Synopsis

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.

Review

4,25 stars

We are back in small town Knockemout and this time, it’s Nash Morgan that we’ll follow.

This is part of an interconnected series and even if these books are technically standalones, it’s better to read them in order.

In the previous instalment, “Things We Never Got Over”, Nash Morgan, local sheriff of Knockemout had been shot. He woke up but had no recollection of that night’s events.

He who always had been the good guy, the charmer and the friendlier of  the Morgan brothers is now a shell of himself. He pretends everything is fine but in reality he is numb to everything and has panic attacks.

Enters Angelina “Lina” Solavita, his brother Knox’s ex temporary girlfriend. Lina is moving next door to Nash, in town for her job.

Their attraction is immediate but Nash is the marrying type whereas Lina is the “have a good time and leave them in the dust” kind of girl.

She is allergic to commitment.

Worse, Nash praises truth and honesty above everything else while Lina is hiding something that will have him furious once discovered.

Nash is hurting inside after his near-death experience but when he is in Lina’s presence, it’s like being alive again!

Whenever you’re close, everything is better. The closer you are, the easier I breathe, the less I feel like life is a never-ending pour of lemon juice into an open wound that won’t heal. You take away the dark, the cold. And you remind me what it’s like to want to be here.”

He truly is a disarming character.

Very charming with a glorious bum he is the good boy of the town. Loyal, sexy, protective… he was a perfect hero.

But he isn’t only traumatized by the assassination attempt, he carries a truckload of baggage from his childhood! When his mom died, his father plunged into alcohol and drugs to survive.

Having Lina essential for him to feel again reminds him of his father’s addiction to go on with life.

Lina is a badass character who went through her share of trauma as well! She is decided not to be coddled and to live her life to the fullest, searching for adrenaline shots.

She won’t be intimidated by anyone, even Lucian “Lucifer”!

We met Lucian in “Things We Never Got Over” and know that he is a cold and intimidating man who has villains cowering in his presence, deep pockets and a vast intelligence net at his disposal. But as I said, Lina has “big girl panties” and I loved the scene where Lucian tried to manipulated Lina in leaving Nash alone!

We stared each other down, willing the other to break first. These were the kinds of social situation I excelled in. Making small talk about girly things? Nope. But going head-to-head with a cagey man when there was important information on the line? This was my Olympics and I was a goddamn gold medalist.”

And further down that discussion she said to Lucian:” You’re like a little kid showing off the terrible finger painting you did at school expecting me to be impressed. If I hang it on the refrigerator, will you go away?”

I was all: “Bam! Take that Lucian!” even if I can’t wait for his book too LOL

Knockemout and his inhabitants have a way to sneak up on you and soon Lina will have friends to go drink with (Daisy and Sloane), have her behind handed out to her at the gym (the elderly Mrs Tweedy) and servers remembering her orders. Oh and let’s not forget a small girly dog saved by Nash himself.

Is she really certain she want to leave everything behind once her job is done?

This is a very good small-town romance with a swoon worthy hero, fierce female character and a dash of suspense as a killer is still out after Nash.

Thanks for reading.

Sophie

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14 Comments

  1. Hey, can you help me with something about this book? I am not an English speaker and it is not available in my language, but a friend loves this book, I want to give her a gift, I want to make an art about the book, but the language has been the barrier. I think it’s too much to ask, but could you tell me what would be cool to have in an art about this story? Pleeease! I am deeply grateful, I would be helping to make a reader like to read even more! (Sorry for the English from google translator, I hope it’s understandable)

    1. Hi Gabriel, I don’t know if I understand correctly but you want to make art inspired by that book? Correct? Well here are some elements from the book: the hero is a sheriff , there is a small dog (rescue) and they are looking for a stolen car (expensive). I don’t know if it gives you ideas about what to draw or make…
      You could also go to Pinterest and type Things We Hide from the Light and see what ideas come to light.

  2. Happy to see that this small-town romance was such a win for you. I know many love this author as she became pretty hyped last year. Sounds like the characters were written so well here.

  3. Lucy Score has been everywhere since Things We Never Got Over exploded last year. After reading several reviews, and a snippet of the first book, I decided it probably wasn’t for me. I think I don’t jibe with her kind of humor. But there’s no denying this series has been a huge hit with a lot of fans! Glad you enjoyed it, Sophie… and I hope you get Lucian’s story! :)

  4. I haven’t read Lucy Score yet but I have the first book in this series sitting on my shelf. Hopefully, I can get to it soon and I am glad that you enjoyed this one.