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If you ask my family, I’m wasting my life. If you ask me, I’m living it to the fullest. Am I capable of doing more? Absolutely. However, slinging drinks at the resort makes me happy. At least for now. Not that my family would understand.

It’s just another night behind the bar, until it isn’t. She’s everything I never knew I wanted wrapped up in one breathtaking package.

I’m drawn from the start, willing to do what it takes for a little more time. The problem is the sand in the hourglass is running out. Her extended stay is coming to an end, and when it does, I’ll have to let her go.

Even if I don’t want to. 


I’ve been looking forward to this weekend since my best friend announced her destination wedding. Sure, I wanted to see my oldest friend marry the love of her life, but I also needed a break from life…from my father.

However, even states away, he still manages to control my fate. I wanted one weekend. Three days without the stresses and obligations that come along with having my last name.

For the first time in my life, I ignore my father’s demands and open my eyes to what I truly want. I’m seeing everything around me in a new light, and that includes the hot bartender at the resort.

That’s how I ended up kissing a stranger.

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My Thoughts:

I am absolutely loving this road trip series! Each book being connected, yet fully standing on their own with couples who will leave a lasting impression. This book features the charismatic bartender, Dexter, and Adeline, an attorney who is under immense scrutiny from her family.

One of my favorite character types is one who blossoms into their true self. I feel like both characters did this to an extent, but Adeline really has a glow up. She has such a big heart and doesn’t want to disappoint anyone, yet Dexter helps her discover that she is valuable and worthy of being accepted.

In turn, Adeline helps Dexter to face his own family issues and show that he is sticking true to his values and the promises he made to his grandfather. His relationship with his landlord is absolutely adorable and such a sweet addition to this couple’s development. Marian is exactly what both of them needed!

The love that grows between these two over their week of no strings is everything I want in a romance. Even with the intention that things would end after a week, Dexter is extremely respectful, kind, and super sweet. Overall, I wanted even more when the book ended….there are so many more things I wanted to experience with these two!

I received a complimentary copy to review. All thoughts are my own.


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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