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Things We Left Behind by Lucy Score: FAQs + Books Like It

I've loved each of the three books in the Knockemout series but I honestly didn't believe I was all that emotionally attached to it. That is until I came to the end of Things We Left Behind. Needless to say I was a puddle of tears. (Kindle | Paperback)


Now that it's been a few days and I feel as though I've emotionally recovered, I'm here to answer some of the questions I expect future readers, like yourself, will have about the book. I'm also going to provide you with a list of five books like Things We Left Behind to check out next, which should hopefully help fill the void that the Knockemout series has left in our hearts. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

Things We Left Behind by Lucy Score

What Is the Book Things We Left Behind About?

Lucy Score's book, Things We Left Behind, is a small-town, second chance, enemies-to-lovers, neighbors-to-lovers, and grumpy-sunshine romance between Lucian Rollins and Sloane Walton. Here's the official description:


"Lucian Rollins is a lean, mean vengeance-seeking mogul. On a quest to erase his father’s mark on the family name, he spends every waking minute pulling strings and building an indestructible empire. The more money and power he amasses, the safer he is from threats.


Except when it comes to the feisty small-town librarian that keeps him up at night…


Sloane Walton is a spitfire determined to carry on her father’s quest for justice. She’ll do that just as soon as she figures out exactly what the man she hates did to—or for—her family. Bonded by an old, dark secret from the past and the dislike they now share for each other, Sloane trusts Lucian about as far as she can throw his designer-suited body.


When bickering accidentally turns to foreplay, these two find themselves not quite regretting their steamy one-night stand. Once those flames are fanned, it seems impossible to put them out again. But with Sloane ready to start a family and Lucian refusing to even consider the idea of marriage and kids, these enemies-to-lovers are stuck at an impasse.


Broken men break women. It’s what Lucian believes, what he’s witnessed, and he’s not going to take that chance with Sloane. He’d rather live a life of solitude than put her in danger. But he learns the hard way that leaving her means leaving her unprotected from other threats.


It’s the second time he’s ruthlessly cut her out of his life. There’s no way she’s going to give him a third chance. He’s just going to have to make one for himself."


How Old Are Lucian and Sloane? What Is the Age Difference?

In Things We Left Behind, Lucian Rollins is 40 years old and Sloane Walton is 38 years old. This means there is a two-year age gap between the two.


How Long Does It Take to Read Things We Left Behind?

It will take the average reader just about 10 hours to read Things We Left Behind by Lucy Score.


What Are the Spicy Chapters in Things We Left Behind?

Like the previous books in the Knockemout series, Things We Left Behind is spicy! The spicy chapters are chapters 21, 23, 28, 29, 30, and 42.


Official Order of Lucy Score's Knockemout Series

Is Things We Left Behind the Last Book in the Series?

Yes - Things We Left Behind is the final book in the three-book Knockemout series, which includes Things We Never Got Over and Things We Hide From the Light. Lucy Score confirms this in her letter at the end of the book.


Does Things We Left Behind Have a Happy Ending?

Yes - Things We Left Behind has a happy ending! After Sloane finds out that Mary Louise's arresting officer was Chief Wylie Ogden, the Chief and Judge Atkins (the one who sentenced Mary unusually harshly) show up to her house. They force their way in intending to kill her because she knows too much, including that they were both paid off by Anthony Hugo. At this point, Sloane also confirms that it was the Chief who put Nash's name on the hit list and killed Tate Dilton to keep him quiet. The Chief then proceeds to kill Judge Atkins and go after Sloane. Thankfully, Lucian shows up and intervenes. The Chief is arrested and eventually put in prison. Meanwhile, Lucian and Sloane get married on Christmas Eve in her house surrounded by all their friends and family. In the epilogue set 10 years later, we find out they had four kids together - 2 foster children and 2 biological children.


5 Books Like Things We Left Behind by Lucy Score

If there's a Knockemout-size hole in your heart, you might need some help filling it. In which case, here are five second-chance romance books like Things We Left Behind to consider reading next.


Final Offer by Lauren Asher

1. Final Offer by Lauren Asher

When I started thinking about similar books to Things We Left Behind, the one book that was an automatic addition to the list was Final Offer by Lauren Asher. The two share a lot of the same tropes and yet don't feel like repeats. Here's what it's about: "I’m the Kane brother everyone gossips about behind closed doors. Trust fund brat. Washed-up athlete. High-functioning alcoholic. No one knows the real me but her. Lana Castillo - my childhood best friend and the only woman I ever loved. When I broke her heart six years ago, I promised to never return to Lake Wisteria. I kept my word until my grandfather’s will changed everything. To receive my inheritance, I was tasked with spending a summer at the family lake house before selling it. The request was simple in theory until my entire plan blew up on the very first day. Turns out Lana doesn’t just live at the house, but she claims to own it, too."


Garnet Flats by Devney Perry

2. Garnet Flats by Devney Perry

Like Things We Left Behind, Devney Perry's second-chance romance, Garnet Flats, is a part of a multi-book series. So, if you end up liking it, then you've found another series to lose yourself in! Here's the description of it: "Talia Eden loved Foster Madden once. But then he chose to marry her best friend and she vowed never to think of him again. That is until years later when he shows up in her small hometown, begging for her help. The ink on his divorce papers is barely dry, yet he comes armed with apologies and promises. She knows it’s all a ploy. Foster is the king of games and secrets. But he’s delusional if he thinks she’ll help him train for a world championship fight. Except Talia has forgotten exactly what made Foster famous. The man has dedicated his life to victory. He’s steadfast. He’s determined. And he won’t stop fighting until he’s won her heart."


Happy Place by Emily Henry

3. Happy Place by Emily Henry

If there are two tropes that are just meant to go together it's second chance and forced proximity. When those two come together, you just know it's going to be good. Case in point, Things We Left Behind and Happy Place by Emily Henry. Here's the description: "Harriet and Wyn have been the perfect couple since they met in college, except, now - for reasons they won't discuss - they don’t. In fact, they broke up six months ago and still haven’t told their best friends. Which is how they find themselves sharing a bedroom for their yearly friend group’s getaway. Now, Harriet and Wyn are lying through their teeth while trying not to notice how desperately they still want each other. Because the cottage is for sale and this is the last week they’ll all have together in this place. They can’t stand to break their friends’ hearts, and so they’ll play their parts. Harriet will be the driven surgical resident who never starts a fight, and Wyn will be the laid-back charmer who never lets the cracks show. After all, After years of being in love, how hard can it be to fake it for one week?"


Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker

4. Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker

If you aren't ready to start up another series just yet, Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker is a standalone second-chance romance. Here's what it's about: "Life is a mixed bag for Piper Calloway. On one hand, she’s a 29-year-old VP at her dad’s successful real estate development firm. On the other, she’s stuck seeing her narcissistic ex-fiancé - a fellow VP - at work every day. Things get exponentially more complicated though when Kyle Miller walks in to the office. He's the new security guard and coincidentally the first love of Piper's life. The guy she hasn’t seen or heard from since they were summer camp counsellors. The guy from the wrong side of the tracks. While Piper's crush is still alive and well, Kyle apparently doesn’t even remember her name. She finds it hard to believe their reunion is coincidental and is determined to make him admit to them, no matter the consequences."


Dear Enemy by Kristen Callihan

5. Dear Enemy by Kristen Callihan

As the name suggests, Dear Enemy by Kristen Callihan isn't just your run-of-the-mill second-chance romance, it has the added complexity of the two main characters also being enemies, just like in Things We Left Behind. Here's the description: "As kids, they hated each other. So, when they broke up, it was a dream come true: Delilah never had to see Macon again. Ten years later, her old enemy sends a text. Delilah’s sister has stolen a valuable heirloom from Macon, now a rising Hollywood star, and he intends to collect his due. One problem: Sam has skipped town. Sparks still sizzle between Macon and Delilah, only this heat feels alarmingly like unwanted attraction. But Delilah is desperate to keep her weak-hearted mother from learning of her sister’s theft. So she proposes a deal: she’ll pay off the debt by being Macon’s personal chef and assistant. It’s a recipe for disaster, but Macon can’t stop himself from accepting. Even though Delilah clearly hates him, there’s something about her that feels like home. Besides, they’re no longer kids, and what once was a bitter rivalry has the potential to be something sweeter. Something like forever."

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