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25 September 2016

❤❤ The One Real Thing (Hart's Boardwalk #1) by Samantha Young review ❤❤

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….

*ARC provided by the publisher for an honest and unbiased review*

I feel like this book should be the stock true definition of contemporary romance. Like if people want to know about what kind of books romance readers read, this should be the book they suggest. To me, I really liked this book. I loved the storyline, the characters- main and secondary, the dabble of drama, the development of the relationship. Most of all, I think it was the setting that captured me. Samantha delivered this storyline that takes place in this beachfront boardwalk, and she does it so well, it's almost as if the Boardwalk becomes a character in itself. The location, the way it was written, was just so romantic. It had romance, history, and just...I don't know what. It makes me want to pack up my things and go to the beach.

I really liked our characters and how they met. I liked how Cooper was just so freaking sweet. I mean he was what men today should hope to be like. When our characters were together, it was almost like you could feel that he treasured her. The way Samantha made that feel like such a thing, was fantastic. Ms Young also made sure to keeping luring us in through the book with a taste of some sort of battle that Jessica was fighting with her past. She would leave a little breadcrumb here and there, but did not give us the cookie until further in the book. Of course, only when she is ...ABOUT TO RIP YOUR HEART OUT.  Samantha did a great job of keeping you intrigued with what happened in her past, and yes, using it against her. Or, having a character do so. Knowing that, you know that it's nothing but crazy heartbreaking chaos. 

I also really liked that Jessica wasn't a push over. Yes, she made a quick life changing decision. But when Dana entered the picture, that other lady, or even Andrew, she had a backbone. Maybe not when we needed her to have it the most, but still... it worked.

There were times this felt like it was a little draggy. Like you are just waiting for something, anything to happen. But I thought it flowed really well, once you get through those spots. And we are given so many possibilities, with all the other characters that you absolutely hands down fall in love with, on where this series is going to go. I know when it ended, I was sitting there staring just dying to know what happens with the other couples. I fell in love with them almost as much as Cooper and Jessica. 

I gave this book 3.75-4stars


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