EVERY LITTLE THING is not Magic

EVERY LITTLE THING

EVERY LITTLE THING COVERHart’s Boardwalk #2
By: Samantha Young
Narrated by Angelica Lee & Tad Branson
PRHA/Penguin Audio
Genre: Fiction – Romance – Contemporary
Release Date: March 07, 2017
11 Hours and 26 Minutes
 
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book provided by Penguin Random House Audio. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
 
 

The New York Times bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series returns to 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…. http://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/537893/every-little-thing/

 
My Take Oblong Shaped
 

I love, love, love Samantha Young’s ON DUBLIN STREET series so I was surprised when the first book in this series, THE ONE REAL THING, fell flat for me.  But, I liked the N DUBLIN STREET  so much that I wanted to give Hart’s Boardwalk another shot. 

While I thought it was better than the first book it still didn’t work for me outside the character of  Vaughan’s father it still fell flat.

The book is filled with markers that feel unlikely or contrived:

 
Vaughan being able to take a long break from his multi-million dollar hotel chain,
Bailey’s sister’s character and the way the hotel is owned,
The relationship between the two  love interests,
The villainous family with the question mark of a guy who used to be everyone’s friend.
 

It doesn’t work for me but, from other reviews I have read, it works well for other people for its “juiciness” and the family saga.  But, to me it feels like a soap opera from the 1980s meets a family who think they are “The Sopranos.”

I did like the brash and honest Bailey who does work hard at her own business.

The two narrators do well, although Ted Branson’s narration feels a little stiff and ridiculous.

I probably won’t go on with the series but I would like to go back to Glasgow with Young and read more ON DUBLIN ROAD.

 

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