REVIEW: Without You by Lacey Black


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I spend my days brewing beer for the popular Brew Crüe Beer Company and my nights devoted to being a dad. Raising a young child with special needs can be tough and stressful, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. He’s everything to me, and the reason I keep going. It’s him and me against the world, and I have no intention of changing that.

Then, Kinsley McGregor walks back into my life.

Letting her go all those years ago was the hardest thing I had ever done, and having her here proves how good we are. Unfortunately, her Nashville life is calling, and I will have to let her go again.

This time, it’s not just my heart I risk, but my four-year-old son’s too.


My entire life explodes on television for the whole world to witness. After my husband’s public affair throughout the course of my very first headlining tour, I retreat to my safe haven: Stewart Grove. I need a place to lick my wounds and figure out my next step, without being under the watchful eye of the paparazzi, and I find it in my hometown.

I wasn’t planning to reconnect the man I left behind, along with his adorable son.

Tucker Dunn was everything I ever wanted before I went to Nashville to chase my country music dreams. Leaving him in Stewart Grove wasn’t easy, but it was the path we chose together.

Now, I stare down the same choices; only this time, the decision will be harder to make.

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Lacey Black delivers a poignant and heartwarming story in Without You, the eighth book of her Burgers and Brew Crüe series. A second-chance-at-first-love, single-dad, small-town romance, this was one heck of an emotional rollercoaster that kept me hooked from the first page. I’ve been a Lacey Black reader since her first book was released. I’ve often said that her small-town romances are the ones I measure them all against, and I still feel that way. Her evocative prose, heartfelt stories, beautifully crafted characters and the quintessential small towns she creates all blend together seamlessly into these captivating stories.

Without You features a single father hero, devoted to raising his four-year-old special needs son. Tucker Dunn has already loved and lost Kinsley McGregor once in his life when she moved to Nashville to pursue her dreams of becoming a country singer. Now a rising country music star, Kinsley is about to take the stage when the news breaks of her husband’s infidelity, complete with video. With her marriage imploding, she heads back home, to Stewart Grove, to nurse her broken, humiliated heart at her brother’s house. It isn’t long before she runs into Tucker and his young son, Grayson.

Lacey takes her readers along as Tucker and Kinsley rekindle the love they shared as teenagers. The small-town setting provides a charming backdrop for a love story that’s as real and relatable as it is beautifully written. The hero’s journey as a single dad is touching, showcasing the challenges and rewards of parenthood while adding a layer of tenderness to the story. Black’s ability to infuse raw emotion into the narrative, making you feel the characters’ pain, joy, and everything in between created an addictive slow-burn romance full of feels. Five smooches from me for Without You by Lacey Black!

~Danielle Palumbo




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