Hart’s Boardwalk Book Two; Interconnected standalone
Hartwell, Delaware—the perfect place to get away from it all, and find what you never knew you needed…
Bailey Hartwell has many reasons to feel content—her successful business, a close circle of friends, and her steady boyfriend…even if their romance feels staid after ten years without a serious commitment. The only challenge in her life comes in the form of sexy businessman Vaughn Tremaine. She thinks the ex-New Yorker acts superior and that he considers her a small-town nobody. But when Bailey’s blindsided by a betrayal, she’s shocked to discover Vaughn is actually a decent guy.
Vaughn admires Bailey’s free spirit, independence, and loyalty. As his passion for her has grown, his antagonism toward her has only worsened. Every little thing Bailey does seduces him. But when Vaughn’s painful emotional past makes him walk away in fear he will hurt her, it opens an old wound in Bailey, and she uncharacteristically retreats.
Once Vaughn begins to realize he’s made the biggest mistake of his life, he has no choice but to fight like he’s never fought before to convince Bailey that the love they’ve found together only comes around once in a lifetime.
Every Little Thing is a charming second-chance romance between two enemies in a small beach town. Having met Vaughn and Bailey in the previous book, The One Real Thing, we got a little taste of what their book was going to be like. Their constant bickering, teasing, bantering, and general hatred for one another each time they crossed paths. They didn’t lose steam in-between books, either.
The undertone between the two bordered on hate-lust in every interaction. The self-proclaimed sweetheart of the town against the too-classy hotel owner, the outsider. Their dynamic was fun and feisty; bringing out their playfulness without making them petty. I loved seeing two outwardly different-appearing individuals find out that they weren’t all that different from one another underneath it all. The games and twists and turns to get there were just as fun to witness.
My one concession is that I just couldn’t feel the angst. I felt it between them in their lead-up in book one, but it didn’t seem to transfer over to theirs–or maybe, and this is quite likely, it’s just me. I still really enjoyed their tumultuous and sexy romance, but it didn’t hit me in the gut as I had expected. I do recommend it as Young’s writing is on point, as always, crafting very palpable characters and a love story that is just as beautiful as the sunset on the cover. I love this small town and the characters within it, and I honestly cannot wait to see which couple we’re graced with next.
Hart’s Boardwalk Book One; Interconnected standalone
♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦
Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She’s been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance 2012 for her international bestselling novel ON DUBLIN STREET and Best Romance 2014 for BEFORE JAMAICA LANE. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha’s first adult contemporary romance series and has sold in twenty-eight countries.