Review Tour ~ Headstrong by Eden Finley

HEADSTRONG BY EDEN FINLEY

Release Date: March 22, 2021
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Cover Design: Christine Coffey

Blurb:

A straight guy gives gay hookup tips to a virgin. What could go wrong? 

When I first met Whit, I couldn’t get away from him fast enough. He’s a hockey player, and I hate everything to do with the sport that broke my heart.

But I can’t help feeling sorry for the guy. He’s newly out and desperate to meet someone, but his eagerness seems to scare potential hook-ups away.

Agreeing to be his wingman should’ve been simple. Watching him flirt with other guys made things complicated.

Whit challenges me in every aspect of my life, from my hatred of hockey to the new questions I’m asking myself. Like why a straight man suddenly can’t stop thinking about kissing another guy.

I think the answer lies somewhere on Whit’s lips…

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5 Stars

Eden, Eden, Eden…oh how I love her sense of humor. My copy of this book has notes declaring her comedic brilliance—no joke. I even sent her a message or two because I wasn’t sure she’s told that enough times. The world needs more humor, which roughly translates to the world needs more books from Eden Finley. Just don’t ask her about Lemon, okay? Back to the book in question…
This book is a prime example of all things I love about this author’s books. It combines absolutely lovable characters, quirky side characters, a very entertaining storyline, laughs for days, and consistency in writing from start to finish. The fact that one minute you’re laughing with these guys, then wanting to smack them on the head, to wanting to give them all a great, big hug just demonstrates my point: Finley is a talented author. The one thing we can all agree on, that we want from a book, is TO FEEL SOMETHING. I have yet to read a book by this author that doesn’t put my emotions to work, and I appreciate the fact that she rarely makes me cry—sad, yes, but rarely to the point of tears.
Whit and Rainn were absolutely perfect together, from their first awkward encounter to the last chapter. I enjoyed every stage of their relationship. I liked how their physical relationship progressed. It was a nice change of pace. This story had the perfect amount of angst to it. I felt it was a good balance throughout the story. There was a part near the very end, that made me think of the old, television show, Green Acres, and I couldn’t stop grinning. I’m not sure if anyone else has watched that show, but it had a farm boy married to a city girl. It was a hoot…much like this book.
I think everyone, and their cows and chickens, need to read this book. I’d also love to see it brought to audiobook format.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ***

 

4.5 Stars!

The gay virgin and his straight wingman, what could go wrong, right? LOL, well, it didn’t exactly go wrong, since Rainn didn’t know what hit him when he realized his feelings for Whit when beyond friendship, but it was all done in a very realistic manner, IMO.

Whit was just so earnest and sweet, but was very mature and knew what he wanted. And Rainn, well, he was gruff, understandably so after losing his chance to play hockey and having to settle for being a bartender at V&V, but he was also nice to Whit. They had amazing chemistry and their bantering back and forth was fun to read. They were super hot together as they both explored their relationship and I just loved the progression, it was a bit of a slow burn seeing as Rainn needed to come to terms with being attracted to a man for the first time and Whit didn’t imagine his crush on Rainn will ever amount to much.

This was such a sweet, fun, hot book and a great addition to the series. I love GFY/Bi-Awakening, and Eden Finley did a great job of showing Rainn’s realization that he wasn’t as straight as he previously imagined. The only reason this isn’t a 5-Star read for me was that I didn’t particularly care for how stubborn Rainn was at pushing Whit towards something Whit didn’t want in the first place, although all things considered that might be one of the reasons for the title of the book, LOL. Very recommendable!

*** Copy provided for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***