Thursday, October 6, 2016

Book Review: The One Real Thing (Hart's Boardwalk #1) by: Samantha Young

Release Date: September 6, 2016
from Berkley
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"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…."

My Thoughts:

I’m a big Samantha Young fan. On Dublin Street is one of my all-time favorite books, so I was really looking forward to The One Real Thing. The One Real Thing is very different from her On Dublin Street books, but at the center it still has that great Samantha Young romance.

The One Real Thing took me a while to get into. At one point I wasn’t sure I wanted to finish it. In the beginning I just didn’t connect to Jessica and Cooper. And not going to lie, Jessica and I didn’t always get along. I wanted her to open up, but at the end of the day I understood why she didn’t. It is just a tad bit frustrating for the reader. Cooper is of course swoony and almost too good to be true. What I really fell in love with though was Hart’s Boardwalk and the town. The book has fantastic supporting characters. I especially love Emery and I would kill for her story. Vaughn and Bailey are awesome too and their book is sure to be good. I also think subsequent books will move a little faster now that the town in established.

In the end, The One Real Thing ended up being a sweet read with a swoony romance. It may not be my favorite Samantha Young book, but it is definitely worth the read and I’m looking forward to more from this series.


  1. We discussed this one, and you know you have me looking forward to it. I don't think anyone can surpass Braden for us, but I just love that this one won you over. It sounds sweet, and I can't wait to meet all the characters and enjoy the town of Hartwell. Lovely review, lobster pants xoxo

  2. Aw, that's a bummer. Yeah, I haven't been too impressed with her books as time goes by, but hoping that will change.


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