On Hart’s Boardwalk
On Dublin Street and Hart’s Boardwalk Confluence
By: Samantha Young
Narrator: Angelica Lee
Penguin Random House Audio | Penguin Audio
Genre: Fiction – Romance – Contemporary
Release Date: March 20, 2018
4 Hours and 11 Minutes
One of New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young’s most beloved couples returns for the first time in a brand new novella set ten years after her blockbuster bestseller Before Jamaica Lane…
Nate and Liv have a great life together but they miss the spontaneity and freedom they enjoyed early on in their romance. Careers and their children have inevitably kept them busy, so when Nate discovers Liv is feeling disconnected from him, he plans an anniversary trip to the idyllic seaside town of Hartwell, Delaware. There he hopes they will have the opportunity they’ve been craving–a chance to reinvent themselves and fall in love all over again.
With each new day comes a new adventure, from wedding crashing at the five-star boardwalk hotel to pretending they are two strangers having a chance encounter at the boardwalk bar. In the midst of this daring, sexually-charged game of romantic rediscovery, Nate and Liv discover the only constant they need is each other. http://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/563393/on-harts-boardwalk/
I didn’t really cozy up to the first two books in Samantha Young’s Hart’s Boardwalk series, THE ONE REAL THING, and EVERY LITTLE THING. But, I had really enjoyed her On Dublin Street series so I wanted to give it another shot.
I really enjoyed this story – but perhaps because it brings the ON DUBLIN STREET series to HART’S BOARDWALK. There’s just something different, something more about the Scottish series characters that makes them work better. Maybe it’s because the Scottish series centers on familial and relationships and deep friendships where the Hart’s Boardwalk series seems to focus on mystery and business.
While this story involves, Nate and Liv, characters from the other series, the interaction between them and the the Hart’s Boardwalk series characters is pretty minimal. They are in the town but not of it.
Liv and Nate could go anywhere on a vacation; just bringing them to Hartwell doesn’t confer the charm of the Scottish-based series onto the American one. Giving Liv an American background and accent but giving her British language colloquialisms is probably realistic but hearing the character saying things like “knickers” felt contrived. After enough time to absorb the vernacular she probably would also have picked up the accent.
The narrator’s voice grated on me at first; it sounded brash and unsophisticated. However, over the period of the book it grew on me. I don’t remember finding her annoying before in the other stories, and the standalone book, HERO.
If you enjoy Hart’s Boardwalk and/or On Dublin Street then this is a great story which links the two series. It’s out later this month so it is up for pre-order everywhere!