The One Real Thing- Samantha Young

 

Welcome to Hartwell, a quiet seaside escape where uncovering old secrets could lead one woman to discover the meaning of a love that lasts…

 

While Doctor Jessica Huntington engages with the inmates at the women’s correctional facility where she works, she’s always careful to avoid emotional attachments in her personal life. Loss and betrayal taught her that lesson long ago. But when she comes across a set of old love letters in the prison’s library and visits the picturesque town of Hartwell to deliver them to their intended recipient, she finds herself unable to resist the town’s charm – and her attraction to the sexy owner of a local bar proves equally hard to deny.

 

Since his divorce from his unfaithful ex-wife, Cooper Lawson has focused on what really matters: his family and the boardwalk pub they’ve owned for generations. But the first time Jessica steps into his bar, Cooper is beyond tempted to risk his heart on her.

 

Yet as their attraction grows hotter and Jessica remains stubbornly closed off, he begins to realize it will take more than just passion to convince her there’s only one real thing in life worth fighting for. . .

About the author:

Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She’s been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestselling novel On Dublin Street. On Dublin Street was Samantha’s first adult contemporary romance and has been sold in twenty five countries. For more information about Samantha please visit:

 

https://authorsamanthayoung.com/

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My Review



I have a huge amount of love for this book, so much so that this is has the potential to be the most gushy review I’ve ever written, I’ll attempt to make some sense though so bare with me. 
It’s so refreshing to read something that centres around the 30 something year olds getting a second chance at love, now I’ve crossed over the 30 barrier it’s easier to relate to and a little different to what I normally read. We meet Jessica a doctor at a woman’s prison, merely existing in life. After she finds some 40 year old love letters she takes a trip to deliver them to their rightful owner. She ends in the boardwalk town of Hartwell which thanks to Samantha’s incredible writing appears before your eyes, the description is so perfect, I just want to go and holiday there and never come back. Whilst there she meets the incredibly hot Cooper, owner of the local Boardwalk bar. Their chemistry is hot from the get go and it’s so easy to fall under Samantha’s spell and fall for the two of them. 
The One Real Thing has a great cast of characters who each bring something different to the story. Jessica is a strong and sensitive female lead and likeable from the get go. I loved her friendship with Bailey (the owner of Hartwell’s inn) almost as much as I loved the romance between her and Cooper. I can’t wait to get to know more about the secondary characters as they get their own story.
I sometimes struggle with the start of a series and it takes half a book to settle in, mainly because there’s the whole getting to know all the new characters, the setting and the tone of the book but thanks to Samantha’s ability to tell a story as if it’s a movie playing in front of your eyes, I was so invested in the characters that I was clambering at the pages to turn them as quick as I could from the beginning. 
This book filled so many holes without going over the top, I didn’t even realise I wanted a book to do so much until I read this. From the sadness of the love letters to the intrigue of Jessica’s secret, the evil rich guy to the bitchy ex wife it was all there packaged up by some beautiful writing waiting to settle upon my heart. 
Now I’ve started the series I’m so invested in Hartwell I like the fact that as they’re companion novels we get to feel a completion of one couples story and then they take a back seat in further books whilst we still keep up to date with them. The intrigue that has been left for book two and beyond is exciting, even before Jessica’s story was complete I was already thinking of what I wanted to happen with Bailey and I really don’t know how I’ll cope having to wait for the next instalment, I need more Hartwell, now!
Being a huge fan on Samantha’s On Dublin Street series and her other contemporary romance I had high hopes for this book, but boy did it surpass those. Samantha has yet again left me in awe of the words she writes, the characters she creates and the stories she shares. 

This book is easily one of the best books I’ve read and it’s without doubt romance writing at it’s ultimate best. 

Fighting To Be Free – Kirsty Moseley

Jamie Cole has just been released from juvenile detention. Determined to go straight, he tried to cut ties with crime boss Brett Reye–but Brett has no intention of letting him go. Jamie’s life is already more complicated than it needs to be, yet when he meets a beautiful stranger at a bar, Jamie knows he’s in over his head. 


Ellie Pearce has just gotten out of a terrible relationship and isn’t looking for anything serious…until she meets Jamie. Their attraction is overwhelming and intense-she can’t seem to shake her growing feelings for him, even though she’s trying to keep it casual.

But when fate goes horribly wrong and Jamie’s family is faced with ruin, he’s forced to strike a deal with Brett. Despite his struggles, he wants nothing more than a future with Ellie. That’s until Ellie finds out that he’s been hiding more from her than she could ever imagine… 

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My review
5 heartachingly good stars.

I’m always excited with a Kirsty Moseley release and also a little worried that this will be the book I don’t love. I’m thrilled to say Fighting To Be Free was not that book. I loved it.

At first I was slightly worried about the age of the characters but I soon forgot about that. There was the odd thing that reminded me like Ellie’s naivety and her willingnesss to just overlook big issues but in no way did that take anything away from the story.
Considering the book was full of drama, sadness and law breaking, there was also a huge side of cuteness and overwhelming love. Kirsty does what she does best and gives us two characters we can’t help but fall for. I felt for Ellie throughout and just wanted to hug Jamie better, all I really wanted was for the badboy to go straight and for them to live happily ever after.
It’s hard to write an indepth review as I really don’t want to spoil anybody’s experience as it really is a story you need to discover for yourself. Kirsty’s trademark ability to suck you in and hold you close as well as punch you in the face runs throughout the whole book and going in blind means you get to experience the thrill of the ride for yourself.
It’s safe to say Jamie is the baddest boy Kirsty has written and also the ending is the riskiest one yet but I’m more than in love with this story and eagerly awaiting book 2.

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