Thursday, December 29, 2022

REVIEW: By a Thread by Lucy Score


I had so much fun reading By a Thread. It was a great balance of humor and heart and I found that I just could not get enough of Ally and Dominic. He was the grumpiest grump who grumped, or at least he appeared to be -what with his impressive and constant scowls, lack of gratitude (ie entitlement), and his general gruff demeanor -but he met his match with Ally. Ally, my queen. She took crap from no one, had the hugest heart, and a stubborn streak a mile long. I loved how independent she was, while also shaking my head at how that stubborn independence never seemed to be her friend. 

Through some parental scheming, Ally ends up working at Dominic's company and is a thorn in his side from day one. They constantly antagonize each other, while lusting after each other, and even though they put up a respectable effort, they could not seem to stay away from each other. Their relationship wasn't the easiest but it sure was fun to read--to see Dominic soften and show his kinder side and to see Ally relinquish some of the tightfisted control she had on everything was actually a relief. You couldn't help but root for them to get to the end without any heartache; unfortunately that's not really how this genre works and so there was heartache to be had but that make the forgiveness and making up that much sweeter...and that epilogue? So very sweet. 

By a Thread was the novel I didn't even know I needed when I picked it up and now I can't stop thinking about how enjoyable it was and am so looking forward to reading more Lucy Score. 


I got her fired. Okay, so I’d had a bad day and took it out on a bystander in a pizza shop. But there’s nothing innocent about Ally Morales. She proves that her first day of her new job… in my office… after being hired by my mother.

So maybe her colorful, annoying, inexplicably alluring personality brightens up the magazine’s offices that have felt like a prison for the past year. Maybe I like that she argues with me in front of the editorial staff. And maybe my after-hours fantasies are haunted by those brown eyes and that sharp tongue.

But that doesn’t mean that I’m going to be the next Russo man to take advantage of his position. I might be a second-generation asshole, but I am not my father.

She’s working herself to death at half a dozen dead-end jobs for some secret reason she doesn’t feel like sharing with me. And I’m going to fix it all. Don’t accuse me of caring. She’s nothing more than a puzzle to be solved. If I can get her to quit, I can finally peel away all those layers. Then I can go back to salvaging the family name and forget all about the dancing, beer-slinging brunette.

Ha. Hold my beer, Grumpy Grump Face.

Author’s Note: A steamy, swoony workplace romantic comedy with a grumpy boss hero determined to save the day and a plucky heroine who is starting to wonder if there might actually be a beating heart just beneath her boss’s sexy vests.

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