Monday, 26 September 2016

Review of The One Real Thing by Samantha Young

The bit on the back...

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....

Firstly thank you to Piatkus for the review copy of this title. As always Samantha Young books are high in my list of anticipated titles for the year and when she announced this brand new series - Hart's Boardwalk - I knew without a doubt I would be diving straight in. This is the first book in the series set in the small town of Hartwell.

Jessica Huntington impulsively visits the small seaside town of Hartwell after discovering undelivered letters in the prison where she works. She quickly fits in to Hartwell forming bonds with the locals and falling in love with the town.

I've always wanted to read a book with male POV from Samantha Young after snippets from her On Dublin Street series were posted on her website from the hero's POV. I loved them, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that Logan shared the narrative with Jessica. It took a while for Jessica to relax in the story and while she was quick to form bonds, she was guarded, not wanting to give too much of herself away, particularly when it came to Logan. The story follows Jessica and Logan as they navigate their new relationship, their history making it's way into their present and fighting to save the boardwalk.

The story has everything you would expect from one of Sam's novels. It has romance; characters you're going to love; a beautiful setting and a storyline that will keep you hooked from start to finish. I zipped through this and I will definitely be adding it to the "to be read again" pile!

This book sets you up for the rest of the series where the remaining books will focus on a different couple as the series progresses. There is already tension forming between the characters from book two so I'm definitely looking forward to starting that!

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