Book Review: Things We Hide From the Light by Lucy Score

I was thrilled to head back to Knockemout and read Nash and Lina's story in Things We Hide From the Light. These two blew me away, this was small-town rom-com perfection! I was pulled in right from the start and never wanted to put it down!

Book Review: Things We Hide From the Light by Lucy Score
Things We Hide From the Light (Knockemout #2) by Lucy Score

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.

5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely loved every single thing about Things We Hide From the Light. It was everything I could have wanted from the fun, entertaining scenes to the emotional, heartfelt ones to the playful antagonism and building sexual tension. I loved all the characters, the community of Knockemout, and the bit of mystery happening. I freaking adored this!

Nash and Lina are so perfect for each other. I immediately felt for Nash, my heart hurt for him, and all he was going through. I loved him opening up and healing over the course of the story. I loved Lina and understood who she was and why she made the choices she did. I liked learning about her past and those moments when she truly let people in. Together they were amazing! They had an excellent push and pull happening, a fire between them that I couldn't get enough of. I loved them getting to know each other, opening up bit by bit, the verbal sparring between them, the chemistry, and the vulnerability. I liked how they were there for one another in the heart-wrenching moments and the sweet, lighthearted ones too.

The secondary characters and the town itself were wonderful. I loved getting more Knox and Naomi and sassy Waylay. I am super excited about Sloane and Lucian’s story and to get down to the nitty-gritty of what happened in their past. The level of anger and pain between them is palpable. I loved all the men and their male bonding, I'm such a sucker for that. I also enjoyed getting more Stef and the storyline happening with Nash and Knox’s dad. There's also a sweet addition of a furry friend and I adored those scenes! I loved the bit of mystery mixed in involving Nash and the clues along the way. I was thrilled with the conclusion.

This was so incredibly well done with a phenomenal build. There was such fantastic attention to detail with Nash and Lina’s relationship, the different friendship dynamics, and found families that kept me turning the page as fast as I could. I liked the humor that was interjected throughout that balanced perfectly with the more serious moments. This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I'm thrilled it was a winner! Truly exceptional storytelling!

Complimentary copy received from That's What She Said Publishing.

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"Entertaining, emotional, and heartfelt story with a phenomenal build!" - About That Story

Thank you That's What She Said Publishing for the advanced copy of Things We Hide From the Light.

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Riley Thorn and the Blast from the Past (#3) - Amazon | My Review

Benevolence Series
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Blue Moon Series
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This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I loved everything about it. What are some of your most anticipated reads? Let me know!