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Finally Yours

(Love & Wine #1)

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What do Tim Tams and Jack Wilson have in common? Other than both being Australian…nothing! One is an amazingly delicious chocolate-covered cookie, and the other is a total nightmare.
At least that’s how Lauren Somerville feels when Jack and the cookies walk back into her life fourteen years later.
As much as Lauren isn’t thrilled to see him, Jack is ready to prove that Tim T
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Kindle Edition, 315 pages
Published October 10th 2019
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Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: October 10, 2019
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

TROPES: Childhood Best Friends to Lovers Romance. Romantic Comedy.

Claire Raye has made me swoon! I knew this was going to be an amazing series based on the prequel novella (which you can read if you subscribe to the authors newsletter- see above) I just didn't realize HOW MUCH I was going to love it! I feel like I am friends with Lauren and Jack based on how well the author portrayed them and reading their story felt comforting. I also love
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Sentranced Jem
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-2019, 3-5-stars
I have read my fair share of books from the enemies to lovers tropes (It is one of my favourite!), so I am always excited to read a book if it's even remotely related to that trope.
Finally Yours is a sweet, fun and sexy weekend read. It’s a quick read without going over the top with the drama and what not.
Jack and Lauren relationship makes for an entertaining read that is filled with witty banters, swoony chemistry and sweet moments.
The secondary characters are ok…thought the kids are one of t
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Syndi
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Copy of Kindle edition is provided from Netgalley

This book seems to fail in building the plot/ momentum. The story is pretty simple. A childhood friend who comes back to declare his love to his true love. Jack is the hero and Lauren is the heroine. About 80% of the book we get a glimpse of their short time during childhood where Jack loved to tease Lauren. The Jack went back to Australia.

They met again when Jack returns to USA. As Lauren's employee. The first 70 of this book is just about sex.
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Dilushani Jayalath
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it
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E-Reader Addict
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Books like this are quite a conundrum for me. For the most part, very little of the story worked for me. But the parts that did work, really did.

Jack Wilson is returning to Napa, California 14 years after he left as a 15 year old, when he stayed at the Somerville Winery & Vineyard while his dad installed a grape crushing machine. Now that same machine is broken, and one of the owners has contacted the Australian to come see if if can be repaired.

The other owner, Lauren Somerville, is not happy
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Amy [Book Addict Reviews]
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finally Yours is book one of an all new series by Claire Raye. If you subscribe to their newsletter and read Always Yours, you got a brief introduction to Lauren and Jack. If you didn’t read it, that is fine because you will get the story.

I have been DYING to read this book and it was everything I could have wished for and so much more. I am completely in love with Lauren and Jack. Lauren has some sass to her; she is a feisty woman and everyone at the Vineyard knows she is the boss. Jack, well
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A.BookNerd.Bookseller&Bibliophile.Blog
I had high hopes for this book since I loved Always Yours, Ellen and Will’s story, and where we meet Lauren and get the background behind her and Jack. I loved the characters in this book. Lauren, aka Lulu, is a strong woman who has taken over her parent’s vineyard. Whereas Jack is a hottie Aussie who is very successful in the win business back in Australia. What dropped this down a notch was the conflict. It seemed a little contrived. Jack and Lauren both hid their pasts for no reason. Neither ...more
Brittany
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Scrolling through Instagram about a month ago when I see a cover reveal for a new book coming out. This cover is so dreamy and gorgeous that I had to stop and check out the blurb. Now I know we aren't supposed to judge a book by its cover, but sometimes it can prove to be a great decision.
Finally Yours by Claire Raye is a breath of fresh air. Lauren and Jack were the perfect h/H for this fun and sexy story. Jack won me over immediately in the prologue and continued to swoon me throughout the st
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Wayward Readers (Tarrah Marie)
This is the first full length novel in the Love & Wine series by Claire Raye and is brilliantly crafted. The story. The characters. The setting. It all comes together to form this laugh-out-loud, emotional, steamy good time. Claire Raye captures an instant chemistry between Jack and Lauren, whose good-natured, back and forth verbal foreplay is witty, smart, and hilarious. The Vineyard and Raye's ability to descriptively set the scene adds a unique element to the narrative, almost making it feel ...more
Luanna
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A witty, laugh-out-loud, sweet and steamy romance, which was a joy to read.
The chemistry was there right from the start of the book and it didnt rake forever for the characters to work out their feelings.
I liked all the supporting characters, they added to the dynamics of the main plot. Also the twins, I loved their comedic timing.
The book was written from the perspectives of both leads and the transitions between the chapters was well done.
I enjoyed this novel, a light , quick and fun read.
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Cat
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet,funny and steamy romance between Lauren and Jack.
I Loved the characters,the banter,the humour and the chemisrty between Lauren and Jack is electric.
It is all the perfect combination that makes up a very enjoyable,captivating fantastic read that kept me entertained throughout.
I highly recommend it .


Themis
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own_read, favorites
I loved this book! The setting, the story, the romance. Oh and how can you not love Oscar and Olivia. Those kids are just the best!
Pooja (Penningtales)
The story follows Lauren and Jack, childhood frenemies who met during the summer holidays while his father installed a grape crusher for her family’s vineyard. They lost contact when he and his father returned home to Australia. Now almost fifteen years later, that same crusher has broken down, bringing Lauren and Jack face-to-face once more.
Let me start off by saying I hate giving low ratings and negative reviews to books because I understand the effort and love authors put into their work. But
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*My Little Book Nook*
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finally Yours was so freaking cute. Claire Raye obviously knows how to do sexy/sweet, and those skills are on full display in this novel. It’s everything a feel good, warm and fuzzy, contemporary romance should be.

Jack Wilson and Lauren Somerville met the summer they were 15 when Jack’s father was working at Lauren’s parents winery. It was a love disguised as hate relationship, and when Jack went back to Australia at the end of the summer, they lost touch but never forgot one another. Now, 14 y
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Books Laid Bare
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
3.25 Stars
Ok, so let’s just get this off my chest. Had I read this without having read the prequel novella I think this might have worked better for me but picking this up straight off the back of finishing up the at book didn’t do me any favours because I just didn’t get the same vibe.
Now I know we got a bit of Lauren in the novella but in this we get her full on and I wasn’t particularly keen on everything she didn’t display. She was a master at keeping secrets and when you add that to Jack an
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Melissa J (Book Addicts Reviews)
4 HEA stars!! I love this couple!!

This can be read as a stand alone and is book one in the “Love & Wine” series. This is Lauren and Jack’s story.

Ok so I’m super glad I read the prequel (free from author if you sign up to get newsletter) first because the story of Will and Ellen added so much to the current story.

Jack is a hot Aussie!! Omg he’s like book crush definition!! Lauren is such a pain in the ass but you love it about her. The history between these two make the story!! I enjoy the bant
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Jennifer Pierson
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Claire Raye is another new author to me, (I seem to have a lot of them lately), and I'm very glad that I have met her through Finally Yours. Jack & Lauren will basically enemies when they were kids, especially since he seemed to tease her too much in her eyes. Years later, Jack comes back for Lauren, who he's convinced is his lobster, only he ends up working for her. Not to mention, Lauren wants no part of his plan, despite the fact that he's grown up super sexy, and they have some chemistry. Ho ...more
Ebonie
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jack and Lauren are so freaking cute that I could barely stand it. I love their history, their love, and their story. I love Jack’s character because he’s hot, he has an (almost) endless supply of Tim Tams - which are really good, by the way - and he clearly loves Lauren from the second the story opens. I love Lauren’s character because even though she is somewhat of a mess at times, she’s a brilliant and strong woman who overcomes an unhappily ever after to get the happily ever after she deserv ...more
Carly Wilson
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘Finally Yours’ is the first book I have read by Claire Raye, and the first book in the Love and Wine series. I was lucky enough to be given an advance reader copy of this book, and I really enjoyed it.

Raye has an easy adaptable writing style, that had me page turning easily. I loved the chemistry between Lauren and Jack, and really liked them both as characters.

I love how their story starts as teenagers, when Jack’s father comes to work for Lauren’s at their winery. A true enemies to lovers r
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Emma (Emlovesreading)
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
So this book was a first time reading from this author. And I really enjoyed it. The character of Jack was so funny. As a teenager when he visited his father who was working at Lauren’s families vineyard, he met Lauren and was instantly attracted to her. However the teenage mind works differently to an adults and instead of telling Lauren he likes her he teases her constantly. This didn’t go down well with Lauren and she actually disliked him because of the teasing.
Fast forward 14 years and Jac
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EducatedBookFreak
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Claire Reyes!! You. Are. Amazing. After getting all the snippets from the newsletter, I was anxiously anticipating jack and Lauren’s story. And I was not disappointed. At all. The chemistry between these two was crazy hot and they constantly tried to dodge all attempts. The way she took the past and combined it to the present was magical.

I loved Lauren. She has been through so much and you can see and feel the apprehension as her story unfolds. Jack (omg so hot with that accent!). He’s definite
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Melissa Gloria - Meli’s Books and Coffee
Love Love Love Jack and Lauren. You meet Jack in Always Yours. Jack and Lauren are kids when they first meet and are constantly at each others throats. It's when Jack has to go back home that Lauren starts to miss him. When these two get together again there is so much steamy chemistry it's insane! This story will capture your attention from the very beginning that you will not want to put this book down. I love how this book is written, from the banter between Jack and Lauren and the spark and ...more
Faith
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Imagine as a kid, the one boy who seems to annoy you with his very presence and gets under your skin. When that boy leaves, you are relived to be rid of him and never expect to see him again. Life has a way of throwing curve balls when you think everything is going smooth.
Fast forward years later the girl has grown into a smart, independent woman running the family business when life throws a curve ball her way and brings back the boy she couldn't stand-except he's all grown up with a swoon-wort
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NumberFour
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This is a second chance romance, frenemies to lovers and I loved it. The story is well written, relatable and I love the history between the main characters. The witty banter between Jack and Lulu was an added plus, I enjoyed it so much.

The characters were lovable and I absolutely adored the kids. The insane chemistry between Lauren and Jack kept me on edge the whole time, mostly because of those moments where they almost kiss and then get interrupted.

The story is really fun, addictive
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Tracey
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was the first book I've read by these authors and it was quite enjoyable for a contemporary romance. Jack and Lulu were frenemies from childhood so reading about their antics was quite funny but the scenes with Ollie and Oscar were the icing on the cake! I loved these two kids so much and they added some lightness to the drama in Lauren's life. The secondary characters were well developed and added to the storyline as well. Solid 4-star read. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC for NetGa ...more
Summer Ford
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of enemies to lovers. I love the witty banter, steamy heat and inevitable combustion, which this book definitely had in spades. Add in the angsty secrets that both Jack and Lauren are keeping and you have the recipe for an awesome book. I also loved the twins and laughed every time they showed up! I throughly enjoyed this story and need to go back and read the novella that I keep reading about.
Ashley
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-2019
This is a new to me author and I’m so glad I picked up this book. After reading that blurb I knew I needed to get this book in my hands. This was a sweet , fun romance with great characters. Lauren and Jack grew up together and couldn’t stand each other. Now years later Jack is back and never thought he would be working for Lauren. They have chemistry and witty banter that kept me entertained. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

ARC provided for honest review
Messy Bun Book Blog
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! After reading Always Yours I knew I was going to love Finally Yours! I adore Lauren and Jack so much! This is a swoon-worthy romantic comedy that I could not put down! I devoured this book in one sitting (tends to be a trend with Claire Raye books) and I loved every second! I need more right now!! FIVE STARS!!
Emeline Kelly
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sooooo Good!

This story is adorable. Their banter and electric chemistry is addicting. We also know my love of meddling family members (when it’s positive). This book gave me it all and I would love nothing more than to see it turned into a Netflix Original Hit or Amazon. Preferably a TV-MA version to get the full effect…
Jessica
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one started off strong for me. Then I got bored. So I skipped around some. Then read some. Then skipped around some. Loved the last 10%.
Overall, I am going to give this one 3.5 stars. It was well written, it just wasn’t the book for me. Too much drama with the ex girlfriend and the ex fiancé for me.
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