I’m sure once they know each other properly, they’d hang around more time than anyone would expect!
Maybe Lacey wanted Bubbie to completely break them up...? I felt that when I read the "you'd have every right to do that" said so fast, the first time around... but then when he decided against it, she just felt she couldn't say no. Of course she also loves him. But it doesn't seem to be even near what she feels for merlot... idk, maybe I'm imagining, but that's what I felt reading it, that she was kinda hoping Bubbie would end the marriage, because she felt she didn't have the right to do that