Winter Donovan’s always had a thing for Finn O’Malley, even when he was dating her older sister, Ivy. But it was precisely because of Ivy she never said anything to Finn. When she runs into him in a diner shortly after the death of his father, she expects to offer some sympathetic words, maybe a hug.
She does not expect trailer sex. Or that said trailer sex would be the best sex she’d ever had.
At the end of the night, they go their separate ways, and Winter convinces herself that’s all they’d ever have – one night. So Finn coming around and trying to change her mind isn’t gonna fly. Finn’s determined, though. Winter woke him up from his grief-stupor, and now he’ll do whatever it takes to have her.
I was excited to get back to the Woodlands after side trips into the Hitman series and the Kerr Chronicles. If you’re looking for chronology, Finn’s story takes place in the months before Gray’s story. While there some bits to Unrequited that didn’t quite work for me, Finn and Winter definitely did.
Finn decides fairly early on in the story he wants to give an actual relationship with Winter a shot, and I loved this. He’s used to cruising through relationships – girls come to him, things naturally evolve, and eventually they peter out and it ends. Not so with Winter. For the first time, he finds himself having to pursue a woman. His openess about his feelings for her and his willingness to try were some of my favorite things about him.
We get some banter with the guys (is it totally weird I want an extended scene of the guys just sitting around the living room shooting the shit?) and it’s all good banter-y fun. Grace and AM put in an appearance, too (yay!). And Winter’s interactions with her coworkers at the tattoo shop were excellent. I thought the donuts were a nice touch, though I have to admit it took me a minute to remember that Tucker is Sam’s (Unraveled) former brother in law.
Winter’s reluctance to get involved with Finn annoyed me a little, even though I could understand why. Ivy was family, and family came first. More, Ivy’s the only family Winter has left. Had Winter wavered even the tiniest bit in her love and commitment to her sister, I would have wanted to shake her until she saw reason. As it was, I got Winter’s motivations, though I didn’t necessarily agree with all of them.
For the most part, these two talk. They talk about everything, and seeing a couple realize that the adult thing to do is to communicate was refreshing. However, when it came to the one talk they needed to have, it didn’t happen. That was a disappointment, because they’d done so well in the talking department up until then.
But Finn saves the day. All of the men in the Woodlands series have earned A pluses from me, and Finn’s no exception. He’s finally met a woman he’s willing to fight for, and there’s nothing sexier than a man who’ll fight for love. A great trip back to the Woodlands, and I’m looking forward to the next installment.
Copy of Unrequited provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.