Things We Never Said (Hart's Boardwalk)

Things We Never Said (Hart's Boardwalk)

by Samantha Young

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New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young returns to Hart’s Boardwalk with a searing and emotional new standalone romance…

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 in Boston 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 ghosts 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. She flees home to Hartwell.
Determined to fight for their second chance, Michael follows Dahlia to Delaware, takes a job with the local police department, and does 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 McGuire's broken heart. It's time for truths left unsaid to finally be spoken or Michael and Dahlia might find themselves torn apart forever…

Product Details

BN ID: 2940155957218
Publisher: Samantha Young
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 6,692
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Samantha Young is a Scottish book addict who graduated from the University of Edinburgh. She is the New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street and Down London Road.

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Things We Never Said (Hart's Boardwalk) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Elisa_Booklover 4 months ago
OMG, what a roallercoster! “Things We Never Said” made me suffer, rejoice, cry, laugh, yell, sigh... Every emotion you can name, I felt. This book is made by two parts, and I have to admit that it was really cleverly divided. In the first section we slowly get to know the main characters, Michael and Dahlia. Both of them are quite scarred, having gone through a lot in their early lives. They share a heavy history, having known each other since their were quite young and having lived through difficulties and obstacles that no one should experience at such a young age, if never. This part was also quite suspenseful, if I can say so, quite mysterious. As I previously said, we slowly get to know Dahlia, Michael and their actual lives, and little by little all the details of their past are unveiled. At first, I felt lost, trying to understand what was happening, but Samantha Young was really great at bringing the reader inside the story, showing the real reasons behind what was happening, particularly thanks to the flashbacks that characterised this first part. At times, it was heartbreaking to read those chapters.. sometimes, maddening, both towards Dahlia and Michael, but I couldn’t help but being drawn towards these two characters, with so many flaws, but still so special. One thing that was clear since the first chapter of this book was the bond between Dahlia and Michael, something more unique than rare. This connection between them made it even more tough to read about all the trials they had to endure before being able to finally reach their happy ending. The second part of the book had a different feeling for me. Yes, there were still obstacles and hardships to overcome, but the overall atmosphere was lighter, more hopeful in a way. Maybe it was the change of setting and location, a place that we readers already know and love. Maybe it was just the way it was narrated. Anyway, this second part made me feel at home, cheering on two people for their happily ever after. I loved loved loved being able to reconnect with characters from previous books, and their presence made this second part even more special. In general, I really liked this book. Yes, there were times when I wanted to yell at Dahlia or Micheal (never has a book title been so fitting!!!), but the storyline was great, the story flowed from start to finish, and as always, Samantha made me fall in love with Dahlia and Michael
MTCKMason 12 months ago
We first meet Dahlia eleven years ago posing for an art class being watched by a man leaning against the wall. They meet again and they flirt while she is enjoying the sandwich and coffee the gallery offers their models. Her boyfriend stops by the bar she works at only to introduce her to his best friend Sully or Michael Sullivan, the guy who she flirted with earlier that day. Fast forward to two months ago and we meet up with our friends at Hartwell when we find Dahlia there working at her gift shop on the boardwalk meeting up with Bailey and Emery while catching up with all the familiar faces. She comes face to face with her past when Michael shows up at Hartwell at the bookstore during his vacation bringing up all the things she was trying to hid from and he brought it all up again with just the sound of his voice. A phone call from her dad propels Dahlia to get on a plane and go home. Showing up at home after years of staying away makes her confront the demons she left behind but never forget. Michael and Dahlia will need to work on and resolve their past before they can move forward. Can they get past the hurt and betrayal to see the love between them? Or will they let it fester until it destroys something beautiful? Samantha Young brought us back to Hartwell where we are able to see how everyone is doing as if we were out of town and just came in for a visit. She focuses the book on Dahlia and Michael, but she makes sure that they are surrounded by family and friends who push and pull to get them to reveal their true feelings. I have enjoyed visiting with the Hartwell family and look forward to visiting them again soon. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I would like to thank Samantha Young for this privilege.
BookAngel_Emma More than 1 year ago
OMG OMG OMG I have been desperate for Dahlia’s story throughout the first two books but especially with the tasty little titbit, Samantha dropped into Every Little Thing. I can honestly say Things We Never Said exceeded every single expectation I had, and believe me those expectations were HIGH. Dahlia has always been a bit of an enigma; a relative newcomer to Hartwell with a history shrouded in mystery. Besties with the bubbly Bailey, Dahlia has made Hartwell her home but underneath her seemingly content existence there is an undercurrent of melancholy that clings to her like a cloak. When her parents marriage disintegrates and Dahlia returns to her hometown of Boston to support her father, the missing pieces to Dahlia’s identity begin to unfold. Michael and Dahlia have a long and painful history. Each revelation adds another layer of emotional damage to each of them. From their first meeting of the right person at the wrong time to a devastating tragedy all add to the epic love story of Dahlia and Michael. Unfortunately, instead of pulling them closer together it ripped them apart sending them both spiraling in different directions. Despite all of the heartbreak between Dahlia and Michael it is the kind of love that only a few people will ever be lucky enough to experience. Continually crossing paths while in Boston rekindles all of the feelings between our star-crossed lovers, forcing them to confront the demons they still carry with them to this day. Somehow, Samantha not only provides Dahlia’s story within Things We Never Said but also magically weaves the sub-plots that have been present through the series into the narrative flawlessly. While some of the threads have been resolved, there are a whole lot more to be completed. Especially as Samantha added a devilish cliffhanger to Things We Never Said. This is one series that you wish that you had a time machine so you could gather all of the series together in order to be able to binge read it. I have already re-read the first two books in order to get my fix For the love of all things romance, please let there be more books – I need Emory’s, Jack’s, Ivy’s and Jeff’s. Whenever you are ready Samantha, but now works really well for me xx
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AmberC23 More than 1 year ago
Epic second chance love story. Samantha Young is an amazing author that knows how to pull you in from the very beginning of the book and keep you hooked all the way through. I wasn't sure what to expect with Dahlia and Michael's story but it was so good and filled with lots of angst. The chemistry between the two of them is hot and instantaneous. They have a magnetic pull between them and even though there are so many forces trying to pull them apart, their love is worth the fight. I have enjoyed every single book in this series and hope there is more to come for all three couples. I can't wait to see which couple comes next. Be ready for some serious angst with this book. It is soooo good. Enjoy!!
JDZ87 More than 1 year ago
Things We Never Said, is full of every single emotion, challenge and hurdle that one can go through in friendships and love. Dahlia has a very troubled past and broken relationship with her family that has caused her to live unfilled and punishing herself for such a long time. It has also kept her apart from the love of her life, Michael. This is the third instalment in the Hart Boardwalk series and it surely does not disappoint. The story goes back in time and takes you on a complete journey of Dahlia and how she got to where she is today and how her family have affected her. It is remarkable and an amazing testament to how amazing SY's writing is as she has kept this story fresh and enticing, all while keeping alive all the relationships, stories and characters that are connected in the Hart's series. This book although the third in the series, really brings home some important issues that many people face in realistic relationships and life, which is why I love SY and her books so much in the first place. They are relatable and stays true to the character. Although it has all the amazing qualities of a truly beautiful romance, it has the angst, the tension and the heat, it is not just about the happy ending. It is about how the characters grow together, overcome obstacles and also how Dahlia heals herself and finds true empowerment. Another of my absolute favourite things about SY's novel's is the female relationships, their strong bond, their personalities and how true they are to themselves it something that I truely love about the books and what draws me back. I love the honest and real friendship portrayed with Bailey and Dahlia, I wish I had a Bailey! It is also amazing to revisit all the characters and feel a part of the town again. There is a lot of character development for Emery in this novel as well, which I really liked to read and cannot wait for book #4. This book will again not allow you to put it down, I was hooked by Michael and Dahlia's first meeting. Let the novel take you on a journey, let it trigger you, let it allow you to feel all the emotions including frustration. It will make you laugh, cry and also want to move to this beautiful town that Dahlia loves so much!
Millionreads More than 1 year ago
This book hooked me from the first sentence and did not let go. Just reading the prologue gave me all the feels. I could not put this book down. My heart was racing the entire time. There was some predictability, but it did not detract from the story at all. I loved Michael and Dahlia. They had great chemistry and I loved seeing the path their journey took. This was the first book in this series I’ve read. I did not feel lost at all or like I was missing anything. I will definitely be checking out the previous books.
arhodes11 More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Hart's Boardwalk series, and it's a second chance romance full of angst, heartache, forgiveness, bad decision after bad decision, true love and friendship. Dahlia and Michael have had so many obstacles to get through over the past 11 years. Dahlia is running from her past, being stubborn and afraid and refuses to emotionally deal with her issues. Michael is heartbroken and angry about the way Dahlia took off and how she handled things. Especially since he doesn't have the full story. This book deals with a lot of realistic issues that pull at your heartstrings. I love that with all of Samantha's books you get the individual stories of the main characters and you get to revisit with the previous ones from the series. The bonds that they all share is something we all hope for in relationships and you feel like your living the story. I can't wait for Emery and Jack's story. This is a must read!
bbarneybooks28 More than 1 year ago
I’m a huge fan of Samantha Young’s storytelling; she crafts emotionally rich stories with multifaceted characters who change and grow dramatically as they face the issues that surround them and deal with the complications that arise as they work for their happily ever after. In Young’s newest release from her Hart’s Boardwalk series, Things We Never Said, she gives readers Dahlia McGuire and Michael Sullivan’s second-chance love story - one that spans more than a decade of time spent apart as they face the past and deal with the fallout of their decisions as well as the loss, grief, drama, and guilt that weighs them down. Dahlia and Michael’s book is quite an angsty read, which makes sense given the events that transpired between them when they were younger as well as the reasons behind Dahlia’s return to Boston and the frustrating and heartbreaking confrontation that ensues. There’s a lot for Dahlia and Michael as well as readers to unravel as they toggle between the past and the present, shedding light on how they developed feelings for one another and the impossibility of their love lasting due to extenuating circumstances that break both of their hearts; then from there, we gather insight into the reasons behind Michael’s frustrated and callous behavior when Dahlia heads back to her hometown and then the steps he takes to make things right after she leaves his life, yet again, returning to her quiet life in Hartwell, Delaware. It’s made abundantly clear that Dahlia can no longer runaway from her past and from everything that happened to estrange her from her family - it must all be confronted and dealt with, and it’s not going to be easy because there is a lot of anger and resentment coming at her from a number of people. But the fact that she accepts the mistreatment and works to repair the relationships that were torn apart illustrates the kind of person she is and what she’s willing to do to make things right for everyone involved. I have to admit…I found these two quite frustrating, at times, because they weren’t completely honest with each other or themselves and they didn’t talk things through enough to make one another understand the choices that were made. But I held onto the fact that the love between them never truly left…it just laid dormant, waiting for them to stop merely existing and start truly living. Things left unsaid fester and scar in ways that people would never imagine and that’s exactly what happened to Dahlia and Michael, which means that forgiveness is necessary for both of them to move forward, hopefully together, but unless things are said that need to be said and issues explored, understood, and forgiven, they’ll not be able to truly find their way back to each other, even though that’s clearly what they both want and need. Things We Never Said is a slow burn, highly emotional story, which makes sense given all that must be dealt with, both individually and together. But by the time everything is laid bare between Dahlia and Michael, readers will understand both sides’ feelings and be able to see why they made the decisions they did, even if they knew exactly the kind of fallout it would cause. 4.5 Poison Apples
Steffi De Ceuster More than 1 year ago
ARC received in exchange for an honest review A quote I loved and made me melt. "I'm not judging. Gotta say, though, if you were mine, I wouldn't be happy you were doing this." I loved how they met so much it was so funny! But then it took a turn for the heartache! I never really liked Gary and not for a special reason just that he wasn't Michael. I also had a bad feeling when we got to the history with Dillon, because that was something I don't like to read. Samantha is such a fantastic author that she could make it so I didn't hate any of it. Because I read another book and that one I hated for that. It will take time to heal my heart it was so so good!
KristyJewel More than 1 year ago
I've been in a reading slump the past few weeks so I was excited that I could dive into the ARC of Samantha Young's newest book. I started reading Samantha Young back when she first published On Dublin Street, and I've been a fan ever since. While reading this book, I finally was able to figure out what I love about Samantha Young's writing style, and it's the fact that each story reads like your best friend is telling you the story. It's almost like you sit down and spend 4 hours listening to your best friend's dirty jokes, setbacks, and love life. It's truly a fantastic experience. I love how conversational her books are, and I always feel like I'm saying goodbye to a friend when I finish a book. This book was no different. Things We Never Said is the third in the Hart's Boardwalk series. We learn about Dahlia McGuire's past, her heartbreaks, and her family. Dahlia was never a character I connected to in the other books, so I was worried that I wouldn't enjoy it as much as her other books. Luckily, my hesitancy was misplaced. Not only did I start to connect with Dahlia as a character but I also truly enjoyed the plot. We got to see more of Dahlia's background, and I couldn't help but cry for her and her experiences. I loved Dahlia's messy background, and I couldn't help but cry for her and her family. I enjoyed learning more about her history and see how she could overcome some of her hardships. With all of Samantha Young's books, the characters and relationships were the shining stars of this story. I think many readers will be able to connect with Dahlia and Michael. They were realistic, and I loved the character growth they both had to do throughout the book. All in all, I'm giving this 4 1/2 Caffeinated Stars! The plot was interesting, the characters superb, and I really can't wait for the next book in the series.
VPV613 More than 1 year ago
It was an emotional and beautiful read. I have enjoyed this series so far and look forward to more stories. I definitely recommend this book, author, and this series.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.25 stars-THINGS WE NEVER SAID is the third full-length instalment in Samantha Young’s contemporary, adult HART’S BOARDWALK romance series focusing on the men and women of Hartwell, Delaware- a spin off from the author’s ON DUBLIN STREET SERIES. This is Boston detective Michael Sullivan, and metalsmith / jewellery designer Dahlia McGuire’s story line. THINGS WE NEVER SAID can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Told from first person point of view (Dahlia) and third person perspective (Michael) THINGS WE NEVER SAID follows twelve years in the life of Boston detective Michael Sullivan, and metalsmith / jewellery designer Dahlia McGuire. Ten year earlier Dahlia McGuire fell in love with Michael Sullivan but at the time Dahlia was dating Michael’s best friend Gary. In the ensuing months, Dahlia would discover that Gary was cheating, but Michael had moved on to someone else. Life spiralled out of control for everyone involved, and Dahlia found herself on the outside looking in when the time came to move on and move out. Fast forward to present day wherein Dahlia has settled in Hartwell, Delaware, a quiet town where her past is forgotten until the call to come back home, where not everyone welcomed her with open arms. On the receiving end of more vitriol than she could have ever imagined, vitriol from so many directions, it was like reliving the past, all over again. Words said in anger; the harsh truth revealed, Dahlia heads back to Hartwell where her life is about to implode with the arrival of the man that she loves. What ensues is the rebuilding romance and relationship between Dahlia and Michael, and the potential fall-out as the small town of Hartwell, Delaware discovers their own fair share of skeletons and more. Michael Sullivan has never stopped loving Dahlia McGuire but a love laced with hate is hard to endure. Blaming Dahlia for everything that went wrong in his life, Michael struggles to accept what happened, and blames Dahlia for the down turn in everyone’s life. Dahlia McGuire has struggled to accept what happened and why, a struggle that is reinforced by the hatred spewed by those she once loved. Making a new start and a new life in Hartwell, Delaware would hopefully ease the self-hatred and blame she placed on herself. The relationship between Michael and Dahlia is one of immediate attraction but at each connection throughout their lives someone or something else had come into play. Dahlia’s love for Michael never waivered until the day his hatred and cruelty towards Dahlia became more than she could bear. When the truth is finally revealed, Michael is determined to claim Dahlia as his own, a claiming that will face many hurdles including the wall around our heroine’s heart. The $ex scenes are passionate and intimate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. THINGS WE NEVER SAID is a heart breaking story of guilt and grief; secrets and lies; family, friendship, forgiveness and love. Dahlia’s disappearance years before allowed for the lies to fester and grow, for the blame to be directed at our story line heroine; for family and friends to think the worst of Dahlia McGuire The complex premise is emotional and engaging; the romance is spirited and lively ; the characters are broken, flawed, tragic and impassioned.
Cat_Reader More than 1 year ago
" I can exist without you, Dahlia. But I can 't live without you. Don't make me." Dahlia and Michael love each other from the first look in the eyes but life is not so simple and ends up putting many obstacles in the way to make they come together. Mistakes of both parties, words not spoken, apathy and depression consume these souls. Dahlia is a beautiful, cheerful and determined woman who has suffered a lot in the past and has risen from the ashes, believing that she moves on, returns to her hometown, willing to make amends and stay with her father for a while. But she discovers that she've put the ashes of her broken heart under the rug and will need to find the strength to face ghosts from the past being one of them Michael. Michael is a detective, good, loyal and loving man who had to move on after a tragedy of the past. When he meets Dahlia and knows everything that has haunted her and separated them, he decides that it is more than time to wear his man's pants and fight for the woman he loves. Narrated in the first person by Dahlia and in third from Michael's point of view, the book brings present and past to make us connect to this beautiful and suffering love story. A real roller coaster of emotions filled with tears and sighs. A story about how we need to open our hearts to those we love and not leave things unsaid. A journey of penance, strength and resilience with touches of humor and suspense with all the couples from previous books bringing dynamism and more emotions to the plot and preparing us for the next book. I want it for yesterday, can it be, Samantha Young? 4/5 stars
LilleyLoohLah More than 1 year ago
Well, I’m sure it’s a sign of an excellent writer, when a few chapters in I’m sobbing, I don’t yet know the characters, and I don’t know the facts, but still I have tears streaming down my face. That’s great writing right there. I was so excited to get back to Hartwell, I’ve missed it. Although book 3 is split between Boston and Hartwell, it did not detract from the series. There are still the same wonderful characters we’ve seen previously, as well as the same ‘not so wonderful’ characters. We also have a few new additions. A second chance romance with a twist, and a little bit of suspense. I loved Michael Sullivan, he’s like the perfect book boyfriend, macho with a soft centre. He knows what he wants, and he’s not afraid to go for it. Dahlia however, has been belittled her whole life by the one person who is supposed to love her the most. It’s not surprising then that she has a closet full of demons. Dahlia and Michael are perfect for each other, it’s just a shame one of them doesn’t realise it. They’ve both made mistakes, they just need to own them, move on and forgive and forget. Easier said than done. I loved the writing, the story, and the characters, even when I was frustrated with them, I’m so looking forward to more in this series. I received an advanced copy of this book from the author. This is my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago