By Samantha Young
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Source: PublisherHartwell, Delaware—the perfect place to get away from it all, and find what you never knew you needed…
Bailey Hartwell has many reasons to feel content—her successful business, a close circle of friends, and her steady boyfriend…even if their romance feels staid after ten years without a serious commitment. The only challenge in her life comes in the form of sexy businessman Vaughn Tremaine. She thinks the ex-New Yorker acts superior and that he considers her a small-town nobody. But when Bailey’s blindsided by a betrayal, she’s shocked to discover Vaughn is actually a decent guy.
Vaughn admires Bailey’s free spirit, independence, and loyalty. As his passion for her has grown, his antagonism toward her has only worsened. Every little thing Bailey does seduces him. But when Vaughn’s painful emotional past makes him walk away in fear he will hurt her, it opens an old wound in Bailey, and she uncharacteristically retreats.
Once Vaughn begins to realize he’s made the biggest mistake of his life, he has no choice but to fight like he’s never fought before to convince Bailey that the love they’ve found together only comes around once in a lifetime.
Omg, YES! This is the book I wanted when I first heard that Samantha Young was writing a new series. I was let down when I read The One Real Thing because I couldn't connect to the main character or their romance. The moment I met Bailey and Vaughn, though, I knew their story was going to sizzle and boy was I right!
Bailey Hartwell loves everything about living in Hart, from owning her inn to having an amazing group of friends. But her cozy life is turned upside down when she is betrayed by someone she has trusted for a long time. Throw in the fact that Vaughn Tremaine, businessman and owner of a hotel in Hart who has been nothing but hostile with her since they met, actually shows up for her in her time of need, and Bailey has no idea what she wants from life any more. Vaughn admires Bailey for her dedication and loyalty to her town and friends, but he knows he's not cut out for a family or a small town like Hart. Bailey tests him, though, and shows him things about himself that he's never known before and they both find themselves falling faster than either of them could have predicted.
It's no secret I love a good hate to love romance and boy did these two hate each other in the first book. I loved how much these two verbally sparred in this book and how neither of them could help how fiery they became around each other. What I loved most about this book, though, was getting inside of Vaughn's head and seeing that he actually respected and admired Bailey and his attitude towards her was more a reaction to his physical attraction. There is no denying there is an attraction between the two, but they are so convinced that they hate each other that the fact that they feel their chemistry makes them want to hate each other even more. That just makes it so much more entertaining when they realize they may actually like each other and not hate each other after all.
With a couple as fiery as Bailey and Vaughn, there is definitely some heat between them physically as well. These two exploded through the pages and I loved every minute of it. It was fun seeing Bailey try to revaluate her life and decide what she really needed and watch Vaughn realize he actually wasn't the stuck up businessman he wanted everyone to see him as. As Vaughn's icy personality slowly thawed to the people of Hart, Bailey slowly started to see a man she could really love. *sigh* I just loved every second of their romance!
I am so excited that I have rediscovered my love for Samantha Young! She delivers a heart warming romance with some serious heat and an adorable cast of characters that you can't help but love. I am already excited for the next book in this series (especially Emery's book!) and I can't wait for more of these characters!