Exclusive: Get Your First Look at Cal and Alana's Big Reunion in Lauren Asher's 'Final Offer'

If you’ve been reading Lauren Asher’s Dreamland Billionaires series, then you already know about the big reunion about to happen. But just in case you haven’t had the chance to check it out yet, here’s a refresher: Three brothers who are heirs to a theme park (yes, like the “Happiest Place on Earth” kind of theme park) have to complete certain tasks in order to claim their big inheritance. And for one of them, Cal, this involves reuniting with someone quite unexpected…and so begins the second-chance romance that fans have loved.

Cosmopolitan has an exclusive first look at the final book in the trilogy, Final Offer, which will be released on January 31, 2023. But before you find out what Cal and Alana are up to, here’s the official book description from Bloom Books:

You can check out the official cover above, which matches the rest of the special edition covers in the Dreamland Billionaires series.

Before you run to preorder the new book and plan another visit to Dreamland don’t miss out on an exclusive excerpt below that gives a better sense of how Cal and Alana’s big reunion goes. Check it out!

An Excerpt From Final Offer
By Lauren Asher

Cal scans the kitchen counters, taking in the hundred cupcakes. “So, what’s the special occasion?”

So much for him leaving.

My hand clutching the piping bag tightens. A blob of icing drops on to the half-finished cupcake, ruining my design.

“We’re celebrating the last week of school.” I swipe the botched icing off the cupcake with my index finger and walk over to the sink to rinse it off.

Cal stops me, his hand snatching on to mine before I have a chance to turn on the faucet. He tugs me away from the sink. My chest smacks into his, stealing my breath.

I try to push away. “What are you doing?”

“Something I can’t resist.” The glint in his eyes should come with a warning label.

No.

“Cal…” The breathy way I say his name only seems to encourage him.

Cal tsks me like a child. “Your mom taught us better than to waste any food.” He lifts my hand up to his mouth. His eyes hold mine hostage, casting a spell on me while his lips close around my icing-covered finger. Every single cell in my body explodes when his tongue brushes against my skin.

Cal makes sure to take his time, dragging his tongue back and forth across my finger, cleaning off all traces of the icing. Each swipe of his tongue acts like a shock to my body.

The whole thing is both the shortest and longest five seconds of my life.

I attempt to pull myself free of his grasp and fail. His fingers clasping my wrist tighten before he releases me, and my hand drops by my side like a pendulum.

“What the hell?” I shove him in the chest.

He doesn’t move an inch, although he makes it a point to obnoxiously lick his lips. “You taste better than I remember.”

You. Not the icing. You.

I choke on his words, my sharp inhale causing me to cough.

“You good?”

I take a step back, adding some distance between us. “No, I’m not good.”

“You’re upset.”

I throw my hands in the air. “Of course, I’m upset! You just…”

“What?” He smirks.

The jerk.

“Sucked on my finger!”

Cal explodes from laughter, his neck knocking backward from the intensity of his amusement.

Sucked on my finger?!

Of all the stupid ways you could have phrased that… Embarrassment floods my cheeks pink. Cal’s laughter doesn’t help matters, only making my flush worse.

“I’d happily suck on your finger again if you let me,” he teases, waggling his brows.

One second, I’m glaring at him. The next, I’m launching one of my cupcakes directly at his stupid mouth. It misses his mouth entirely as it smacks against his cheek.

His laughter stops as his eyes go wide. “Did you just throw a cupcake at me?”

My answer dies in my throat as the cupcake slides down his cheek, leaving a buttercream trail across his stubble before falling against the floor.

I break into a fit of laughter. My lungs burn from how hard I laugh, and my eyes water in an automatic response.

He wipes his cheek with his thumb. “I’d run if I were you.”

“Why would I run?”

He devours with me with his eyes as he sticks his thumb into his mouth. “One…”

My eyes roll. “Seriously, cut it out. I need to get back to work.” I motion toward all the cupcakes that still need to be iced.

“Two…” He grabs a cupcake from the Tupperware and spins it in his hand.

“You wouldn’t dare.”

The smile on his face makes my body quiver from excitement. “You know what happens when you dare me to do something.”

Hell no.

Copyright © 2023 by Lauren Asher. From FINAL OFFER, by Lauren Asher. Reprinted by permission of Bloom Books.

Final Offer, by Lauren Asher will be released on January 31, 2023. To preorder the book, click on the retailer of your choice:

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