By a Thread by Lucy Score
Published by That's What She Said Publishing on April 23, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Dominic was staring at me like he couldn’t decide whether to chop me into pieces or pull my hair and French kiss me.
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.
Let me start this review with these two statements.
A. I will be forever indebted and eternally grateful to my dear friend Spice for pointing out By a Thread to me.
B. Isn’t finding a fabulous new to you author with a bunch of books already published the best thing ever??!!
There’s the enemy-to-lovers trope and then there is Ally and Dominic. Boy, you’re in for a treat with this office romance. The chemistry is so ridiculously hot I can’t even. The banter and shouting matches? Perfection. And it will give you all the feel. ALL. THE. FEELS.
So, Ally is in a bit of a financial situation which has led to her working a ridiculous amount of different jobs. Not one to suffer fools or hold her tongue, she ends up getting fired from one of her jobs for the way she dealt with a fancy entitled asshole. Fortunately, this leads to her getting a pretty sweet gig… the catch? The fancy jerkface works there too!
Dominic is dealing with a lot of crap in his life. He’s a pressure cooker on the verge of bursting and the rude as hell server with the sexy hair is the one that pushes him off the ledge. Color him surprised when he runs into her in his mother’s office as a new admin hire.
What follows is an epic battle of wills, witty banter, hopeless fighting of their attraction and some hot AF sex.
I totally adored both Ally and Dom. She didn’t have a shy bone in her body, did not mince her words and had a stubborn streak a mile wide. She was also caring, loyal and funny as all hell.
Dom was fighting some mighty issues which were compounded by his circumstances. But underneath the cold, uncaring façade he had the largest, most loving heart ever.
Their relationship, from the head-butting-start, the scorchingly hot middle, to that sweet, sweet ending was perfect. Everything in this book worked for me in a major way, I couldn’t put it down and ended up daring a zombie workday by staying up until 5 am to finish it.
By a Thread had me going through all the emotions, from longing, despair and heartbreak to joy and laughter. All while seriously fanning myself because damn, their sexy shenanigans… I can’t wait to jump into Ms. Score’s backlog and begin stalking her on social media
Rating: 5 “More please” Stars
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