Dana and Erryn review ‘Finn (Single Dads of Gaynor Beach Book #2)’ by Jessie G. The book was self-published on April 26, 2022 and is 176 pages.
Why Dana read: I enjoyed the first book in this series.
Nash’s wanderlust sent him running once, but when he finds what he’s been searching for in Finn, can he convince the single dad he’s home for good?
At eighteen, Nash Galasso couldn’t get out of Gaynor Beach fast enough. The seaside town was too confining, too nosy, and came with too many expectations. Quick visits kept his sandy roots alive, but no matter how many times his brother asked, Nash refused to be guilted into moving back. Not until a boating accident left his niece and nephew orphaned, and he was the only family left to raise them.
Finn Brody loved everything about living in a small town. The quaint community was close-knit and accepting, and when he got the chance to go to a prestigious university, he happily turned them down for community college and fatherhood. All he wanted was to give his son Sawyer the same childhood he enjoyed, and though Finn never expected to raise his son alone, he could only do that in Gaynor Beach.
In high school, they were acquaintances passing in the hall. When they meet again, Finn is the man to help Nash settle the estate. Their easy friendship is a bonus they both welcome, but it’s their growing attraction that makes Nash realize that everything he’s been searching for is waiting in the place he left.
I loved the first book in the Gaynor Beach Single Dads series Jake, and so I had high expectations for this second book. And I have to say, I enjoyed it. My one little niggle is that the book is titled Finn but we start in Nash’s point of view. I struggled a bit. Minor point, though.
I enjoy watching blended families come together. Nash’s struggling with the loss of his beloved brother and the brother’s husband. Now he’s a single guardian to their twin teenagers. Life can be rough enough without the baggage these three people bring to the table. Nash has been in the army for almost twenty years — the thought of giving that up to take on the awesome responsibility of parenting is daunting. But he has his old crush Finn to help him out.
Finn’s also a single dad. He’s attracted to Nash, but worries about how his son as well as Nash’s niece and nephew will react. He’s also scared. He hasn’t been out there like Nash has. Sure, Nash’s never had a serious relationship – but he has gone out with people. Finn fell into a relationship with his son’s mother and never really put himself out there after the baby was born.
This book is a slow burn, which I think is totally appropriate, given the circumstances. I wanted the family integration to be seamless, but that would’ve been a boring book. I also liked the use of a villain to move the story along. In the end, I enjoyed watching the characters grow and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
8.5/10 Points of Gold (85% Recommended) – Compares to 4.25/5 Stars
I was really excited to revisit the town of Gaynor Beach after reading the first book in the series. As I started the book, I was immediately drawn in by the characters and what had just happened to them.
Nash begins the story as he is told that his brother and his brother’s husband passed away in an accident. Nash’s feelings for his brother hit me in the feels. While Nash had no real connection to his hometown or the parents who cared more about work than a relationship with their kids, his brother was a shining spot in his memory. Nash joined the military because of his feelings towards his parents, I think. He didn’t enjoy their cold demeanor, and I don’t know if justifies joining the military where he didn’t make any close connections, but perhaps it was the change of scenery? Still, I was feeling for Nash and his niece and nephew, Tessa and Tate. The new arrangement had some growing pains as Tate, especially, wasn’t sure he could rely on an uncle who was not around most of their lives.
Finn is introduced a few chapters in as the single father of Sawyer. Sawyer’s mom, who left her baby with Finn right after she had him, didn’t have anything to do with them, but after she passes, her father comes calling to see if he could meet the grandson he didn’t know about. Finn is a very considerate father who gives Sawyer the time and support to decide whether he wants to meet this grandfather. The grandfather and Sawyer’s decision is kind of abandoned until months later, towards the end of the book. This book, and probably the whole series is about the importance and love of family, so I really wished the interactions between the three of them could have ended differently, but que sera.
With all the interesting characters, I had felt more promise in the beginning of the story, but there were times that it felt like there were timing issues. Every2-3 chapters we entered a new month and while the growing relationship between Finn and Nash was a slow burn, I didn’t get to relish in their growing feelings towards each other in anticipation. It kind of flew by even though it took months for them to get the nerve to have their first date.
The ending of the story was a good one and I was happy. Nash, Finn, and the three teens were all likable, though they did have to work out some issues. I don’t want to leave out Sonya, who worked for Tate and Tessa’s fathers and stayed on to help Nash. She seemed like the backbone of this found family. I look forward to more of the books in the series and to meet other Gaynor Beach characters.
8/10 Pots of Gold (80% Recommended) – Compares to 4/5 Stars
Like many readers, the dream of being a writer has been with me a long time. After three decades of trying, I’d begun to doubt. Thanks to social media, I followed my favorite authors hoping to glean some words of wisdom as I pounded out half-formed ideas with alarming regularity. Two repetitive themes emerged: To be a great writer you must read a lot and your butt must be in the chair every day like it’s a job. The more you write, the easier it will be to write and the better you will be at writing. I took that advice to heart and write every day. With three series in the works and counting, it’s been amazing to have made this dream my reality.
I am a firm believer in marriage equality, love at first sight, power dynamics and happily ever after. I’m a lover of strong secondary characters and series filled with families, biological or chosen. All are themes you’ll find throughout my books.