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


Things We Hide From The Light by Lucy Score

Published: February 21st 2023 by Hodder & Stoughton
Rating: ★★★★ (4)
Genre: Adult // Contemporary Romance
Quick Thoughts: A page-turning, rapturous story that I loved so much—from the lilts of cute repartee to exciting plot, it kept my attention.

About The Book:

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.

First Thoughts

I knew as soon as I’d finished Things We Never Got Over that I wanted to dive straight into the sequel (it made the most sense that I wouldn’t be trying to think what happened in the last one) and I wanted to go into it with a whole new prospective as a new read after my thoughts on the first one! (But excited for more hilarious banter to be honest.)

My Review

Nash Morgan, the chief of police, has always been the faithfully good brother, kind and gracious with everyone in town. But after he got shot, things changed. He’s going through turmoil, with frequent panic attacks, anxiety and waking from nightmares, so unlike the man he used to be. He tries to hide it from everyone he loves, but his new next door neighbour, the enigmatic Lina, sees his struggles. 

Lina isn’t the type to jump straight into things, but when she starts a back-and-forth with Nash, the two of them learning more about the other as the days pass, there’s a definite shift. She feels her high walls falling—the ones that never want something so physical, a thing she never saw coming, not until Nash came along. But Lina’s got secrets and a past that would make Nash run. If he found out why she’s in town, he would surely walk away. When she gets what she needs, she’s gone—no matter what she feels for Nash—but when they cross a barrier into uncharted territory, everything changes. And Nash won’t let her go, even if he has to unearth the reasons he was going through hell originally.

Overall, Things We Hide From The Light was a page-turning, rapturous story that I loved so much more than it’s predecessor. From the lilts of cute repartee to exciting plot, it kept my attention (despite how long it was!) all throughout. Whilst I wasn’t so in love with every single side-characters and main characters personalities (which is only natural when there’s a few we follow) the connection between Nash and Lina was *chef’s kiss* and I ate it up. This is a definite must-read for romance fans this month! A stunning four-star read. 

About The Author

Lucy is a Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Kindle Store bestseller of romantic comedies and contemporary romance. She grew up in rural Pennsylvania with a lot of time on her hands and a big imagination. She was the oldest of three in a book-obsessed household. Dinners were often spent in silence while family members had their noses buried in books. A passion for writing took hold at five when she taught her brother to write his name on the bathroom door.

She started writing (on paper) in the second grade, first about pilgrims on the Mayflower and over the years graduated to essays, articles, blogs, and finally books. “Pretend You’re Mine” was her runaway hit and she’s been writing full-time ever since.

Non-romance-writing jobs have included event planner, bartender, newspaper lackey, and yoga instructor.

Lucy and Mr. Lucy, enjoy spending time with their 1.7 million nieces and nephews and laying on beaches with umbrella drinks.

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happy reading!

Becca x

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