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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.
Hart’s Boardwalk……it’s a place full of history. A ‘town’ that takes pride in the boardwalk. One of the businesses along the pier is Hartwell’s Inn. It is a family establishment that has weathered through many storms and tribulations. Bailey Hartwell is the owner of Hartwell Inn. A pillar in the community who has held on to everything that captures the nuances of living in Hartwell.
Bailey has lived life on her terms. Until she caught her long time boyfriend in a compromising position. One that left her rethinking all of the plans she made about her future. Realizing that she wasn’t really living life, Bailey decides to focus on what she wants the most. A life surrounded by the community she has come to love.
Hart’s Boardwalk has been in jeopardy of succumbing to the Devlin family and their unlimited supply of money and influence. One person determined to help the store owners on Hart’s Boardwalk is Vaughn Tremaine. The wealthy businessman stopped Devlin from acquiring property along the boardwalk before. Now – Bailey is in jeopardy of losing her Inn. Vaughn is determined to stop that from happening.
The two have fought their attraction for a long time. A back and forth banter always present when the two were in the same room. Now they no longer can find reasons to stay away from one another. Causing their attraction to burn as bright as the sun along the pier. As Bailey finds herself in the middle of a dangerous situation, Vaughn is the presence that keeps her calm in the middle of the storm. The only problem is Vaughn’s reluctance to open his heart to anyone. Something Bailey craves from the sexy businessman.
Tensions are running high along the boardwalk. Now that Bailey is fighting to keep from losing the Hartwell Inn, Vaughn finds it impossible to stay away from the woman that captures his attention. As the fire burns brighter with each passing day, Bailey and Vaughn are left wondering where they stand with each other.
After diving into life at Hart’s Boardwalk, I couldn’t wait to discover what was in store for Bailey and Vaughn. Both run successful businesses along the boardwalk that draws tourists from near and far. Once Bailey found herself single again, Vaughn found it harder to ignore that burning fire he felt for the woman that has stolen his thoughts. The banter between these two characters is hilarious at times. Their attraction can be felt throughout each turn of the page. A sweet and steamy read that anyone will enjoy!! I look forward to visiting Hart’s Boardwalk again. After all – Jack is drawing my attention in a very engaging way (wink).