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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As an avid reader of Samantha Young’s romances and storytelling, I couldn’t wait for Emery Saunders and Jack Devlin to finally have their story told in Young’s Hart’s Boardwalk series. Since Emery moved to Hartwell nine years ago, there’s been a connection building between her and Jack, but it’s one that seems to come and go, depending on Jack’s behavior and the secrets that he is obviously keeping.
In order to understand Emery and Jack’s present situation, it’s necessary to learn about their past interactions, feelings, and issues. These two have known each other for almost a decade, which means they share quite the entangled past, and Young provides readers with all of the moments that seemed to define their friendship as well as those that left both of them with a menagerie of feelings for each other and very little consistent forward progress to anything more.
The way Young crafts Emery and Jack’s story makes it evident how these two truly feel about each other, but it never seemed to be the right time for them, for a number of reasons, and while those obstacles seem to become less of a hindrance in the present, the damage had already been done when it comes to what Emery is willing to endure and/or give up for the man she wants; only so many mixed signals and missed opportunities can exist until it feels futile to keep trying to get close to someone…to give your heart to someone…to wonder what’s wrong with you that the man you want can’t ever fully commit to you.
The Truest Thing is quite a symbolic title for Emery and Jack’s story, not only because Jack’s truth is buried so deep due to his father’s sins that there’s a lot to unpack and understand but also because what clearly is between these two is as real and as true as a relationship should be, they just need to remind themselves of that and find away to let go of their fears and their struggles and be honest and open together.
Weaving the past and the present together can be a difficult task for an author to convey because of pacing…some readers find it unnecessary to learn so many details about the characters’ backstories and would much rather remain in the present, but because Emery and Jack’s relationship starts and stops, moves forward then backward, it’s essential to know why Emery is less apt to continue and Jack has to work to prove himself to her all over again.
4.5 Poison Apples
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. Connect with Samantha
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