Same Ol’ Situation by Lacey Black Review


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I’m about as straight-laced and by the book as they come. They call me Numbers, the man in the office of Burgers and Brew, the restaurant and bar I co-own with my friends. Routine and spreadsheets, that’s how I spend my day. I’m a creature of habit, from the designer clothes to the same girlfriend, I crave the pattern I’ve become dependent on.

Until said girlfriend breaks up with me for the umpteenth time, and I find refuge in a woman who is my exact opposite.

I’m intrigued and completely out of my element, yet that doesn’t stop me from spending time with her. Even if I consider her off-limits, something about her calls to me.

The problem is I just might lose a friend because of it.


Most of the time, I would never look twice at Isaac Thompson. He’s all suits, ties, and expensive dress shoes, and I’m…well, not. My time is spent at the tattoo studio I work at, day and night, designing badass ink for clients who want the best. I have no room in my life for a relationship, nor do I care for the messes they always create.

Until Isaac finds me stranded on the road, and I end up inviting him inside.

Now, I can’t stop thinking about him. He’s so different from any man I’ve ever known, which is why we decide to keep it casual and fun.

Let’s just hope I can keep feelings out of the arrangement, so I don’t get burned.

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The Burgers and Brew Crüe series is about four college buddies who own the hot and happening gourmet burger and brew pub slash busy bar in Stewart Grove, Ohio. Same Ol’ Situation is book three in the series, and it’s an opposites-attract, best-friend’s sister, small town romance.

I’m a long time Lacey Black reader, and her small town romances are amongst my most favorite things to read. I really love this series, and it’s because of this group of guy friends. Same Ol’ Situation focuses on Isaac, the back office, finance guy of the group who the other guys have nicknamed Numbers. He’s a by-the-book, suit-and-tie guy who’s loyal and very hardworking. He’s just ended a long-term, on-again-off-again relationship that he now realizes was all wrong for him. After his breakup, he finds himself drawn to his best friend and business partner’s sister, BJ. A tattoo artist and piercer, she’s his total opposite in every conceivable way. She’s free-spirited, confident, inked and pierced. She’s unlike any woman he’s ever known, and he cannot get enough of her.

The chemistry between Isaac and BJ was so explosive, and what I loved was how much that took them by surprise. They were so very different, but yet they were also so well matched. This couple made my heart soar, and I was rooting for them from the start. Full of heart, heat and humor, I loved everything about Isaac and BJ’s sweet and sexy love story! Five smooches from me for Same Ol’ Situation by Lacey Black!  

~Danielle Palumbo




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