Jan 14

Love and Pancakes by Lacey Black Review



Marissa Grayson’s dream went up in smoke. A devastating fire has ripped apart her family’s bed and breakfast, leaving her off-kilter and scrambling to repair the damage. What she doesn’t need, or have time for, is Rhenn Burleski. Sexy, confident, and dangerous to her heart. A man who clearly knows his way around the female body and will leave the moment the sheets start to cool. Yet that doesn’t stop her from making a deal with the devil himself.

Work hard, play harder. That’s Rhenn’s life motto. An electrician by day, Rhenn turns it up at night, always with a different lady friend in tow. He makes sure they know the score: he’s not looking for anything more than one night of fun. However, he knows the second he meets the shy daughter of the bed and breakfast’s owner that his life is never going to be the same. As hard as he tries, he just can’t resist one taste.

What happens when their time is up and Rhenn must leave, returning to his old life? Will they be able to walk away, hearts unscathed, or will their time together prove to be nothing more than a fading memory?





I absolutely love a good small town romance, and, for me, Lacey Black’s renditions of this classic romantic trope are among the very best in the genre. She has perfected the telling of these sweet and sexy romances in these small, everybody knows everyone else towns. Centered around a big, loving family, Black gives her readers love stories that are full of heart and are as hot as they are humorous. I simply cannot get enough of them.

Love and Pancakes kicks off Black’s new Rockland Falls series, a spin-off of her Summer Sisters series. Fans of Black will recall meeting Rhenn, best friend to Nick, the hero of the Summer Sisters series finale, My Kinda Forever. An avowed playboy, Rhenn is not the settling down type. He doesn’t do emotion, he doesn’t do relationships and he doesn’t do repeats. Marissa runs Grayson Bed & Breakfast with her mom, and her plate is full dealing with getting it back open following a fire. Rhenn, an electrician, is there to help her out.

This couple had that instant spark of attraction, but both are more than a little wary of getting involved with the other. Working together day in and day out, though, an easy friendship forms between them while that attraction continues to build until they find themselves unable to continue fighting their chemistry. They settle into a friends-with-benefits arrangement with the understanding that it’s only temporary and feelings can’t come into play.

Love and Pancakes was a fantastic start to this series, and I finished looking forward to more. I loved how Black brought in characters from the Summer Sisters series, including my favorites—Orval and Emma—into this story. Entertaining, amusing, full of endearing characters and a sweet and sexy romance, this book kept a smile on my face from cover-to-cover. Five smooches from me for Love and Pancakes by Lacey Black!

~Danielle Palumbo



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