Finally Mine by Lucy Score

Finally Mine by Lucy Score
A Small Town Love Story Book 2
Publisher: That’s What She Said Publishing, Inc
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full length (458 pages)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

If he doesn’t end up naked and spread eagle on my bed I. Will. Die.

Gloria is due a happily ever after. She’s lost ten years to a toxic, dangerous relationship. Now that she’s finally free—and medicating with makeovers and margaritas in her mother’s kitchen—she has a long road ahead of her remembering who she really is. She’s scarred. But scarred doesn’t mean broken.

While Gloria’s deciding to take the next decade off from men, along comes larger-than-life, hometown hero Aldo Moretta. He’s saying all the right things and flirting in all the right ways. He’s deploying for six months and wants a date…with Gloria…when he comes back. Swoon. Panic.
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One kiss, one dazzling, remember-for-a-lifetime kiss and he’s gone. But life and happily ever afters don’t always take the straight path. When Aldo’s deployment is cut short by an injury, it’s up to Gloria to be the hero for them both.

Who was she outside of the abusive relationship that was all she had known for so long? I knew from reading the first chapter that I wouldn’t put this book down before seeing Gloria Parker feel and see her real worth. Even beyond Gloria, Aldo had a story to tell as well and it was going to be gut wrenching in the best way possible because I already knew this book had a HEA if they were willing to fight.

Dr. Dunnigan says it best at the end of the second chapter.”Today you’re not a victim. Today you’re a survivor”.

This was a tough story to read. Not because I’ve personally been in an abusive relationship or dealt with PTSD first hand but because Ms. Score is so very talented in bringing the reader right into the room. Feeling what the character is feeling. I would warn anyone who has suffered from domestic abuse or a loved one walking the dark path of any form of PTSD, this book could be triggering. I want to say also that it could be good for someone who’s in or been in that situation, help them draw strength from both Gloria and Aldo’s stories.

If the demons that Gloria would have to battle wasn’t enough, I remembered a very important story arch from the first book in this series. Aldo Moretta coming home from Afghanistan. He wasn’t the same happy go lucky young man who left. He would never be the same. They would be both have such steep uphill battles but I was right there with them, cheering them on and cheering them towards each other. This was a deeply emotional story that I’m so glad I read.

It’s been a few years since I read the first Small Town Love Story book, Luke and Harper’s story. A few chapters into this one I realized that the stories are happening simultaneously. That worked well for me because it took me back and allowed me to remember how much I enjoyed that first trip to the town of Benevolence. This trip was going to be every bit as memorable.

I won’t even lie. The scenes with Aldo after “the incident” had me in the feels and bit breathless. Keep reading. It’s so very worth it! The book isn’t all tissues and sniffles. I LOVED Aldo’s mother and Gloria’s mother and who doesn’t love Harper and Sophie? I was smiling and even laughing out loud in parts that most often involved conversations between Aldo and his mother. Then Gloria, the new and improved Gloria, started showing some real spunk and she was fun to watch, too. I could ruin this story by talking about it but, last thing, when Aldo gets over himself or maybe back to himself, he’s a force to be reckoned with for sure!

This is one of my favorite series from one of my favorite story tellers. Finally Mine was an excellent addition and I can’t wait to read Linc’s book. Here’s hoping Ms. Score takes us back to Benevolence time and again!

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