A Steamy Antagonistic Romance : Every Little Thing by Samantha Young

A Steamy Antagonistic Romance : Every Little Thing by Samantha YoungEvery Little Thing (Hart's Boardwalk, #2)
by Samantha Young
Release Date: March 7th 2017
Published by Berkley
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 352
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four-stars
Source: ARC received for review purposes

Hartwell, Delaware—the perfect place to get away from it all, and find what you never knew you needed…

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.

ARC received for review purposes 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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Reading a Samantha Young book is always such a pleasant experience. She has yet to disappoint me, and with Every Little Thing, she was written another strong romance novel with some fantastic characters. I love that I can always count on her to deliver a swoony read.

I have been waiting for Bailey and Vaughn’s story ever since we met them and their antagonistic chemistry in The One Real Thing. I just knew that their story would be explosive and it certainly was. I really adored both Bailey and Vaughn as characters here. Bailey, especially, was the perfect blend of feisty and vulnerable. I loved how passionate and driven she was about her inn. And her absolute loyalty to her friends was the sweetest. While Bailey was vivacious, Vaughn was more on the quiet, stoic side. We get to see a lot of him here, and being inside his mind was quite the experience. He was a lot more emotional than I expected, and I liked that a lot. He had his moments where I wanted to slap some senses into him, but for the most part, Vaughn was a spectacularly sexy hero, who sure knew how to make a girl weak in the knees.

The antagonistic chemistry between Bailey and Vaughn was terrific as expected. I will say that their relationship was a bit on the bumpy side at first, but it wasn’t the annoying kind because these two had to grow to trust each other. Their romance was slow, but oh my goodness did it have a lot of achy tension that had my heart racing. I loved watching them become comfortable and finding solace with one another. As much I love the steamy scenes in any romance novel, it’s always the emotional connection that hooks me into the story and Bailey and Vaughn form a strong one with a ton of depth. I couldn’t help but be invested in this ship.

I also loved the beachy setting of Hartwell. There’s just something about small town romances that I find very cozy. This series also has a terrific secondary cast, and I especially enjoyed all the female friendships – these girls know how to have fun and to be there for each other. It was also exciting to see sneak-peeks at the next couples. I am seriously hoping that Emery and Jack aren’t just a couple that I ship, but that Samantha Young will actually write their story. I NEED it to happen.

Samantha Young is a favorite author of mine, and she has yet to disappoint with her books. Fans of romances with a large cast, sexy romances and a lot of feels should definitely consider reading Every Little Thing. Trust me, it’s an enthralling read in every way.

Have you read books by Samantha Young? What are some of your favorite antagonistic romances?
Let me know in the comments below!

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  • I haven’t read Samantha Young even though she has been on my TBR forever. I love small beachy towns as a setting so that is a huge plus for me. I will have to check out this series. Great review!!

    • I think you’d like this series, Grace!

  • Samantha Young is one of my
    favorite authors too. She writes amazing romances. I love small town setting,
    and glad to hear this book set in a small beach town. In truth quiet, stoic
    hero is not my favorite type, but after reading your wonderful review I can’t
    wait to meet Vaughn.

    My favorite antagonistic
    romances are Hero by Samantha
    Young, Frisk Me by Lauren Layne
    and Broken by Lauren Layne.

    • I’m so happy to hear you love Samantha’s books, Ksenia! I hope you’ll love Vaughn! 🙂 And I LOVED Hero and Frisk Me too!

  • Would you believe I’ve never read a book by Samantha Young. I have seen her name about and thought about reading her books but just haven’t. I have obviously overlooked a good author. I completely agree that the emotional connection in a romance is what really hooks me, the steamy scenes are fun but when you’ve connected with a character and become invested that’s when you love a book.

    • Oh man! You really should change that. Her On Dublin Street series is excellent. Yes, exactly! I’m never going to say no to a sexy scene, but give me the emotional ones more!

  • Jasprit

    I actually started On the Dublin Street on audio recently and whilst I didn’t have the best listening experience, I blame this on the narrator, I always wanted to try out more from Young and I think this series maybe it. The romance also sounds like something that I would enjoy too, so thank you for putting this one on my radar Nick!

    • A narrator can totally ruin a book for me as well, Jasprit. I’m glad you’re willing to give Samantha Young another try however! 🙂

  • Oh wow, Samantha Young! It’s been an age since I’ve read one of her books, but I did really like On Dublin Street (and the second book in the series was really good too). Young does antagonistic romances so well, and everyone knows that enemies to lovers/hate to love is my favourite trope soooo looks like I’ll be reading this one sooner rather than later! Thanks for bringing it to my attention, Nick.

    • She does! She’s written some good ones. I hope you like it, Danya!

  • I’ve been meaning to download the first book to this series but I’ve read some polarized reviews about it. I do love the contemptuous dynamics between characters, though so I might enjoy this one better.

    Lovely review, Nick!

    • I still say give book 1 a try, Joy!

  • Bookworm Brandee

    I do like antagonistic chemistry in a romance, Nick. It makes for fun and steamy reads. 😉 I’ve only read one of SYoung’s book but not because I didn’t like it. It’s just one of those too many books, too little time things. I have some of her’s stacked up so I need to get to them.
    One of my favorite antagonist romances is actually an historical… The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt. 🙂

    • I understand that dilemma! There’s so many books I want to read as well, but no time! I need to read Elizabeth Hoyt one of these days.

  • I haven’t read any of her books Nick, not sure why I haven’t seen these books before… Is this series a good one to start with?

    • Yeah it’s a good series, Liza. Her On Dublin Street is also great!

  • Wasn’t this amazing! I totally loved it! It really felt like they were enemies and slowly switched to love *sighs dreamily* Plus the small-town feel is a fave so reading about it and the characters once again had me totally enjoying this one!

  • I definitely enjoyed Bailey and Vaughn’s romance more than Cooper and Jessica’s. I’m wondering how SY will redeem Jack after some of the things he got up to here and the last book. I hope it’s good because I want someone special for Emery. Wonderful review, Nick! 🙂

  • oh this author is just so wonderful and every book I have read from her has been great. I really liked the angsty romance here, and the setting was so fun. And I am more and more curious about Emery and Jack and can’t wait to read their story.