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  • Sunset Cove, Book 1
  • By: Ella Frank
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Finley

By: Ella Frank
Narrated by: Charlie David
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Summary

It's time to come home, Finn.

It's been seven years since Daniel Finley left his hometown in Florida for the hustle and bustle of Chicago's city life.

Since then, he's worked hard for his position at the prestigious law firm Leighton & Associates, even when it's caused distance and isolation from his family and friends. But that's all about to change.

On his 30th birthday, he receives the one thing he never dared hope for. Something that was promised to him years earlier - a note. One simple sentence from the man he's never been able to forget.

Six words will forever change the course of their lives.

Brantley Hayes has it all. Or so he thinks. When he first made the decision to take a job down in Florida, his family thought he was crazy. But, after years of living in the quiet beach town, he finally feels a sense of community. He's surrounded himself with friends who are like family, has a job he loves, and owns a spectacular beachfront property that is his sanctuary.

Yet he still feels unfulfilled, as if a piece of the puzzle is missing, and he knows exactly which piece it is. On an impulse, he follows through with a promise he made years earlier. A promise to call home the one he sent away.

Nothing is as simple as it seems.

After years of separation, the former lovers are reunited, but Brantley wasn't expecting to encounter the high walls now guarding Daniel's heart.

Daniel may not be the same person he was when he left, but he knows that the first step to healing is the note in his hand.

©2016 Ella Frank (P)2016 Ella Frank

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Finley

In a tale of a second chance at love, this book manages to pull at all the right heartstrings. It's the right combination of steamy, dramatic, and hilarious. The characters are believable and I also enjoyed the cameo of Logan and Tate from Ella Frank's 'Temptation' series.

Charlie David delivers a heart-rending performance throughout the book. I'm honestly stunned by this man's talented voice. He conveys all the emotion a book like this deserves.

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Ok book

I hate to admit that this was my least favourite of books by Ella Frank. I didn't like the constant flashbacks throughout the book. It took a few seconds to realise that it was a flashback because there was barely any pause to let you know it wasn't part of the present conversation. I also wasn't that fond of the plan that Finn concocted concerning Brantley. It seemed to be an excuse for the characters to frequently have sex. Even the scene in Chicago appeared out of place and seemed to be merely a way to bring in characters from other books. (Hope that wasn't too much of a spoiler.) Narration was good, however.

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Feel the Electricity

Tear jerking romantic reunion with touching well written MCs. Not my fav narrator, whose job was made difficult by the confusing way the story moves backwards and forwards in time frame with little or no punctuated breaks to indicate the change. The strength of the relationship, it's duration over time, their passion and the electricity of the MCs is what enlivens this book and makes it a gem. You truly feel this love will last forever. VERY ENJOYABLE AND SATISFYING

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  • Jill A Green
  • 04-05-17

To much back and forth

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I had trouble figuring out whether I was listening to present day or flashbacks. Could have been a great story, but I kept losing interest.

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  • Chelsea
  • 17-12-17

Would Like If

I wanted to read this mainly to get Finley's story since he is a side character in the Temptation series. I enjoyed the fact that this is a second chance come back home story. So we have Finley the big bad lawyer from Chicago, however after getting a letter from his ex he decided to take a vacation to get answers.
One thing that I didn't like the most is that I didn't enjoy how the story was told. It was a duel POV and I could not always tell when it was a different person. Also they did a whole flashback sequence so we know how there relationship started. However I was again confused between the main story and the flashback. It just got frustrating and just kept mixing things up.

On the upside the parts that I did understand was cute with them reconnecting and seeing that though they been separate for years that stuff haven't changed.

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  • Tammy M
  • 27-04-17

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If you could sum up Finley in three words, what would they be?

Intricate, heartbreaking, sexy

What was one of the most memorable moments of Finley?

The whole damn book! Seriously, I'm hard pressed to pick just one. But the first time that Fin and Brantley are back together in the biblical sense was a thing of beauty.

What about Charlie David’s performance did you like?

Again, every damn thing. The way he can convey emotions and situations with the tone of his voice always amazes me and makes any book he's narrating just that much better.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

All of the above. You will experience the spectrum while listening to this. I laughed, cried, laughed while I cried, my heart broke more than once....but I assure you it's all worth it in the end.

Any additional comments?

After listening to the Preslocke books I seem to be on an Ella Frank kick and I couldn't be happier. The woman knows how to write a book let me tell you. There was a minimal level of angst in this book that wasn't in the Preslocke books, but as the story unfolds you see that it plays into the story.

Daniel Finley fell in love with his Professor in college and had his heart torn to shreds when said Professor basically forced him to attend law school in Chicago. He swore he'd never be that vulnerable again... ever. But then a letter arrives just days before Fin's 30th birthday and his life is turned upside down all over again. Determined to hurt Brantley, to make him feel the pain Fin felt all those years ago when he made the choice to send him away, Fin flies home for the first time since he left.

Brantley doesn't recognize the man standing before him. He sees shadows of the man he never stopped loving, but there's a hardness to Fin's posture, darkness in the depths of his eyes and it's killing Brantley. The knowledge that he's the one that put that pain there.

One man determined to take what he needs and walk away without a care, one determined to bring the love of his life back home where he belongs... make for an explosive, intense and passionate two weeks. But who will come out on "top" in the end?

Wonderful, fantastic, amazing story. Buy it, listen to it, love it! You will, I promise.

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  • Elizabeth Swain ~ Carolina Chic's Read
  • 25-11-19

I loved this CRAZY! Elizabeth @ Carolina Chic’s Read

I had this on my wish list for a while and let me tell you! This was just as hot and sexy as any other story from Ella Frank. This second chance M/M romance was just what I needed and what we all love from Ella Frank! Enjoy!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 25-09-18

Not up to snuff

I struggled to finish this book. I am a huge fan of the temptation series. and I am in awe of Ella Frank and the books that allow small glimpses of this wonderful cast. Daniel Finley wasnt a huge part of that series, but I was interested and gave it a listen.

the narrator wasnt to my liking, not bad, but just not what I was expecting in terms of range with the different characters. Also in this stand alone you have a very quick development, and I didnt buy into the love, desire, need, passion, and possessiveness from other series. this seems just to be lust (and that's okay).

I wont lie the Temptation series set an extremely high bar, so I could be biased.

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  • Jen Gee-Reads
  • 19-07-16

Charlie David's Sexy Voice brings FINLEY Alive!

What did you love best about Finley?

I loved that the characters in this story were so beautifully developed,
and paired with the Sexy, Smooth Voice (LIKE BUTTA!) of Charlie David
really helped bring the story to life!
I also loved that this had a student/teacher aspect to it,
that is one of my favorite relationships to read about.

What other book might you compare Finley to and why?

I'm not in the habit of comparing books, they are all different and unique stories.
Ella Frank is hands down my favorite M/M author, so her stories are all ones that I know I will thoroughly enjoy. The writing just flows so well.

What does Charlie David bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I read this book before listening to it on Audible. I loved reading it, but Charlie David's performance of the characters really gave me a much deeper connection to each of them. He was perfect at bringing out each of these distinct personalities that made these characters so lovable. It didn't matter if it was an emotional scene, or a lighthearted one, Charlie David was able to perfectly portray the characters during the entire story!
For me, he was the perfect narrator for Finley!

Who was the most memorable character of Finley and why?

This is a very hard question. There really wasn't a character that wasn't memorable. The connection between Fin and Brantley, and the way the narrator brought out their intense chemistry made me love them both!

Any additional comments?

For any M/M Audiobook lovers out there, I highly recommend Finley.
Ella Frank writes so brilliantly, it's effortless to read or listen!
Daniel Finley was first seen in her Temptation Series briefly,
and I was wondering if he'd get his own story.
I was so happy to see Charlie David was going to be the narrator, I've listened to him before, and he is so good at what he does! One of my favorites =D
I've heard that he is going to also narrate book #2 in the Sunset Cover Series, Devil's Kiss!
I can't wait to listen to him bring Jordan and Derek to life!!! That will be FUN!

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  • Carey kelley
  • 12-07-22

more physical description of male leads

would like a much more vivd description of the main character,s physical attributes, i.e. penis sizes and a direct comparison of them, testicle sizes and a direct comparison, biceps 💪 descriptions and comparison, chest hair yes or know and direct comparison, pec description and hairy or no, abs description and hairy or no, armpit description and hairy or no, definitely need to know which main character has biggest biceps, pecs penis teaticles and whether or not they hang or tight against the body

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  • Tory Thai
  • 01-03-22

I felt my guts wrenching to butterflies.

This was just fantastic work. Getting into this I totally did not at all expect the route this ended up taking.

The writing was at first is confusing as there was no audio signal to tell me when there was a flash back scene so I really had to make frequent use of context clues. Once I got the hang of this format though, ugh, I just fell in love even more with this writing.

The frequent flashbacks and overlaying into the present was so creative. It absolutely sold the history these two had together and understanding where they were coming from. It also was just incredibly romantic and sexy to compare and contrast the differences between past and current. It felt totally like walking in memory lane and reminding us and these characters why they initially fell in love.

I absolutely got such a overwhelming amount of butterflies in my chest over the characters and the plot going on. I could totally feel all the crazy amount of emotions going on and worries they had with falling back in love again. It felt very believable, relatable and well written with what was going on in these guys heads, honestly if you've ever been in love and had a rocky start, you'd totally be able to relate to this, I did, I totally been there and the delivery here was just incredible at telling this kind of story.

The spicy moments were incredibly rewarding too, although, I did get incredibly frustrated when they 'faded to black' for certain scenes. It doesn't do that all the time and I think that was done for pacing reasons so the book isn't an erotica. The scenes that do get fully detailed out though were just fire and they were still frequent enough. I was definetly feeling the passions and fun dynamic these two had. Bossy younger romantic interest was just very well written.

One thing that I also really really loved was the dialog going on. The way these two were talking felt incredibly grown up. Like how real mature adults should talk and communicate. It's playful at times and knows when to reel in the emotions and think logically. Sometimes. And I say sometimes because being in love does cause some lapses in judgment but those lapses felt still based in reality.

This book seriously makes me want to go back and buy ever single book by this author now.

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  • Baba'sOma
  • 06-06-21

One of my favorite series

I absolutely love these guys! This is my 3rd time listening to the series. Never gets old !

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  • Afia Abrefi
  • 13-11-19

Sexy

I love the sunset cove series. Finley is more enjoyable if you read the book first (in my opinion). All in all, it was a good listen, the narrator Charlie David is amazing.