Summary (from the publisher):
Nash Morgan was always known as the good Morgan brother, with a smile and a wink for everyone. But now, this chief of police is recovering from being shot and his Southern charm has been overshadowed by panic attacks and nightmares. He feels like a broody shell of the man he once was. Nash isn’t about to let anyone in his life know he’s struggling. But his new next-door neighbor, smart and sexy Lina, sees his shadows. As a rule, she’s not a fan of physical contact unless she initiates it, but for some reason Nash’s touch is different. He feels it too. The physical connection between them is incendiary, grounding him and making her wonder if exploring it is worth the risk.
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.
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Summary (from the publisher):Naomi wasn’t just running away from her wedding. She was riding to the rescue of her estranged twin to Knockemout, Virginia, a rough-around-the-edges town where disputes are settled the old-fashioned way…with fists and beer. Usually in that order.
Too bad for Naomi her evil twin hasn’t changed at all. After helping herself to Naomi’s car and cash, Tina leaves her with something unexpected. The niece Naomi didn’t know she had. Now she’s stuck in town with no car, no job, no plan, and no home with an 11-year-old going on thirty to take care of.
There’s a reason Knox doesn’t do complications or high-maintenance women, especially not the romantic ones. But since Naomi’s life imploded right in front of him, the least he can do is help her out of her jam. And just as soon as she stops getting into new trouble he can leave her alone and get back to his peaceful, solitary life.
At least, that’s the plan until the trouble turns to real danger.
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Things We Never Got Over has been over everyone’s bookish feeds this year. It finally took a trip to my local bookstore and seeing so many copies stacked on the romance table that made me put this on hold from the library – sidenote that it’s been so cool seeing more indie books in bookstores this year!
Things We Never Got Over is a small town romance following Naomi, a young woman who runs away from her wedding to help her identical twin sister…only for said rebellious sister to steal Naomi’s car and money and leave her with her twelve year old daughter in her small Virginia town. Enter Knox, who butts heads with Naomi as soon as she gets into town due to her sister’s bad reputation, but also can’t seem but help Naomi adjust to small town life and raising her niece.
Don’t be fooled by Things We Never Got Over’s 500+ page length – you will not be able to put down this book until the end! I devoured the first 300 pages last Sunday and made it my post-work plan the next two days to read it until the end. Things We Never Got Over is the perfect read when you want a simple & addicting romance. I admit that I’m not the biggest indie romance reader – does Elle Kennedy or Colleen Hoover even count anymore?? – but the book reminded me of some under the radar romance books I read when I was first getting into contemporary romance/romance.
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