R E V I E W ➠ Don’t Go Away Mad by Lacey Black
The kitchen: it’s my domain, where I create the best burgers in the Midwest. I’m the man behind the grill at Burgers and Brew, the restaurant and bar I co-own with my best friends. Every night, we’re packed, the demand has never been this high. It’s the only way I want it, thriving and pushing myself to be the very best.
Then she started her new business across the street from mine.
The one woman who always got under my skin, who pushed me to be better. Lyndee was my biggest rival in school and my biggest regret.
Now, she’s in town, and as much as I try, I just can’t stay away.
I want her.
A new start: that’s what Stewart Grove means for me and my brother. He’s the one who pushed me to take the chance on opening my own bakery. I am ready for the long hours, the grueling schedule, and the hard work it will take to be successful.
I wasn’t at all prepared to come face-to-face with the man across the street.
An almost kiss in college with the world’s most infuriating man has haunted me for the last decade. Now Jasper’s here, and I don’t think I can resist him.
Things are about to heat up in and out of the kitchen.
I just pray I don’t get burned.
RELEASE DATE: June 29, 2021
Not my first read by the author and I have read a lot of her books including Book 1 in this series. Now Jasper & Lyndee I was kind of prepared for. In book one I kind of got an idea about Jasper and I was nervous. I was right to be nervous a bit because even though Book 1 made it on my TOP 2021 must read list, this one would have had it not contained a personal dislike I absolutely dislike in a enemy-to hero being the play boy type. I really could have lived without Bimbo Barbie in the beginning, even thought thankfully that ended on a good note. It kind of made me cautious throughout the rest of the book. That’s about the only hang up I had with this book. And again this is just a personal dislike and feeling, I really loved Book 1 and was actually excited for more in the series. Now the rest of them, well that will be a question not going to lie because one is hung up on a woman that strings him along and no good for him and the other is a play boy with a capital P! So it will be interesting to see how the rest of the series plays out. I also want to thank GIVEMEBOOKS PR for being amazing and still handing me a ARC after signing up so late! (Yes, my stupid do-do head must have missed the sign up while I was away in Europe for almost a month.
Jasper is the typical play boy, broody, rough and an asshole. But for a reason, he is really working hard at keeping this business he built with his buddies the best it can be. He may be a rough Chef but an excellent one at that…eeeeven if his employees keep quitting at times and stay away from him because of his attitude. All in good conscious really, I thought he was just very hard working. His love life consists of sharing a night with a woman and that being it, like I said typical playboy. Never promises anything but also doesn’t lead on. Now the heroine Lyndee is really sweet and well just super sweet. She was dealt a bad hand in life but makes the best out of it. With a brother with special needs who isn’t such a little brother anymore at the age of 28 she moves with him to peruse her life dream. Owning a bakery, that happens to be right across from Jasper’s Bar. Not knowing who even owns is Jasper storms in to demand what her plan is, yes these two indeed know each other but it’s been a decade and from culinary school Jasper thinks Lyn hasn’t changed much just got more beautiful. But these two budded heads and I believe that was their foreplay haha the fun part was when Jasper kept getting more broody. When the dust settles if you will, they truly do have an amazing chemistry and it was so much fun to watch them come together. You get glimpses of Book 1 hero and heroine and the other characters that are getting their books.
Everything flowed so well, and again minus my hang-up I really enjoyed the story and was so happy to get a happy ending for this broody AF hero that got taken down by a tiny pixy woman who bakes her heart out!
Standalone/Series: Book 2 in Series
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Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY ☑