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Book Review: By A Thread by Lucy Score

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Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: Dominic was staring at me like he couldn’t decide whether to chop me into pieces or pull my hair and French kiss me.

Dominic
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.

Ally
Ha. Hold my beer, Grumpy Grump Face.

 

My Review: [Warning: Mature content – 18+. Explicit sexual language and scenes. Workplace sexual harassment.]

By A Thread is a sizzling romantic comedy that checked off everything I love about contemporary romances. It’s told in dual POVs between Ally – a dauntless woman determined to do right by her father, working multiple jobs to make end’s meet – and Dominic – the handsome and grumpy ass, resolute to not being anything like his deplorable father.

When the two meet sparks ignite into a fiery attraction. Neither can deny being attracted to the other nor the hate-you banter they secretly enjoy. But fate has other, more comical plans for these two reluctant co-workers.

The cover is so pink and pretty. The premise very compelling that I had to read this book asap. Ally and Dom’s initial meeting was hilarious. I loved all the characters; they’re so funny and quirky in their own ways. You will fall in love with this quick read.

Ally is my favorite. She’s very devoted and head-strong. She lives in a dilapidated work-in-progress house, works several jobs, and rations to the extreme. The financial struggles beat her down and some days her father doesn’t remember her. But Ally keeps moving forward. That’s a rare, admirable quality I respect in a person.

She’s also quick-witted, sassy, and someone who will have your back through thick and thin, especially if you show her the same courtesy and respect. Ally is an incredibly stubborn thought and won’t accept financial help from anyone, even her best friend, Faith.

Dom – poor Dom. He has more than just his father’s egregious mess to clean up. Dom is an ass as he’ll admit. But I think it stems from childhood and the Russo creed of never talking about feelings and the things that are troubling them. Dom tries his best to do the right thing and support his fashion icon mother – the lovely and stern, Dalessandra Russo (I love her name!). However, like Ally, he too won’t accept help and doesn’t want to get close to people.

I appreciate that this book shines a light on workplace sexual harassment, though it was more of a background elephant in that needed to be addressed.. It’s an important, ongoing issue that needs to be addressed and rectified. Although, how this issue is originally “solved” in the book is part of the problem. I think the author does a good job of showing the effects this has on victims and what can and needs to be done to create a safe and trusting work environment for employees.

I’ve never read a contemporary romance so long but I’m glad this was a length read. I feel like I got the whole story and that everything was fleshed out and fully realized. Plus, you’ll hardly notes the page length because you won’t be able to stop reading – you just have to know more! This book is a real page-turner.

By A Thread is a fun-filled, slow-burn, tantalizing romance read. Another new favorite by a newly discovered author that I enjoyed a lot. Highlight recommended. A must-read!

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