“At some point, you have got to stop worrying so much about what everyone else needs and start thinking about what you need.”
Bearded, bad-boy barber Knox prefers to live his life the way he takes his coffee: Alone. Unless you count his basset hound, Waylon. Knox doesn’t tolerate drama, even when it comes in the form of a stranded runaway bride.
Naomi wasn’t just running away from her wedding. She was riding to the rescue of her estranged twin to Knockemout, Virginia, a rough-around-the-edges town where disputes are settled the old-fashioned way…with fists and beer. Usually in that order.
Too bad for Naomi her evil twin hasn’t changed at all. After helping herself to Naomi’s car and cash, Tina leaves her with something unexpected. The niece Naomi didn’t know she had. Now she’s stuck in town with no car, no job, no plan, and no home with an 11-year-old going on thirty to take care of.
There’s a reason Knox doesn’t do complications or high-maintenance women, especially not the romantic ones. But since Naomi’s life imploded right in front of him, the least he can do is help her out of her jam. And just as soon as she stops getting into new trouble he can leave her alone and get back to his peaceful, solitary life.
At least, that’s the plan until the trouble turns to real danger.
Trigger Warnings: Addiction/ Child Neglect
Naomi is a cheerful girl with a huge baggage…and by ‘baggage’ I mean an emotional and physical one. Here we have our runaway bride. She escapes her wedding and ends up in Knockemout to help her sister in some emergency. Despite their estranged relationship, Naomi can’t ignore her call for help. Little does she know that she’s about to get to a town to a sister that she won’t even see. What she does see, is her pre-teen niece she never knew existed and that is left in her care by her disappeared sister. Besides that huge detail, Naomi also has to deal with the local people that are not too happy to see her, and why is that? Well she’s a twin and the local people think they’re dealing with the evil one.
Among those people, we have Knox, a big tattooed bad boy with a hell of a temper that seems to dislike Naomi way too much but can’t avoid helping her with her niece and her money situation….yes, because the evil twin also robbed her.
Through the story we see how Knockemout people start to see Naomi and her niece as one of their own and they really do protect their own. That may be a problem regarding Knox and Naomi’s’enemies-to-lovers’ situation: the local people just have the need to meddle.
This was a wild, funny and exciting story that I couldn’t put down.
Knox is the big, bad, tattooed, gorgeous and alpha man we all hope to cross paths with somewhere in life. I can say I feel deeply in love with him. Another book boyfriend to add to my already long list.
The secondary characters were lovely. The author gave a glimpse of the relationship between Knox’s best friend Lucian and the local town librarian. They can’t stand the sight of each other but there’s a lot of sexual tension there. I can’t wait to find out more…hopefully in her next book. Never read anything by Lucy Score, but I definitely will.
– Naomi and Knox first confrontation
– Naomi and Waylay’s relationship
– When Knox discovers Naomi is working for him
– Knox sitting in his chair in front if Naomi’s home in order to prevent Nash from talking to her
– Steph having ‘the talk’ with Knox
– Naomi’s parents first interaction with Knox
– The school confrontation
“I brought the wife so she could meet my fiancée,”
“Who pissed in your Cheerios?” “Whoever taught you to express concern for a person did it wrong.”
“I have a phone,” I said, digging out Liza’s old Blackberry and holding it up in his face. “The letter E just fell off the keyboard.” Damn it. E was in a lot of words.
“Knox,” I breathed. “This isn’t what you want,” I reminded him. “It’s what I need,” he said before diving back into the kiss.
“Take your fucking hands off her. Now.” My knees went weak at Knox’s voice. “Move along, asshole. This is between me and my fiancée,” Warner said. “Not the brightest answer,” Lucian said mildly.
“What your mom did was born out of a place of unhappiness and meanness inside her. It had nothing to do with you. You didn’t cause it or deserve it. She was just being an asshole, yeah?”
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