One King's Way by Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #6.5
Also in this series: Down London Road (On Dublin Street, #2), Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street, #3), Before Jamaica Lane, Fall From India Place, Fall From India Place, Castle Hill, Echoes of Scotland Street, Moonlight on Nightingale Way, Moonlight on Nightingale Way, One King's Way, One King's Way, On Hart's Boardwalk (On Dublin Street #6.7) , On Hart's Boardwalk
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Genres: Anthologies (multiple authors)
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When he’s not working at the club, Craig Lanaghan looks out for his mother and little sisters. So when it comes to women, all he wants is a good time. But once Rain Alexander walks into his life, there’s no denying that this woman could be worth much more than a one-night stand….
Rain’s lifelong regret is having left her sister Darcy alone years ago with a guardian who turned out to be abusive. So when Darcy’s boyfriend publicly humiliates her in a cruel way, Rain’s overprotective instincts kick in and she follows him to Club 39—where she meets a guy who just might be her perfect match.
The chemistry between Rain and Craig is explosive, but Rain is out for revenge, and refuses to be sidetracked by flirtation. As things between them heat up, she’ll have to make a heartbreaking choice between giving in to the man of her dreams or putting her sister’s happiness first….
Rain is determined to get a bit of revenge on the man who once dated her sister. He humiliated her by talking her into making a sex tape and then showed it to all of his friends. Her sister took off for Australia to try and lick her wounds. The jerk, Angus, tends to hang out at Club 39 so she goes there to see him. She doesn’t really know how she’s going to bring him down but she’s going to do it.
Craig works as a bartender at Club 39 and makes good tips as he flirts and winks at all the women. He sees Rain though, as she doesn’t look like she really belongs there in her 40’s wardrobe looking like a pinup but he can’t seem to take his eyes off of her. Craig is the one-night-stand man and doesn’t do relationships but when he realizes that that’s not the type of girl that Rain is he works harder and then ends up falling for her.
Rain has high expectations of her boyfriends and so far that’s pushed them away. Craig is all of the things she wants in a man except for the flirting at the bar – this is a huge point of contention and almost breaks them up. They make up and get closer and closer but when Rain’s sister asks her to move to Australia permanently Rain has to choose between the sister she swore she’d never abandon and the man she loves.
One King’s Way is a short novella but it packed a lot of story in those pages. The story takes place after Braden and Joss have gotten together, as have Ellie and Adam, but they’re still in the dating stage of their relationship so it takes us back a bit in the overall story arc.
I really liked Craig a lot. He was a good guy who just hadn’t found the woman that would make him want to stop being a love-em and leave-em type. He knew almost instantly that Rain was different from the rest and once she let him into her life he proved to her that he was the man she wanted.
Rain was a little wishy-washy at times but others she knew exactly what she wanted. I was happy that she finally let Craig in but then she still kept him at arm’s length for a time. I loved that they finally worked out their differences and that it all ended in an HEA.
OKW was a wonderful novella that I really enjoyed reading and recommend to anyone who has been reading the On Dublin street series. If you haven’t read any books in the series you would still enjoy this one as it’s pretty self-contained and can be read as a stand-alone.
Rating: 4 out of 5