Castle Hill by Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #2.5
Also in this series: Before Jamaica Lane, Fall From India Place, Fall From India Place, Echoes of Scotland Street, Moonlight on Nightingale Way, Moonlight on Nightingale Way, One King's Way, One King's Way, One King's Way
Published by Intermix, Penguin
Publication Date: December 3rd 2013
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In the New York Times bestselling novel On Dublin Street, Joss and Braden fought for their happily ever after. Now, in a romantic new novella, they’ll discover what comes after the happy ending… Braden Carmichael never imagined he’d fall as hard and as fast as he did for Jocelyn Butler. He also could not have anticipated how difficult it would be to convince her to give in to love. But now that he has her, he’s never letting go. He’s got it all planned—the passionate proposal, the dream wedding, the sexy Hawaiian honeymoon—even the perfect family they’ll start. After trying to flee from her painful past, Joss is finally allowing herself to embrace the future. But when things start moving faster than she anticipated, she finds herself panicking over something Braden can’t understand. After everything they’ve been through, Joss is sure that their love can survive even her worst fears. But, this time, she may push Braden too far—and risk losing everything all over again…
Includes a preview of Before Jamaica Lane
Praise for the novels of Samantha Young
“Really sexy.”—USA Today“Young’s voice is riveting.”—Fiction Vixen Book Reviews“Brilliantly written with just the right amount of hotness, sexiness, and romance.”—Once Upon a Twilight“Samantha Young is not an author you should miss out on.”—Fresh Fiction
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, Down London Road, and Until Fountain Bridge.
This is a companion novella to On Dublin Street. It takes us through Joss and Braden getting married and their honeymoon. While they’re definitely in love, there is trouble in paradise. Braden brings up the subject of children on their honeymoon and it freaks Joss out. She wants kids…maybe, someday. First she’d like some alone time with Braden and the chance to get used to the idea. Which is unfortunate since fate has other plans.
When she learns she’s pregnant she needs some time to wrap her head around the idea. Having someone else she could lose scares her. She wants the baby, she just wants to have her head on straight before she tells Braden. When he shows up unexpectedly while she’s working on it, he jumps to the conclusion she doesn’t want the baby and is upset. So he shuts her out. Now she has to deal with her own feelings and her husband’s misconception.
One of my frustrations with On Dublin Street was how often Joss shut Braden out. This time it was Braden shutting Joss out. I admit, I liked that. Not that she was hurting, but that he was flawed too. Her anger and hurt over the way he turns away from her was hard to read. I really felt for her. I knew it was only a matter of time before they worked things out, but it was good to see a glimpse of after the happily-ever-after.
There was a lot of angst, and I ate every second of it up.
3.75 out of 5