The Truest Thing by Samantha Young

Tuesday, August 18, 2020


by Samantha Young
Series: Hart's Boardwalk #4
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: August 18th 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

MY CHEST. IT ACHES. I've been waiting for Emery and Jack's book since we met Emery in The One Real Thing back in 2016. One of my favorite books of all time, Lisa Kleypas' Devil in Winter has the pairing of an anti-hero and a shy heroine, which is why I think I was dying for this book. Four years later, Samantha Young gave us Emery and Jack's love story and I pretty much devoured it.

Emery may have been a quiet, shy, and introverted heroine, but she possessed a lot of inner strength. Behind the beautiful and awkward persona was a woman who was intelligent and incredibly perceptive. She saw the good in people, especially in Jack. I thought she was so lovable and I wanted to protect her from all the hurt in the world. In the past three books, Jack was almost a villain in this series. He was obviously hiding a huge secret, but all of his actions, the worst being sleeping with his best friend Cooper's wife, were so painful. There were times in the previous book when I debated whether he was a misunderstood hero or hiding a villainous agenda. I couldn't wait to see how Samantha Young would redeem him. This guy was a complete doofus. Everything he did was for the people he was protecting from his horrible father. He spent 9 years sacrificing his own happiness and while I couldn't forgive all of his mistakes, it was hard not to feel for the guy given how selfless he was.

For me, what made him a worthy hero was his intense love for Emery. The man was hopelessly in love with her and for 9 years he pined and pined and pined for her. The angst in this book was spectacular. I don't understand why but I love romances that make my chest hurt because the characters are being kept apart but they clearly deeply love each other. Poor Emery suffers a lot but she handled everything with so much grace. I was so proud of her! With all the complications and hurdles in their relationship, Emery and Jack's relationship was not the smoothest. Despite all the ups and downs their desire and emotional connection shone brightly. All that being said, I was a teensy bit disappointed when the author introduced a trope I'm not fond of. I didn't think it was necessary at all to move Jack and Emery's relationship forward. Ultimately, it led me to lower my rating for The Truest Thing by a star.

If you love female friendships in your books, you're going to love the bond between Emery, Bailey, Dahlia, and Jessica. These girls were each others ride-or-die and it warmed my heart to see them be there for each other through thick and thin. They all had very different personalities, but somehow they clicked perfectly together.

The Truest Thing will work for romance readers who love lots of angst and lots of pining in their romances. While I could have done without the one plotline, I still enjoyed my time with Emery and Jack.

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