The One Real Thing by Samantha Young
Doctor Jessica Huntington works at a women’s correctional facility and except for a co-worker/friend-with-benefit arrangement, there’s not much else in her life.
She’s very closed off, she has no family and very few friends.
One day Jessica finds a set of love letters, 40 years old, between the pages of a book taken from the prison’s library.
Those letters affect her and, using her vacation time, she feels compelled to deliver them herself to their destination, Hartwell.
Cooper Lawson owns the boardwalk pub in the little beach town of Hartwell and that’s were Jessica stops on her quest to deliver the letters.
Cooper is immediately attracted to Doc Huntington.
Despite his own bad experiences with relationship and his ex-wife cheating on him, he wants to give their connection a chance.
Jessica’s hesitation seems insurmountable though…
“You’ve made your mark. You made your mark on me. No matter what happens between us now or in the future, I will never forget you. You’re inside me. Always will be.”
This was a very sweet romance and the chemistry between the MC was good.
Still, I have a low tolerance for easily avoidable drama and contrived angst… that’s the main reason why I’m rating this book 3 stars instead of 4.
Jessica holds onto the issues that, in my opinion, keep them apart way too long.
Once her secret is revealed, all the drama and time lost seemed too much and pointless.
The One Real Thing sets things up for the other books in the Hart’s Boardwalk Series so it starts off a bit slow and we get to know Hartwell’s people and how things work in their little town.
I really enjoyed the description of the community.
I have great expectations for this series because I LOVED all the side characters that will probably couple up in the next books, Bailey and Tremaine’s banters had me salivating for more!
George and Sarah’s story, brought to life by those 40 years old letters, was well-conveyed and moving *_*
⭐ 3 Stars ⭐
*Every book in this series can be read as a standalone*
You can find my review of Every Little Thing (Hart’s Boardwalk #2) by Samantha Young HERE.
~ My Ratings ~
Writing: 3 /5
Plot: 2.5 /5
Hero: 2.5 /5
Heroine: 2.5 /5
Secondary Characters: 4 /5
MC’s chemistry: 3.5 /5
Triggers: MC’s close relative was abused by an uncle, Hero’s ex makes trouble even if he has no interest in her whatsoever. No other major triggers.
Recommended to: Contemporary and Adult Romance Readers that enjoy angsty stories.
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