Nash Morgan was always known as the good Morgan brother, with a smile and a wink for everyone. But now, this chief of police is recovering from being shot and his Southern charm has been overshadowed by panic attacks and nightmares. He feels like a broody shell of the man he once was. Nash isn’t about to let anyone in his life know he’s struggling. But his new next-door neighbor, smart and sexy Lina, sees his shadows. As a rule, she’s not a fan of physical contact unless she initiates it, but for some reason Nash’s touch is different. He feels it too. The physical connection between them is incendiary, grounding him and making her wonder if exploring it is worth the risk.
Too bad Lina’s got secrets of her own, and if Nash finds out the real reason she’s in town, he’ll never forgive her. Besides, she doesn’t do relationships. Ever. A hot, short-term fling with a local cop? Absolutely. Sign her up. A relationship with a man who expects her to plant roots? No freaking way. Once she gets what she’s after, she has no intention of sticking around. But Knockemout has a way of getting under people’s skin. And once Nash decides to make Lina his, he’s not about to be dissuaded…even if it means facing the danger that nearly killed him.
Title: Things We Hide From the Light (Knockemout, #2)
Author: Lucy Score
Publication Date: February 21, 2023
Genres: Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Suspense
How do these books keep getting better? I feel like my heart has been broken open and sewn back together.
Nash and Lina were eeeeverything. How Score can understand people well enough to not only write about them, but do so extremely well is beyond me. She weaves emotion, romance, healing, and humor together so seamlessly. I never want to leave this world!
During this book, Nash was healing not only from physical wounds, but emotional ones. He was in a bit of a depression and didn’t know how to find his way out. Lina, meanwhile, didn’t know how to slow down. She didn’t want to take the time to open up to people and let them in. They both desperately needed each other and it was beautiful to see things pan out. Plus, I got all the heart flutters and tears during multiple points in their relationship.
I love how Nash was vastly different from Knox but still shared so many brotherly traits. Nash is the flirtier, happier one of the two, but neither knows how to talk about their emotions or show love. It’s interesting to see how their shared childhood affected the two in different ways.
As usual, the humor in this book was top-notch. Waylay was such a gem, as to be expected. I love that kid so much. And Score somehow manages to make dogs their own characters and drag them into the humor. Plus, she works in all these ridiculous scenarios that somehow work with the plot and the characters.
Overall, I will never get over how amazing and perfect this book is. Knox and Naomi, Nash and Lina, I love you all so much! And now, time for Lucien and Sloane. I know this book is going to be explosive after two books of intense hating and pining. Bring it on!