Title: Wild Side Series: Burgers and Brew Crüe #4 Author: Lacey Black
Genre: Contemporary Romance Release Date: March 15, 2022
Last man standing. I’ve watched all three of my friends fall in love with no desire to ever follow in their footsteps. Collectively, we own the hottest restaurant, bar, and brewery in town. They are a few of the places I find peace, a refuge against this cruel world. When I’m on the stage playing music, everything just seems to fade away.
Until I saw her.
She was sitting in the crowd, a bright, beautiful ray of light, fighting against the darkness surrounding me. I do everything I can to keep her in the friend-zone, but she’s making it difficult.
I don’t just want her; I need her.
The first moment I saw him on the stage I knew he was different. Rough, tattooed, and with the voice of an angel, he was playing guitar and singing a song about love and hurt. I was captivated, completely drawn to the emotions I saw in those warm whiskey eyes. From that moment on, I felt compelled to be his friend.
He didn’t make it easy.
The boundaries between friendship and relationship start to blur, and even though he fights me every step of the way, I can’t help the way I feel. I promised him I’d always be his friend.
I loved Walker and Mallory in the first book but I honestly feel that Jameson and Madelyn are up their with them as my favourite couple of the series. Lacey Black didn’t disappoint with this pair.
Jameson. He had walls so high that at times it was surprising even his inner circle had scaled them but Madelyn was prepared to try and crumble the fortress he’d built and yeah, she did a great job…. Reading how she got to him and how she affected him so quickly was fun. I really liked that they were so different on the outside but that there was more to their upbringings that made them understand each other on a deeper level.
‘Tank’ was protective, loyal but running scared, for both him and Mads as he honestly didn’t think he was capable of being in a relationship given how he’d grown up. What he couldn’t see, that was right in front of him with the family of choice he had, was that he did relationships well and was capable of caring and loving someone else.
Madelyn – seeing her take control of her own life and deciding that with her family was was where she was meant to be was great. She blossomed in her new home, cared for by family she had only recently got to find out about and making new friends with the Brew Crue ladies. I so wanted her to end up with Jameson but I could have coped if they’d remained friends as long as she was happy…. (ok, I’d have barely coped but…just saying….I liked seeing her happy and learning/settling into who she was)
I loved catching up with the guys and their significant others, seeing how all of their lives were changing. Madelyn’s grandma was fab and I really liked Reagan, her cousin. A couple of side characters I could quite happily have dug a hole for and buried them given how vicious and awful they were but in the grand scheme of things they added to Madelyn’s growth and Jameson’s realisation of what and who he really wanted.
The last book about the original group, I was sad we were ending things with them until…… yeah, there’s gonna be another read in the series and I cannot wait to find out more!!!!
USA Today Bestselling Author Lacey Black is a Midwestern girl with a passion for reading, writing, and shopping. She carries her e-reader with her everywhere she goes so she never misses an opportunity to read a few pages. Always looking for a happily ever after, Lacey is passionate about contemporary romance novels and enjoys it further when you mix in a little suspense. She resides in a small town in Illinois with her husband, two children, and three rowdy chickens.
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