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Riley Thorn and the Dead Guy Next Door

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  6,117 ratings  ·  1,100 reviews
A nice, normal life. Is that too much to ask? For Riley Thorn it is. Divorced. Broke. Living with a pack of elderly roommates. And those hallucinations she’s diligently ignoring? Her tarot card-dealing mom is convinced they’re clairvoyant visions.

Just when things can’t get worse, a so-hot-it-should-be-illegal private investigator shows up on her doorstep looking for a neig
Kindle Edition, 519 pages
Published August 27th 2020 by That's What She Said Publishing
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Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lucy Score Fans, Romance
4.5 A Helluva Ride Stars
* * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free
Bravery comes in all sorts of forms. It can be standing up to a bully, it can be taking a look in the mirror and changing a pattern, and it can be writing a book, unlike anything you may have written before.

Lucy Score is Hella Brave. She had an idea for years, she let it sit dormant, and then when the time was right, she let loose, gave us it, in all its glory. Her timing was perfect because as a Lucy Score reader, she has been laying the groundwo
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny, rom-com
This was one hilarious ride!!!

If you need something adorable and funny for in-between heavier books, this one has you covered...

full review to come


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Stacey is Sassy
I loved the second half…

How can two halves of a story be so different?

Maybe I’m still struggling with my Covid-19 reading slump?
Maybe I had a personality switch?
Maybe the characters had a personality switch?
Maybe it was too long?
Maybe the first half was too long, and the second half was short? (KIDDING!)
Maybe it was the old… need to get to know this new world and that takes time thingamajiggy?

Honestly, I think it was all those things. I absolutely LOVED the second half of Riley Thorn and the De
Jacob Proffitt
I struggled getting through this. A lot of that is the stupid romance where the only impediment is that both leads have an irrational negative motivation* so they're both all "oh, no we can't possibly" when there isn't really anything at all holding them back. I thought for a while that Nick might have some tragic reason in his past, but that phizzed out hard.

And the plot is kind of dumb, too. I mean, Riley is not just a psychic, she's a psychic with extremely clear and on-point visions and impu
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-reads, ku-reads
Can’t deny, the first 30% of this was a bit slow going, but if ever there were proof that perseverance pays off, this book is it and I went from meh to bloody loving it. I’m totally in the camp that needs more Riley Thorn in her life.

Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

“Think of it as an adventure,” he advised. “And if you’re a good girl, I’ll buy you dinner and snacks.” “I do like snacks,” she mused.”

This book was such a good time.

Riley Thorn is divorced, living with a bunch of elderly people and attempting to suppress her physic abilities. When her neighbour mysteriously turns up dead after her vision of the event she teams up with sexy private investigator Nick Santiago to discover who exactly murdered the slimy man from across the hall.

Anne OK
5 of the “Funnest” Stars Ever

As you begin to read, it won’t take long before you’ll know with certainty that you’ve hit the prime mother lode. With its exceptionally unique and amazing combination of “reluctant psychic romantic comedy” – and a layer of suspense -- this one is pure gold!

Certainly nothing like my usual – but so much more than I ever expected, and thankfully I had the good sense to one-click. Lucy Score definitely scores bigly in taking rom-com to a whole other level. Oh my gosh –
Wow! This is a different kind of book than what I am used to reading from Lucy Score. Don’t get me wrong, it has all of what we love from Lucy, but much much more!

Riley is a reluctant psychic. She is one in a long line of psychics, but she doesn’t want to be one. She fights it and soon learns that fighting won’t stop the visions from happening. When Riley has a vision of her neighbor getting killed, she starts to get worried that all her visions might be right.

Nick is a “by the seat of your pan
Gretchen  (About That Story)
Holy hysterical Batman! This was so freaking FUN to read! I can't even tell you how many times I laughed out loud! I loved all the characters, the mystery, and this entertaining and crazy world. It was just what I needed!

This story was outrageously entertaining and it had me laughing and smiling and on the edge of my seat as the mystery played out and Riley and Nick came together. Riley was so fun and quirky and Nick's incredibly charming with a rebel vibe happening. I loved their attraction and
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
4.5 Stars

I had so much fun reading this story of Riley and Nick! It had a bunch of everything thrown in and wrapped up nicely into a fantastic book!

This author had me laughing with every page I turned and the secondary characters were just as important and lovable.
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We meet Riley at a very low point in her life - recently divorced and exploited by her ex-husband, saddled with a dead-end job and renting a room in “retirement” flophouse. Riley had been gifted with the ability of clairvoyance, she comes from a long line of psychics and desperately wishes to be just “normal”.
When she has a vision of her elderly neighbor being murdered, she battles with her conscience and warns the police.
Enter Nick Santiago, retired cop, now PI, who likes to set his own hours,
Diana Johnston
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Brilliant, funny, romantic, adorable... I can go on and on but really just read the book!! It’s like freaking great!
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This book was not like the books I have come to expect from Lucy Score. It is very different and oh so good! There is so much happening in this book that I had to read it twice! What could I mean by so much happening?
This book has tacos, psychics, wacky senior citizens, private investigators, good cops, tarot readings, car chases, vigilantes, bad cops, visions, blackmail, car crashes, ninjas, Richard Nixon and Elsa from frozen. It also has an obnoxious ex, a pile of waitresses, a fire, a s
Payton Box
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I don't even have the words to describe how awesome this book is! This book is probably one of the most original books I've ever read and I so hope there is more of Riley and Nick.

Riley is hilarious and watching her be guided on her spiritual journey while also dealing with her dead neighbor next door was hilarious! This book had a huge twist on psychics and its what kept the book fresh and hilarious! This book felt more mystery with romance sprinkled in, but I loved watching Nick and Rile
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strap yourself in for this adventure! Riley is a reluctant physic who has a physic vision of a murder, namely the guy next door. We do actually meet the guy next door. That being said, this book is Riley’s adventure as well as her learning to control her spirit guides that provide her visions. So, enter a cast of great character, not one is a flat character, all of them add to this story!

Nick’s a former Harrisburg police officer, now a private eye who runs his own business. He embarks on this a
Abby Garza
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love, Comedy & Adventure 💕

Lucy freaking Score! She did it again y'all 😁. This book takes it to a whole new level for me. Romance, comedy, mystery, and suspense...all my favorites rolled in one. And although this was slightly different than other Lucy books, in a sense it was the same as it was just as good. And ok maybe a tiny bit better than all her other books (for me) because it was different. Does that make sense? It had adventure and a theme that called to my heart. I have a background in c
Ivy Deluca
Quick synopsis: Riley Thorn is a reluctant psychic whose living a bit of a Schleprock existence, desperately wishing she was normal. Well, if wishes were horses, she’d still be out of luck. Anyhoodle, Riley has a vision of a murder and finds herself embroiled in a tale of corruption, greed, blackmail, and murder - plus vigilante oldens and spite cows. *shrugs* Nick Santiago is a PI whose meet-cute with Riley intrigues and challenges his forever bachelor mentality, but first, they have to make it
This was one of the longest books I've read in 2020 but it was a nice break from my typical dark, angsty eroticas. Rom-com at its finest! ...more
Briana B.
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
YES! YES! YES! Give me more Riley Throne! Every character is this book is a hoot and I need more soon!

Riley, the reluctant psychic, is newly divorced and living in an old mansion that is turned into what can only be described at best as mini apartments that is filled with roommates that are in the senior citizens category. On top of that, she is working a boring and bleak job as a proofreader for a company that is less than stellar.

One night, she receives a peak into the future thanks to her fr
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Buckle up... it’s going to be a bumpy ride

Riley Thorn... 34... divorced... psychic... working on a plan to restart her life... desperately wants to be normal.

Nick Santiago... 38... PI... ex-cop... likes being his own boss... doesn’t mind being alone... not the monogamous & marrying

One vision of her neighbor being murdered, then a knock on her door brings them together. Unlikely friends drawn together by circumstances and unseen forces. Riley keeps trying to push people away & bury her gif
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucy Score delivers another zany rom-com with "Riley Thorn and the Dead Guy Next Door." Many of the signature things you might look for in a book by Ms. Score are front and center in this rollicking comedy/romance/mystery story. You have quirky seniors, a sarcastic heroine, a confirmed bachelor hero, a handful of dysfunctional family members, and of course the odd animal or two with digestive issues. But most of all, you get the quick banter and chemistry between Riley and Nick that you've come ...more
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Right from the get go you know you’re in for something different. Different is one word to describe this captivating book but let’s also use, unique, quirky, hilarious, off the beaten track, unusual, novel, eccentric at times, rare, exclusive and totally downright lovable and sexy.
I thought I knew what I was getting into before I opened this book. I am a fan of this author’s work. Well smack my back (yeah I know its not back but this review is public) and call me Judy! I had no idea what I was i
Heather❀Book and a Blanket❀
3.5 Stars

Ok so don't read this in public because it is absolutely hilarious! A psychic heroine, a PI hero, elderly crazy but loveable roommates and a murder investigation set the stage for this over the top laugh out loud comedy. I wish there was more romance though! That's my only issue and honestly I feel like this should be categorized as a crime mystery/comedy and not a romance book. There is a love story but it felt like a book with an element of romance more than the romance being the hear
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warning! Book hangover will ensue
Riley Thorn This poor girl has been taken to the cleaners by her ex-husband. She is living with a group of elderly people in a rundown mansion/flophouse and working for a soul-sucking company proofreading all day. As if that weren’t bad enough, she hears the inner thoughts of the living and is nagged by the dead to relay messages.
Nick Santiago is a sexy PI who has been hired to investigate the murder of Riley’s next-door neighbor. He is the eternal bachelor and
Lynsey A
My goodness, Lucy Score, can write a very hilarious book. As per normal, she had me rolling with this one. So many fun laugh out loud moments. My husband even commented on it. I was finishing this up in bed last night and just kept giggling. So entertaining.

This was definitely a big change from By a Thread. That one was way sexier than this book. I wouldn't go out and say this was Chick Lit but the sexy times were few in this book and the ending left me feeling it was more HFN than HEA. That's n
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Riley Thorn is very leery of her psychic gifts. But when it comes time to use them to solve a case, she kinda sorta has to use them. It's that case that brings the hottie PI, Nick, into her life, though, so perhaps (definitely) it's a good thing for once. Or perhaps not, because this case is going to test Riley's fortitude, and she and Nick will have to be smarter than everyone else if they want to survive.

I knew Lucy Score could write the hel
Jeeves Reads Romance
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wild adventure

What a wild ride! I don’t know what I was expecting from this book, but it definitely wasn’t this. Unlike anything I’ve read by this author, it’s a crazy, unpredictable journey from start to finish. And while romance is central to the story, this is very much a psychic mystery/adventure, with (entertaining) chaos throughout. Once I wrapped my head around what I was reading, I really started to get into it. Riley and Nick are both such great characters that they pulled me into th
4.35 STARS

Lucy Score with the bounce back after my last 2-stars read from her in Pretend You're Mine! Riley Thorn and the Dead Guy Next Door is a hilarious paranormal action romance that will get you to the edge of your seats!

Here we have Riley Thorn, a divorced psychic who had a vision of her next door neighbor's murder and Nick Santiago, an ex-cop turned private investigator who is hired to investigate Riley's next door neighbor and his murder. The story went amazingly from start to finish and
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fair warning, my reader friend. All you can do is get a good grip and hold on, because this story will toss you all around no matter how tightly you’re buckled in. A reluctant psychic; a loving but offbeat family; a confirmed bachelor, rule breaking, hottie private investigator; and a cast of outrageous geriatrics means there’s never a dull moment in Riley Thorn's world.

The title pretty much tells you the plot of this one. Riley rents a studio apartment in a run-down mansion whose occupants are
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay I have to start off by saying how can you go wrong with a title like that lol. This is also Lucy Score, so I knew going in that I would be getting a laugh out loud story. This is definitely what I got, but so much more. We have a reluctant psychic and a confirmed bachelor to start, then add in some geriatic housemates, talking dead relatives and a spiritual guide who does not know much about the modern world. Now how does that all tie into a story? Well you just have to read it to get the f ...more
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