Love After Service
Upon beginning my foray into Finn by Melody Anne my first thought was “ I have been missing OUT!” There is obviously an already established world that these characters belong to that I plan to lose myself in ASAP.
As my first book by Ms. Anne and I went in with no expectations and left with a cavity. This was a loving story that was able to appease my sweet tooth without ignoring real world issues that can affect our veterans.
Finn returns home from defending his country having to say goodbye to his lifelong career and with a few new scars to spare. If that wasn’t enough Finn also learns that he has a brand new family that he never knew, and they would love nothing more than to fill the father figure sized void he carries with him. As he and his brothers adjust to their new family they must work together to create something that will change the lives of veterans for the better.
They always talk about love bringing you to your knees…but in Finn’s case it was over the shoulder and straight to the ground as his future love quite literally takes his breathe away with a well-timed shoulder throw. Brooke is a badass veteran who works as the resident medical professional in their tiny town and takes it upon herself to ensure that Finn is qualified to teach women self-defense, she approves even after his make-out session with the gym mat. There is an instant connection that neither of them can explain, but Brooke is determined to keep Finn at arm’s length. Still reeling from the sudden loss of her brother, Brooke feels guilt in finding happiness and resists Finn’s advances at all costs.
This book explores many vastly different relationships that are vital to the emotional success of a person who has experienced trauma and loss. The love between Finn and his brothers is obvious despite their past difficulties that had driven them apart, and their verbal sparring left me excited to see what Melody Anne has in store for us. But even with his brother’s support he is reluctant to join the new family that desperately wants to break down the walls he has built around himself. Finn’s dedication to winning Brooke is in complete contrast to his fearfulness of welcoming his new relatives into his life, showing us that a person can be ready to give love, even while being reluctant to receive it.
This was a great introduction to Melody Anne, but there was a touch of bitterness realizing that that I could have been reading about this family SO much earlier! Shame on me, shame on my family. I am excited to explore more of this world and would definitely recommend Finn to anyone looking for a sweet read!