Book: Finnegan's Promise 2nd edition
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publication date: July 18, 2017
Length: 114 pages
Reviewed by Erin
How much will it cost Fin to keep his promise?
During the off-season, professional football player Calder Finnegan returns to Boston to help run his estranged father’s pub. Little did he know he’d find the love of his life in the pub's bartender, Mick Sullivan. Fin soon discovers his father has only weeks to live. All his hopes of getting to know the man who always seemed too busy to be a father are dashed. With Mick’s help, Fin begins the healing process between father and son and through this some of Mick’s wounds are healed as well. When Fin makes a deathbed promise to his father, he’ll do anything to keep that promise. Even if it costs him his lover and his career.
Much like the title, Finnegan's Promise, author Carol Lynne wrote a book with a lot of promise. A pro football player who lives in the closet and has a strained relationship with his father. A bartender with his own secrets. A dying father who only wants to make amends with his son ... this book had a lot of potential. This is a re-release of a book originally from 2007 and I didn't read that edition so I don't know if any changes have been made in regards to content and such--there is a new, much better cover though. Unfortunately, I found that Finnegan's Promise didn't quite deliver what had the potential to be a really great book.
From the beginning chapter, both Calder 'Fin' and Mick fell sort of flat as characters. There was next to no character development so there was hardly anything to go on to let me know who these two were as people. And as such, there was little emotional depth to either of them...and other than having sex almost from their first meeting, and having it constantly, I didn't believe in their connection. Insta-love is hard to pull off, and I don't think it worked here. Now for a couple of good things. I really liked the fact that Fin and his father, Sean, were able to reconcile. Yeah, it was predictable, but it still made me sniffle and packed an emotional punch. The ending, while it was definitely like one of those feel good sports movies, was still lovely.
I wish there had been more story instead of so much sex, especially since this is a short book. I wish the characters would have been fleshed out better so I would have been invested in their HEA. This might be a case of it's me not the book so for sure give this one a try and see what you think. I hope you'll like it even though it wasn't really for me.
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