REVIEW: What’s It Gonna Take by Lacey Black


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From the first moment I saw Reagan Turner at the bar and restaurant I help manage, I was drawn like never before. She was dating someone at the time, which meant she was off-limits, until the jerk broke up with her. I can’t get her out of my head, can’t stop wanting to kiss those perfectly lush lips. Fighting this attraction has been my kryptonite.

So, I give in to temptation.

Now, all bets are off. One touch, one kiss, one night will never be enough. Of course, I wasn’t factoring in us working together, which means I have to keep my desire—and my hands—to myself.

Should be easy enough.


There’s something about the charismatic, flirty bar manager that pulls me in. When my boyfriend breaks up with me via text message, I suddenly see Garreth Taylor in a whole new light. He’s gorgeous, fun, caring, and everything a single woman could ever want. And for some reason, he seems to have his sights set on me, even if he doesn’t say it outright.

So, I make the first move.

The result is both explosive and dynamic, and before I know it, one night turns to two. He has a hang-up, however, about being professional while at work, and draws a line in the sand.

Looks like I’ll have to show him how fun it can be to cross it.


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Lacey Black’s small town romances are some of my favorite stories to read, and I am absolutely loving her Burgers and Brew Crüe series about a group of college buddies who own a gourmet burger and brew pub slash busy bar in Stewart Grove, Ohio. What’s It Gonna Take is book five in the series, and it’s an absolutely unputdownable friends-to-lovers, workplace romance that sizzles deliciously.

I really adore this group of friends. What’s It Gonna Take focuses on Garreth, the bar manager, and the woman he’s been crushing on forever, Reagan. I loved Garreth and Reagan so much. On the heels of a horrible break-up, Reagan is finally available, Garreth is finally available, but Garreth has a hard and fast rule of not dating co-workers. He’s working overtime to quash his crush, but Reagan is working just as hard to get his attention. I loved the will-they-or-won’t-they, push and pull dynamic between them, and their flirty bantering was the kind that leaves sparks in its wake.

I was hooked and rooting for Garreth and Reagan from the moment I started What’s It Gonna Take. Garreth was such a swoon-worthy hero, and Reagan was feisty and fiery. This was such sweet and sexy romance, light on the angsty, emotional drama, but full of heart, heat and humor. Black has created a fun world in this small town Ohio pub, and y the hilariously endearing characters in Stewart Grove have completely charmed me. Five smooches from me for What’s It Gonna Take by Lacey Black!

~Danielle Palumbo




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