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The Truest Thing

She made him believe in the legend…

The Truest Thing, Book Four in the USA Today bestselling Hart’s Boardwalk Series by Samantha Young, is live!

Nine years ago, Emery Saunders moved to Hartwell to start her life over as a bookstore owner. Her inability to trust people made it hard for her to find a place in the small community until Jessica Lawson moved to town and befriended the shy beauty.

But there was one person in Hartwell who tried to befriend Emery long before Jessica arrived…

Jack Devlin has his secrets. One of them is that he fell hard for Emery the moment she appeared in Hartwell. Another is that his father blackmailed him into covering up a dark family tragedy. It forced Jack to sever his relationships to protect the people he cared about. Yet, staying away from Emery has not been easy throughout the years and he hasn’t always succeeded. When Jack’s mixed signals hurt Emery once again, she puts him out of her heart for good. 

Until the Devlin family secret is finally revealed, freeing Jack from his father’s machinations. What Jack wants more than anything is to repair his relationships, starting with Emery. 

However, Emery isn’t ready to forgive and Jack’s not ready to give up.

And when the town’s latest scandal ties Jack and Emery together, Jack is not above using their new reality to prove to Emery once and for all that their love is worthy of the legend of Hart’s Boardwalk.

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Meet Samantha

Samantha Young is a New York Times and #1 International bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. On Dublin Street was Samantha’s first adult contemporary romance series and has sold in thirty countries. She has since published over thirteen romance titles including the New York Times Bestsellers Into the Deep, Hero, and her most recent contemporary romance Fight or Flight. When writing Adult Paranormal romance she writes under the pen name S. Young. 

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To be honest, I somehow skipped the third book in the Hart’s Boardwalk series. I was going to try to read it before this release but I didn’t get around to it. Luckily, the first half of this book was summing up Jack and Emery’s relationship over the previous nine years and it covered the important events of the third book. I use the word “relationship” to describe Jack and Emery during this time loosely. There’s clearly a burning attraction between them and it is sometimes acted on and they probably love each other but they’re not in a relationship in any traditional sense. Jack has been the unwilling accomplice of the previous books’ villain, his father Ian. Halfway through this book, however, he is able to step out from that cloud and start to make amends and live his life his own way. Which includes finally being open about wanting a relationship with Emery. By the time he gets to that point, Emery is done with giving Jack chances.

Personally, by the halfway point, and after spending so much time in the back story of Jack and Emery, I honestly thought the book was over. I was surprised to realize that I was only at 50%. The second half of the book was mostly Jack trying to win back Emery’s trust. With some much crammed in to the first half, the second half was slower going. It was a couple who both clearly loved each other but where one was terrified to trust the other with her heart.

I liked Emery as a character and not just because she owns a book store. She’s shy, slow to make friends but fiercely loyal when she does, and has been burned in the past. She has learned to make her own happiness and even though she does want Jack, she’s right to be wary of risking her heart to someone who has spent nine years jerking it around. I found myself rooting for Emery even as Jack tried to chip away at her heart.

I did enjoy this story and I was especially a fan of the shy and quiet heroine standing up for herself but be prepared for how the story line is divided.

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