By a Thread, Lucy Score
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.
I'm not convinced that Lucy Score could write a book I don't LOVE. So far, she hasn't been able to. This book is a grumpy/sunshine standalone and both main characters have a lot going on - some of the best character motivations I've read in a while. Something else she did sooooo well in this book was the 3rd act breakup. It was perfectly heartbreaking!! I was practically screaming at the book - NOOOO please don't say that! Please don't hurt her like that! But, it made the reconciliation just that much sweeter. I highly recommend anything by this author, but this one will definitely hold a special place in my heart for a long time!
“Don’t do this, Dom. Don’t be nice. Don’t ask me questions. I’m hanging on by a thread here.”
He pulled me out of the chair and into his arms. It was a hug. A hard, breathless hug.