Series: On Dublin Street #6.7
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: March 20, 2018
Format: eARC, 128 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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Nate and Liv have a great life together but they miss the spontaneity and freedom they enjoyed early on in their romance. Careers and their children have inevitably kept them busy, so when Nate discovers Liv is feeling disconnected from him, he plans an anniversary trip to the idyllic seaside town of Hartwell, Delaware. There he hopes they will have the opportunity they've been craving--a chance to reinvent themselves and fall in love all over again.
With each new day comes a new adventure, from wedding crashing at the five-star boardwalk hotel to pretending they are two strangers having a chance encounter at the boardwalk bar. In the midst of this daring, sexually-charged game of romantic rediscovery, Nate and Liv discover the only constant they need is each other.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
It’s been AGES since I read — or honestly even thought about — the On Dublin Street series and characters. I was so excited to see Samantha Young was adding to the series with On Hart’s Boardwalk. (And I enjoyed that it was a crossover with the Hart’s Boardwalk series, too.) I loved Nate and Liv’s story the first time around and I was thrilled to get more… even if I was a little nervous because I don’t like it when my favorites have problems.
This novella was every bit as real and emotional as I expected it would be. Marriages are hard and, when it comes to books, we don’t always see what happens AFTER the happily ever after. It’s easy to assume the characters go on and live in bliss, but that’s not very realistic, is it? As much as this novella stung at times, I really did enjoy the reminder that even book couples aren’t perfect and their marriages have trouble, too. While I did get a little teary-eyed a few times, I also smiled and swooned because Nate and Liv really are perfection.
It was so nice to spend time with Nate and Liv — and see them interact with the Hart’s Boardwalk gang. I loved how they fought for their marriage. Sometimes you just have to admit things have gotten … boring? … and you need to shake things up. Their trip did just that. Of course, there were deeper issues at play than tedium. The death of one of Nate’s closest friends broke him and, in turn, broke me as he explained how it impacted him. But, when all was said and done, all was right with the world and Nate and Liv’s love was strengthened. (And I fell just a little bit more in love with them, too.)
“Marriages are not perfect because people aren’t perfect. But we’ve recognized our wrongs and we can make this work again.”
“I’ll never stop fighting for you, Liv. Love of my fucking life. We’ll make this right.”
“I’m going to make it up to you. By the end of this vacation you’ll never doubt my love for you again.”
Have you read the On Dublin Street series?