Review: ​The One Real Thing (Hart’s Boardwalk #1) by Samantha Young

I am so in love with the town of Hartwell and all the characters that live there. This was such a fantastic introduction to the series, I was lost to it and loved it all!



The One Real Thing

The One Real Thing (Hart’s Boardwalk #1) by Samantha Young




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….




5 out of 5 stars

I loved Jessica and Cooper’s story but I'm even more excited about what's to come in the Hart’s Boardwalk series because this was just so full of all these awesome details making me want more and more. I'm excited to see where it all will go. I am in love with this amazing cast of characters and this wonderful town. :-)


Right off the bat I knew I was in for an emotional ride and I was right. This story had such a wonderful build as all of these incredible details and layers were introduced. I loved all the characters, they’re were all so intriguing. Everyone seems to have secrets and how it was presented just makes me want to know about all of them. So I am super excited for what’s to come.


Cooper and Jessica had quite a courtship. She held things so very close to her chest, so closed off and scarred from things in her past. Watching her open up to Cooper and let her guard down was phenomenal. I thought the build to that moment was incredible. Coop was so wonderfully sweet and sexy. I loved how caring he was, how well he could read Jessica and how he was really there for her. They have some ups and downs but getting to that HEA was awesome. Cooper and Jessica had such an easy connection with fantastic chemistry and heat. It made me root for them right from the very beginning.


I thought the writing was excellent, I loved the storyline, loved the imagery of Hartwell and the boardwalk. I love the details and descriptions. The characters seem so real, genuine and caring with flaws and imperfections. I also love the bad guy element that was happening and how it was incorporated. I love a good bad guy so I thought the conflict that was added was really great. I love what brought Jessica to Hartwell in the first place and how that comes around again. By the end I was doing my best not to cry. I honestly love how it all played out and it was presented.


I thought this was a smart, emotional romance full of so much heart. Loved it!


Complimentary copy received for honest review.




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Every Little Thing

Every Little Thing (#2)Amazon


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 feel like with a story that’s going to be a bit more emotional, I have to prepare myself for it mentally, to be ready for the roller coaster I am about ready to go on. Can you relate or is it easy to just dive in? Let me know! 




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