Book Review: The One Real Thing by Samantha Young

Today I review The One Real Thing, the first book in Samantha Young's new series: Hart's Boardwalk. Samantha Young is famous for her On Dublin Street Series, which I've read and enjoyed so I was curious to find out more about this new series. Have a look at my thoughts of this first book: 

Title: The One Real Thing (Hart's Boardwalk #1)
Author: Samantha Young
Published: September 1st 2016 by Piatkus

Blurb: 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…

Review: Samantha Young is back with a new series, this time set in the American small town of Hartwell. When we first meet Doctor Jessica Jones though, she lives in a big town two hours away and doesn't do much else apart from working. So when she finds some letters that should have been sent to Hartwell 40 years ago, she decides to have a break and go there herself. I really liked the setting of a small town with a close community and I can totally understand why Jessica felt in love with the place.

The community certainly had a lot of interesting and charming characters and I loved getting to know them. As this is the first book in a series, it serves a bit as an introduction of who is who and it hints at possible future stories with some of the characters. This made the story a bit slow but it was interesting enough to keep me going. Especially as Jessica's past was a big secret for the most part of the story. I certainly had no idea what she was hiding and with every page I was more and more curious. 

The chemistry between the main two characters was palpable since their first encounter, and I enjoyed seeing all that tension build up for the first part of the book. As you can imagine, once they finally succumbed, things got sexy and hot. I really liked how straight-forward Cooper was, he played no games and was ready to accept his feeling from the beginning. All in all a good guy. 

All in all, The One Real Thing is an interesting and exciting read and I'm looking forward to the second book on the series already. Especially as it's gonna be Bailey's story, a character I really liked and I'm sure hers and Vaughn's story will be very entertaining. 

Rating: 4 stars

I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

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