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Published by Penguin on March 7th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, Romance
The New York Times bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series returns to 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....
I may have found a new favorite book trope. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been reading a few romance novels that had the infamous “enemies-to-lovers” trope. Admittedly, I had only read a few prior to last year but now that I have read more, it might be a new favorite.
The latest one I read is courtesy of Samantha Young in her latest book in the Hart’s Boardwalk series. You can check out my review of the first book here.
Every Little Thing is a good mixture of fire and ice. Bailey Hartwell and Vaughn Tremaine have been at odds since the wealthy hotelier bought a piece of land on her lovely boardwalk and made Hartwell home. As a descendant of the town’s founding family, Bailey was strongly opposed to this in the beginning. They bicker and throw insults at each other left and right but every and anyone can see that it’s all just a cover up for an intense attraction that they both feel.
In Every Little Thing, Bailey suddenly finds herself single after 10 years. This allows for the farce between these two to come to an end. When her livelihood is threatened by the family determined to take down some of the town’s beloved businesses in order to get a piece of the boardwalk, it’s Vaughn who comes to her rescue. There’s a game of tug of war that is played throughout this book between Bailey and Vaughn. Normally I wouldn’t be a fan but the push-pull dynamic between these two characters worked for me, more so because we were given enough background on both of them that we understood it. The back and forth wasn’t in vain either, it paid off with some intense scenes that peeled back, even more, layers to these characters, especially our sometimes reclusive hero.
There’s a game of tug of war that is played throughout this book between Bailey and Vaughn. Normally I wouldn’t be a fan but the push-pull dynamic but with these two characters, it worked for me, mainly because we were given enough background on both of them that we understood it. The back and forth wasn’t in vain either, it paid off with some intense scenes that peeled back, even more, layers to these characters, especially our sometimes reclusive hero.
This book was a good continuation of the series and I loved that we got more background on the supporting characters. I am definitely interested to see who will be featured in the next book. I vote for Emery, the super shy bookstore owner but something tells me her story will be the best so Young will save her for last.