Sara's Review: Unwanted (Elemental Assassin #14.5) by Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Pocket Star
Released: July 18, 2016
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Length: 74 pages
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The New York Times bestselling Elemental Assassin series continues with a new e-novella—from the point of view of Finnegan Lane, the foster brother of Gin Blanco, and a fan favorite of readers of the series. The fallout from his disastrous “family reunion” in Bitter Bite has left Finn feeling hurt, angry, and depressed. He can barely stand to look at himself in the mirror, much less eat any of the delicious barbecue from Gin’s famed Pork Pit restaurant. But when the funeral for a slain security guard at his bank turns into a showdown with some nasty underworld giants, Finn knows that he must act in order to protect an innocent family. Finnegan Lane might be the most unwanted man in Ashland these days, but he’s determined to try to make amends for his past mistakes...
Five Boundless Stars
If you haven’t read book 14 in the series, Bitter Bite, Stop here to avoid spoilers.
We’ve all grown to love Finn as much as Gin in this entire series. In Bitter Bite, one of the worst blows in the form of a treacherous, conniving, murdering mother was delivered to Finn. Now Finn is left to pick up the pieces of his life, and frankly, he isn’t the same carefree Finn he has always been. Being so thoroughly duped shattered a piece of his soul. Knowing he is partially responsible for so many being hurt and killed is eating him up; he blames himself for all of it, when all he wanted was his mother’s love. His fellow employees at the bank, who he was once friends with, now revile and loathe him; yet every day, Finn puts on a brave face. He even tries to act like everything is alright with Gin and Bria, but they both see through his charade.
He has sworn on the graves of each and every guard that died, he would be there for their families. Now Finn might just get that chance to step up and help. The way Gin does, the way Fletcher use to. It won’t redeem Finn, but it is a step in the right direction to get the old confident Finn back.
Finn has been one of my favorite characters since the start of the series, and after the last book I am glad we get to see a bit more of him. He needed his own novella, it was time.