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*Genre* Urban Fantasy
Unwanted is Finnegan Lane's story. It comes on the heels of Gin's fight against Deidre Shaw in Bitter Bite and a shocking revelation that has fans like me wondering what Gin will do next. SO, before you jump into Unwanted, ensure that you've already finished reading Bitter Bite. If you are an Elemental Assassin series regular, you already know that Finn is Gin Blanco's flashier, cockier foster brother who dates her sister Bria Coolidge and is an investment banker for First Trust of Ashland. Because of the events of Bitter Blue, Finn is probably the most hated man or as he calls himself, the most Unwanted man in Ashland.
You can't really blame people for their feelings. Again, especially after his idiocy when it came to Deidre Shaw and his ignoring warnings from Gin that got people killed. But, the one thing that you can always count on when it comes to Finn, he'll somehow bounce back and land on his feet. After all, he is the son of Tin Man Fletcher Lane, and he too has a heart when it comes to caring about and protecting innocent people from bullies. I think one of the more interesting aspects of this book is that Finn gets a bit of schooling into his father's past relationships with certain people.
These people know that Finn is pretty much just like his father. So when Finn is shoved into a certain way in order to protect the widow of one of the guards that was killed during Bitter Blue, he doesn't hesitate. He puts his own issues behind him, and he moves forward. This is not Gin's book. She does show up, as does Sophia Deveraux, but Finn is the sole focus of the book. This is also the book that fans need as well. We needed closure and to move on and forgive Finn for being a total tool when it came to his mother's manipulations.
Unwanted is definitely best read as a companion to Bitter Bite as the events that happen in this novella are a direct result of how things went down when Finn’s mother Deirdre blew into Ashland quite unexpectedly looking to reconnect with her son.
Of course Deirdre’s true motivations weren’t realized in time by Finn and a lot of good people lost their lives because of it, not to mention the destruction done to the bank where Finn works. Now, Finn is faced with being persona non grata by everyone who thinks he should have known better. Honestly, Finn is pretty full of self-loathing too.
While attending a funeral for one of the guards, Finn learns that his widow is facing some steep trouble. Finn sees this as his opportunity to offer help and make amends.
I appreciated the fact that Jennifer Estep decided to write this novella from Finn’s point of view mainly because I felt like Bitter Bite was more Finn’s story anyway, you know, with his until-recently-thought-deceased mother returning and all.
I’m happy we have this novella because I feel like we’re not skirting around the obvious issues that Finn is going to face emotionally after being dealt such a blow by a figure who is supposed to be a pillar of love and support in your life.
In Unwanted, my heart broke for Finn. You’re aware of just how disappointed, sad, guilty, etc. he is over everything. More, I believed how Finn could have blinders on where Deirdre was concerned, whereas in Bitter Bite I struggled with understanding that because from Gin’s perspective the lies are so obvious.
Don’t worry, the entire story doesn’t just read gloomy. It’s a meditation, on Finn’s part, of feeling lost and taking steps to getting back to normal (or as normal as can be). Of picking up the pieces and moving forward.
Unwanted is a good compliment to Bitter Bite. Jennifer Estep pulls some pleasant, albeit not too surprising, things out of her hat. By the end, I was definitely excited for the next book Unraveled. Fans of the series will enjoy this one.
It was great to see Finn in such an emotionally vulnerable state in this novella. We always see the lovable, flirtatious Finn; the Finn that is very much put together. So it was great to see him a bit unraveled as he dealt with everything that happened with his family. I really wanted to give poor Finn a hug because I could feel how guilty he felt about everything and how sad he was that he didn’t see what everyone else saw until it was too late.
This was a really great novella. It’s a quick read and definitely worth your time and money. I highly recommend it.
Arc provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review