Lauren broke off an engagement with her old boyfriend because she caught him cheating on her. She's ready to move on and have some fun, but she's been too busy to meet anyone new.
Marcus has always been a player, unable to settle down with one girl. No one seems to meet his long list of requirements in a woman.
Marcus and Lauren have known each other for a few years, working for the same company but at different locations. They've always flirted some back and forth, but Lauren had been with Kyle. Now that she's single and they are in the same city for meeting, they spend a few passionate days together, both assuming this is just a fling.
They both eventual realize they want more than a fling, but can they make a long distance relationship work? And when Lauren's old boyfriend comes back to win her affection, can Marcus compete with their history?
My thoughts after reading:
Surely most of us heard the saying "Everything Will Fall Into Place In God's Time..." And for Marcus and Lauren, it's now---now since everything seems to be making sense... Making sense because now, Lauren had already broken-up w/ her cheating douchebag ex-fiancee' Kyle and is now fabulously single; and Marcus kinda seems to be contemplating on having a serious relationship... The two met about 2years ago and felt an instant connection...a magnetic pull... And eversince that fateful day, they weren't the same people anymore... It was very palpable that both are utterly drawn to each other but rather chose to restrain themselves since Lauren was in a serious relationship and Marcus wasn't really ready but now...Now is a whole lotta different story... now, they're both un-attached and free to date whomever... whenever.
After years of bottling-up their hidden desire & resisting the pull they have on each other, FINALLY, when an opportunity came a-knockin' for Marcus to attend a meeting/presentation in Chicago, he immediately grabbed it... Lauren was also ecstatic that Marcus is coming over and is extending his stay a couple of days for sight-seeing and such... FINALLY, they will be able to explore these intense feelings... And so they did.
They are such a cute couple! Like any new relationships, they just wanna spend as much time together as possible... Talking about anything and everything... (Sigh) I kinda miss those myself... I especially love how Marcus is being so candid and honest about the way he feels towards Lauren... His sooooo alpha... The way he gets jealous whenever he sees other men ogling his girlfriend, the way he wants to keep her safe and just wants to be around her... But what really struck me was when he made the grand gesture of moving to Chicago himself, instead of asking Lauren to move to wherever he was. I mean, how many guys would do that for their girls? Not many I'm pretty sure!😮 So Lauren is one very lucky gal... I know the exchange of "I love You"s didn't take place...but in this case, actions speaks louder than words... And Marcus' move to Chicago alone, is an indication that what he feels for Lauren is indeed deeper... and what about Kyle? Well, to tell you the truth I don't give a fuck what he does as long as he stops pestering Lauren... And yes, I have issues with lying, cheating SOB's! 😧
Marcus' & Lauren's courtship was a whirlwind but they've also known each other for years and had this insane magnetic attraction towards each other since the first day... There are things that you just know---you know... call it instinct... I mean look what Lauren got with Kyle?? They've been together forever and in the end all she got is a goddamned broken heart! As long as their feelings are real and sincere, who cares about the time-frame right??
I love the pacing of the story... Its like how we relay the story to our bestfriend...the shorter but concise version of the whole story... I loved how the author captured and aptly described how the characters feel and their thoughts which makes the readers empathize more and understand better.
I loved the story! It was sweet but not sappy, hot but not trashy... I can't wait for the sequel! I'm already excited to read about them living in the same city... Will Kyle continue to pester Lauren? Will Marcus become an overbearing bf? Will Lauren have trust issues?? Sooooo many situations to anticipate! 😉
An ARC of FINALLY was provided by Ms. Scarlett Metal and is the second novella I read from her. The first was, I REMEMBER YOU, which I equally love 😊😉