Book Review: Braxton by Hadley Finn

I love romance, so it’s odd that I rarely get a chance to review romance books. But when I had the opportunity to read and review Hadley Finn’s Braxton, I leaped at it. 

1. Thoughts on the plot

This book follows Braxton, who discovers he’s a father of six-month-old Colt after Colt’s mother dies in a car accident. The only problem is that her twin sister, Emberleigh, is prepared to do anything to stay in her nephew’s life. 

I will admit, I very nearly DNF’d this book within the first 10% because there were just a few situations (such as Emberleigh moving in to Braxton’s house without permission) that were just so illogical as to be enough to almost ruin the story. But, then, the author actually does something not a lot of other authors do, and explains things! And it works! I love that and appreciate it a great deal. I will say that the plot of this book borders on the overdramatic/unrealistic, especially at the end, however it manages to work relatively well with the story that is presented. I do feel like some of the motivations (esp. Bronwyn) are a little rushed, or are missing altogether, but a few small paragraph long explanations being missing aren’t going to ruin the plot for me.

2. Thoughts on the characters

Just as I was not super keen on the first 10% of the plot, nor did I immediately like Braxton and Emberleigh. Braxton started off like a bunch of other alpha romance heros I’ve read and hated; a little quick to judge, a little quick to dismiss, and a little loud in his very angry opinions. But he grew on me massively and actually had some of the best dialogue in the whole book. Emberleigh became more interesting, also, once it was explained that her rash actions weren’t because she was, at heart, a rash and unthinking person, but because she actually cared so much that she couldn’t contain it. I appreciate that a lot, as I have read a bunch of stories where people are rash just because and it rarely ends well for the book. 

I think, again, there were some scenes missing that could have added a lot of background info with the characters, such as direct interactions with Emberleigh and her parents before the plot happenings happened. Or Braxton and Colt’s mother, even in thought. But those were fairly minor things and I still like the characters regardless.

3. Favourite part

Braxton’s dialogue, and the overall way that he treated Emberleigh and people. I just…swoon.

4. Critique

My only real critique are those potentially missing scenes/details mentioned above. Not major, did not ruin the plot or characters at all, but could have really expanded the story in parts where it was lacking.

Overall, I would say that Braxton was a steamy, well-crafted romance novel with characters to love and a story I can get behind. A very good book.