June 23, 2020


Title: Love and Neckties
Series: Rockland Falls #4
Author: Lacey Black
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 23, 2020


For Samuel Grayson, everything is black or white. As a funeral director, there’s no room for in-between. He’s accustomed to
dealing with life and death, though he’s definitely more comfortable with the latter. Especially when it comes to a chaotic, petite, feisty ball of energy. Freedom Rayne. Samuel’s pretty sure her goal is to make his life hell, or so it appears. When Samuel boards a flight to Las Vegas for his sister’s wedding, the last thing he expects is to share it with the one woman who drives him crazy.
Freedom is eccentric and completely content with it. Floating around from job to job, she finds peace and tranquility in
everything she does, including tormenting poor, uptight Samuel Grayson. When she finds herself on the same flight as him for her best friend’s wedding, she sees this as the perfect opportunity to get under his skin, something she tries
to do every chance she gets. The problem is the more time she spends with him, the more she likes him.
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right? Not for Samuel and Freedom. Will they be able to forget about their trip when
they return to Rockland Falls? What if one mistake turns out to be the best thing ever?

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Sandra's Review

Love and Neckties is the fifth and final novel in the Rockland Falls series by one of my favorite authors ever, Lacey Black. Each book can be read as standalone but I HIGHLY recommend reading the series. First, they are all amazing and second, with each book you will fall harder and harder with this characters. I have been waiting for Samuel and Freedom’s book since the first time she blew in and called him Sammy. And believe me…it was so worth the wait!! So fucking worth it.


Samuel’s life is in black and white. Freedom’s is in bright vibrant colors. Samuel’s casual wear is suits and ties while Freedom’s is flown skirts and sandals. Samuel holds in his feelings while Freedom says what she means when she means it. Samuel is proper while Freedom can be crude. These two are complete opposites. One thing they do have in common is people think they are different. They have quirks. He works for the dead. She works jobs helping the living. Spiritually and beautifully. He tries to avoid eye contact with her while she tries to get under his skin. Now, they are together on a wild ride to Las Vegas. And it’s a trip they will never forget and completely unexpected.


I really can’t say much about the storyline without spoiling it. Sorry, not sorry. I can say that it’s my FAVORITE Lacey book! She has never made me laugh so hard in her books and believe me, she has made me laugh. Not only that but cry too! I cried twice in one chapter. I knew I would love Sammy and Free’s story because of the buildup throughout the series but I can’t even express how much I truly loved it. It’s the perfect slow burn. The flow of the story is fantastic. The blend of Samuel and Freedom’s playful banter, passion, and quirks is the best.


Overall…it’s a story I wasn’t fully expecting…it was so much more! Samuel is so nerdy hot and Freedom is so beautiful inside and out. Together, they gave me every single feel from laughter to madness. I think it’s the perfect ending for the series. It was so much fun catching up with the family.


P.S. I want to run my hands down his tie and I want to go shopping with Free for some skirts.




“Where’s the fire? Or did you have plans this evening?” I ask, waggling my eyebrows suggestively.

Samuel clears his throat and straightens. “I could have had plans.”

“Of course you could have. I hear the coin club meets on Tuesday nights at the library.” I give him the best, sweetest smile I possess, showing all of my teeth.


“One of these days, Sammy, I’m going to get ahold of your…chakra, and make you feel so good, you’ll never want me to stop having my hands on your…chakra.”


“Freedom. Stop. It.”

My body shivers when he says my name. So full of authority. So deep and husky. So full of irritation. Yet, I want to crawl on his lap, wrap my arms around his neck, and kiss him with everything I have.


Kara's Review


Love and Neckties is the fourth and final book in the Rockland Falls series by the talented Lacey Black. I’ve been a fan of Lacey’s for a long time and this is one of my favorites from her. Definitely my favorite of the series. Oh Samuel I knew you were going to rock my world with your suits and perfect ties. I’ve been waiting a long time to watch Freedom loosen you up and push you out of your comfort zone! Samuel and Freedom have always had an interesting relationship. She’s his sister’s best friend and she loves to annoy him on purpose. He’s set in his ways, likes things a certain way and things are right or wrong. When the whole family travels to Vegas for his sister’s wedding, he, of course, ends up on the flight with Freedom. And next door to her at the hotel. She succeeds at pushing and being her fun self and he actually lets go a little. Vegas is just one of those places where things happen and then you have to ask yourself, what now? There’s obvious attraction and everyone can see it, but does that mean they should act on it? When they return home, things are different. Samuel actually likes having Freedom around. She’s fun, loud, colorful and sexy. He starts to rethink adding some color to his life. But can the buttoned up Samuel and the flowy skirt wearing hippie actually find forever together? This. Book! It was everything I wanted it to be and more. Fun, sexy, hilarious and heartwarming. I loved watching Samuel loosen his tie, roll up his sleeves and let go.  For Freedom. For a life he never knew he always wanted. For love. For family. For himself. Freedom was the perfect woman to show him what he really needed. He could be the older brother, the eldest son, the hard worker, and still find time to relax and have fun. I fell in love with him in the first book and he’s going to the top of my very short list of Lacey’s Men. Move over Linkin. (I never thought I’d say that!) Overall, I laughed, cried, smiled, got hot and bothered, laughed some more, swooned and fell in love.

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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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