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The One Real Thing
     

The One Real Thing

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by Samantha Young
 

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The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street is back with the first in a sexy new romance series set in a small town on the Delaware coastline.
 
Welcome to Hartwell, a quiet seaside escape where uncovering old secrets could lead one woman to discover the meaning of a love that lasts…
 

Overview

The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street is back with the first in a sexy new romance series set in a small town on the Delaware coastline.
 
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….


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
07/25/2016
Unfinished business, a past crime, and the need for personal redemption all lead to Hartwell, Del., the fictitious city that provides the setting for Young’s (Moonlight on Nightingale Way) new contemporary series, Hart’s Boardwalk. When prison doctor Jessica Huntington attempts to deliver 30-year-old letters to their intended recipient, she runs into bar owner Cooper Lawson. Cooper and the other residents of Hartwell are being pressured by Ian Devlin, Cooper’s former best friend’s father, to sell their businesses. Cooper’s strong attraction to Jessica makes him believe that he can finally have the family he’s always wanted. When Ian learns a damaging secret about Jessica, he tries to use the info to blackmail her into convincing Cooper to sell. She has to decide whether to walk away and leave Cooper with good memories of her, or tell him the truth and risk his feelings for her changing irrevocably. The intricately woven subplots make up for Jessica’s frustratingly secretive nature and will make a smooth transition to the next in the series. Agent: Lauren Abramo, Dystel & Goderich Literary. (Sept.)
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Praise for The One Real Thing
“Young has done it again. Sexy chemistry and gut-wrenching emotions kept me turning the pages!”—Kristen Proby, New York Times Bestselling Author 

Praise for New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young
 
“A really sexy book...Highly recommend this one.”—USA Today
 
“[Samantha Young’s] enchanting couples and delicious romances make her books an autobuy.”—Smexy Books
 
“Smart and sexy, Young writes stories that stay with you long after you flip that last page.”—Under the Covers
 
“Charismatic characters, witty dialogue, blazing-hot sex scenes, and real-life issues make this book an easy one to devour.”—Fresh Fiction
 
“The one thing you can count on from Ms. Young is some of the best, steamy, sexual chemistry.”—Fiction Vixen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101991688
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/06/2016
Series:
Hart's Boardwalk , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
8,458
File size:
704 KB

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Meet the Author

Samantha Young is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series, including Moonlight on Nightingale Way, Echoes of Scotland Street, and Fall from India Place, as well as the standalone novel Hero. She resides in Scotland.


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The One Real Thing 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars-- THE ONE REAL THING is the first installment is Samantha Young’s contemporary, adult HART’S BOARDWALK romance series focusing on the people and places of Hartwell, Delaware. This is thirty-something surgeon Dr. Jessica Huntington, and bar owner Cooper Lawson’s story line. Told from first person (Jessica) and third person points of view (Cooper) THE ONE REAL THING is a small-town romance that follows our heroine Dr. Jessica Huntington as she embarks on a personal journey and a three week vacation to the seaside town of Hartwell, Delaware. As a physician working in a women’s prison, Jessica feels a connection to the ladies and sympathizes with many of their plights. When a vintage but destroyed copy of Pride and Prejudice crosses our heroine’s path she discovers four handwritten letters from a former inmate to a lover on the outside. What ensues is Jessica’s trip back to Hartwell, Delaware where she tries to reconnect the present with the past. Enter Cooper Lawson, the man who will steal our heroine’s heart, along with the town and people of Hart’s Boardwalk. But Jessica has a secret that if exposed could mean the end of her relationship with Cooper, and the friends that she has grown to love. The relationship between Jessica and Cooper is one of immediate attraction. Cooper has struggled since his divorce from his cheating ex-wife, and in this Jessica is something new and exciting in his life. Jessica is a woman who has stagnated and is unable to move forward; lost in both her personal and professional life. Meeting Cooper Lawson, and the people of Hart’s Boardwalk, finds our heroine falling in love with both the man and his town. The $ex scenes are intimate and romantic. We are introduced to a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including Jessica’s co-worker at the prison Fatima, and her current friends with benefits Dr. Andrew Livingston. We are introduced to a number of Hartwell’s small business entrepreneurs, family and friends including Cooper’s sister Cat and her son Joey, Hart’s Inn owner and town descendent Bailey Hartwell, Paradise Sands Hotel owner Vaughn Tremaine-who may or may not have a thing for Miss Bailey Hartwell; Iris and Ira who own the local Italian eatery, Emery Saunders book store owner, and Cooper’s ex-wife Dana who wants a second chance with our story line hero. There are several developing stories involving the businesses and owners along Hart’s Boardwalk, and the animosity and tension with the Devlin family who are in the process of trying to buy up all of the properties- a family with very close connections to Cooper and his ex wife. I did have some difficulty with the story line as well as the conflict as it pertained to Jessica’s secret. There was something missing in the presentation; the emotional depth and investment were lacking. Throughout the story our heroine refuses to divulge the truth about her past creating plenty of drama between Cooper and herself, so much so that Jessica is willing to walk away to protect the man with whom she is falling in love. Once the information is revealed I felt it lacked any sort of emotional impact. What I expected was heartbreak and tears but I felt distanced and a lack of enthusiasm when all was said and done. I think it was the toned down reactions of the other characters and the less than explosive disclosure that tempered my own emotions. THE ONE REAL THING is a slow building story line that introduces the people and p
AboutThatStory 13 days ago
I loved Jessica and Cooper’s story but I'm even more excited about what's to come in the Hart’s Boardwalk series because this was just so full of all these awesome details making me want more and more. I'm excited to see where it all will go. I am in love with this amazing cast of characters and this wonderful town. :-) Right off the bat I knew I was in for an emotional ride and I was right. This story had such a wonderful build as all of these incredible details and layers were introduced. I loved all the characters, they’re were all so intriguing. Everyone seems to have secrets and how it was presented just makes me want to know about all of them. So I am super excited for what’s to come. Cooper and Jessica had quite a courtship. She held things so very close to her chest, so closed off and scarred from things in her past. Watching her open up to Cooper and let her guard down was phenomenal. I thought the build to that moment was incredible. Coop was so wonderfully sweet and sexy. I loved how caring he was, how well he could read Jessica and how he was really there for her. They have some ups and downs but getting to that HEA was awesome. Cooper and Jessica had such an easy connection with fantastic chemistry and heat. It made me root for them right from the very beginning. I thought the writing was excellent, I loved the storyline, loved the imagery of Hartwell and the boardwalk. I love the details and descriptions. The characters seem so real, genuine and caring with flaws and imperfections. I also love the bad guy element that was happening and how it was incorporated. I love a good bad guy so I thought the conflict that was added was really great. I love what brought Jessica to Hartwell in the first place and how that comes around again. By the end I was doing my best not to cry. I honestly love how it all played out and it was presented. I thought this was a smart, emotional romance full of so much heart. Loved it! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
ehaney578 3 months ago
This review was written by Marie for a guest review post on Ever After Book Reviews blog: 5 Stars Samantha Young is a tremendous writer. Everything she writes is beautiful, real and emotionally charged. Every one of her books has drawn me in and hooked me. So when I found out she had a new series, I jumped on the opportunity…quickly. In The One Real Thing, Jessica, a quiet, introverted doctor, is working in a women’s correctional facility, where she finds a collection of unsent letters written by a previous inmate 40 years ago. Moved, Jessica seeks to find the rightful recipient of the letters and travels to a quaint little town of Hartwell. Here, she feels a sense of comfort and very quickly finds herself falling in love with the small community. She also finds a man that catches her attention – Cooper. From here, the book really picks up. Cooper and Jessica have tremendous chemistry and their friendship develops beautifully. Over a few back and forths, their relationship blossoms and it’s wonderful. They have a very tender and sweet relationship that very quickly becomes quite steamy! This is a very emotionally charged book that tests the strength of love and proves that laying it all out on the table is always very much worth the effort. ***I read and reviewed a paperback copy of the book gifted to the blog, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
JoannaDursi 4 months ago
I thought the reason why Jessica ends up in Hartwell was unique and had me crying right from the first letter. While on vacation she becomes close to several store owners on the boardwalk, including Cooper. Jessica reevaluates her life after seeing how close knit the community is. Samantha Young’s writing is beautiful and brilliant. Jessica is strong and resilient. Cooper is successful, hot and has some mouth. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I absolutely loved this book! The story and characters were engaging. The romance hot. I cannot wait to read more about Hart's Boardwalk.
Anonymous 12 months ago
MegHayes More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to win this book from Goodreads and really enjoyed it. There are quite a few loveable characters, a beautiful setting and of course a shady underhanded villain. The story centers on Jessica who is hiding a dark secret under her charming lovable exterior and it keeps coming between her and a happily ever after- will she ever be able to truly become one of the residents of Heartwell without truly letting them in?
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
★★★½ The One Real Thing is the first installment in Samantha Young's adult contemporary romance series titled Hart's Boardwalk. This story features likable characters with tortured pasts, the beauty of giving ourselves permission to start over, and a sensitive perspective of caring for other human beings who have made mistakes. The One Real Thing was pleasantly enjoyable but I was hopeful there would be more attention and substance given to the "found letters" component of the story. Overall though, I liked this book and will plan to continue the series. My favorite quote: "Sometimes life just doesn't work out the way you hoped and no matter what age you are there comes a time to change it."
BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
I have so many conflicted feelings right now because I love Samantha Young’s books a whole lot, Before Jamaica Lane will forever be in my heart as one of the best books of all time, her writing always takes me to the places she describes and my heart fall for the people in that world but this time I was not swept away like I have been in the past and I feel so sad about it. Okay so I would like to start with the things that I liked, I liked the setting of the book a lot, I liked several characters if not most of them and the main male character was so well written. What I did not like was the main female character and I think that caused me to not enjoy the book fully, she kept getting on my nerves and sometimes that’s good because it helps me connect with a character but in her case it was just so annoying. There was a particular part of the plot that felt out of place for me, I’m not going to be specific here because of spoilers but I felt very uncomfortable by it because the characters that this particular twist involved never gave any inkling as to have that kind of behavior in them, I don’t understand where that was coming from, like I can understand their feelings but not their actions. The fact that I didn’t absolutely loved this book doesn’t mean I’m not going to continue on with the series, on the contrary, I’m very much looking forward to next one I think is going to be so so good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed book one in a stand alone new series I'm going to enjoy this.
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
The One Real Thing by Samantha Young is the first book in her brand new Hart's Boardwalk series. Told in dual POV with a happy ending, it is a beautiful story of love overcoming a dark past and troubling insecurities and a town coming together to best the bad guys. This story focuses on Cooper, the local bar owner, and a visitor in town, Jessica, who is looking to reconnect some old letters to their intended recipient. What Jessica finds is a small town that feels like home and friends she never knew she needed and learns she can't live without. Cooper has been burned before but he is pretty down to earth and doesn't let one persons mistakes taint his view (too much) of other people in his life. Jessica has been through hell and it doesn't show. She has had so many years to bury her past that it's only on the anniversary of her sister's passing that she can't keep it all blocked away. Unfortunately that coincides with her time at Hart's Boardwalk and Coopers arms and she starts to shut down again. This was such an engaging and beautiful story. A great introduction to Hartwell and all of it's inhabitants and I'm so excited to see that Bailey and Vaughn's story is next in the series.
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
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…. Review: I have to say I love Samantha Young's books. I always lose myself in her books, I get hooked on the characters and what is happening with them. I could not put this book down once I started reading it. I was so entranced with everyone, but mostly Jess. I wanted to know her whole story from the beginning and once I found out the whole tragic past. That Jess would go out of her way to find a person from a letter 40 years later shows what a caring person she is. Speaking of the letters, I bawled like a baby reading Sara's letters to George. Actually, I cried a few times during this book, but I also felt a wide range of emotions reading the book so I know I emotional attached to the characters and story. I could go on about the story and relay every part, but I won't. What I will say that it is a well-rounded, complete and beautifully written story. Ms. Young did a good job of setting up future stories with the cast of side characters in this book. I really want to know Emery's story!! I see she is not next, but Bailey and Vaughn are that should be full of sexual tension if this book is any indication. 4Stars *I Received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ReadingInPajamas More than 1 year ago
✦Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: THE ONE REAL THING by Samantha Young http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-6nd Publication Date: September 6, 2016 Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Cori Rated: 4 Stars REVIEW: The One Real Thing was a great start to Samantha Young's new romance series, The Hart's Boardwalk Series. I'm hooked and will be grabbing each book as they come out. Each book in this series will be standalones about different couples in this little seaside town Smanatha Young has created. The details and descriptions made me feel like I was in Hartwell and interacting with all the people who lived there. I loved Jessica and Cooper together. The romance was slow building, but steamy and the storyline drew me into the characters lives. I love this new town with unique and interesting characters. The One Real Thing was a beautifully written love story. I can't wait to visit Hartwell again when the next book comes out. *Review copy provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was boring!