Sunday, March 12, 2017

EVERY LITTLE THING by Samantha Young

Publisher:    Berkley
Published:    March 7, 2017
ISBN:        978-1101991695
Genre:       Contemporary Romance
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  

Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina



Bailey Hartwell, the “princess of Hartwell” has a smart mouth and a sassy style. She’s outspoken and speaks her mind without giving much thought to what she is going to say first.  Her friends have little to no problem with her outspoken style because they know she’s there for them and the first to step up and protect those she cares for and that includes the town of Hartwell.  And it’s no coincidence her last name is that of the town she so fiercely loves—her family founded Hartwell. But for all her care and compassion for not only the townsfolk and virtually everyone she meets there is one person she goes out of her way to, in a word, attack. That would be Vaughn Tremaine. Try as she might, she cannot explain her instant and continuous dislike of the handsome, wealthy hotelier.

Vaughn Tremaine absolutely cannot stand Bailey Hartwell.  There is nothing he likes about the woman. Nothing at all. Then why does he find himself trying to come to her rescue every chance he gets?  And generally succeeding.  Why does he watch her every move and find reasons to be where she is? They say there is a fine line between love and hate – so maybe he doesn’t dislike her quite so much. Sometimes the heart knows better than the head.

Bailey and Vaughn have spent a life time running not just from each other but from love.  It may be time for them to take a look at what they are running from.

I’m not a fan of first person writing.  It has its place in cozy mysteries, but in romance I really do not care for it. The only thing that can make it worse is when an author uses that new and growing in popularity first person/present tense. I don’t think anything reads worse than that. And shifting points of view can be very difficult to follow, especially when one character is written in the first person and the other in third.
It takes true talent and a strong voice to carry it off…something Samantha Young has. She is such a great story teller that you feel you not only know the characters personally, but that you are right there with them.

We met Bailey and Vaughn in book 1 of Young’s Hart’s Boardwalk series, ONE REAL THING which was Jess and Cooper’s story. EVERY LITTLE THING, book 2. is Bailey and Vaughn’s story and what a super read. The author gives just enough backstory so that if for some reason you missed book 1 (which you really are missing out on a good read if you don’t pick it up along with EVERY LITTLE THING) you don’t tell left out of the action. Characters from ONE REAL THING are back and you have a chance to catch up on their lives.

We could all use a friend like Bailey – someone who is smart, loyal and caring just because they’re your friend. And she knows her own mind…well, except for Vaughn. She’s one of those people who makes you feel good about yourself and is there by your side when life throws a curve at you.

Vaughn is a slightly different take on the strong silent type. He knows how to cut to the chase and has no qualms about solving problems about those around him. He is so sensually sexy you want to pull him out of the book and make him a real man…your man.

While this is Bailey and Vaughn’s story the other townsfolk are equally fleshed out with their own stories that are shared in the story. And Young doesn’t take you from “hello” to “I love you” inside of a week. Instead the story takes place over several months with each of the characters going on with their lives in that time. They have accomplishments, life bumps and comings and goings giving them full lives.

Hartwell is drawn as such a wonderful town. The author describes the Boardwalk and each of the businesses on it so you know exactly what they look like and what it would be like to walk into them. I have to admit I wish my town had a bookstore just like Emery’s – I’d be in there every week.

EVERY LITTLE THING is a definitely “do not miss” read.  Hopefully another entry in this series will be coming soon.


This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.



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