Published by Berkley on March 7th 2017
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Hartwell, 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.
He’d come to Hartwell to escape the ugliness he’d left behind in Manhattan.
I’m back in Hartwell folks, and there’s no place that I’d rather be!!! I missed this group of characters and this setting so much! I forgot how much I fell in love with everything in The One Real Thing. As soon as a I met Vaughn Tremaine I craved to figure out what he was haunted by. Setting him up against Bailey Hartwell was going to be a fun match, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them!
Bailey Hartwell is the Princess of the Boardwalk in Hartwell. She is the last Hartwell descendent that still resides in this quaint little town and also the proud owner of the Hart’s Inn. We know from The One Real Thing that the Devlin Family is out to own property on the boardwalk at any cost. They are sneaky and they play dirty. So it’s no surprise who they have their sights on now since their last plan was spoiled by the powerhouse that is Vaughn Tremaine.
To put it mildly, Vaughn and Bailey don’t get along. Bailey is very protective of your little town so when Vaughn came on the scene, she threw everything she had at him to not disrupt Hartwell’s picturesque setting.
She would have gone up against him. Vaughn with all his money and power. No fear, just fire. Fuck, he admired her fire.
I absolutely loved Bailey’s character! She is feisty, has very little filter, and is extremely loyal. She is a rescuer, but she’s also extremely guarded, something that she learned early on is necessary in order to protect herself from another broken heart. And when she commits to something, she digs her heals in. And that includes her hatred for Vaughn Tremaine.
The problem was-well there were a number of problems with Vaughn Tremaine-the fact that a) he was much too attractive for his own good and b) unlike anyone else, he had the ability to make me feel insecure.
But there was one thing that she did appreciate about Vaughn Tremaine, he was Hartwell’s number 1 line of defense when it came to the Devlin’s.
Vaughn Tremaine is a bit of an enigma. He is wealthy, very powerful, too good looking for his own good, and for some reason, picked Hartwell to be his residence. I absolutely loved his inner dialogue!!! From Bailey’s perspective we only get to see the closed off and controlled side of Vaughn, but once things switch over to him, we get to see how Bailey Hartwell is his undoing and how that scared the living shit out of him…
The constant ache inside his chest intensified as he felt the full force of that smile upon him. Its power flooded through him until he had to tense against the sudden urge to grab her and kiss her breathless. Fuck. What the hell was this woman doing to him? Vaughn jerked his eyes towards the water, not needing the Princess of the Boardwalk to know she could undo him with her smile alone.
There was so much tension and hurt between these two characters that I knew that Young was going to take her sweet time getting them where they needed to be. I wasn’t expecting that it was going to take a quarter of the book for them to have one-on-one time, but damn when that happened everything exploded!!! This series is a slow process, Young isn’t in a rush. She takes her time with these characters and I fully appreciate that because it is well worth the wait!!!
I love a perfectly layered novel and Every Little Thing is a perfect example of that. We have this intense chemistry between Bailey and Vaughn, the Devlin Family causing trouble, Bailey’s crazy sister showing up to take over the inn, and all the other little stories in between. Not only do we get to see more of Cooper and Jessica, but we get a little more insight to what Young is setting up for Dahlia and Emery!!!!
This series is special to me. I think that it’s the sense of magic that I felt during The One Real Thing that has me hooked. I feel like I’ve been to Hartwell, that I’m part of this tightly knit group. I’m invested in their lives and stories. Each of them are so different and my intrigue hasn’t wavered one bit.
I absolutely ADORED the end of this novel!! The last 20% was perfection. Vaughn and Bailey are such passionate people that once they worked out their issues, there was no looking back and I. FREAKING. LOVED. IT!!!! You want to talk about grand gestures?!?! Then you need to read this book!!!!
And I saw something that lit my world up. Vaughn Tremaine cared about me.
The man I thought I might have been waiting for my whole life. All this time he’d been standing right in front of me, wearing a suit and a sexy-ass smirk.
**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review