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CLEANING UP FINN

Cleaning Up FinnCleaning Up Finn by Sarah M. Chen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Meet Finn Roose, manager of a Redondo Beach restaurant, master manipulator and womanizer. Finn sees life as one big party. Porter, his best friend, allows Finn to borrow his Ferrari and boat at times, which Finn passes off as his own. One night Finn meets Rhonda “Ronnie” Havemeyer at the restaurant and convinces her to go on a sunset sail on his boat the next night. After more than a few drinks on the boat and Finn’s failure to “get it up”, Ronnie gives up, dresses, and goes topside. Finn, being extremely drunk, is barely able to get the boat back into the slip at the marina. As they get off the boat, Ronnie realizes she has left her purse on the boat. Finn goes back to retrieve it & when he returns, he finds Ronnie passed out by the dock. Finn wants to get Ronnie back to her hotel and goes through her purse to see if he can locate a key or something to tell him where this is. As he is looking, a driver’s license falls out and he discovers she is underage. Being the general manager of one of the most successful restaurants, Finn cannot risk being associated with a minor. So Finn does what any normal person would do. He looks around to make sure no one is watching and leaves Ronnie lying face down on the grass. From here things just get worse as he finds out that Ronnie is now missing.

Finn’s sleazy, drinks too much, is a complete asshole, and only sees women as things to be conquered. But by the end of this story, I like Finn. As much as Finn would like to not care, he does his best to right things. From trying to figure out what happened to Ronnie to making it up to Porter for damaging his Ferrari and leaving his boat in complete disarray. For all his faults, there is a nugget of goodness in Finn. Until the next hot chick walks into the restaurant.

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