Pretty Dependable | Lacey Black

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Ellie 

Being a single mom is the most challenging, yet rewarding job I’ve ever had. Especially in a small town, where everyone knows your story, or at least their version of it.

They say it takes a village, and they’re right. I’ve been lucky to have close friends to help me raise my son, Brody. One particular friend stands out above the rest. TD stepped up in a big way, teaching my son everything a father should. That’s why his friendship means so much to me. Brody and I both rely on his friendship. Any feelings I have for my sexy friend must stay buried. It’s safer that way.

Turns out, it’s much harder to do when he decides he’s done being just my friend. He wants more. 

TD

There’s nothing worse than being in lust with one of your friends. For years, I’ve been fighting my attraction to Ellie and keeping it a secret. I thought I was doing what was best for all of us.

Between working as the local police officer and coaching high school football, I’m left with very little downtime, but what I do have is spent with Ellie and her son. When I find out the seventeen-year-old boy might be working to get this football coach and his mom together, all bets are off. With Brody on my side, I’m willing to take the chance and blur the lines between friends and lovers.

I have to make her see we can have it all. Despite her reservations, I’ll show her love is worth the risk.

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Some things in life are worth waiting for — and this slow burn, friends-to-lovers romance is exactly that! TD and Ellie’s love began long before they were ready. I’m a firm believer that sometimes we have to take the hard path before we stroll on easy street because may not have appreciated it as much if it had been handed to us.

I immediately connected to Ellie because she is determined to make the best of everything and as a single mom, she has always put Brody first. She has given him a life that in turn, has made him a respectful, kind-hearted young man.

TD waited one day too late to make Ellie his — and this honorable man has spent the past nearly 18 years making it up by being there for her and Brody. I love his relationship with her son and how it progresses to more of a formal father/son dynamic throughout the book. And Brody’s matchmaking skills are super sweet!

The angst is low — only amping up when Ellie faces her ex’s family. It was a moment of redemption for Ellie to finally put all that to rest and let them go wallow in their own misery. Pine Village is full of wonderfully developed characters who make reading this series feel like coming home to a family. I’m excited for more!

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About the Author

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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