Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Standalone/Series: Standalone (part of a series)
Published on: March 7, 2017
Rating: 3.5 STARS
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“I never dreamed it could be like this between us.”
Every Little Thing is an enemies to lovers romance written beautifully by Samantha Young. This was not my first time reading Samantha Young’s books. I loved her On Dublin Street series. Her writing was what motivated me to read this book.
What is the story about?
Bailey Hartwell and Vaughn Tremaine have been enemies since he came to Hartwell and decided to build a fancy hotel on the Broadwalk. Bailey is an outgoing, caring and loving girl who always speaks her mind. She is the owner of an inn and loves her town and people who live there. Her family was the founder of the town, therefore, she is loved and well known. She has family and friends who love her unconditionally and a long term boyfriend who adores her. However, her simple yet perfect life is threatened by a newcomer named Vaughn Tremaine who wants to build a fancy hotel on the Broadwalk and lives permanently there. He is a brooding, complicated, extremely smart, wealthy businessman from New York who is against relationships.
“No wonder you’re single. You’re cold through and through. You haven’t got anything real to offer a woman. Nothing but money. And sooner or later they’ll realize not even money is worth a lifetime of nothing.”
“I’m single because I want to be, Miss Hartwell. Unlike you, I’m strong enough to be alone rather than settle for mediocre. But then like attracts like, doesn’t it.”
Their relationship started off with a misunderstanding. She thought he was an arrogant, rich, big city man who thought he was above everybody in their small town. They both then became enemies. However, when her long term boyfriend, who she has been dating for ten years, is caught cheating on her and someone is trying to take over her business, she is shocked to discover that Vaughn is actually a decent man. He comes to help her, and contrary to what she thinks of him, he actually admires her free spirit, honesty, independence, and loyalty. Being afraid of being in love and trapped in a relationship with a woman, he does something that he regrets–hurting the only woman he secretly cares so deeply.
What did I love about this story?
I loved the importance of loyalty, trust, family and friendship that were the highlights of this story. Bailey is a very family and friendship-oriented girl. She was very loyal to those she loved including those she has just met. She stood up for her friends and family and always be there whenever they needed. She loved her family including her lost younger sister. I admired her loving and caring nature. In addition, I also admired Vaughn’s relationship with his father. Their relationship was not a typical troubled father-son relationship who came from wealthy family, where the father wanted his only son to be like him and doing whatever he wanted him to do. His father was his best friend who was always there to support him, which was really refreshing to me. I adored their dynamic, modern father-son relationship.
I loved Bailey and Vaughn’s dynamic hate-love relationship. It was entertaining watching them try to hide what they both were truly feeling. The anticipation of what would happen next was the best feeling watching this duo struggling to acknowledge their feelings by keeping the distance.
“Why is it you’re such a jackass to me?”
“Because it keeps you at a distance. And I like you at a distance.”
What didn’t work for me?
There was inconsistency relating to Bailey’s painful past that I found weird. It felt like something thrown in the middle of the story that had never been mentioned before (even when she was dealing with a traumatic event) just to prolong the drama. I don’t mind how much drama in a story as long as it is not something which appeares out of nowhere or just created for the sake of drama without any connection with the story itself. In addition to the inconsistency, I would have wanted the entire story written from the heroine point of view only. Knowing the hero point of view made me lose the anticipation I had at times, mainly because I found his inner voice not quite interesting and it affected how I felt about him and them as a couple. Had it been pure from her point of view, it might have had more impact on me.
Did this story rock my world? Honestly not, but despite my issues, I enjoyed it enough and those who love enemy to lover stories might find it interesting. Every Little Thing is a beautifully written, not overly angsty love story that has good main characters, equally great supporting characters, and unbelievably fantastic family and friendship values which you might enjoy. 🙂
“The truth was that loving someone wasn’t always as easy as the love songs made it out to be. In fact, loving someone could bet the most terrifying thing a person could ever do in life. It was difficult to make yourself that vulnerable to another, to let him be the one person who got to see who you really are, flaws and all. It was scary asking someone to love those flaws.”