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"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.

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 just beneath her boss’ sexy vests.

©2020 That's What She Said Publishing, Inc. (P)2020 That's What She Said Publishing, Inc.

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DNF

This is my second Lucy Score book...I enjoyed the first one and thought I’d give this a go. I’m certainly not opposed to an “enemy to lovers” trope but this one is just not for me. I’m several hours in and am struggling to keep going. I love a longer novel as I feel like I’m getting my money’s worth compared to the 4-6 hour books (especially series when you’re asked to spend more and more money for the next installment...but if I’m hooked, I’ll do it anyway)...with this one, I find myself exacerbated, irritated and bored. I think the fact that the heroine is my age, 39, and the hero is 44, has something to do with it. The maturity level is zero, and something I might deem acceptable for main characters in their teens or early twenties, if I’m being generous. Where I left off...The MFC has just stripped at her best friend’s club on amateur night to make money she desperately needs (no judgment there)...but she makes this big deal about how awful it is doing it and states more than once that her BFF would have just lent her the money. Then when the H steps in and tries to give her money (because he overheard the call she made to her best friend and realizes what she’s doing) she is holier than thou/too good to take his money and won’t accept any assistance from him or explain the reason she’s in this mess. The whole thing is just stupid imo. Beyond frustrated. Wondering how much bad has to continue taking place in the hours left in this book before anything normal or positive or exciting happens. Not worth a credit imo. Total disappointment. Read at your own risk.

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Slow Burn, Totally Satisfying

I feel satisfied and complete after listening to this one.

There's a lot in this book, not only do you have the main characters who are fun and multi-faceted, but they have complete lives and back stories, they are not one note characters.

Sebastian York as Dom - you love him and want to smack him. Like most men you know :) He has a large heart and is so scared to show it, to give it. It takes a strong woman like Ally to pull him out and show who he is inside and out. Erin Mallon was definitely the perfect choice for this strong independent woman.

The book has romance and comedy - oh the comedy. The one liners. I really wish I would have written some of them down as I went. I was laughing and smiling through so much of their banter. I love the wit and the smart back and forth of these characters.

These two had a lot of heart break and sadness in their lives, they needed to find each other and fight for each other.

It was a long slow burn, but I was never bored, I was totally invested. From the snark, the sweet, and the strip club, I was all in.

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Fantastic narration of phenomenal book!!!

Ally and Dominic are MAGIC!
By a Thread is romantic comedy set in New York fashion world and it stands alone with a spectacular HEA.
The narration by Erin Mallon and Sebastian York is absolutely perfect. They bring Ally and Dominick to life, provide a theatrical experience and make you feel like part of the story.
Ally and Dominic, aka Maleficent and Charming, just became my favorite romantic couple EVER, and there are so many things I absolutely ADORE about this phenomenal story.
Dominic is a brooding, grumpy alpha with the heart of gold, and the more we learn about him and his upbringing, the more we fall in love with him.
Ally is a strong, lovable heroine, whose family obligations have her running full speed in several directions and managing multiple competing priorities.
By a Thread has a multilayered captivating story line that will pull at your heartstrings and make you laugh out loud; the character development and an amazing cast of secondary characters is simply extraordinary.
We first meet Ally and Dominic as he arrives at a pizzeria where Ally is his server. Their epic banter commences at the very beginning of this amazing story and never seizes to entertain.
“Sir, are you here for STD panel results or hemorrhoids?” she shouted in the vicinity of my cell’s microphone.
Once I started reading, I could not put this book down and finished it in one sitting.
Talk about couples goals - #ALOMINIC♥️♥️♥️
By a Thread has it all - steam, swoon, witty banter, love, heartache, laugh out loud moments and the very best cast of characters I’ve read in a long time!!!
It’s a definite must listen/read and highly recommend from me!

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A fantastic slow burn enemies to lovers, but...

I really liked this book... in fact it would have been a pretty solid 5 stars up until the HEA. This was just how the ending was stereotypical and I just felt it didn’t fit with how I felt personally.

But let’s go with the very very good. The chemistry between Dominic and Ally was insane. The banter was fantastic. I quite enjoyed how they resisted each other while simultaneously communicating how much they want each other.

I also liked how they were older than most romance books and how Ally, at 39, was just trying to do her best with the hand that she was dealt with. I related to her in more ways than I expected and that was quite refreshing in a genre where trope laden fantasies are almost always at the forefront.

Dominic at 44 was also great and age appropriate even though he had to deal with issues stemming from his parents. It’s a real thing to be affected by your parents even as you get older.

That’s not to say the tropes were not typical here, but relatable elements were nice to have (well, until the HEA).

The narration was great and I really enjoy the combo of Erin Mallon and Sebastian York. If I had any say, gif is pronounced with a hard g. I said what I said!

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Love,love,love this!!

I enjoyed this book so much! There were plenty of laugh out loud moments and it gave me all the feels. Lucy Score is a new author to me and after By A Thread I will definitely be interested reading/listening to more of her books! Ally is a strong, independent woman and Dom is a man with a big heart despite coming off as a grumpy a-hole lol I enjoyed these characters so much and their story.

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Giant disappointment

Wow, was this ever a huge disappointment. There were so many good reviews so I was really looking forward to listening to this book. The readers were kind of meh, with the male reader being so so and the female reader on the bad side of average (why do half her statements have the inflection of a question). Still, they were the best part of the book. It was a very slow start followed by predictable plot line that never really developed. The lead characters were also incredibly unlikeable. The male lead still blamed his personality and bad choices at 40 years old on his daddy issues despite growing up stupid rich and having a loving mother. The female lead was (I think) supposed to be a strong independent woman but she was perfectly fine letting the man take care of everything as long as he didn’t ask first. Seriously, I’m not even much of a feminist and this annoyed me throughout the whole book. I only kept listening because I convinced myself it was eventually going to get better. Sadly, it didn’t.

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Slow read

This was a very slow read. The chapters became monotonous. The beginning and end were well done. The audio performance was great and that alone encouraged me to keep listening and finishing the book.

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Well written and wonderfully read

The characters had depth, the story was fresh, both male & female readers were perfect for the story. The ending was just a little to perfect but the characters deserved to be happy.
First book I’ve listened to or read by the author but will def. seek out more of her work.

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Laugh out moment...

This was my first book by Lucy Score and I really enjoyed By a Thread. I needed a rom com book after reading my last book that was filled with so much angst. By a Thread had me laughing out loud several times. The story was funny, sexy and it had a whole lot of hot chemistry! The back and forth bickering will have you smiling. Ally took no crap from Dom and that Itself was Refreshing, since nowadays these FMC seem to be complete doormats.. My only complaint I had was the MC’s ages, they didn’t really fit the description I had in my head. Ally and Dom seem more in there early/mid 30’s rather then in there 40’s, Overall the book was good, definitely long tho, but worth the read.

Audiobook review: 5 stars for Erin Mallon and Sebastian York again for doing a fabulous job!

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A MUST READ!!! FUNNY, SEXY, & ROMANTIC

Absolutely loved this book. It was very entertaining. Kept me wanting more. I could go on hours reading it. Definitely a page turner

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  • 09-06-20

Was this a book or a porno?

This could have been a good story but there was so much padding with graphic sex scenes the story if there was one was totally lost. It could have been about 10 chapters shorter than it was if all the over the top sex was taken out. Dominic I think had a medical problem known as Priapism as he appeared to have a constant erection! it really became boring to keep hearing him growl about how much he wanted to shag her and if Ally said one more time that she thought she must be in a dream or have just been hit by a bus or unconscious I think I would have screamed.

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  • ClaireBookyBook
  • 07-16-20

A perfectly well rounded story...

First of all... I was sold on this book with the narrators alone. With this calibre of narration, you know that something special is to ensue...

... And.... I was right!

Perfection... Not just a boy meets girl scenario... This was multi leveled, yet not over complicated. Characters and surroundings were flawlessly described. Thoroughly enjoyed listening!

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  • Mrs. C. M. Mccann
  • 01-16-21

Loved this book

At times Erin Mallon’s narration slightly annoyed me and I wish they had been more SebYo but overall it was a great listen.

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  • janet copeland
  • 01-08-21

brilliant

loved this story. made me laugh love a sassy heroine and Dominic wasn't to bad either

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-24-20

Even BETTER second time around!

I bought the ebook and read it and when I 'joined' Audible it was a no brainer to purchase the Audible version of this book!
Do yourself a favour, and treat yourself to this if you love Sassy Independent Women in their late 30s and a Mid Forties Alpha Male who just needs to be taught how to show his softer side. Love that this has not only an epilogue but also an additional epilogue!
Love, ❤, 💓,💞,💝, 💗 it!

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  • jeanette
  • 12-06-20

Great book

funny romantic its a great but listened to it in 2 days didnt want to put it down

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  • E A OAKLEY
  • 12-05-20

Couldn’t stop the listening

Really enjoyed the audio book. Fall in love with the characters and feel for their backgrounds. Must listen too audio book

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  • joyly55
  • 11-26-20

Loved this feisty romance 💕💕

Dominic has met his match with Ally and she doesn't hold anything back when giving her opinion of him even when it causes her to lose her job.
Dominic's mother likes Ally's sassy attitude and gives her job working for her, much to Dominic's annoyance. That's when the sparks really start to fly.
Two of my favourite narrators did an amazing job of bringing all the characters to life and I highly recommend this story.
Deserves more than 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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  • Heroesinbooks
  • 10-12-20

Beyond 5 Maleficently Charming Stars

If you only read one book this year / month / week - READ THIS ONE.
Fantastic characters, brilliant story , hilarious, moving , heart poundingly sexy. This book is superb & Dominic & Ally are one of the very best lead MC’s I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The narration by Erin Mallon & Sebastian York is excellent.
HEA? Yes
Cheating? No

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  • Lauren Greenwell
  • 09-09-20

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I really enjoyed this book because I tend to binge listen so it lasted me longer than a day in intervals which was great. Story is a little unnecessarily long though, probably could have been condensed a little bit BUT I did still really enjoy it. The male narrator was great but the female was at times robotic and tended to drag her words out at the end... once you hear it you can’t not notice.

If you can ignore that then I would recommend!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-22-21

Awesome!

My first Lucy Score novel left me wanting more. The banter between the characters had me laughing out loud. The story was fast paced and hard to put down. A highly recommended read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-21

Definitely Steamy

Not to bad, a little too long and I found myself laughing awkwardly at some of those steamy/dirty scenes like I shouldn't have been there. I felt like a prude. But I finished it and liked the character shift, it also jumps from raunchy to attempting to be wholesome at the end, a bit of a stretch but hey, it's fiction.

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  • Brenda Hawkins
  • 03-13-21

Best ever book

I loved it on kindle and look bed it more on audio There is something about Lucy’s books that just pull you in.
BAT to me is right up there I think as one of her best books
I love audio t love🥶👱🏼‍♀️👱🏼‍♀️👱🏼‍♀️😘 when you have a great book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-16-21

Super Saucy!

Enjoyed this book but feel that romatic comedy only partly describes it. It was definitely a little 50 shades with very detailed and frequent sex scenes! Characters were great and very easy to invest in.

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
  • 09-25-20

Love this 💜

This was hilarious. I loved these characters . They were perfect together . Right from the beginning you could tell the tension between them . Friggen Awesome. God I love these guys. I hope we get more. Yummmmmy.💕💜💞💜💕

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  • 08-08-20

Loved this book!!

It’s the first book I’ve read of Lucy Score’s. It had all “the feels”. I belly laughed a few times reading it. Will definitely look at her other books. I’m sad I’ve finished it! Don’t you hate that! 🤣