Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Things We Left Behind by Lucy Score - ARC Review

There was only one woman who could set me free. But I would rather set myself on fire than ask Sloane Walton for anything.

Lucian Rollins is a lean, mean vengeance-seeking mogul. On a quest to erase his father’s mark on the family name, he spends every waking minute pulling strings and building an indestructible empire. The more money and power he amasses, the safer he is from threats.

Except when it comes to the feisty small-town librarian that keeps him up at night…

Sloane Walton is a spitfire determined to carry on her father’s quest for justice. She’ll do that just as soon as she figures out exactly what the man she hates did to—or for—her family. Bonded by an old, dark secret from the past and the dislike they now share for each other, Sloane trusts Lucian about as far as she can throw his designer-suited body.

When bickering accidentally turns to foreplay, these two find themselves not quite regretting their steamy one-night stand. Once those flames are fanned, it seems impossible to put them out again. But with Sloane ready to start a family and Lucian refusing to even consider the idea of marriage and kids, these enemies-to-lovers are stuck at an impasse.

Broken men break women. It’s what Lucian believes, what he’s witnessed, and he’s not going to take that chance with Sloane. He’d rather live a life of solitude than put her in danger. But he learns the hard way that leaving her means leaving her unprotected from other threats.

It’s the second time he’s ruthlessly cut her out of his life. There’s no way she’s going to give him a third chance. He’s just going to have to make one for himself.

I loved the two previous books and there was something about Sloane and Lucian that has made me really want to get their story.

It didn't disappoint.

There's so much in this book. It's so much more than a man who can't see what's right in front of him. It's about the way things in the past can shape who we are in the future and how we react to things.

I probably should have been annoyed with Lucian and the way he behaves, but I couldn't be as my heart was breaking for him in so many ways.

And wow their chemistry was something else once they finally decided to give in to their attraction and admit there was something more there that just fighting.

The happy ending was well deserved. And even though it's a romance and you know they will be happy at the end, it still feels life the characters worked really hard to get here and it was a great ride for the reader.

I loved the epilogue at the end too. As it's the last of these books with these characters (which I can't lie I'm sad about) it was great to see a little more of the happily ever after all of them have.

I'm sad to see this series come to a close, but I loved the way it did.

I enjoyed and recommend this title.

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