Too bad Lina’s got secrets of her own, and if Nash finds out the real reason she’s in town, he’ll never forgive her. Besides, she doesn’t do relationships. Ever. A hot, short-term fling with a local cop? Absolutely. Sign her up. A relationship with a man who expects her to plant roots? No freaking way. Once she gets what she’s after, she has no intention of sticking around. But Knockemout has a way of getting under people’s skin. And once Nash decides to make Lina his, he’s not about to be dissuaded…even if it means facing the danger that nearly killed him.
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Like many readers, I became quickly obsessed last fall when I picked up Lucy Score’s super popular, Things We Never Got Over, set in a rural Virginia town and featuring an opposites attract romance with so much cuteness, romance, and yes, a crime subplot (hello Virgin River fans). The second installment in the series, Things We Hide from the Light, follows Knox’s police chief brother, Nash, and Lina, a friend of Knox whose reason for being in town aligns with Nash’s current mystery: what happened the night he was shot?
Things We Hide from the Light has that same addicting quality that the first Knockemout novel has. Is this the best romance story I’ve ever read? No. Is there a level of cheesiness? Yes. Do you have to suspend your disbelief at times? Yes. But is it a super enjoyable, unputdownable series that everyone should read? Yes! It’s such a light and honestly joyful reading experience. Its wide cast puts a smile on your face..and leaves you trying to figure out if certain pairings will get their own spinoff. Like book #1, this one falls into opposites attract territory. And yes, the size of this book get definitely be intimidating, clocking in around 570 pages, but the story absolutely flies. While there is a ton of tension building around the romance between Lina and Nash and the crime subplot, Lucy Score’s writing style, character development and banter included, makes you want to keep reading.. and don’t make you realize you’re reading 100 pages at a time.
Overall, this review is your sign to pick up Things We Never Got Over and Things We Hide from The Light if you haven’t already. It’s really cool to see an indie author like Lucy Score skyrocket in popularity – Things We Hide from the Light recently was named a 1 NYT Bestseller for Paperback Trade Fiction Combined Print & E-Book Fiction. I think the third book, Things We Left Behind, (out in September) has potential to be my favorite, following librarian Sloane and Lucian. I randomly picked up a copy of Lucy Score’s By a Thread in Barnes & Noble back in December and I’ve had Maggie Moves On on my TBR for a while, so I have those two read until the third Knockemout book.
Have you read Things We Hide from the Light? What are your thoughts? Have you read Things We Never Got Over? Any other books by Lucy Score? Share in the comments?