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While Terms and Conditions is undoubtedly my favorite in the trilogy, Final Offer is a close second. Cal was already a favorite thanks to the previous book. While Rowan and Declan are cut from the same silent and stern cloth, Callahan is, in many ways, their complete opposite. He has a magnetism that draws people in, a wit that’s sharper than a blade, and a way about him that instantly lifts your spirits. The quips he throws at his brothers are amongst the many highlights of this series.

But Cal is hiding a dark inner world. Most people see him as a trust-fund brat and a washed-up athlete. Not to mention he’s a high-functioning alcoholic. Sure, he’s always got a smile on his face and a joke in hand, but there’s a reason he’s struggled with staying sober. Sometimes, drinking is the only way he can get through the day. It’s ironic that Final Offer features the least grumpy Kane brother and yet deals with the heaviest topics. Cal’s journey to sobriety is an important one to read, and I think Lauren Asher handled it with both a delicate and realistic hand. The ups and downs were well worth the feeling I was left with at this book’s conclusion.

I'll be the first to admit that second-chance romances aren’t my go-to subgenre, but I've been enjoying them more and more lately. There’s something about the built-in tension and forced proximity that has me flying through the story to see who will give in first.

As Final Offer came to a close, I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out how Cal could fulfill the requirements necessary to receive his inheritance without betraying Lana’s trust once again. And that’s not even to mention Cal’s relationship with his father, and Seth’s own letter from the late Kane patriarch. As much as I loved seeing each individual brother’s story come to life, I also enjoyed watching the three of them become a family once more, facing their demons and carving out a life they once only dreamed of.

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Thank you very much for the opportunity to read this book early! I really enjoyed it. I thought the writing was very well done, and the story kept me interested. I believe my students/patrons would also love this book and will be acquiring it for the library!

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Lauren Asher books are a hot sale right now at the bookstore and I was so excited to see book 3 coming out! Cal is a complex character and I loved seeing how he came to his decisions about making sobriety a priority. I wish Lana had been developed a bit more. there were just some gaps in her life story that didn't quiet add up. Overall though, I think Lauren Asher fans will be happy!

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This is a good book. The two main characters are Lana and Cal. They have known each all their lives. They dated in high school. They broke up when Cal went to college. Several years later they meet up again. Call’s grandfather died and left a Blake cottage to Lana and Cal. They start renovating it to sell it. They each have trust issues but together they work them out and fall in love.

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Thank you to Netgalley fppr providing me this advanced copy of Final Offer by Lauren Asher. This is a great series to graduate readers from Ana Huang & Elle Kennedy New Adult to Adult Romances.

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3.5 stars

I had hopes for this book, I enjoyed the first two, and Callahan Kane was someone I wanted to get to know. He is complex, with a side of vulnerability and darkness.

Lana was hard for me to connect with. While I understood putting her daughter first, and her toughness as a single mom, my feeling just never warmed up to her. Cami is just too cute for words.

Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks, Bloom Books for the advanced copy; this is my voluntary review.

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I think out of the Dreamland Billionaire series, this one is the one I've had the hardest time rating. I appreciate the author trying to tackle something as serious as addiction within a second chance romance.

However, I did not like Lana's character. I feel like her character didn't have much development. I did like Cal's pov and how he eventually found support through a second chance friendship.

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This series has a certain appeal for me. I really enjoyed Asher's previous books, though her writing style isn't really anything special in my opinion. I think she leans on cliches frequently and ultimately most of her characters are pretty similar.

I liked the two previous books, but I think this one was underdeveloped. It has some solid ideas behind it, but ultimately it didn't come up to snuff in the final product we got.

Cal is an interesting guy, and I would have liked a book that actually had him deal with his problems. We do know he's in therapy by the end, but aside from his ADHD meds, do we see him seeking medical intervention for the clear anxiety and panic disorder he exhibits? No. By the end, it seems like he made it to sobriety by just putting in the time, not the work. Cal also says he's pursing sobriety for himself, but it's not fully articulated why. The reader can see that his life is empty without Alana and later Cami, but we don't get that played out on-page.

Lana is an interesting character to me, and I liked a lot of the bones we saw with her. She has a family history of addiction, so she has reasons not to trust Cal or let him into the life of her little family. Honestly, her whole life felt like lazy writing. She's a Spanish teacher? We don't even know when she went to college, her life is only written about to fill blank spaces in her relationship with Cal. It'a as though she ceases to exist when he's not in town.

I am usually not anti-kid in romance books, but this one really annoyed me. Cami is the worst kind of kid in a contemporary romance: she's precocious, she can't pronounce words, and her only interests are princess related. She's a full-on moppet.

I had a few other small complaints about the book, but they don't really fit anywhere.
- How is Alana paying property taxes on this house? She doesn't even have the money to fix the roof!
- Alana is always moved when Cal does stuff that is literally just spending money. Spending money isn't automatically being thoughtful! Just because a guy buys you a trip to Disney with your kid doesn't mean he loves you!
- Alana's sister is a plot device who only appears briefly and is never mentioned again.

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thank you to netgalley for the advanced reading copy of final offer by lauren asher. this was the 3rd book in the trilogy so not going to spoil but it was fantastic and its a good seller

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I don’t think anything will top Rowan and the first one. But man I am sad that this series is over. Few issues I had was the excessive ness of talking about Cals addiction like we get it stop saying the word addiction and bringing it up. And I get the kid was smart but her being in 1st well kindergarten it just felt that she was older than that. However, Lauren really knows how to wrap everything up and put a fucking pretty bow on it. Between the cameos and the last 20% I knew I was not going to sleep until I finished it. I loved that his and Iris’ friendship continued on. And even the interactions with his brothers all of it was a great amount and didn’t feel like it was pushing cameos. Again I’m very sad that this series is over but I’m so glad I picked it up.

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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Caro

When I read the synopsis for Final Offer it immediately caught my attention that I didn’t notice it was the third book in a trilogy! Hahaha, I guess I’ll have to read the previous books to get to know the other two Kane brothers I’m already in love with. I was also amazed by the playlist the book comes with! I think this is the first book I’ve read where the author so nicely included a printed playlist to go along with the story. (laurenasher(.)com/laurens-mixtapes)

The story begins with a dangerous late-in-the-night encounter between our lovely couple, Callahan Kane and Alana “Lana” Castillo. Cal has returned unannounced to his grandfather’s summer house in Lake Wisteria, where Lana has lived in for years since her family moved to the USA. Lana inherited the house from Cal’s grandfather and believes to be the rightful and only owner until Cal shows up claiming the house.

To Cal’s surprise, Lana has been living in the house for the past years with her five year old daughter. As soon as Cal hears this he immediately starts counting the days, months, and years to when he last saw his ex-girlfriend for what he thought would be the last time before promising to never return. Lana assures him that her daughter, Cami, is only hers and not Cal’s. Cal is somewhat hurt that Lana moved on, but he really can’t blame her after how things ended between them.

Cal and Lana learn that grandfather Kane’s inheritance wasn’t exactly the way he made it sound. Both were under the impression that each individually was the owner of the house, Lana to live in it and Cal to sell it in order to receive the rest of his money. For Lana, selling the house would mean losing everything she has worked for and taking Cami’s home from her, along with losing the memories of her mother. For Cal, having Lana as co-owner means not fulfilling his grandfather’s will and losing to his father, along with making his brother’s lose their inheritance as well. Lana will never agree to selling the house, especially knowing that Cal is still the spoiled rich boy she grew up with and that not even his drinking habit hasn’t changed. But after struggling to pursue Cal, Lana goes along with his plan knowing that if they raise the price on the house no one will buy it.

Lana was not expecting Cal returning to Lake Wisteria, especially after going through that terrible breakup, her mother passing away shortly after, and having to raise Cami on her own. Luckily, Lana has good friends Violet, Delilah and Wyatt to help her, keep her sane and protect her. Lana’s love for Cami also keeps her going and looking for the best options to raise her child. Another reason to not trust Cal once he returns. Lana knows Cal still has a drinking problem and does not want Cal intoxicated near Cami, especially when Cami begins to attach herself to Cal’s father figure. Cami is adorable, and Cal starts falling in love with her immediately. Not to mention how cute Cami is when she starts charging people money for her Swear Jar.

“Sorry, kiddo, but I don’t have any dollars.” “How about that?” She points at the stack of hundred-dollar bills with big eyes. “Do you even know how much these are worth?”

“You owe the swear jar!” Cami jumps out of her seat and walks over to Declan with her hand held out. “Billetes, por favor.”

Cal is still struggling to put his childhood behind him and is having a difficult time moving on. His father’s disapproval fuels his drinking and any hope to get sober, but once Cal realizes that he may have a chance to get Lana back, he finally gives his all to be a better person. Cal is also helping his brothers win over their father, which motivates him even more. Cal’s brothers both have their own tasks to fulfill before their time is up, but the dynamic between the brothers is so cute, they’re all trying to be more brotherly towards each other and helpful, yet it looks awkwardly cute.

"Rehab might have helped me start off on the right foot, but not having access to alcohol isn’t the same as choosing to be sober. At least not to me. I want to be tempted by alcohol and resist."

Apart from Cal’s brothers, we also have their adorable wives Iris and Zahra. You can say they are Cal’s best friends and confidants. The trio has their own family chat with funny interactions and advice for when Cal needs help understanding Lana’s feelings. While Cal is awkward with his brother, he is adorable with his sisters-in-law.

Lana and Cal have grown up and matured for the better of their loved ones. It took Cal a little longer to find a reason to be better but with work and determination he found his own piece. If you’ve been following the Dreamland Billionaires series you definitely have to finish the trilogy with Cal. If you are new to the series like me, then I recommend you start from the beginning for more adventures with the Kane brothers, but no book order is necessary.

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I have never read a book by Lauren Asher. But I had seen a lot of praise for her books. I do appreciate the opportunity to read one of books. However, I found it very difficult to read this book. It's possible that this is a series that needs to be read in order. I don't know.

I'm not even sure if characters from the previous books in the series make an appearance in this particular book. This is because I find it difficult to get past Chapter Four. I was unable to finish this book.

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Struggling alcoholic Cal is the last Kane brother to tackle the terms of his grandfather’s will and receive his inheritance. He is tasked with spending the summer at his grandfather’s house in Lake Wisteria before selling it, but when Cal arrives in Lake Wisteria after spending six years away, he is shocked to discover that Lana, his childhood best friend and only love, lives in his grandfather’s house with her young daughter. Cal’s chances of obtaining his inheritance are put in jeopardy when he discovers that Lana, who hates Cal for breaking her heart, co-owns the house and doesn’t plan on selling.

Final Offer is a new adult romance featuring the forced proximity, second chance romance, enemies to lovers, friends to lovers, and single parent tropes. This is the third and final installment in Lauren Asher’s Dreamland Billionaires trilogy, so if you’re new to this series, you should start with book one, The Fine Print, to avoid spoilers. This would be perfect for fans of romance novels like Twisted Love by Ana Huang, Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score, Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey, Every Summer After by Carley Fortune, Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake by Mazey Eddings, and In the Weeds by B.K. Borison. Some themes present in Final Offer include loneliness and isolation, growing up, family, wealth, desire to escape, love and heartbreak, death, mental health, and addiction, but be aware of the following trigger warnings for absentee parents, alcoholism and addiction, and death of a family member (prior to story).

Cal is totally swoonworthy; not only is he a committed cat dad, but he is also so sweet to Lana’s daughter, Cami, and it was very cute to see Cal develop an almost instant dad-like connection with Cami. Seeing how Cal learned to use books as a healthier way of coping with some of his mental health struggles was great to see and I think that other readers will connect with this as well. My favourite part of Final Offer was the epic trip to Dreamland (the Kane family’s Disney-esque theme park), which included a princess makeover and fireworks! Asher included some comedic elements in this novel that were brilliant; for example, Cal unknowingly volunteers to dress-up in an embarrassing costume for the community Strawberry festival. It was great having the other Kane brothers (and their significant others) still part of the plot in Final Offer and made regular appearances throughout the novel. Without spoiling anything, I felt like the ending, both of this story and the series, was very fitting.

On the downside, this book seemed somewhat long as it was over 100 pages longer than the other two books and Final Offer was slow to start too. This made the book hard for me to get into since Cal and Lana have a history before the events of Final Offer, the beginning of the book required a lot of preamble and background information.

Overall, Final Offer was enjoyable and would recommend it to fellow contemporary romance readers, especially those who love second chance romances!

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I read this super long book so quickly that I can’t fathom giving it anything less than five stars. While this book did have problems, namely the pseudo-bullying of Cal due to his alcoholism and some continuity errors, I absolutely loved it! I think I looked at my phone only like ten times in the past three days while reading, which is saying a lot. So I feel like it would be a disservice to give it anything less than five stars. I love this series overall and I still feel like my favorite couple is Declan and Iris, but I feel like this book had the best plot.

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I had high hopes for this book as I had heard many good reviews... but I think it would have hit different for me if I had read the other books in the series. I thought I could read this one as a standalone, and technically it can be read that way, but I couldn't help but feel like I was missing elements of the story without all the background information. I love the bad boy with a soft spot for love, but Cal was just a little *too* bad and bordered on dangerous, IMO. I didn't feel any chemistry between the MCs and this ended up being a DNF for me. Thank you to NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Bloom Books, Bloom Books for the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Probably my favorite of the series. Just enough spice and just enough sweetness. Cal's story was the one that I had been waiting for and didn't even know it.

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<i> They just had to save the best for last huh? <i\>

Cal is my favorite Kane brother, so it’s no surprise that this book is my fave from this series, but i loved his story so so much it hurts.
His addiction was really well portrayed: it was glorified or romanticized, and the challenge of overcoming an addicted was well written.

I also really loved Alana (Iris is still my main girl tho🫶). Her love for Camila, her daughter in every way that matters, was very heartwarming. The whole family aspect of the book was so cute honestly.

Anyways, I’m still grieving the end of this series, but will carry it in my heart<3

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“Falling in love with yourself is ten times harder than falling in love with someone else”

I’m the Kane brother that everyone gossips about, washed-up athlete, trust fund brat, high-functioning alcoholic. She is the only one that knows the real me. Alana Castillo–my childhood best friend and the only woman I have ever loved. Six years ago when I broke her heart, I promised to never come back. Until my grandfather’s will changed everything and I had to break that promise. The way to receive my inheritance, my task was to spend the summer at the family lake house before selling it. In theory the request is simple, until everything blows up on the very first day. Lana doesn’t just live in the house, but she claims she owns it too.
Falling in love with Callahan Kane was a mistake. He told me this before ripping out my heart and destroying our friendship six summers ago. When he promised to never come back, I believed him. Then Cal shows up again, to sell his grandfather’s lake house. His biggest problem? I own the house too.

Final Offer is the Perfect Ending to an amazing series! I absolutely loved every second of this book, in my opinion it was a masterpiece. Cal is this beautiful broken golden boy that I want to hug so badly. Everything he did for Lana and Cami, literally so caring and loving. I related to Cal in so many ways, his struggles made me cry. It was beautiful to witness his growth and development of overcoming his addiction, loving himself, and becoming the man that deserves Lana. Cal is by far my favorite Kane brother, not just for his mouth, but he is sweet, funny, and will do anything for those he loves. I loved Lana, I loved the banter between her and Cal, also how much she pushed him to be better and unwilling to settle for less. Also appreciated the brutal honesty and depth that was taken to demonstrate experiencing addiction and the effects it has on oneself, those around them too. It wasn’t romanticized or glorified, it was written in my opinion very accurately depicting addiction. The angst, the love, the laughs, the inspiration, the struggles, and the successes. This book has it all!

This book includes:

✔️Billionaire romance
✔️Second chance romance
✔️Childhood friends to lovers to strangers to lovers
✔️Small town romance
✔️Single mom
✔️Dual pov

5/5 stars
3/5 spice

Thank you Lauren Asher, SOURCEBOOKS Bloom Books, and NetGalley for providing an arc for an honest review.

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firstly, everyone knows how I feel about a damaged man who wants to be better 😩😩😩 !!!!!!! cal is so dreamy and so genuine and special and I just wanted to hug and kiss brim and tell him it’ll be ok

MEANWHILE I wanted to tell lana how special she was and give her and cami kisses and just show them so much love.

these characters were so lovable and genuine and their experiences were so deeply rooted in reality. I found myself relating to them SO much. I absolutely adored them and I couldn’t stop reading. I was hooked from the start!!!!!

lauren asher always creates characters and storylines for jag get me emotional and so invested so early on. i was rooting for them the WHOLE time.

miss asher I love you THANK YOU

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The wait for Callahan’s story and the final story of the Dreamland Billionaires was well worth the wait. Callahan Kane is the brother that “no one takes seriously.” He’s the brother battling an addiction that he just can’t seem to win. Until his grandfather decides to turn his life upside down. In order for Callahan and his brother’s to receive their inheritance’s- he has to complete a task he’s been avoiding for years. He has to go back to a small town and face the love that he left behind- Alana. Although he never really moved on from her and she never moved on from him- neither of them is willing to trust the other. Alana is a tough-as-nails single mother trying to do her best for her and her daughter. She has to decide if that means letting Cal in- or turning him away forever. This second chance romance did not disappoint. The chemistry and banter between Cal and Alana is amazing and realistic. The final book of this series has by far been my favorite. I’m happy to see the conclusion and happy endings for all the Kane brothers, but I did not want it to end! #NetGalleyArc #NetGalley #LaurenAsher #ARC

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