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4.30  ·  Rating details ·  16,502 ratings  ·  1,958 reviews
Dominic was staring at me like he couldn’t decide whether to chop me into pieces or pull my hair and French kiss me.

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 col
Kindle Edition, 582 pages
Published April 23rd 2020 by That's What She Said Publishing
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Apr 29, 2020 rated it liked it
*2.5 stars*

An okay-ish read that had several issues, chief of them being the 44yo (hero) and 39yo (heroine) main characters
. The thing is it makes little sense to have older characters if all you're going to do is make them act as if they're 20 something.

Secondly, I would have liked a bit more backstory for both Dominic and Ally and it seemed too convenient that Ally would turn out to be good at everything (including being a muse for a top designer).

Lastly, it was so darn looooooooong. 🥱🥱😯
Isabella. R
5 Hot Mess Stars ⭐

By A Thread seriously made me breakout into a happy dance. I think I wore a permanent smile the entire time reading this book and the banter just made me giddy!

"Was grumpy and rude suddenly the new hot? My vagina seemed to think so."

Ally Morales is the ultimate kickass heroine. Even with all the hardship she is enduring, she remains vibrant. Juggling too many jobs to count, she doesn’t need some uptight prick to get her fired from her waitressing gig. Because in her current pre
Melanie A. *mostly on hiatus*
***A 2020 TOP PICK***

5+ STARS!!
Your hopeful heart is the most beautiful thing I've ever known.
How is this my first book by Lucy Score? How?! I guess because I don't read many rom-com's . . . but this one pushed ALL the right buttons for me. I LOVED EVERY WORD OF IT!!

Plot in a nutshell: Ally's already been having a very hard day when Dominic walks into the pizzeria where she's a server.

He acts like a jackass.

She reacts badly and unleashes her hard-core sarcasm.

He gets her fired.
mel ☽
3.5 stars

this took me waaaaay too long to finish but i don't care cuz it gave me 2000s rom com flashbacks and I. LOVED. IT.
➝ heroine working at a fashion magazine company? ✓
➝ hero is the grumpy boss of the heroine? ✓
➝ hate to love and cute banter where the MCs are seconds away from either killing each other or taking each others clothes off? ✓
➝ NYC setting? ✓
➝ cute scenes filled with sexual tension?? ✓✓✓

this honestly just gave me nostalgia cuz i watched a lot of rom-com movies when i was a kid
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars


I love Lucy Score's slow burn romances, and add in enemies to lovers, well, I was not so patiently waiting for this to come to audio. As soon as it did, I started listening. This isn't my favorite Score book, but I still enjoyed it lots.

Ally meets Dom in a very unique way. He gets her fired after she writes something inappropriate on his pizza. Ally's life hasn't been easy as of late and this was the last straw. Although it was awful at the time, it was the best thing that could hav
Miss Casually Reading
Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommended to Miss Casually Reading by: Melanie A. *mostly on hiatus*
3.5 Stars

I laughed and I had fun! For having unclear direction/plotline and minimal character backstory, I did think the book was too long. I could see myself getting impatient and annoyed, but since I listened to it on audio (and I typically read faster that way), I never felt like I wasted my time.

I loved the humor, the banter, and the workplace setting. Dang, working in the fashion industry would be a dream come true. Ugh, lucky b*tch. 😂😒 I feel like Ally was the Cinderella with top designers
May 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lucy Score Fans, Romance
5 OK, OK, OK, Fantastic Stars
* * * * * Congratulations, Being #10 of Amazon’s Most Popular Romance Novels of 2020! Review Spoiler Free
Yeah, I know that title is like What???? But you have to think Joe Pesci and him going Ok Ok Ok to get where I am going. This Book Was Everything. PERIOD. It was so good right off the bat, I sent an email to the author letting her know I was howling and snorting and sore from laughing so hard. This book started at a really high level and pedal to metal kept up the
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am surprise to like this book more than I expected. Miss Score have this quirky humor that goes with her romance story. By a Thread is full of laughter, sexy, sweet, naughty banter. I like Dominic. Behind his moody and sexy alpha male, he is such a softie. His chemistry with Ally is explosive.

The shortcoming of this book is actually Ally. Now she is a bitch. Just because someone is mean to you, does not gives her the right to be angry at the world and throwing tantrum. That is what I feel abo
Beyond 5 Dominic and Ally Stars

I loved and relished every single page of this book. It is pretty long at 582 pages on my Kindle but I never once rushed it . I took my time and devoured this enemies to lovers romance that kept me up until the early hours and occupied my mind even when I really should have been concentrating on other things. It is simply a fantastic book to read.

Ally Morales , aka Maleficent , is a 39yr old semi successful graphic designer who has given up her work to move back t
 Leo (Queen of the Rants and Spoilers)
Can’t even get older characters right. What’s the point of having the MCs be older in age if they’re going to act like they’re in their 20s or younger?
Blah.. I didn’t like them.
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Words can’t express how much I loved this book, how much I needed this book, and the incredible giddy high and book hangover I am now experiencing because of this book. By a Thread is everything I require in a five-star read and more. So much more. It’s everything.

By a Thread will make you laugh out loud, but also pull on your heartstrings. It’s enemies to lovers, a forbidden love/hate office romance, a lonely broody miserable misunderstood hero, a compassionate kick a$$ heroine who stands up fo
Dora Koutsoukou
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-5-stars
4,5 💖💖💖💖 🍕👗💥🔥💥🌟🌟🌟🌟s❣️❣️❣️❣️

Originally, I would have given 4 stars, because it was slow burn and lengthy.
But I enjoyed it soooo much!!!

Dominic and Ally were impressive characters and shared a fantastic chemistry and connection.
Their interactions were filled with witty repartee that kept me engrossed and amused.
The most amazing spectacle was watching Dominic - the grumpy boss, Charming, falling for Ally!! It was a splendid sight for sore eyes!!!

By A Thread was an amazing emotional romance come
3.75 - 4 stars.
This book was so ridiculously long .....a marathon read indeed for a romantic is just too hard to sustain that level of humor and fun for that duration!!! (almost 600 pages in fact).......and also keep the reader captivated...I thought I was never gonna reach the end ....I am way too tired now to give any sort of review for this book maybe later.

Just saying...
Sometimes too much of a good thing is simply too much!!!!

This book had great characters, some wicked a
Ivy Deluca
The Good
-Tropes that are my smutnip, always and forever. Enemies-to-lovers, a grumpy AF hero and a sunshine-y heroine, and to top off this smutnip sundae, it all takes place in the workplace. It makes me want to roll around and purr.

-The workplace isn’t just a cardboard setting. She’s a quintessential gig worker, where a streak of bad luck and catastrophic events in her life leave her living day by day just to make ends meet. When she meets Dominic Russo, aka Grumpy Grump Face, he’s out for din
Lana Reads
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
4,5 stars

I very much enjoyed it. The reality of a possible office romance in a post "me too" time was interesting, even if if was taken on some new level here.

The heroine, Ally, was sarcastic, optimistic and artistic. I think her optimism made her so amazing in my eyes; life was throwing bricks at her, yet she did not become bitter, mean or resentful, I adored her for it. The hero, Dominic, was broody, damaged and conflicted. And it took him quite a while to come to his senses...

Was it weird th
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: h-s-i-love
Spoilers ahead, 3* with a bump 😁

I officially started this book last night and st 4:55 am I hit the end, I just couldn't put it down!

I've got a crush on the females of this book and though Dom wasn't really my cuppa he had some sweet moments

Review to come after some sleep

39 year old newly and temporarily broke Ally holds down 4 jobs and is still holding on by a thread, just barely able to make ends meet. Enforcing the store policy at her serving job leads to a confrontation with a s
Diana Johnston
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Holy smokes!!!

I have a new favorite book! This was so freaking good!! I loved the entire thing and then the authors note confirmed all I was feeling and loving!!! Read it!!!
Jacob Proffitt
I made it past halfway but it's just too much that doesn't work. Though I am glad I made it far enough to see Drunk Dom. That was hilarious. Which is kind of why I kept going, I think. There are some great back-and-forth and not just between Dom and Ally. The thing is, I have to ignore two big things to stay with the humor.

The first problem is that the main characters read decades younger than their stated ages. They're both immature and rootless in ways that just don't fit people past their mid
benevolent bastard
What's not to love about this?
Ally Morales is a strong confident woman. She's everything I love in leading character.
Down to her last dollar, stretched thin and still she manages to push through.
I was Ally Morales, and I had a value that went way deeper than what one man accepted or rejected.
Um excuse me as I scream in joy over a badass female lead. YOU GO GIRL.

Dominic Russo was a dream really, I loved all of his hang ups.
I truly loved that while he was an asshole he never was condescendin
Stacey is Sassy
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Only a little Grumpy

I always feel like a twit when I get sucked into thinking that EVERYTHING IS DOOMED! I mean, it's not like I've just started reading romance. Reading romance has been a part of my life for donkeys years. Still, I get choked up, then a little angry, and then I start the process of figuring out a way back to happy, happy, joy, joy. For 2.5 seconds I thought Ally and Dom were doomed...and my 16-year-old son copped it. Because, of course, it was all Dom's fault, and my son walked
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Mar 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
MY FIRST LUCY SCORE BOOK WAS AN ABSOLUTE HIT! I honestly don’t know why I haven't read this author before now. Her writing is fantastic! By A Thread was so much fun and had the most DELICIOUS bite of steam! On top of that, it’s got feels, so many achy, tender, feels, and such a heart-meltingly-sweet romance! I absolutely adored it. Couldn't get enough. 4 solid stars for me! ...more
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it
OMG this hurts, but By A Thread was not what I hoped it would be - 😭

Lucy Score wrote two of my most favorite rom-coms to date, The Worst Best Man and Rock Bottom Girl, I have re-read each a couple times and know I’ll be reading them again, AND recommend them to anyone who will listen.

So, I won't be lying and say that my expectations weren't HIGH!!!

Besides my personal opinion, the book had much to offer.

It was an office romance, smart, and witty. Some of the scenes had me LOLing so much. The stor
A beautifully written office romance that has older characters, a witty heroine and a grumpy but vulnerable hero. My first 5 star read for so long, I think I have my reading mojo back!
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
1,5 stars

DNF because I don't want to hate-read this...
I am sorry I just can't continue...
There is a line between enemies to lovers and plain childish insults...

I didn't find it funny...

moving on...

May 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
CRs can be a guilty pleasure for me, even though sometimes they are more a pain than a pleasure. This particular one was getting excellent reviews and the price is right so I figured it was worth the try. Not only that, but the H and h are older (39 and 40-something) so that was another thing in its favor.

Well, after reading the first scene in this, the set-up where they meet in a pizza joint, she as impatient waitress, he as a jerk of a customer, I put this down and started to reflect on my cho
This was a great birthday surprise!

I liked the heroine a lot but the hero was very insecure who covered it up by being a jerk. And honestly, I loved that she gave him shit for being a douche. Their journey to being together was so weird and different that I liked it! The dude did a jerk move towards the end(the usual) but I liked that she didn't forgive him easily he worked for it but I wish he worked for it more but he did a 100 times more than a lot of book heroes so I will give credit whe
Amy Dickinson
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Lucy Score, in her endnote for By A Thread, asked reviewers to post a “gushing review” if we desire to do so. Warning: this will be that such review. As a reviewer/blogger, you find yourself, hopefully, reading any number of ARCs in a given week. For me, it’s not uncommon to read four or five a week. Oftentimes, I’ll read two at the same time, given deadlines, or if I need a break from a story that might be angsty, etc. Knowing that release day is coming on Thursday, Apr
Gretchen  (About That Story)
This was an exceptional story filled with heart, humor, and heat that had me laughing and smiling my way through! A seriously scorching hot and hilarious page-turner! I loved the characters, the animosity and bickering, the tension and angst, the emotion and drama, and the building love between two stubborn and determined characters. This checked every box of things I love about romance!

This story kicked things off with a seriously hilarious start and I was all in, rooting for Dominic and Ally.
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Warning: There is a very high probability that you will need a lung transplant after reading this book.

I am usually the very last person to jump on a book hype train but after seeing so many glowing reviews and having it personally recommended to me, I simply had to give it a try.

I was very much NOT, emphasis on the not, disappointed! This book had me at "Sorry, we're fresh out of the blood of children, Satan" to "Loudly, exuberantly pouring what felt like an entire fucking protein sh
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