The One Thing
Author: Samantha Young
Hart's Boardwalk #1
Hart's Boardwalk #1
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: September 6, 2016
Review Source: Netgalley
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…
Cooper Lawson, the sexy bar owner from Hartwell, wasn't looking for anything serious after being cheated on by his wife and best friend. He was interested in focusing on his bar, his friends and his family. That was the case until a drenched, beautiful stranger crashes into him.
The Likes: This story solidifies, once again, why Samantha Young is one of my favorite authors. I love Jessica and Cooper together. I love that there was an instant connection but a realistic time line to develop feelings for each other without the insta love. Their chemistry was ON FIREEEE!! That first kiss had me completely transfixed, heart pounding, and swooning for days. Samantha is a GENIUS at writing romance. She also paints the picture of the quaint beach town beautifully. I am completely enamored with the town of Hartwell and the relationships between all of the business owners. They are a close knit, loyal group that you really want to be a part of.
The Dislikes: The only thing I didn't love about this book was that it went from the first person point of view of Jessica to a third person point of view of Cooper. I would have liked it better if it would have alternated first person point of views the whole time. It kinda took me a minute to transition between the different point of views.
The Rating: I am rating this story 4.5 stars because it was a great story. I couldn't put the book down. I have yet to read a Samantha Young book that didn't completely suck me in from the very beginning. I have quickly grown attached to these unique, charming characters that Samantha has created and I cannot wait to read more of this series!
Samantha Young is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series, including Moonlight on Nightingale Way, Echoes of Scotland Street, and Fall from India Place, as well as the standalone novel Hero. She resides in Scotland.