAN. ugh!
Loredana: Yep. I couldn’t really understand why she went off the rail. Postpartum stuff, being left out or the fact that her security net (not that she really wanted it) was gone.
Cyndi: IÔÇÖm gonna have to tell myself she is suffering from post-partum mood swings. But her treatment is more premeditated – her opinions formed without talking to him directly.┬á And poor Declan.┬á So embarrassing to him.┬á Wouldn’t you wonder?
Loredana: I know I would!
***RAVEN RANT OVER***
Loredana: What part of the story stood out the most for you? And did you have a favorite?
Cyndi: HmmÔÇª.I loved their first date and the subsequent Benefit event date. ┬áFinn is so romantic as well as being so sexy. He’s sentimental and devoted to her from the get go.┬á Yours?
Loredana: I think Winnie was my favorite and I loved the dream where Simon came to Presley.
Cyndi: Awe,┬á┬áI can see why Winnie is your fave! ┬áI think she was why I liked their first date so much. The fact it was with Winnie. It’s so sweet of Finn to include her. It shows how much he wants to get next to Presley.
Cyndi:┬áWhat did you think about the second angst scenario?
Loredana: It felt anti-climatic to me…even though it was pretty serious…
Cyndi: Yes, agree. I wasn’t surprised at Presley pulling the stunt she pulls – ┬áplot wise it gives it a new kick.┬á I loved Finn’s reaction to Raven.┬á I still think she gets off too easy.┬á I don’t trust her!
Loredana: I agree with all of the above!┬á Overall, it was a smooth read.┬á Even though Ahren prepares you with the prologue, I think you really need to read the series in order to get a good read on all of the characters.
What Others Are Saying
ÔÇ£No words to describe how much I loved this book. Easily a top 5 read of this year.ÔÇØ – 5 Star Review from Renee Entress Book Blog
ÔÇ£ I absolutely loved loved… ItÔÇª.It definitely is a must read!!ÔÇØ – 5 Star Goodreads Review
ÔÇ£Words can not begin to describe how much I love this book! Ahren Sanders is one of my must read authors.ÔÇØ – 5 Star Review from Amazeballs Book Addict
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