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Published by Penguin Publishing Group on March 7th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, Romance
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.
I really loved the first book in this series so I was anticipating book 2 a lot, and I wasn’t disappointed! Once again, Young takes us to Hartwell, Delaware to the enchanting beach town! I was so excited about this installment because in book 1 we meet Bailey Hartwell and Vaughn Tremaine and boy do they hate each other… but you know deep down that irritation with each other hides this stormy potential relationship filled with moments of love/hate that as a lover of that trope I was dying to dive into. The catch here is that Bailey is in a committed relationship of 10 years and is looking for stability and something safe. She certainly gets that in her relationship with Tom, but deep down she’s also missing the spark that she gets when she interacts with Vaughn.
Of course Bailey is the town sweetheart who owns the inn on the boardwalk. She and Vaughn initially butted heads when he moved to town and wanted to build his fancy hotel. From that point on, it was game on between them and the sparks definitely fly! With the help of a betrayal Bailey never could have expected, she realizes that maybe Vaughn isn’t who she thought he was.
A few things … 1. I thought there were some incredibly predictable things that happened towards the end, not that it was bad, but I feel like it was meant to be a surprise and I actually figured it out pretty early on. It made for some half-hearted drama for sure. 2. Can we talk about Bailey’s horrendous sister for a minute? I hated it… mostly because it didn’t make sense to me where all this anger from her came from especially when you see Bailey interacting with her brother and parents. It was just so strange to me that this was the person who was her sister. 3. I LOOOOOVED Vaughn’s relationship with his father. It was so wonderful to see a healthy father/son bond and that they genuinely loved each other and that for both of them, work wasn’t really everything.
Overall, a steamy, sexy read that I completely enjoyed. With glimpses of Cooper & Jessica as well as some of our (hopefully) upcoming characters I was completely engrossed in this story and devoured it in one sitting! And Also – WTF IS JACK’s Story!! I need it immediately. I just can’t get a read on him and it’s making me antsy!
Definitely a must read for contemporary romance fans looking for a sexy escape to a wonderful beachside town!
Thank you to the publisher for the early copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.