REVIEW: Home Sweet Home by Lacey Black


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Everyone has a past they’re trying to outrun, myself included. My time in the military left me with scars, both physically and emotionally, which is why I keep to myself. Since returning home to Stewart Grove, I work a lot so I have little time to think. To remember. I’m just content to make it through the day.

Then I meet Kallie Carpenter.

I am drawn to the sexy bartender in a way I’ve never experienced, and despite knowing I should stay away, I can’t. Kallie calls to the very depths of my soul, every broken piece of it.

I hope I don’t destroy us both.


Taking care of my injured dad and his horse ranch, as well as working at the local bar doesn’t leave me much time for a social life. Between home and Burgers and Brew, I keep myself plenty busy, despite my dad’s insistence I give dating another try. It’s not that I wouldn’t mind it, I just barely have any time to myself, let alone making room for another.

Then I find Leo Martinez sitting at the end of the bar.

He’s guarded and a little rough around the edges, but I can’t stay away. There’s a darkness in his eyes that speaks of pain, yet I only see the amazing man he tries to hide from the world.

I pray he lets me in.

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I love Lacey Black’s writing, I’ve been reading her small-town romances since she released her first one. I’ve really enjoyed every book in The Burgers and Brew Crüe series so far, but Home Sweet Home has been my favorite. This was an emotional, heart-string puller about Kallie, a hard-working bartender who’s also caring for her disabled father and his horse ranch, and Leo, former military with the scars, PTSD and emotional baggage to prove it.

Black delivered an immensely layered romance full of feels and depth and richly developed characters. I was pulled in every direction reading Leo and Kallie love story, and I was all-in and rooting for this couple after reading just the blurb. Leo and Kallie had wonderful chemistry, a deep connection and fantastic banter. Home Sweet Home was full of twists and turns, ups and downs, heat and heart and a bit of humor. I absolutely loved it. Five smooches from me for Home Sweet Home by Lacey Black!

~Danielle Palumbo




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