The One Real Thing by Samantha Young | ARC Review

August 18, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 20 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
The One Real Thing by Samantha Young | ARC ReviewThe One Real Thing
by Samantha Young
Series: Hart's Boardwalk #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: September 6th 2016 by Berkley Books
Format: eARC
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3.5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

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….

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Jessica is a doctor at a women’s correctional facility. She has thrown her life all into working, with a little added bonus on the side. But she never does something to enjoy herself. After finding some old letters inside the spine of a book, she decides she should take a trip to Hartwell and deliver the letters to the person intended. What she doesn’t expect is to fall in love with the town and the very welcoming people.

I absolutely loved the feel of the small town. Everyone is so close to each other! The only down side is everyone knows your business, but I’d love to live in this place. Not only are they neighbors or people they know. They are like family. I love these type of books. Something I always remember is the setting, especially when it involves a tight-knit group of people living in a small town.

“I feel at peace here.”

Cooper and Jessica had an instant attraction to one another, but Jess had her friend with benefits so she didn’t act on anything. Both started a friendship that slowly started to blossom. Let me tell you, I was falling hard for these two. Their chemistry is explosive and it keeps growing as their romance develops.

How the hell was I supposed to resist temptation if temptation had every intention of being irresistible?

Cooper is a great male character. He’s so attentive and caring! The moments he showed his vulnerability melted my insides. Not only was he good to Jess, he was amazing to everyone in town. He was a true gentleman and I loved that about him.

Jess is a wonderful woman who always puts the needs of others before her own. When she arrives at the town, she’s welcomed with open friends and makes friends almost instantly. It is then that she realizes everything she has missed out of life.

My problem with this story was the impending conflict. I felt like it could have been handled entirely different. It definitely brought a lot of emotions to the story, but it took too long for this to happened. One of the characters was very guarded and should have opened up without second guessing. Another thing that bothered me a little was the change of POV’s. Jess’ point of view was in first person, which I was thankful for, whereas Cooper’s was written as third point of view.

I’m so looking forward to the next novel in this series. I won’t think twice in picking it up since it will have one of the couples that I fell so hard for in this first book! That book will be something else and I can’t wait for it!

Overall, The One Real Thing is a charming story filled with amazing, loving characters with a wonderful setting. Despite my two minor issues, I recommend this novel to all romance lovers out there!

About Samantha Young

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 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestseller ON DUBLIN STREET, Best Romance 2014 for BEFORE JAMAICA LANE, and Best Romance 2015 for HERO. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha's first adult contemporary romance series and has sold in twenty-nine countries.

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  • I recently got an email for this but wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it or not. It sounds good! Maybe I will grab it.

    • Honestly, it’s really good. I just had those two things that bothered me. The rest was good 🙂 Plus it introduces two characters that I already love and their book releases next year so I’m excited!!!

  • Yeah I agree that switch in POV was really irritating for me as well. It was weird for her to do that especially because the first person POV was so good. I still loved everything else about the book though, especially the small town. I love small town in books and on TV shows, but I don’t know if I would like living in one.
    Great review!

  • Okay, but was there a love triangle? You mentioned Jess had a friends with benefits relationship with someone. I feel like that’s going to drive me nuts. 🙁

    • Honestly, I wouldn’t count it as love triangle. She never had any emotional connections with the guy or vice verse. They were just having fun. And the guy only appears around 2 or 3 times in the book. Trust me, I don’t like love triangles. But this didn’t feel like one at all.

  • Alright so that’s two votes for this book. You and Nick have done your job. I’m sold. Despite your issues, I still think I might enjoy this one. Thanks for the lovely review, Genesis!

  • I have had Samantha Young’s other series on my TBR forever. I like the sound of this though because small town settings are the best. The POV change sounds annoying though. Great review!!

  • Eleonora – Lydia Choursoulidou

    I haven’t read any of Samantha Young’s books, but this one sounds like something I would enjoy.

  • I can’t believe I’ve yet to read anything by Samantha Young – even though I have at least three of her books sitting on my shelf. The switch between first and third person seems a little clunky (odd choice by Young to do that) but I don’t consider it a deal breaker. This definitely sounds worth picking up. Great review, Gen!

  • Emily Alfano

    This sounds good! I just wonder why so many authors feel like their female protagonists have to be so work driven to explain why they’re still single at the age they are. Maybe its just the books I’ve been picking up lately, but I feel like the women are all so hung up on their work (which is great! not saying they shouldn’t be) and the author uses that to explain why they are still alone at their age. Some women might just not have found the one yet or don’t care!
    It sounds like a really good story though and I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the honest review!

    • It wasn’t the reason why she was single. She just didn’t want to be emotionally involved in a relationship so she threw herself at work and a friend with benefits.
      It is a good story, especially with the small town setting 🙂

  • You know, I’ve never read an adult novel by Samantha Young! I loved her NA book Slumber. This book sounds good! I considered it for review but passed on it – I’m not sure I’d love it. I definitely wouldn’t appreciate the change in POV (first to third) either. I’m glad you enjoyed this one though, Genesis! I hope you love the next books in the series. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • I hadn’t heard of Slumber (I think) so I’ll be checking that one. Yeah the change in POV was frustrating most of the time and slightly confusing, to be honest.
      I hope so too!

  • I have only read one book by this author, On Dublin Street, but I really liked it. I really want to read this one, and I have it too. I just love bookswith small town settings I think I’ll really like this one. *fingers crossed*

    Nereyda│ Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist

    • Nick recommends that book a lot! I really need to read it. I hope you like this one! The small town setting is great 🙂