Sunny Shelly’s Review: Riley Thorn And The Dead Guy Next Door, by Lucy Score

Title: Riley Thorn and the Dead Guy Next Door
Author: Lucy Score
Genre: Psychic Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 27, 2020
A nice, normal life. Is that too much to ask? For Riley Thorn it is. Divorced. Broke. Living with a pack of elderly roommates. And those hallucinations she’s diligently ignoring? Her tarot card-dealing mom is convinced they’re clairvoyant visions.

Just when things can’t get worse, a so-hot-it-should-be-illegal private investigator shows up on her doorstep looking for a neighbor…who turns up murdered.

Nick Santiago doesn’t play well with others. Unless the “others” are of the female persuasion. Wink. He’s a rebel, a black sheep, a man who prefers a buffet of options to being stuck with the same entrée every night, if you catch his drift.

When the pretty, possibly psychic Riley lands at the top of the list of suspects, Nick volunteers to find out whodunit. Only because he likes solving mysteries not because he wants to flex his heroic muscles for the damsel in distress.

All they have to do is figure out who pulled the trigger, keep the by-the-book detective with a grudge at bay, and deal with a stranger claiming he was sent to help Riley hone her psychic gifts. All before the killer discovers she’s a loose end that requires snipping.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Riley Thorn and the Dead Guy Next Door isn’t my typical romcom fare that I like to read. I’m not a huge fan of romantic suspense. But I’ve liked what I’ve read from Lucy Score in the past (Hello, Bootleg Springs!) so I gave it a shot.

Riley is a “reluctant psychic” who gets drawn into a murder mystery and teams up with hottie detective Nick after she has visions of her neighbor being killed. Nick just kind of goes whichever way the wind blows, and isn’t a rule-follower. But when he meets cooky Riley, he feels an instant zap of chemistry.

Their chemistry is instant, and as they fake their way through a relationship while trying to solve the murder, lines get crossed and it’s hard to determine what is fake and what is becoming very real. Add in some zany family antics and a crazy cast of supporting players, lots of funny moments and plenty of sweet ones, and this story was a pleasant surprise!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Lucy Score is a Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon bestselling author. Small town contemporary rom-coms are her lady jam and she enjoys delivering the feels with a huge side of happily ever after.
Her books have been translated into several languages, making readers around the world snort laugh, swoon, and sob. Lucy lives in Pennsylvania with the devastatingly handsome Mr. Lucy and their horrible cat.
In her spare time she enjoys sleeping, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and reading all the romance novels in the universe.

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