on March 7th 2017
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
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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….
Every Little Thing is the second book in Samantha Young’s Harts Boardwalk series. This series has a very “small town” feel to it, in that all the character live in the same town of Hartwell, Delaware. The characters are business owners, friends, and neighbors who all rub elbows with one another on a consistent basis. I was not a huge fan of the first book in this series, The One Real Thing. Thankfully, this book was markedly better than it’s predecessor.
We met Vaughn Tremaine and Bailey Hartwell in the first book and I could not wait for their story. They were sworn enemies who you knew had such an unbelievable attraction to one another that it was bound to eventually explode. The dynamic between Vaughn and Bailey set up what was sure to be an awesome enemies-to-lovers book! Unfortunately, this book will not go down as my favorite enemies-to lovers book, but it was good.
I love the characters of Bailey and Vaughn. Bailey is the type of woman that every woman wants to have as a best friend. She is loyal, steadfast, committed, and devoted to those she loves. Vaughn is also a devoted and committed man, but he has some serious commitment issues, which keep him from taking what he wants (which is most definitely Bailey).
This book frustrated me to the point that I almost walked away from it. There is a slow build-up to this relationship, a one-night stand, and then a period of separation. This absolutely did not work for me at all and was almost a deal breaker. Thankfully, when Vaughn finally gets his issues under control and actually makes an adult decision, the romance between Vaughn and Bailey was good enough to repair the damage that is done with Vaughn’s abandonment.
Overall, this is a book that I really enjoyed. My advice is to stick with it even when you might want to throw your Kindle against the nearest wall. These are two characters that were meant to be together, the frustrating part is how long it takes them to get there!!