After seeing Things We Never Got Over everywhere and the release of the second book in this series, it was time for me to give this one a go. Let me tell you it’s worth the hype and I’m upset it took me so long to read it, haha. So keep on reading to find out more about this book and what I thought!
Bearded, bad-boy barber Knox prefers to live his life the way he takes his coffee: Alone. Unless you count his basset hound, Waylon. Knox doesn’t tolerate drama, even when it comes in the form of a stranded runaway bride.
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.
“You’re telling me he’s a grumpy, overprotective hottie next-door and you’re not going to sleep with him? How wasteful.”
Things We Never Got Over is the ultimate grumpy/sunshine romance and it was so good! Lucy Score had me laughing, crying, and angry while reading this book. I loved that there was a bit of a mystery/suspense element in this story that kept me on my toes.
Our main character, Naomi, doesn’t have the greatest day. She runs from her wedding and when her sister asks for help Naomi can’t help but go and help. Except when she shows up, Tina robs her and leaves her 11 year old daughter behind. Naomi is a character that also goes through a lot of development. She’s always been the “good” daughter and takes care of anyone and anything. Never wanting to disappoint she thinks of others before thinking of what she really wants. This is something that I loved seeing her realize and characters helping her choose herself.
Knox is such a grump. A hot grump, but a grump nonetheless, haha. I loved that we had a dual POV, because I don’t think I would’ve loved him as much without his train of thought. He went through a lot with his family and just wants everyone safe and sound. After losing so much he’s also really afraid of letting someone in just to feel pain again. Knox is very supportive and I love how generous he is for the ones he loves. He even takes really good care of his employees.
There was definitely chemistry from the start between Naomi and Knox and things get very steamy, haha. When they first start fake dating I knew it would become more. Things get rocky, but it’s just clear they work well for each other. After certain exciting events it’s clear that they can’t let the other go. They had me smiling quite often. I also loved Waylay and how she ended up working her way in their hearts. She deserved the world after what happened to her growing up.
On top of an amazing romance, I have to mention the cast of side characters. They were the best! I need stories for all of them! Best friends Stef and Jeremiah were great and there’s definitely some romances I see coming for books 2 & 3. I’m sad this story is all over, but I’m grateful I already have Things We Hide From the Light on my shelf.
Lucy Score is going to be an author I need to read everything from! This book left me wanting more and it was over 500 pages, haha. Have you read anything by Lucy Score? What was your favorite? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.