Unwanted (Elemental Assassin #14.5)

unwantedAuthor: Jennifer Estep

Publisher: Gallery

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novella in Series

Provided by Publisher


Blurb: 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.


Review: I’ve always loved Finn and really enjoyed this story from his point of view. Sadly, it comes after a huge debacle with his birth mother that caused a whole lot of anguish for Finn and those around him.

In this story, Finn is still working at the bank, but he’s pretty sure he should have lost his job because of what he’d done to help his mother. Of course, he had no idea she was plotting to ROB the bank! But everyone hates him–or at least that’s how he feels–and his boss is trying to compel him to tough it out by making him come to work as usual and also attend the funerals of all those that had been killed. At first, I thought his boss was a real a$$hole, but by the end, I had a different take. I think he was helping Finn work through the pain.

Finn catches on to one family’s dilemma. One of the giant guards that had been killed left a wife and a son. He’d also left a brother who was acting really shifty. By attending the funeral and the wake held at their home after, he realized that something was wrong and that it was something HE could help fix. A tangible way he could do something and help a family that he felt he’d harmed recover.

Let’s hope he’s successful because it would really boost his spirits.

My greatest wish for Finn? That he gets over his immense feelings of guilt and pain for what happened. His mother was horrible and evil in her own right and deserves all the credit or blame that was associated with the bank robbery. Finn was only guilty of feeling like he had a mom for once.

As always, Ms Estep creates a moving character and shows us what’s behind the urbane smile and polished shoes of Finn. Thanks!


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