Series: Hart's Boardwalk #3
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 7, 2019
Format: eARC, 375 pages
How I got it: From the author
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Local metalsmith and gift shop owner, Dahlia McGuire, likes her quiet life in Hartwell, Delaware. It’s the perfect place to hide from her family and the tragic events that led to their estrangement. However, when her father, the person she loves most in the world, needs her Dahlia has no choice but to return to Boston to face her ghosts. One of those happens to be her ex-boyfriend’s best friend, Michael Sullivan. The man she was never supposed to fall in love with.
Michael Sullivan has never forgotten Dahlia McGuire. Some might say he’s never gotten over her. For years he lived with the anger of her desertion, and now, newly-divorced, he’s finally ready to move on. That proves impossible when Dahlia returns to Boston and reawakens their explosive connection. Despite everything, Michael wants her back, but Dahlia can’t seem to let go of the tangled emotions of the past. When she flees home to Hartwell, Michael follows, determined to do everything in his power to convince her they belong together.
However, when the unthinkable hits the quiet seaside town, Michael finds himself trying to unravel more than the mystery of Dahlia’s broken heart. It’s time for truths left unsaid to finally be spoken or Michael and Dahlia might find themselves torn apart forever…
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.
In Review: My Thoughts
I know I can always count on Samantha Young to give me fantastically angsty and wonderful romance. That’s exactly what I got with Things We Never Said, a beautiful second chance romance set in the Hart’s Boardwalk series. Boy did this book have me all u in my feelings while I read. And even after I finished, if we want to get technical.
Dahlia and Michael’s second chance was a long time coming. Things between them were super complicated. Yet, I didn’t doubt for a minute that they belonged together. But, this wasn’t an easy romance where the characters just fall back into each other. They had to work for it. There was a ton of angst and emotions. It hurt so, so good. It was easy to get invested in their story.
I really liked Dahlia. I admired her strength and independence. She was relatable and likable. I was afraid I’d have a little bit of a tough time with Michael, even though I tend to love grumpy heroes. But, I didn’t. He was a really good guy who had me swooning all over myself while I read. These two had such fantastic chemistry and the slow burn they had going on desperately made me hope they could get the timing right this time around.
I hope Things We Never Said isn’t the last book in the Hart’s Boardwalk series. I love the characters and the small town setting in this series and, since I’m a greedy reader, I’m not quite ready to give either of them up.
“My mom always told me when you love someone, even on the days you hate them, that’s when you know it’s real.” =
“You don’t get to hurt me like that and say it’s because I make you crazy. And don’t blame me for your actions either. Your actions are your own, and I’m not taking responsibility for them.”
“I’ll wait forever for you, Michael Sullivan.”
“No waiting required. I’ve been yours since day one.”
Have you read any of Samantha Young’s books?
Do you plan to read Things We Never Said?