Goodreads Rating: 3.89 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
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….
I always look forward whenever Samantha Young has an upcoming novel or series. Her romance novels are beautiful, compelling, romantic, passionate and emotionally stirring.The One Real Thing is a delightful start and I really enjoyed it.
Jessica Huntington is a doctor at a women’s correctional facility. She’s simple, down to earth, passionate, sweet and a bit lonely. She doesn’t have a good relationship with her family and remained distant for years. Mostly, she keeps in touch with her best friend, Matt and his family, and with her surgeon boyfriend (they just hook up for sex and nothing more). One day at the facility, she found undelivered letters of a former prisoner, Sarah Randall. She’s touched by these letters and wants to give it personally to George Beckwith in a small town called Hartwell. Upon her visit, she finds the place warm, welcoming, and peaceful. She met new people and became friends with them and also meeting a sexy, attractive bar owner, Cooper Lawson. He’s hesitant to be in a relationship after her ex-wife cheated on him but he wants to pursue Jessica. Her simplicity and mysteriousness challenged him and he’s determined to break down her walls. Whatever happens, he’ll not give up on her.
The story and the romance are really good. Jessica and Cooper had a wonderful character and relationship development as they work out on their personal issues. I love they shared a steamy and passionate romance. I find it sexy and heartpounding. I guess the conflict in this book isn’t as heavy as I have expected and I’m a bit frustrated on Jessica towards the near end.
I’m looking forward to read the next book because Bailey Hartwell and Vaughn Tremaine’s story intrigued me with their heated conversations and it builds up a lot of sexual tension.