rock with you, a short story that introduces us to the small town of haven, north carolina. i read the excerpt to the official first novel in the series, run to you, and i'm not sure how else these books are connected, but who cares, because let me tell you that rock with you is worth reading on its own merits. i mean, i totally enjoyed this novella. it may be true that i have a soft spot for rock and roll heroes. and the fact that the baker heroine reminded me of the heroine from one of my favorite romance short stories, chocolate kisses, which was part of harlequin's valentine 1993 collection. [it's so weird what stays with you.]
anyway, carly taylor and sam weiss meet-cute at her bakery. when sam orders a ridiculous amount of pastries, carly delivers them to his rental place only to end up stranded when an incoming ice storm immobilizes her vehicle and cuts the power. but at least they have plenty to eat. the forced intimacy of the power outage and the seclusion of sam's hideaway lets the characters get close in a way that feels realistic. in some ways it's easy to forget that the characters only know each other for a couple of days, somehow lacey manages to make the insta-romance feel organic. and now i'm definitely interested in reading the next novel in the series, even though i'm still not sure how it connects. other than both of them taking place in haven. which sounds like quite a lovely place to be.
**rock with you will publish on august 2, 2016. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/forever (grand central publishing) in exchange for my honest review.