The New York Times best-selling 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 10 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 comes around only once in a lifetime.
©2017 Samantha Young (P)2017 Penguin Audio
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In the first book, Bailey was just a fun and sassy female character. Unfortunately, in this second book, Bailey deflates into a foolish, self-destructive and boring wimp who allowed a selfish jerk to degrade her. Why, why, why would the author create such an engaging personality, then make her act like an idiot?
Likewise in book 1, Vaughn seemed to be a decent, responsible man who liked and respected women. Vaughn's dad was a true gentleman who genuinely loved his mother, never remarrying after her death. So it was surprising that Vaughn could only enjoy sex when he was controlling and humiliating his partners.
The "love" scenes were cold and calculating, rather than sensual or erotic with the emphasize on control and power, as if sex is a contest with winners and losers. It was sad and depressing that an unhealthy relationship, in which Vaughn's needs and desires were all that matter, was romanticized.
Even more disappointing were the constant references to Bailey being overwhelmed by owning a business. Suddenly Bailey was too weak to handle the stress and responsibilities of managing an inn, although she had been running the successful business for years.
Why did Bailey have to be "dumbed down", suggesting that intelligent, confident women are not attractive or lovable. Although the author is incredibly gifted, creating wonderful supporting characters in a unique setting, her opinion of women appears to be archaic.
I am obsessed with audio books! My favorite genre is erotica and romance -- there's just not enough hours in the day to enjoy ...
Hart's Boardwalk has become my new favorite series. I didn't think I would find a series that I liked more than On Dublin Street, but listen to this Samantha Young has struck pure romance gold. Every Little Thing mainly focuses on the antagonistic/lustful relationship between Bailey and Vaughn but I love how what seems like the entire town gets involved. Bailey is such an integral part of the Boardwalk that she seems to have her nose in everybody's business and vice versa. In addition to all the heat and dysfunction with Bailey and Vaughn we get to keep up with characters from the previous book and a bit more insight into what's coming with characters in future books. And oh what interesting characters and possibilities lie ahead. Ms. Young does an amazing job of developing interesting characters with complex and complicated relationships that compels us to keep listening and anxiously await the next installment.
The narrators were perfect for this book. Angelica Lee was able to portray Bailey's outgoing and involved personality so that you feel the emotions with her. Oh, Tad Branson has a deep sexy voice that helps to us envision Vaughn and all of his hotness.
Absolutely, most definitely worth the credit. I have listened to over 1100 romance and erotica books and this series is in the top 1% of my favorites.
Samantha Young is fast becoming one of my favorite authors! Her writing style, dialog, depth of emotion and development of characters draw you in, keep you engaged, sad when it's over and you know that you have to wait for the next in series. And i absolutely love the way Angelica Lee narrates a book, making this book a 5 star read. Worth a credit, if you love a true love story, this one will not disappoint. Thanks Samantha Young!!
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