The only thing better than watching Bailey Hartwell and Vaughn Tremaine slice each other up with their biting, witty banter in Every Little thing is seeing them learn that they are each uniquely qualified to heal the other’s wounds.
I am always giddy to jump into a new Samantha Young book, and Every Little Thing was even more exciting than most. If you are in the market for a great enemies-to-lovers tale, this is most definitely the book you want. Bailey and Vaughn are equally matched in wits and sarcasm, and watching them navigate the road to understanding is quite the story.
About ‘Every Little Thing’
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….
‘Every Little Thing’ book review
These Hart’s Boardwalk books have caught me hook, line, and sinker. Samantha Young has managed to steal into my dreams and create the perfect place to escape the horrors of reality. Thinking about Hartwell and the incredible characters that inhabit it makes me want to hop in my car and drive until I hit boardwalk. Every Little Thing picked up just about where The One Real Thing left off, and returning to Hartwell felt like slipping into a cozy sweater at the end of a long day.
After the events of The One Real Thing, watching Vaughn and Bailey figure out how to shift from antagonistic enemies to enthusiastic lovers was an absolute delicacy. We saw how they interacted in the first book, and we got a chance to see both through Jess and Cooper’s eyes. We know that these are both good people who found a sparring partner and just never stopped hitting back.
I am a huge fan of enemies (or frenemies) to lovers stories. There’s just something about watching two people that think there’s no greater evil in the world than the person that turns them on and pisses them off in equal measure figure out that lying underneath all that annoyance and anger is passion burning seriously bright. We got all of that and more with Bailey and Vaughn’s slow trek to commitment.
Bailey’s honesty and lack of filter make me wish I knew how to turn my over-thinking brain off and step into her shoes for a day. The fun and energy she manages to share with the world is infectious and I found myself wishing I could bottle just a minute part of Bailey’s spunk to use when I most need it. I definitely saw myself in Vaughn though, and not in the womanizer-y parts. His closed mouth and think-it-through demeanor are more than familiar to this reader. That’s what I love the most about Samantha Young’s characters. They are always easy to connect to, even if you don’t share all the same life experiences.
In addition to the complicated love story, I love that we also got to know Dahlia and Emery better in this story. Those ladies have earned my trust with their loyalty to Bailey Hartwell, and I know that Samantha must have plans for them down the pike. Emery really started to come out of her shell in this book, and seeing her interactions with a certain surely misunderstood bad boy has me beyond anxious to uncover all of her secrets as well as those of the suddenly smirky gentleman we have yet to figure out. I’m calling it now. I am beyond certain that seeing the redemption of Jack Devlin will be my undoing. I can’t wait.
Ultimately, I am completely and irrevocably in love with this series. It’s great in ebook, in print, or in audio and I can’t wait to get my hands on the Every Little Thing audiobook after the joy that was The One Real Thing. I am excited for everyone to escape back to the boardwalk and settle in for another chapter in the epic saga that is life in Hartwell.