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If you love spicy viral books, this Things We Hide From the Light review is for you. It explores exactly what makes this Lucy Score book so popular and beloved. You’ll get all the details you need to know (without any spoilers). Let’s spice things up!

Note: Things We Hide From the Light is book number 2 of 3 in the Things We Never Got Over series (Knockemout). Book number 1 is Things We Never Got Over and book number 3 is Things We Left Behind.

Things we hide from the light by Lucy score held in front of a table of books.

Like so many readers, I first heard of the Knockemout series through TikTok. Well, it was a little too spicy for me, but my high school friend (a spicy romance reader) reached out to me as she was reading it, and she had so much to say about this series that she became a writer on this site to write about them! So, what you will read in this Things We Hide From the Light review are mostly her words, with my edits and a few of my thoughts sprinkled in.

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Quick Summary

Since this is the second book in a series, there are necessarily some plot spoilers below, but we have tried to keep them minimal.

Things We Hide From the Light is the Things We Never Got Over sequel and Lucy Score’s second installment in what is to be a three-book series. While the first book, Things We Never Got Over, told the story of Knox Morgan and Naomi Witt, Things We Hide From the Light focuses on Knox’s brother, police chief Nash Morgan, and insurance agent Lina Solavita.

Nash is in a funk as the book begins as he is trying to heal both mentally and physically from an event that occurred in the first book. He cannot seem to get his head on straight or enjoy what he previously did, not even his work.

Enter Lina, his new neighbor in town on assignment. She is a traveling large-claims insurance agent. She is a non-committal type who is a bit of a wild child and has no interest in settling down.

While Nash and Lina get to know one another, they embark on a quest to answer some major unresolved questions from the first book in the Knockemout series.

All the characters we know and love from Things We Never Got Over are back along with a few new ones, working together and using their own strengths to get to the bottom of small-town Knockemout’s large-scale mystery.

The stars of the show here are Nash and Lina, who have their reasons for not wanting a relationship but seem to feel a magnetic pull toward one another that cannot be denied.

As the two navigate through the twists and turns that accompany being neighbors, being attracted to one another, and trying to identify and hunt down criminals, they find themselves inching closer and closer to one another and learning that some of the answers they may be seeking are right in front of them.

Things We Hide From the Light culminates in a tense, suspenseful scene that finally brings some closure to the multiple loose ends these characters face at the book’s beginning.

Things We Hide From the Light Review

WHAT YOU’LL LOVE ABOUT THIS BOOK:


  • slow-burn romance
  • fast-paced otherwise
  • witty characters

I enjoyed Things We Hide From the Light more than the first installment in this series. Nash and Lina are an interesting couple, and Score does a wonderful job developing them. After reading two of her books, I see a trend here: the character development of her main characters is excellent.

It should be noted that the police and crime details in Things We Hide From the Light give the story an extensive amount of depth. In contrast to the first book in the Knockemout series, Things We Hide From the Light does a better job at blending romance and crime perfectly.

The spicy romance is not lacking in this book, but it’s more of a slow burn so be willing to wait for it.

Score has been criticized a bit for the length of her romance novels and I have to agree. To use over 600 pages to tell this story does feel a bit excessive and certain parts and even minor characters (a great example is Mrs. Tweedy) were, quite frankly, unnecessary.

Similar to the first book, and perhaps even more so, there were some cheesy scenes in Things We Hide From the Light, but Knockemout has really grown on me and I found myself smiling more, cheering for the characters more, and just embracing Knockemout for all that it is as I read this novel.

One other criticism I have and seem to share with other readers is that Nash and Lina fall hard and fast for one another but don’t have many scenes where they are really talking and getting to know one another. I simply got the impression that these two characters did not know much about one another apart from their steamy relations.

Overall, I did enjoy Things We Hide From the Light. It’s a fast-paced read with a great storyline and subplots. Score has the remarkable ability to get me to finish a 600-page book in less than a week, and that’s a feat. The crime is crime-y, the spice is spicy, and the characters are witty and a lot of fun.

Age Rating

We recommend Things We Hide From the Light by Lucy Score for mature adults ages 18 and over, due to some scenes with graphic and explicit sex.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens in the Things We Hide From The Light?

Things We Hide From the Light by Lucy Score focuses on Knockemout’s police chief Nash Morgan, and his neighbor, insurance agent Lina Solavita, who aren’t looking for a relationship. As they navigate being attracted to one another and trying to identify and hunt down criminals, they inch closer to one another and learn that some of the answers they may be seeking are right in front of them.

Is Knox and Naomi in Things We Hide From The Light?

Knox and Naomi appear in Things We Hide From the Light by Lucy Score, but the main characters are Knox’s brother, police chief Nash Morgan, and insurance agent Lina Solavita.

Is Things We Hide From The Light spicy?

Yes, Things We Hide From the Light by Lucy Score is a spicy romance novel for mature adults ages 18 and over, due to some scenes with graphic and explicit sex.

Do I need to read Things We Never Got Over before Things We Hide From The Light?

No, but it is recommended that you read Things We Never Got Over before Things We Hide From the Light by Lucy Score because the series follows what happens next in the same storyline, just from the perspective of different characters. In other words, there will be some spoilers if you read Things We Hide From the Light first.

Is Things We Hide From The Light a continuation of Things We Never Got Over?

Yes. Things We Hide From the Light by Lucy Score continues the storyline of Things We Never Got Over, but from the perspective of different characters.

Conclusion

To recap this Things We Hide From the Light review, this book is a spicy small town romance novel that became a viral sensation for its small-town setting, witty characters, slowly burning romance, and steamy romance scenes. It’s a graphic novel recommended for adults age 18 and over. And, it’s the second of three books in the Knockemout series, which is best read second to avoid spoilers.

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