Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Every Little Thing by Samantha Young

Title: Every Little Thing
Author: Samantha Young
Series: Hart's Boardwalk #2)
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: March 7, 2017 

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.

"you take my breath away."

Every Little Thing was wonderful! It made my romantic heart very happy. 

This is the second novel in the Hart's Boardwalk series but I think it can be read as a standalone. The book takes us back to the small town of Hartwell, where everyone in the boardwalk knows each other's business. 

We met both of the main characters in the first book: Bailey and Vaughn.

Bailey Hartwell and her siblings inherit her family's Inn when their parents moved to Florida. Bailey is a hard-worker, strong minded, passionate and trustworthy individual. She would do anything for her town or her friends. She has been in a relationship with Tom for a decade but things are not moving forward. When she discovers his infidelity, she is more affected by losing him as her friend than as her boyfriend. It doesn't help that for the last few years she has been attracted to Tremaine, the hotel owner. She has always thought he was hateful but he was there for Cooper and Jess, so he might not be as bad as she thought. 

Vaughn Tremaine is a powerful business man. He moved from NYC and open a five-star hotel in Hartwell's boardwalk. He has made the town his home. He knows they don't consider him part of the town yet although it seems things are changing now that he has become Cooper's friend. He is also aware that Bailey doesn't like him and in a way, Bailey terrifies him. He's attracted to her and her personality. He knows she's loyal and determined. He knows Tom doesn't deserve her but he's not sure he does either. Instead, he wants to keep her at arm's length. Disagreeing and fighting with her, is the only defense he has and yes, sometimes he goes too far but she gives it right back without delay. 

I love novels depicting enemies falling in love and this pair did a great job at hating each other in order to mask their attraction for each other. It took Bailey's friends and her own family/relationship ordeal to realize Vaughn was a good man. For his part, Tremaine needed a little nudge from his father and his friend Cooper to realize what he had in front of him and not to let it go. 

Bailey said whatever was on her mind. She had no filter and this made their interactions very refreshing. 

Every Little Thing is full of great scenes. There's romance, excellent banter, and tons of passion. It's a magnificent addition to this town's love stories. 

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review.

Every Little Thing was a very romantic book that had humor, family values, and so much more. One of my favorite types of romances are romances that are about enemies falling in love, and this book handled that type of romance really well. The romance made me smile with joy and it also made me want to scream with frustration. I thought that tug and pull was quite addictive. The romance was very passionate and full of banter, which I enjoyed a lot. I also enjoyed the main characters in this book and the side characters as well. I want to read about these people forever!

The main female character, Bailey, was great. I loved how she was always happy and full of positive energy. She never let negativity completely tear her down, which I appreciated. I also really liked how she was a bit of a firecracker and that she wasn't afraid to say what she was thinking. That lead to a lot of banter that made me laugh out loud! My only issue was that I wish she would have given Vaughn a bit more trouble for the one thing that he did. I felt like it was kind of glossed over and I was expecting more of a reaction from her. 

Vaughn had a lot of sweet and swoony moments that made my heart skip a beat. I found myself falling for him right along side with Bailey throughout this book! However, Vaughn was a bit of a jerk. I found myself wanting to slap him quite a few times! I understood that he had a lot going on and that there were things in his past that made him the way he is, but I still didn't like that he had so many asshole moments. He redeemed himself by the end of the book, but it still bothered me in those moments. Also, his friend Oliver was the WORST. I wish Vaughn wouldn't have been friends with him because he was such a scumbag. Vaughn deserved better friends!

I love the town that this series takes place in and I will forever wish I could live there! The town felt so quaint and perfect. It is one of my favorite settings in a contemporary romance! I also love the people who live in the town. I really like how the author made sure to include the people in the town and I wanted to learn more about each person. I am so excited to read about all the different characters and see them find love. 

Overall, this book was addictive, steamy, funny, and charming. Fans of this series and author will devour this book! If you are looking for a great contemporary book and series, then I would definitely recommend picking this up! 

3.5 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

I've been waiting for this book for months! The tension between Bailey and Vaughn in The One Real Thing was INTENSE and yippee I was finally able to read their story, so back to Hartwell we go! 

Bailey captured my heart instantly! She's outspoken, sassy, and has a huge heart! She welcomes people with open arms and is faithful to a fault, except for with Vaughn. Vaughn's the competition, with his montrosity of a hotel, and his killer good looks. It just burns Bailey especially because she's unequivocally attracted to him and there's nothing she can do about it, which I just loved! When Bailey and her long time boyfriend's relationship hits a rut she's hell bent on changing that, but what she finds is not what she expects at all and Vaughn seems to be there with open arms. Vaughn is so sweet to her when she finally lets her vulnerability show, and seems to be the rock she needs. 

The sizzle between these two was just too much! Vaughn seems to be the rich cocky player, but he's really not that way at all. He's in Hartwell for the calm and peaceful life it offers and having the fiery outspoken Bailey there in just an extra bonus for him. I guess soon enough things are not so peaceful for Vaughn in Hartwell because his relationship with Bailey changes and things get complicated.

I swear there is something mystical about Hartwell. This charming little town by the sea where they welcome you with open arms, but there are many many secrets to be revealed, and I'm coming along for the ride. Samantha Young knows how to write a romance that will leave your heart aching for more. The setting she's created for this series is one that everyone will fall in love with! 

4.5/5 Fangs

*A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. 

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