Release Review: Every Little Thing: Samantha Young

Every Little Thing (Hart's Boardwalk #2)
Samantha Young
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The New York Times bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series returns to 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….
I was hesitant about this book as I had a hard time with the first book in the series. But I am glad I kept going and picked up book 2, because I was really curious about Vaughn and Bailey’s story. These two have been antagonistic since the moment Vaughn arrived in town to run a competing hotel and I was willing to jump in again in the hopes of loving the love/hate thing these two had going on.

Bailey Hartwell is from one of the founding families of Hartwell and runs her family’s inn. She is small town through and through, and is proud of her inn, her town, and absolutely loyal to the people she loves. Her snarky wit keeps things interesting, and she is one of those women who has everything together nearly all the time.

Vaughn Tremaine is new in town, owing a competing hotel on the Boardwalk. He is suave, confident, and rich. He also keeps himself rather aloof when interacting with locals, even keeping his New York residence in addition to his Connecticut house.

The drama between these two was established from their first interaction in The One Real Thing. They do not like each other; they try to get barbs and the last word whenever possible. But when it comes to standing up to the Devlin family, these two are on the same side. Just don’t ask them to admit that. Those antagonistic feelings create steam that builds throughout this book, particularly while they are trying to stay away from each other. Or rather, Bailey is trying to stay away from Vaughn.

Both characters narrate the story, but I noticed that her portions were told in first person, while the portions that began with his heading were written in third person. This shift made it hard at times to connect with both characters equally. It also made it hard for me to keep straight who was narrating, since his chapters felt more detached with the third person narration.

This was an angsty, dramatic enemies to lovers story with some depth I wasn’t expecting. There were some teasers about potential feelings between a certain painfully shy barista/bookstore owner and a quasi-villain (who is acting like he has split personalities: villain one moment, hero the next, to the point I don’t know what to think about him). 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
(Hart's Boardwalk #1)
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Welcome to Hartwell, a quiet seaside escape where uncovering old secrets could lead one woman to discover the meaning of a love that lasts… 

While Doctor Jessica Huntington engages with the inmates at the women’s correctional facility where she works, she’s always careful to avoid emotional attachments in her personal life. Loss and betrayal taught her that lesson long ago. But when she comes across a set of old love letters in the prison’s library and visits the picturesque town of Hartwell to deliver them to their intended recipient, she finds herself unable to resist the town’s charm—and her attraction to the sexy owner of a local bar proves equally hard to deny.

Since his divorce from his unfaithful ex-wife, Cooper Lawson has focused on what really matters: his family and the boardwalk pub they’ve owned for generations. But the first time Jessica steps into his bar, Cooper is beyond tempted to risk his heart on her. 

Yet as their attraction grows hotter and Jessica remains stubbornly closed off, he begins to realize it will take more than just passion to convince her there’s only one real thing in life worth fighting for…
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About the author: Samantha Young is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series, including Moonlight on Nightingale Way, Echoes of Scotland Street, and Fall from India Place, as well as the standalone novel Hero. She resides in Scotland.

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