REVIEW - The One Real Thing (Hart's Boardwalk #1) by 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….

It all began with unsent letters. It grew to a vacation in a quaint small coastal town, a hot bar owner, an annoying ex-wife, a deep dark secret, a bad guy trying to buy up all the boardwalk property, yadda, yadda, yadda. It reads like a Hallmark Channel movie with hot sex scenes.

I needed MORE from this book. This did not feel like any of the author's previous work. I'm guessing she wanted to try something new?? I wasn't a fan of the first person, third person POV switching. Normally that wouldn't bother me but in this case, it did. Tons of secondary characters were introduced. I was most interested in Bailey and Vaughn.  I might read the next book in the series since it's about them. They could possibly bring this series some much needed life.