10 Books Like Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score (Small-Town Grumpy Sunshine)

Books Like Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score (Grumpy Sunshine Small Town Romance)

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For the past year, Things We Never Got Over has held the spot on Amazon’s Best Seller List. This book has been a hit despite its length (562 pages), readers are devouring the grumpy sunshine small-town romance.

In this blog post, we are sharing the answers to your frequently asked questions regarding the Knockemout series and ten books to read after Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score.

About Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score


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 into real danger.

What are the tropes for Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score?

This is a small town, found family romance. The hero is extremely grumpy and has a grudge against the heroine’s sister. The heroine is down on her luck and finds herself being a guardian to her niece while her whole life imploded.

How many books are in the Knockemout series?

As of the publication date, there are three books in this series.

What is the series order?

Are Things We Never Got Over Available on Kindle Unlimited?

Yes, it is available on Kindle Unlimited. 

Are the books available on audio?

The English version of the audiobook is available exclusively via Audible.

Because the audiobook is available exclusively via Audible, it will not be available from the library to purchase or borrow.

If you want to avoid paying full-price for the audiobook and have Kindle Unlimited, make sure to borrow the e-book from KU, and Amazon will offer you an option to purchase this book for $7.49.

Libro. fm offers the Spanish-translated version of the book Cosas Que Nunca Dejaremos Atras.

10 Books Like Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score

Tempt Me by Samantha Chase 

Six months ago, Liam Donovan met the world’s cheeriest, most upbeat woman at a wedding.

It was the longest two days of his life.

Now she’s his next-door neighbor.

Talk about awkward.

Tessa Sullivan believes in always looking at the bright side. Unfortunately, her new neighbor is the most negative man on the planet and seems to have made it his mission to ruin her good mood on a daily basis. She loves to sing, she loves to smile, but more than anything, she loves to decorate for the holidays. The fact that this seems to bug her new neighbor is simply a perk.

After twelve years in the Marines, Liam is more than ready to come home and start the next phase of his life. He’s starting a business, reconnecting with his mildly over-bearing family, and loves the fact that he’s finally got a place of his own. If only his neighbor’s decorations would stay on her side of the property. There isn’t one thing about Tessa that tempts him…until there is. Now she’s all he can think about.

Being friends makes sense.

Becoming lovers was inevitable.

But having Tessa be his forever is more than tempting.

Why should you read this book?

This book is for you if you are looking for a classic grumpy/sunshine set where they are neighbors in the holiday season.


If you are looking for Neighbor Romances, check out our recommendations list.

This book is available on  Kindle Unlimited.

Nate Ferring is a lot of things. He’s standoffish where I’m friendly. As grumpy as I’m…not. And he’s the ridiculously hot, tattooed chef at my best friend’s restaurant. Oh, and now he’s my roommate.

It’s fine. Really. Well, mostly fine. At least until he picks up one of the particularly sexy romance novels I have lying around.

The thing is…he actually likes it. And I really like that he likes it.

How we get from there to a tenuous friends with benefits situation? Your guess is as good as mine.

All I know is that we’ve laid out ground rules and I’m just trying to end a tragically long dry spell with some hopefully spectacular sex. Nothing more, nothing less.

I’m not usually one for casual but I think if we can just stick to the rules, we’ll be okay.

What is it that they say? Rules are meant to be broken?

Why should you read this book?

This is a roommate-to-lovers romance featuring a grumpy hero. The relationship starts as friends to lovers but develops into something more.


 If you are looking for more  Roommate to Lovers romances, then check out our recommendations for books to read after The American Roommate Experiment.

This book is available on  Kindle Unlimited.

Stalking the town recluse wasn’t exactly wise.

Davis was five years older than me…antisocial, and temperamental. And there was a little fact that he didn’t know I existed.

Still, I gave him my heart, and he crushed it.

So I picked up the pieces and ran away to New York City. I had a plan that would keep my heart intact for years.

But one phone call changed everything.

Returning home meant facing the past…and the man who ruined me.

I had hoped that the mountain had swallowed him whole.

But, as I set out to help my parents, I discover he’s not only alive and well, but that they apparently love the jerk.

He has no idea that we have a past, which is both a relief and salt in the wound.

I promise myself I’ll ignore how his eyes linger on me, or how his touch feels like a live wire, and I’ll remember that once upon a time he broke me, and for that, I refuse to fall for him again.

But I can’t control that he seems to be falling for me this time.

Why should you read this book?

This is a grumpy/sunshine-pining romance. The heroine leaves town brokenhearted, but her family calls her back for help, and she returns to town. She reconnects with the hero, who has no idea about their history, and feelings ensue.

This book is available on  Kindle Unlimited.

He’s my new boss. My nemesis. Painfully good-looking. Arrogant and cocky. Falling for him is not an option. But I can’t seem to stay away.

Crew Carlisle is enemy number one.

He’s also my new boss.

I need this internship as much as Crew needs an ego lobotomy.

He’s arrogant, cocky, and annoyingly good-looking.

Our families have despised one another since long before I was born.

The man loathes me, and he makes no effort to hide his contempt.

But everything I thought I knew wasn’t as it seemed.

And Crew isn’t who I thought he was.

I’ve never fully given my heart away, and this is the last man I should give it to.

But walking away wasn’t as easy as I expected.

Crew Carlisle is my kryptonite.

And falling for my nemesis is not an option.

Why should you read this book?

Laura Pavlov knows how to write emotional small-town romances. Charmed is book three in the Willow Springs Series, but it can be read as a standalone.

This book is available on  Kindle Unlimited.

Memphis Ward arrives in Quincy, Montana, on the fifth worst day of her life. She needs a shower. She needs a snack. She needs some sanity. Because moving across the country with her newborn baby is by far the craziest thing she’s ever done.

But maybe it takes a little crazy to build a good life. If putting the past behind her requires a thousand miles and a new town, she’ll do it if it means a better future for her son. Even if it requires setting aside the glamour of her former life. Even if it requires working as a housekeeper at The Eloise Inn and living in an apartment above a garage.

It’s there, on the fifth worst day of her life, that she meets the handsomest man she’s ever laid eyes on. Knox Eden is a beautiful, sinful dream, a chef and her temporary landlord. With his sharp, stubbled jaw and tattooed arms, he’s raw and rugged and everything she’s never had—and never will. Because after the first worst day of her life, Memphis learned a good life requires giving up on her dreams too. And a man like Knox Eden will only ever be a dream.

Why should you read this book?

This is the closest book, similar to Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score. Knox is a grumpy hero who doesn’t want to share his space. However, his sisters rent a cabin on his property to Memphis, who is a new mother. With time and late-night feeding, they develop feelings and break the walls as they start a new relationship.

This book is available on  Kindle Unlimited.

Hardworking Isabelle Cook has a serious problem. Her family farm, site of Tilikum’s Christmas Village, is in trouble. Big trouble. And worst of all? The man trying to buy it is none other than the grumpiest, grinchiest man of them all—Elias Stoneheart.

That’s a big nope. She’s not letting him get involved. Not with his heart made of coal.

Elias Stoneheart is in the business of making money, not friends. Especially when his boss is promising a long-awaited promotion. All he has to do is convince one struggling family to sell their farm.

The problem? It’s Cook Family Farm. And Isabelle Cook is his ex.

He might have history with Isabelle, but this is just business. A Christmas-loving farm girl is not going to come between him and his ambition.

And Christmas? He hates it. Christmas Village needs to go.

But as Elias spends time in the small town, holiday spirit—and Isabelle—get under his skin. And she might be the only one who can melt the ice around his heart.

Why should you read this book?

This is a Christmas small-town romance featuring a farm girl and a grumpy businessman. There is banter, shenanigans, and a Happily Ever After. Make sure to save this book for the next holiday season.

By Elsie Silver

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This book is available on  Kindle Unlimited.

Working as a nanny for the world’s grumpiest single dad should have been simple. Except I can’t keep my eyes off him. And he can’t keep his hands off of me.

Cade Eaton is thirteen years older than I am and barely looks my way. Until I get him into the hot tub one night for a game of truth or dare. Then all bets are off—and so are our clothes.

He’s gruff, a little rough around the edges. But broad-shouldered ranchers with calloused hands and filthy mouths are this city girl’s kryptonite. So who am I to resist?

But it’s in our quiet moments together that he softens. It’s when he takes care of me that I realize his hardened exterior is just a façade. It’s when I watch him go all sweet with his little boy that I really fall for him.

Someone convinced him once that his best wasn’t good enough. But I’ve never felt more cherished than I do in his arms.

My contract may say this arrangement is only for two months.

But my heart says this is forever.

Why should you read this book?

This is a grumpy, nanny romance set in a cute Canadian small-town that has Yellowstone feels. The banter and sexual tension are A plus.  Even though this is book two in the Chestnut Springs series it can be read as a standalone.

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Tune into our podcast author interview with Elsie Silver. In this interview, Elsie shares why she started writing and what is to come in the Chestnut Springs series.

This book is available on  Kindle Unlimited.

My new neighbor is a firefighter–and a scorching hot single dad–but I swear I didn’t set off that smoke alarm on purpose.

(And I was beyond mortified when he rushed in and saw me naked.)

Nothing happened, of course–because I, Winnie MacAllister, romance junkie and owner of a constantly broken heart, have sworn off men for one solid year.

Even protective men with chiseled jaws, bulging biceps, and deep brown eyes that make my breath come faster. Even former SEALs with broad chests and strong hands that make my skin sizzle. Even gorgeous, grumpy guys who have their hands full raising two adorable little girls and claim they don’t believe in love.

Until Dex kisses me one night, and I drop all my defenses.

(Also my underwear.)

He says he’s not gentle, and he’s right. He says I should take the dream job I’m offered in another state, and he’s right. He says he’s too old for me and could never be the man I deserve.

He’s wrong.

Dex and I might be twelve years apart, but the fire between us is the kind that will never burn out.

How can I convince him to give happily-ever-after with me a chance?

Why should you read this book?

This is a grumpy single-parent, age-gap, small-town romance, enough said! The hero is a firefighter

This book is available on  Kindle Unlimited.

There once was a girl with fireflies in her eyes and music in her soul.

(Remember her… she’s important.)

She’s the reason I panic-bought the little brick house on Maple Street; the one I lived next door to for eight magical years. Now that I’m back digging up floorboards and lost journals, I can’t stop thinking about the two people who grew up here.

You see, that girl was my best friend, and this house was once hers. She also had a big brother who was my everything before circumstances turned us into nothing more than memories.

That’s why I applied for a job at his auto shop—unprepared to discover that my new boss, Cal Bishop, is now gruff, built, and covered in tattoos.

I’m the sun to his overcast sky. The smile to his surly solitude.

A reminder of everything he longs to forget.

But my heart has a secret, and we’re running out of time to fix our torn pages.

Maybe… the same girl who used to be the glue still holds the key to putting our pieces back together.

(See? I told you she was important.)



Why should you read this book?

This is book 1 of an emotional duet that is best to go without reading the synopsis and just be surprised. This book ends on a cliffhanger so make sure to check out the next book in the series, A Pessimist’s Guide to Love.

This book is available on  Kindle Unlimited.

Hollywood taught me everything I know about relationships—except how to be in one.

As an actor, I became an expert at faking it. Faking that I wasn’t affected by my childhood. Faking that I was okay. Faking that I knew how to save the day, the girl, the whole damn world. But I’ve always known the truth—I’m no one’s hero.

Until I’m forced to move back to Sugarloaf for six months, and Brenna Allen offers me a chance to prove otherwise.

She’s everything I never knew I wanted, but can’t have. Her broken heart, perfect face, and adorable children turn my world upside down. Instead of preparing for my next leading role, I’m directing a middle school play for this small-town single mother.

All to make her smile.

The more time I spend here, the more I want to stay. Build a life in this town that I swore I’d leave—for her. But when the world comes crashing down around us, I’m forced to decide if staying for her is the right choice or if leaving is better for the woman I love.

Why should you read this book?

This is the final book from the Arrowood Brother series. This is an emotional small-town romance series of interconnected standalone.

This book is a single-parent romance featuring a Hollywood hero returning to his hometown.

Are you a fan of small-town grumpy/sunshine romance? Do you have any other recommendations that we should check out?

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