Every Little Thing by Samantha Young
Hartwell’s inn is Bailey Hartwell‘s legacy, her place of work, her home.
She’s in a 10 years old relationship that makes her feel safe, she’s very protective with her loved ones and she’s fierce when the interests of her beloved community are threatened.
She’s a feisty, brazen and blunt lady with a heart of gold.
Vaughn Tremaine is an implant from New York, a wealthy businessman and Boardwalk fancy hotel’s owner so…kind of competition.
They both love being in control and they don’t get along very well.
It doesn’t help matters that his snarky remarks are maddening and he’s a total snob.
Or so she thinks…
When betrayal shatters Bailey’s certainties, she finds no other than Vaughn there to help her pick up the pieces.
Every little thing about Bailey attracts Vaughn from the very beginning but when he finally gets his chance he has some issues to confront or he might risk loosing the best thing that has ever happened to him.
“You don’t know how perfect you two are for each other. One ice, one fire, but both stubborn as hell.”
I had a taste of Bailey & Vaughn’s banters in “The One Real Thing” and I was confident I was going to fall in love with their journey to HEA’s land.
I mean…the banters are so heated and snarky you could feel their attraction miles away!
Everyone sees it…
“I was wondering.”
“If it’s uncomfortable.”
“If what’s uncomfortable?”
“Having your head that far up your ass.”
“You’re a real comedian today, Lawson.”
“You’re making it easy for me.”
It takes a while for them to see the light but they do…
We were two people who were attracted to each other and didn’t want to be.
Of course there was going to be hostility.
And here I thought he was just a dick.
Unfortunately they dance around each other too long and every step forward is followed by 2 steps back.
It took them 4 years to get past the “dance around each other phase” and the added push and pull was dragged on way too much!
After a while it became frustrating and I struggled to keep on reading.
Other things that bothered me:
– The opening scene with him in his hotel with an unnamed red-head (heroine’s hair color -_-) while watching Bailey from a window and the horrible way he treats that woman after sex.
– She stayed with the boyfriend 10 years even if she knew she would never truly love him:
“Ten years. God, ten years I’ve wasted on a man I knew I would never be madly in love with. I just wanted . . . I wanted a man who made me feel safe and Tom gave me that
when we met.”
I loved the sexual tension, the hot sex and the Hartwell community…overall this was a ⭐ 2.5 Stars ⭐ read for me.
This is book #2 in the Hart’s Boardwalk Series
*Every book in this series can be read as a standalone*
You can find my review of The One Real Thing (Hart’s Boardwalk #1) by Samantha Young HERE.
~ My Ratings ~
Plot: 2 /5
Hero: 3 /5
Heroine: 3 /5
Secondary Characters: 3 /5
MC’s chemistry: 4 /5
Triggers: There’s LOTS of Angst and Bailey’s boyfriend cheats on her but no major triggers
Recommended to: Contemporary and Adult Romance Readers that enjoy angsty and Hate-to-Love stories.
~ Quotes ~
“Always so complimentary, Tremaine. It’s a wonder you don’t have a trail of panting ladies following after you. Oh, wait a second. It’s not.”
He just stared at me, which for some reason made me feel worse, because it felt like he could see right into me, and that he could see how unhappy I was and—
“No wonder you’re single.” I gave him a look that would have made a lesser man’s balls jump back up inside him. “You’re cold through and through. You haven’t got anything real to offer a woman. Nothing but money. And sooner or later they’ll realize not even money is worth a lifetime of nothing.”
It was harsh.
It was horrible.
And it was all about me, not him.
Immediately I wanted to take the words back, but they were out there.
Me and my stupid no brain-to-mouth filter.
Like the ice I’d accused him of being, Vaughn’s expression turned an arctic level of cool. “I’m single because I want to be, Miss Hartwell. Unlike you I’m strong enough to be alone rather than settle for mediocre. But then like attracts like, doesn’t it.”
And on that parting shot, a shot he had no idea hit dead center on target, Vaughn Tremaine sauntered away like he hadn’t just had a bitter encounter with me.
“I wish you and he would just admit you’re attracted to one another and stop acting like children at recess.”
“I’m sorry. I have a bad habit of being a bastard to you.” Bailey’s eyebrows rose at his admission. And then something rueful and mischievous glinted in those beautiful eyes of hers. “Maybe that’s because I have a bad habit of being a bitch to you.”
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