Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #5
Also in this series: On Dublin Street , Down London Road (On Dublin Street, #2), Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street, #3), Before Jamaica Lane, Castle Hill, Fall From India Place, Fall From India Place, Fall from India Place , Castle Hill, Moonlight on Nightingale Way, Moonlight on Nightingale Way, One King's Way, One King's Way, One King's Way, On Hart's Boardwalk (On Dublin Street #6.7) , On Hart's Boardwalk, Down London Road, Echoes of Scotland Street
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
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Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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From the New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street comes a seductive story of forgiving the past and making up for lost time.…
Shannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wake-up call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she’s sworn off men—especially those of the bad-boy variety.
Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid—gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man who’s ready to find “the one.” He’s determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude to win her heart.
As Shannon opens up in the face of Cole’s steady devotion, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when Shannon’s past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them—and tear them apart for good.…
This is the fifth book in the On Dublin Street series by Samantha Young and it’s a book that I’ve been looking forward to since the second book in the series (and to be honest, ever since I found out he was getting a book) because it’s Cole Walker’s book. Awwww, Cole is all grown up and what a man he grew up to be. He was all kinds of yummy.
One of my favorite things about Cole was the way that he was around his family. He’d been through a lot in his life, had always been a tad bit older emotionally than others his age but he never let the shit of his life bring him down. Jo and Cam did a great job of instilling great morals in Cole. He grew up to be the kind of man that everyone wants and Shannon MacLeod was no different. Sure, she didn’t want to want him and had her reasons for that but it didn’t stop her from wanting Cole. I didn’t blame her one bit.
Cole and Shannon are no strangers to each other when Shannon starts working at the tattoo shop that Cole works at. Cole knows exactly who Shannon is, remembers their entire encounter from when he was 15 and thought he had met the girl of his dreams. And he knows that Shannon remembers him too, even if she says she doesn’t.
Watching these two circle each other while they fight what’s between them made for some great entertaining scenes. Shannon was a complicated character who was dealing with a whole lot of stuff and she desperately needed a fresh start. What she didn’t need was to jump into a new relationship with a bad boy.
One of the things that I think Samantha Young excels at is writing friendships. I’m always reading her books and feeling sorry for her characters (because she does put them through the wringer) but I’m always wanting to be a part of the group of friends in the books. Shannon wasn’t the easiet person to like at first, considering we didn’t know what brought her to Edinburgh but her assumptions of Cole’s character did make me roll my eyes and want to pull her hair. But seeing her blossom right before my very eyes with the help of the new people in her life, Rae, Simon, Tony and yeah, even Cole made for some good reading.
This book was exactly what I wanted for Cole. He was so very deserving of his own book and I think Young did a fabulous job of making his story come alive. Of making him even more real to me than he was in Down London Road. I loved seeing him as a grown up and as a man who wasn’t perfect but still so lovable. I thought the romance between him and Shannon was great fun to read about and seeing them come to terms with their issues added just that much more for readers to enjoy.
There’s much to enjoy with this book and I don’t think readers will be disappointed. Young knocked it out of the park for me and I’m positive that she’ll do the same for readers all over the place. I definitely recommend. Now…bring on Logan!
Grade: 4.5 out of 5
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This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.