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Review of Finally Mine: A Small Town Love Story by Lucy Score

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5 of 5 Small Town Stars

Finally Mine is the second book in a series about the couples in a small town called Benevolence. The first is called Pretend You’re Mine, which was the first Lucy Score book that I ever read. I have been fortunate enough since then to have become a member of her ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) team, and am so happy to have been given the chance to read Finally Mine!

I have to admit, I wish I could have gone back to read PYM before reading FM, but due to time constraints (not to mention the SNEAK ATTACK of this book on us unsuspecting readers!), I was not able to. (I did find a paperback copy of PYM at a used bookstore the other day, though, so a re-read is in my future.)

It had been so long since I’d read PYM, that I only had vague recollections of what happened in that book. I do remember a fun polar plunge and a very sexy office scene, and a mention of Gloria and Aldo here and there, but other than that, I could have used a refresher.

That being said, you could totally read this book as a standalone, without having read PYM. It would give you some spoilers about things that happen in PYM, but I don’t see it as a big problem. I actually loved that it wasn’t really a sequel, as it took place around the same time as the events in PYM were taking place. (Penny Reid does that with her Winston brothers series, and I really enjoy that.)

The bottom line: Aldo and Gloria have a complicated history, which is one of my favorite kinds of couples. They are both damaged, in more ways than one, and the real heart of this book is whether each of them can see past their scars (not wounds!) and allow themselves to love and be loved.

As an Army brat, I really liked the military aspect of this story. There’s also the Small Town feel that Lucy is so good at (see her Blue Moon series), as well as some very fun sexy times. Not every author writes these well, but Lucy really does! This particular book delved into some interesting issues surrounding sexy times, which I won’t spoil, but it was very well handled and I enjoyed it very much.

I will admit that I do hate that inevitable moment when the couple “breaks up,” and I *really* hate when it’s because one or the other of them is being an idiot, and that’s what happens here. But I understand that the conflict has to happen so that they can have their reunion and subsequent HEA.

Lucy Score is one of my favorite authors. She is crack-me-up funny, but oftentimes, she will hit you with a life lesson that is simple but profound. For example, “It doesn’t matter what happens to you. In the end, all we are is our ability to love. That never gets taken away or diminished.” and, “Without pain, there is no joy.” Phew. Deep!! Her writing made me tear up multiple times in this book. I love when that happens.

This may be my new favorite Lucy Score book, and I was especially excited to see that we will be going back to Benevolence sometimes next year to see Lincoln Reed meet his match!

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Review of Old Enough: The Age Between Us by Charmaine Pauls

5 of 5 mesmerizing stars

Wow! This book is unlike anything I’ve ever read. It’s the first part of the story of Brian and Jane, a younger man and a MUCH older woman. The story takes place in South Africa, which is only relevant when certain words or phrases are used which are different from the ones we would use in the US. Sometimes it took me out of the story, but only for a moment.

It is EXTREMELY sexy, delving into some practices/proclivities that I’ve not read too much about. It is well-written and interesting. Both Jane and Brian have a complicated backstory, which I always love. Jane is also a mom, which adds a relatable element to the story for me. I’m very anxious to see how things turn out for them , which is why I’m going to jump right in and read part two, called Young Enough.

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Review of Devil’s Cut (The Bourbon Kings Book 3)

This third book in the Bourbon Kings series delivers a satisfying conclusion to the complex challenges faced by the Bradford family. The mystery is solved and unfinished business is resolved. This series is really good. One of the best I’ve read in a long time. So much suspense.  Bourbon, horse racing, murder, complicated relationships, and wealth set the stage for a page turner. J.R. Ward delivers another hit.

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Review of: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Love and Other WordsI don’t give many books 5 stars. This book is SO GOOD. Wonderfully written. I was eager to find out what happened next, turning page after page.  Many great memorable quotes. My heart was heavy and my eyes were nearly tearful the entire time. At the end, tears streamed down my face. Everyone needs an Elliot :). I’m going to read this one again because it is that good.  A wonderfully rare find.

P.S. I read this digitally, and had to go get the hard copy because I needed it on my shelf.

Definitely Recommend!

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Review of: The Bourbon Kings (Book 1) by J.R. Ward

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4 out of 5 stars

First in a three-book series. Lane finds himself in a position to fix all that has been lost. A wealthy family who prides itself on luxury, bourbon, and horse racing, finds itself in many different intriguing situations. It reminds me of a Kentucky Derby meets Downton Abbey. They may appear all that you could ever want, but no family is without it’s secrets. Characters are very likeable. Text is rich and descriptive. This is suspenseful and romantic with a surprise around every corner. J.R. Ward hit it out of the park. Now on to Book 2.

I recommend this book! So good.

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