Title: Every Little Thing
Series: Hart’s Boardwalk #2
Author: Samantha Young
Publisher: Berkley Romance/Piatkus
Publication Date: 7 March 2017
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
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 don’t normally start a review by begging for the next story but in this instance I HAVE to; seriously I NEED Dahlia’s story NOW. Samantha drops tantalizing tidbits into the narrative building the suspense and tension to uncover Dahlia’s past.
Every Little Thing focuses on the undeniable tension between Bailey and Vaughn, who personify the cliché of meanness hiding their attraction. While on the surface they appear to intensely dislike each other, it is quickly apparent that it is a defence mechanism on both of their parts. As their back stories unfold it is easy to empathise with their emotional barriers, unfortunately Bailey and Vaughn’s previous experiences cloud their judgement and perception of the interactions between them. Especially as they project their insecurities stemming from their respective pasts onto their current situation. I adored the way in which the individual plot threads tied together in a six degrees of separation fashion.
I love, love, love how big-hearted Bailey is; opening herself up emotionally and making herself vulnerable to provide the tender loving care she sees finding in others lives, then watching them blossom, creating her own family of friends while hers lives so many miles away. It hurt to see the way in which Bailey viewed herself and the type of relationship she deserved following the incident in her youth which left a lasting scar on her confidence. Wasting ten years on the wrong person and having to re-appraise her choices, alongside confronting the ghosts of her past.
The undercurrent of tension and mystery surrounding the Davenport family and the ownership of the boardwalk continues as a sub-plot within Every Little Thing with an escalation of underhanded dealings escalated by the arrival of Bailey’s sister. The plot thickens as to Jack’s role within the Davenport family and his betrayal of his friends. Another area I am desperate to uncover, hopefully alongside Emery’s story 😉
I really liked the way in which Vaughn in particular developed throughout the narrative, especially his ability to embrace his feelings and work towards his ultimate goal, in this case, Bailey. Vaughn’s viewpoint of relationships and how they were affected by his experiences notably those as a young boy really stood out within the plot and provided thought provoking insight.
It was a joy to catch up with Cooper and Jessica, as well as unearthing the previously mentioned tantalising tidbits of information concerning the other characters in the series. How ever long the wait is for the next book, it is too long 😉