Blog Tour - The One Real Thing By Samantha Young

The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street is back with the first in a sexy new romance series set in a small town on the Delaware coastline.

Published 6th September 2016
Paperback Original | £8.99

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 Review

I'm a big fan of Samantha Young's books and when I heard she was releasing a new series of books I was super excited! 

This is the first story in the brand new Hart's Boardwalk series. Jessica is a doctor at a women's prison. A chance occurrence leads her to discover some letters written by an inmate there 40 years ago. She has some holiday time booked coming up and, when her original plans change, she decides to visit the town where this woman was from to investigate further. It is here that she meets Cooper Lawson, owner of a bar on the boardwalk. They meet and I don't think either of them were expecting a chance encounter in the rain to come to quite so much. 

They are both very good, multi faceted characters. Jessica is strong and sweet but hides a vulnerable side that she is wary of showing others. Cooper is super cool and swoon worthy. He has been burned in the past and prefers to have no strings but sometimes strings come along without even realising. There are also a lot of good side characters that I'm intrigued to read about in future stories. Bailey was a fantastic example. I loved her.

This story had it all. It was humorous on occasion, there were sexy times but it was super romantic as well. There were also some very emotional moments but it was all balanced perfectly and the writing was excellent. I'm a fan of emotional, character driven romance and few authors are better than this, in my opinion, than Samantha Young. You care about her characters and what happens to them. They are not perfect and have their flaws but you can't help but be invested in their stories. That, to me, is a sign of excellent writing.

I really loved this book. It was a fantastic start to what looks to be an excellent new series. I was a little sad that it had to end but I was addicted to the story and couldn't wait to see what would happen. 

This story stands alone and is complete. You do not need to read any other book before you go into this. 

I would definitely recommend this to romance fans. I'm looking forward impatiently for the next book. 

About the author

Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She’s been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestselling novel On Dublin Street. On Dublin Street was Samantha’s first adult contemporary romance and has been sold in twenty five countries. For more information about Samantha please visit:

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