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By a Thread by Lucy Score: FAQs + Books Like It

Were you around and reading during the height of Twilight mania circa 2008? Well, I was. I read each of those behemoths in a matter of a few days. And I read them over and over and over again until the spines broke and the covers had to be taped back on.


What I'm saying is thick, chunky books have never scared me. Case in point, By a Thread by Lucy Score. (Kindle | Paperback)


In this article, I've answered some of the most frequently asked questions about the book, as well as put together a list of books like By a Thread for you to check out next since it is sadly a standalone and not part of a series. If that's what you're looking for, then keep scrolling. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

By a Thread by Lucy Score

What Is the Book By a Thread About?

By a Thread by Lucy Score is an office romance about the creative director of a fashion magazine, Dominic Russo, and Ally Morales, a woman whose down on her luck and working several jobs to make ends meet. Here's the official description:


"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 on the first day of her new job… in my office… after being hired by my mother. Despite that, I like that she argues with me in front of the editorial staff and that my fantasies are haunted by her brown eyes and sharp tongue. That doesn’t mean that I’m going to be the next Russo man to take advantage of his position though. 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 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 my family's name and forget all about the dancing, beer-slinging brunette."


How Long Does It Take to Read By a Thread?

If you've read a Lucy Score book before you know they're on the thick and chunky side. Coming in just short of 600 pages, How Long to Read estimates it will take the average reader approximately 7 hours and 18 minutes to read By a Thread.


Is By a Thread a Slow Burn?

Yes - By a Thread by Lucy Score is a slow-burn romance. While there's plenty of sexual tension and brief encounters, it's not until more than halfway through the book that Dominic and Ally finally get together as a couple.


What Are the Spicy Chapters in By a Thread?

If you're looking for them, the spicy chapters in By a Thread are chapters 33, 49, 50, 57, 60, and 64.


How Old Are Dominic and Ally? What Is the Age Difference?

In By a Thread, Dominic Russo is 44 years old and Ally Morales is 39 years old. This means there is a 5-year age gap between them.


Does By a Thread Have a Happy Ending?

Yes - By a Thread has a happy ending! After Dominic accuses Ally of cheating on him and using him, and then subsequently breaking up with her, Ally quits Label. When Dominic realizes his mistake, he begins emailing Ally "love letters" every day and anonymously doing things like buying her father's house in cash and paying for her father's care for a year. As you'd expect, Ally eventually finds out. One night as she's waitressing at a new pizzeria, Dominic walks in, orders, leaves proof of all the things he did for her, and walks out. Ally realizes that she's willing to forgive him because of how much she loves him and chases after him. They tell each other they love one another and get back together. In the epilogue, Dominic proposes to Ally and Ally tells him that she's pregnant.


Is By a Thread Part of a Series?

No - By a Thread is not part of a series. While this is a bit disappointing for series-lovers like myself, the good news is that Lucy Score has written over 20 other books, including the best-selling small-town romance, Things We Never Got Over, which is part of the three-book Knockemout series.


5 Books Like By a Thread by Lucy Score

Hoping to find another book like By a Thread? If so, you're in luck! Here are my five books like it that are worth checking out next.


Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

1. Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Starting off strong we have Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren. Instead of explaining just how similar this book is to By a Thread, I'm just going to direct you straight to the description so you can see for yourself: "Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He's blunt, inconsiderate, and yet totally irresistible. Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family's media business. He never expected that the assistant who'd been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative - completely infuriating - creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he's never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe's so tempting he's willing to bend the rules - or outright smash them - if it means he can have her. As the sexual tension between them grows, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they're willing to lose in order to win each other."


Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey

2. Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey

There's something about By a Thread and Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey that makes the two feel so alike. Yes, they're both spicy office romances about a boss and an employee, but it's more than that. If you haven't heard of it before, here's an idea of what it's about: "Two weeks before Christmas and I'm standing in front of the famous Vivant department store when a charming man named Aiden asks my opinion of the décor. It's a tragedy in tinsel, I say bluntly. He asks for a better idea with a twinkle in his eye. Did I know he owned the place? No. He put me on the spot. Now I'm working for that man, trying to ignore that he's hot. But as a down-on-her-luck girl with a difficult past, I know an opportunity when I see one - and I have to make it last. I'll put my heart and soul into dressing his holiday windows. I'll work without stopping. And when we lose the battle with temptation, I'll try and remember I'm just window shopping."


Tempt Me by K.A. Tucker

3. Tempt Me by K.A. Tucker

A boss that's a dick? Check. His assistant? Check. Loads of sexual tension and spice? Double check. If you're looking for another boss-employee office romance, then Tempt Me by K.A. Tucker will make the perfect follow-up to By a Thread. Here's what it's about: "I ran from home to escape heartbreak, only to deliver myself into the hands of a wolf. Henry Wolf, that is. Heir to a luxury hotel chain and infamous playboy. Also, my new boss. Why he wants me, a girl who lacks experience on every front that would matter to him, as his personal assistant, I cannot fathom. He toys with me every chance he gets. Testing me. Messing with my head in a way that makes my body crave him. He knows it, and he doesn't hide the fact that he enjoys doing it. He says he doesn’t want me for more than my mediocre computer skills and color-coding flair. He says he’s not willing to risk losing his empire for a tangle in the sheets with “the help.” But I’m beginning to think that’s a big, dirty lie."


The Fine Print by Lauren Asher

4. The Fine Print by Lauren Asher

For those of you who love a good series and didn't get it with By a Thread, let me introduce you to the Dreamland Billionaire's series, specifically the first book, The Fine Print. Like By a Thread, it's a grumpy-sunshine office romance about a boss and his employee who fight their feelings for an annoyingly long time, only to give in and become the most sickeningly sweet couple. If that has your interest piqued, here's the description: "I'm in the business of creating fairy tales. Theme parks. Production companies. Five-star hotels. Everything could be all mine if I renovated Dreamland. My initial idea of hiring Zahra was good in theory, but then I kissed her. Things spiraled out of control once I texted her using an alias. By the time I realized where I went wrong, it was too late. People like me don't get happy endings. Not when we're destined to ruin them."


The Devil You Know by Elizabeth O'Roark

5. The Devil You Know by Elizabeth O'Roark

Last but not least on this list of books like By a Thread, we have The Devil You Know by Elizabeth O'Roark. Not only does this book check the spicy office romance box, but it also comes highly rated on GoodReads. Here's what it's about exactly: "There’s a devil on my shoulder and she keeps whispering suggestions in my ear. Suggestions I ignore because every single one of them is about Ben Tate - Stealer of Clients, Evicter of Homeless Women, Nemesis. Sitting across from me every damn Monday with his lovely, smug smile and his too-perfect teeth, the living symbol of everything I hate. It’s been my policy to avoid him, but when a case comes into the firm—one that could change his career and mine—I make an exception. It means weekends and evenings by his side. It means enduring his smirk and his smart mouth and never taking the bait. Until the night Ben says, 'Beg.' And that devil on my shoulder decides to make a few demands of her own."

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