October 8, 2019


Title: Love and Landscape
Series: Rockland Falls #3
Author: Lacey Black
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 8, 2019


Jensen Grayson has truly loved one woman. Even
after a short-lived marriage, the ghost of the girl he once knew has plagued
his adulthood. Now, a single father, Jensen’s world revolves around his son,
Max, and his landscape business. Until one day, he’s contracted for a job at
the house he’s always avoided.
Rockland Falls was the only place that felt
like home. Pulled from the life she knew at eighteen, Kathryn Elliott was
forced to leave it all behind, including the boy she loved. Now, she’s
returning home to pick up the pieces of her chaotic life and find her happiness
once more.
Will Jensen and Kathryn be able to look past
the years’ worth of hurt to forge a future? When exposed secrets wreak havoc on
their new life, can they move past the lies if they revolve around their own

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5 out of 5 stars

Love and Landscape is the third book in the Rockland Falls series by the fabulous and talented Lacey Black. I am loving this family, their town and the people they love. Lacey writes small town romance so perfectly! We’ve met Jensen in his sisters’ stories and now it’s his turn. He’s a single father, running his own business and enjoying his life. Mostly. He has a new landscaping job at the house he hasn’t been to in years. His Kate. His only love. The one who got away. Literally. When they were younger, he thought they had it all planned out but then she was gone. And now she’s back and Jensen isn’t sure what to do. How to feel or how to see her every day. Kate never thought she’d back home, but when her life fell apart that was the only place she wanted to be. She knew she’d see Jensen, but she wasn’t expecting all her feelings to come rushing back. She left without a word and now there is so much to say. Jensen knows he should stay away from Kate and focus on the job and his son, Max, but he can’t seem to stay away. They have so much history and heartache but also so much love. What happens when the truth comes out? Will they finally be able to stand together? I loved this story. I could feel the love and attraction between Jensen and Kate from the first time they saw each other. I loved how open Jensen was about his feelings and what he wanted from her. Kate isn’t holding on to her anger, she’s open to love again. I also loved Max! He’s so darn cute! And of course seeing all the family again! I’m looking forward to Samuel’s story!!

Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Love and Landscape is the third book in the Rockland Falls series by the very talented, Lacey Black. It can be read as standalone but I highly recommend reading the series since it’s amazing! Two of the Grayson sisters have found love and now it’s the brothers’ turn. Jensen is up first…hot single dad alert!
Twelve years. It’s been twelve years since Kathryn Elliott’s family left Rockland Falls in the middle of the night without looking back. Twelve years since Jensen’s heart was broken by the only girl he ever truly loved. Twelve years since Kathryn’s heart was left behind in the small town. Now, she was back home. In the mansion where she fell in love with a boy. A mansion that needed work. A mansion that has brought that boy back to it. Except he wasn’t a boy anymore, he was a grown man who still makes her weak in the knees.
Jensen couldn’t believe she was there. His Kate. Inside the home he was landscaping. He had been avoiding the Elliott home since she left. It wasn’t hard. It was gated. It was not in town and nobody lived there. Until now. He thought if he took this job it would help him move on from his past. Even throughout his marriage, Kate still had a piece of his heart and now she was here. But for how long? Was she here to fix up the home to sell it? Was she here to let go of their past as well? Was she married and had a family of her own? He knew he should just walk away after what she did but he couldn’t take the steps. Their connection was still there. And it was deep.
Jensen and Kate’s relationship beautiful and complicated. The sexual tension was there. The banter was there. The fun was there. What wasn’t was answers. Why did her family leave? Why didn’t see ever look back? Why didn’t he try to find her? Before they can move on together or separately, these questions needed to be answered. It’s not easy. But it’s worth it.
I can’t really say more than that. I can say that I loved it. The characters. The mansion. The family. Just Max is the cherry on top. He is one adorable little man. And if you have been following this series or the Summer Sisters then you will be happy to know that you will see Emma and Orval! My favorite grandparents of all time.
Overall…I fucking loved it! Second chance is one of my favorite sub-genres. Lacey is one of my favorite authors. Together, it’s one amazing story. I can’t wait for the next book. I have been waiting for Samuel to fall. Oh…it’s going to be soooo good!
“Can I keep it? Like a pirate?” Max asks, turning wide eyes to the woman beside him. I’m just about to open my mouth and tell him it’s not appropriate, when Kate says, “Of course, you can, Just Max. All good pirates get to keep their booty.”
“She’s not much of a ride-taker.” He laughs right in my face though, and whispers, “Looks like she enjoyed the hell out of the ride.”
“What’s up?” I ask, glancing between their smiling, knowing faces. “Orvie, it must be Take Your Erection to Work Day,” Emma states bluntly, an ornery smirk on her wrinkled face.


With my drawings in hand, I head toward the backyard, the sound of the
ocean becoming more pronounced as I go. Everyone’s already gone for the day,
but they left their messes behind. There’s material all over the back deck for
the kitchen remodel and two new windows leaning against the siding. There’s a
large dumpster in the driveway for all of the old building material, but
there’s still a small pile of scrap by the back door.
I glance around quickly, confirming my guys cleaned up after themselves
before heading to the very back of the property. Pink paint marks the route
Rhenn will use to dig a trench and run the wiring for the new lights. When I
get to the back, I can already see what they’re envisioning. There’s a small
clearing with a breathtaking view of the ocean. I can practically picture the
small benches or swing back here, with a few lights to illuminate the path.
Solid idea in adding it, I agree, pleased to enhance this area of the yard. I
make a few notes on my drawings and roll them back up.
As I get ready to turn and head back to my truck, a familiar scent blows
in with the breeze. It’s gardenia and honeysuckle, and the sweet aroma reminds
me of a happier time. The memories come flooding back and I hate the longing
that starts deep in my chest. Closing my eyes, I let the salty breeze wash over
me, fighting against the reminiscences. God, I hate I can still smell her, feel
her as if she were standing right beside me.
Opening my eyes, I gaze out at the sea, wishing things could have been
different. No, I’m not wishing away my son. He’s the best part of my life and I
wouldn’t go back and do everything over again if it meant losing him, but
wishing for…closure. Needing it, actually. I never got it. Never heard why she
left in the middle of the night. Never was told what I did wrong. Never had the
chance to make it right.
Maybe being back here, I’ll finally have it.
Knowing I have a ton of work to do and only a little daylight left, I
slowly turn my back to the ocean, desperately looking to put some distance
between me and the honeysuckle. When I turn around, I see a woman. Her long
blonde hair is piled high on her head and her gorgeous hazel eyes are wide in
shock. Soft pink lips are gaped open as she stands not ten feet away from me, a
look of surprise and horror written all over her beautiful face. She’s as
stunning as I remember in my dreams. She stands there, the house she grew up in
as the backdrop, as tears fill her eyes. It’s hard to breathe and even harder
to keep myself from rushing to her, taking her in my arms.
But I don’t.
I can’t.
As much as I want to, I don’t move a muscle.
The entire world has shifted.
Everything has changed.
My Kate has come home.

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Author Bio

Lacey Black
is a Midwestern girl with a passion for reading and writing. 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 a chocolate lab. Lacey loves shooting guns and should only
consume one mixed drink because she’s a lightweight.


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