Goodreads Rating: 4.24 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: March 7th 2017
Publisher: Berkley Romance
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.
Thank you Berkley Romance for providing an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
On the previous book of The Hart’s Boardwalk series (The One Real Thing), there are two characters that stood out for me: Vaughn Tremaine and Bailey Hartwell. These two don’t get along well but the tension they created was palpable and it made me more curious so bad.
Bailey Hartwell is a fiery, passionate, independent and kindhearted woman. Everyone knows her because her ancestors are founders of their small town and she owns the Hartwell’s Inn. She’s warm to everyone except for Vaughn Tremaine, the cold, rich, arrogant and sexy owner of Paradise Sands Hotel. She is against him from the beginning as he expands his business from New York to her beloved town. However, Vaughn wasn’t fazed by her snarky comments about him. He finds this carefree woman interesting and can’t help being attracted to her.
I knew their story will be more interesting. They’re undeniably attracted with each other, the constant push-pull and banters heightened their chemistry which made their romance steamier. At some point these two frustrated me and despite of it, I love their character developments. It’s great they worked on their personal and trust issues. It’s nice to see Bailey loosen up to Vaughn and gave him a chance. He’s a lovely and devoted man.
Overall, I enjoyed it so much and I’m looking forward to read the upcoming books in this series. Samantha Young delivers another romantic and passionate story. Crossing my fingers the next one will be Jack and Emery’s story.
Final rating: 4.5/5 stars