By a Thread Blurb
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 the first day at 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 son of a… fill in the blank, 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 back 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.
Author’s Note: A steamy, swoony workplace romantic comedy with a grumpy boss hero determined to save the day and a plucky heroine who is starting to wonder if there might actually be a beating heart beneath her boss’s sexy vests.
Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars
I needed this book. And I had no idea how badly. Amidst feeling extremely overwhelmed as a result of the current global pandemic, I also lost my job as a result of the global pandemic. I had no idea when I started reading this office romcom with a sunny, chipper heroine and a grumpy alphahole boss that I’d need Ally and Dominic’s sparring and flirting as much as I did.
From the get-go, these two were like oil and vinegar, and I loved it. Ally is strong and sassy, a real spitfire. She’s 39 and not at all where she thought she would be in life. And a chance meeting with a grumpy 44 year old magazine executive and his former-model mother changed her life forever. And completely turns Dom’s life upside down.
At every turn, Dom and Ally are at each other’s throats, but there is a burning desire simmering under the surface between Charming and Maleficent. He wants her so badly, but won’t touch her because he’s in a power position over her. And Ally has so much going on in her life, the last thing she needs is the headgames that Charming is playing with her. Of course, they eventually give in and it’s magical and wonderful… until it’s not. Dom lets his insecurities and fears of being used for his position and money get the best of him, and in the process, he may lose the best thing that’s ever happened to him when he freaks out and lashes out at Ally.
This book is a whopping 60+ chapters, and I thought that some of it was unnecessary. Some of it could have been shortened. It is such a slooooow burn between Ally and Dom that their actual first hookup doesn’t happen until well past the halfway point. But at the same time, in those massive amounts of pages, Lucy Score manages to perfectly marry The Devil Wears Prada with the #MeToo movement, and she does it brilliantly. Dominic feels so much guilt over what his father did to the women staffers at the magazine, and is so determined to not repeat his fathers mistakes in the workplace. All the while, the guilt that he is the one responsible for his father’s actions are eating him up.
From start to finish, By A Thread is a fantastic read. I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.