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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.

Quick Thoughts and Rating: 4 stars! Delicious banter, fun characters, and sizzzzzling sexytimes make Every Little Thing the perfect escape from reality. The author has such an amazing way of storytelling that when you open up her books it’ll feel like you’re stepping directly on to The Boardwalk, and I’m all about being transported to that place. I can’t wait for more of this series!

♥ Review: This novel–and series, in general–has so much to offer its readers; amazing setting, vibrant characters filled to the brim with distinct personalities and quirks, and a sexy romance that will always find a way to tug at your heartstrings. When we first met our dynamic duo, Bailey and Vaughn Tremaine, in the series first installment, The One Real Thing (you can find my 5-star review of it here), I knew there was something special brewing between them even then. The tension that manifested on page because of them, the way they sparred verbally with each other, held my attention almost as much as the actual real romance between Doc and Cooper in that book. That same energy carried over beautifully into this novel, and as a natural lover of the hate-to-love plot, I ate up every single interaction they had together. I love how Bailey is an energetic no-nonsense, wears-her-heart-on-her-sleeve, what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of girl. Her lack of verbal filter was the source of many laugh-out-loud moments. Then there’s her equal and opposite in every way, Mr. Tremaine. He’s stoic and brooding, pensive and a workaholic, but no one on this planet pushes his buttons quite like the Boardwalk Princess does. It was spectacular! Their chemistry is hot and when they finally allowed themselves to explore all that sexual energy brewing between them… Lawd Almighty! But even better, when they allowed themselves to be vulnerable and trust each other, truly and openly, there was a sweet, swoony romance just below the surface, waiting for them to admit they were made for each other.

As far as why I rated this a four instead of a five? Well, I won’t go into too much detail, but I certainly felt like there was a lot of unnecessary drama added in this book. Not only was the drama a tad too much for my liking, but I can’t say I was a big fan of the root of that drama itself. Uuuuggggh, Bailey’s sister. I just don’t get why she’s so hateful, even still after having finished it. Altogether, I feel like these things and that wretched so-called “family member” also threw a wrench in the pacing of the story. Combine that with the several big gaps of time-jumping, and it felt like the story lulled in spots just a touch too much.

Overall, though, I wasn’t too bothered by those issues I stated above because I really did enjoy the hell out of this book. Also, since I haven’t mentioned earlier in the review, can I just say that I thought it was really wonderful to see adult family relationships, Bailey’s sister aside!!! Cooper has his sister and his nephew, Bailey has her amazing parents and brother, and the strong connection Vaughn had with his dad was everything! I swooned and fell in love with how great their father-son relationship was. More of this please; it’s honest to goodness one of my favorite aspects of this series! And that ending? I thought it was incredible and I can’t wait to see more of them in future installments.

♥ Teaser Quote: I could quote a dozen dirty teasers here, but I’ll settle for a little something sweet instead. Besides, you’ll want to be alone when you read the dirty bits anyway. *ahem*

    “I love you, Bailey Hartwell, because you frustrate me, you annoy me, you bother me, you bewilder me, you make me laugh, you get under my skin, you take my breath away. I love you because I admire your strength, I admire how hard you work, how much you love the inn, this town, the people in it. I love how you care so much, too much, so much that it scares me because I worry someone will take advantage and you’ll get hurt. I love your fire. I love that you stand up to me. I love how you force me to remove the stick up my ass.
     “Mostly I love you because you make me want to live a better life as a better man.”

–quote taken from an ARC of Every Little Thing, pg. 284

Book Rating Breakdown
Cover
Writing
Characters
Plot
Pacing
Swoons
General Book Feels
Brooding level of the hero
Smut Hotness
Overall:

♥ Rec It? Yes! This book was the perfect blend of sassy, swoony, snarky, and sexy. I can’t wait to see which new couple Ms. Young give us next, but if I get to vote, I’m begging for Jack Devlin and Emery.

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♥ A very special thanks to Berkley for providing me with an advanced copy of this title.

*Disclaimer: An ARC of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

Full of giggles, flails, snark and Southern endearments. Avid Reader. Lover of swoony boys, kickass heroines, yummy kissing scenes, and pretty prose.

I like to draw hearts in the sky (eternal optimist) and wish on stars (forever dreamer). Documentaries, sweet tea, sleep, and brightly colored knee-socks are a few of my favorite things. ♥

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