Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score
Published: January 13th 2022 by That’s What She Said Publishing
Rating: ★★★½ (3.5)
Genre: Adult // Contemporary Romance
Quick Thoughts: An enemies-to-lovers tale with a small town romance and laughs—and feels—along the way.
About The Book:
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.
I’ve had Things We Never Got Over sat on my TBR shelf for ages, and when I got the sequel, Things We Hide From The Light as book mail last month I thought it was the perfect time to start the series! I love romances (duh) so I had so many high hopes.
Right from the get-go it’s on—with Naomi and Knox meeting under quite tense circumstances. Whilst Naomi has escaped to the small town of Knockemout from her soon-to-be bride duties in hopes of meeting up with her estranged twin sister, Knox is familiar with the town he calls home. So when Naomi’s life goes up in flames right before him, he’s not exactly in the business of being unkind—he just doesn’t do complicated—so he offers a hand, especially now she’s been left her 11-year-old niece to handle.
But Naomi keeps falling into trouble it seems, and Knox feels like he can’t get back to his no-strings, stress-free life until she’s safe. The more time Knox spends with Naomi, the longer he can’t deny it: he likes her. The attraction seems mutual (and has some spicy interactions) only, when her small troubles grow into really dangerous ones, Knox is swept up in the chaos, too.
Overall, Things We Never Got Over was a slow-burn read that had so many tropes I had a hard time keeping count. Whilst I went into it thinking I’d fall madly in love with this book everyone seemed to love, I didn’t—at least, not entirely. There were parts I loved (the family aspects, the small town vibes, the humour) but a lot of things fell flat for me, like the excessive, in my opinion, length of the book. I think I’d have truly loved it more if it was around 300-pages (it’s over 500.) That being said, there were many qualities I’m sure, and know, readers will love about this book (the humour alone was five-star worthy.) An enemies-to-lovers tale with a small town romance and laughs—and feels—along the way.
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.