No matter how cruel it’s been in the past, I’ve never been able to flip fate the bird. I’m a romantic at heart. So when fate drops a leather-bound journal at my feet, I know I should walk away.
I don't. I pick her up, bend her spine, spread her pages. From the first word, I’m a goner. The owner didn’t give me access to her most intimate desires, but I devour them anyway. Her private darkness, her candid, explicit poetry—it all goes down like warm milk. And from that point forward, I drink, eat, and sleep her.
I went to his apartment and let him take my picture. Just once, to see how it would feel. I’m not his to look at, to inspire, to touch, but when he watches me through his lens, it gives me a high I don’t want to come down from…
My journal is the one place I can be myself—as long as I can tie it up and put it away when I’m finished. But when Finn undoes the bow, he pulls strings that could unravel each of us.
Oh, my... I got my wish. I got to know Finn; how he thinks, what he likes, what he needs to be happy, what makes him... him. And he's amazing. He's complex. He's nuanced. He's intense. And he's a little difficult and demanding as well.
I loved getting to know Finn after the events of Slip. You can't go through something like that and not have it change you. I thought I knew him at the end of that book... but I was wrong. And getting to know this Finn was amazing and compelling. Finn is fascinating and the things that he believes, who he has become, make him one of the most interesting characters I've read about in a long time. I'm probably not doing him justice, but that's OK because Jessica Hawkins did, and you can read about him for yourself.
Halston is so wonderfully lost when we first meet her. In a way, she finds herself in get relationship with Finn. Not in a clichéd "woman needs man to be complete" way but in that, through Finn, she finds the courage to be herself. It's not a spoiler to say he didn't end up with the girl in Slip of the Tongue, as if he had, we wouldn't be reading this book. But having an affair, getting his heart broken and getting divorced taints his perfection just a little. And that appeals to Halston, as she needs to believe if she's not perfect that she's still going to be OK. She learns from him, from his mistakes, and ends up in a better place.
This is a standalone. You don't need to have read Slip of the Tongue or The First Taste to fully understand this story and who the characters are... but I recommend it. There's a depth to Finn's story in this because you were with him for the low points a year ago. Maybe not as intimately as in this book, but you were there. I think that makes it even better to be there for his high points.
The encounter with the person from his past was heartbreaking and so amazing at the same time. And it let him have such great closure...to be able to talk to the person, to see where they were, and more importantly to know that the right decision was made, even thought it was painful at the time, was so important for Finn's story to be complete.
Knowing Finn from before, going through the heartbreak with him in Slip and then getting to see him on the other side of it was so emotional for me. And, there was just something about him that drew me in. He was so complex, and, yes, he had an affair...and there are a lot of people, and readers, who are not going to be able to get past that...and I think that is a shame. People make mistakes...in fact, good people make mistakes. The great people learn from them and it changes who they are, how they interact, and the things they are willing to be a part of. Finn learned, grew and changed...but also stayed who he was at the core of who he is and who he was in the first book.
I know for a while, Jessica Hawkins said she wasn't going to write his story. I'm so incredibly glad she did. Spending more time with Finn was a great ride, emotional and fulfilling. It was exactly the kind of book you want with characters who draw you in, a story that is interesting, incredibly hot sex, and emotional investment with where the story is heading.
I recommend this book.
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