Review: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

Posted May 7, 2013 by Rowena in Reviews | 3 Comments

Rowena’s review of On Dublin Street by Samantha Young.

Hero: Joselyn Butler
Heroine: Braden Carmichael

Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare…

Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well—until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.

But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her… down to the very soul.

When I got the email from Holly telling me to read this book, I knew that I was going to like it.  Holly hasn’t ever steered me wrong and she didn’t steer me wrong with this book either.  I couldn’t put this book down.  I had to know what was going to happen and how this book was going to end because this book really came alive for me.  I laughed, I cried, my eyebrows rose and I just had a really good time reading this book.

This book is about Joss Butler, an American who lost her entire family when she was a freshman in high school.  Years later, she finds herself living in Scotland, her Mom’s homeland and trying to start a new life for herself there.  When her parents died, she came into an inheritance and she’s been living off of that and her bartending job while she tries to become a writer.  Her best friend from college, Rhian and her boyfriend James are moving to London and leaving Joss behind so Joss needs to find a new roommate because even though she can afford to live alone, she wants a roommate for the social aspect of living.

This is where the love interest, Braden Carmichael comes into play.

Braden and Joss’ first meeting was something else.  Holy cow, the amount of sexual tension in that cab was off the charts and I just knew that they were going to be a great couple to get to know.  I didn’t think the follow up meeting could top that cab ride but I was wrong because their second meeting had me cracking up all over the place.

Now, this book was such a great book but there were quite a few things that had me frustrated.  My frustrations stemmed from Joss constant inability to open up.  It was hard to not understand where she was coming from but that didn’t stop me from wanting her to hurry up and get better.  There were also times when I wanted to strangle Braden and his constant bulldozing over Joss.  But as a whole, this was an incredible read that had me captivated throughout the entire book.  I really enjoyed this one.

I was hoping that Ellie and Adam would get their own book but I was happy with the way that their story wrapped up in this one.  I thought Young did a fantastic job of wrapping the reader up in the lives of this cast of characters.  Because not only did I come to care for Joss and Braden but I came to love the hell out of Ellie, Adam, Elodie and Clark, Hannah and Declan and I was mighty curious about Jo too.  I loved this book so much that I immediately started on Down London Road when I finished this one.  So yeah, I pretty much adored this book.

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

This book is available from NAL Trade. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.


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