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Review: One King’s Way by Samantha Young

Posted December 28, 2015 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: One King’s Way by Samantha YoungReviewer: Rowena
One King's Way by Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #1.5
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
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Pages: 158
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three-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street returns to the bar where it all began with Braden and Joss for a white-hot new novella full of passion and drama.

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….

Another On Dublin Street book? Count me in!

I like Craig and was glad to hear that he was finally getting his own story, even if it was a short one. I like this series and was sad to see it go so to get a new story was a bonus for me.

If you’ve read this series, you’ll remember Craig as the cheeky bartender co-worker of both Jo and Joss at Club 39. It’s a happening bar that gets a lot of regulars and Craig is more than a little interested in the gorgeous red head that has been spending time in the bar, all by herself.

Being the gorgeous flirt that he is, Craig tries to get to know the red head and while she chats with him, that’s about as far as he gets with her. He’s going to need to bring out the big guns in order to win this one over.

I enjoyed this book but I didn’t love it the way that I loved most of the other books in this series and a lot of it had to do with how hard it was for me to connect with Rain. I didn’t understand her revenge plot, thought it was silly to be honest and her hot and cold attitude with Craig kind of got on my nerves. I’m not sure if it’s because I know Craig from the previous books so I know that he’s a good guy but there was something about Rain that made me want to roll my eyes down the street whenever she’d either blow Craig off or get all snippy with him.

I did like Craig and I did come around with Rain but I don’t know, there was something missing in this story. I liked it, but I didn’t exactly love it. The romance was solid and even though I didn’t warm up to Rain until the very end, I still enjoyed it. The romance was sweet but I wish we’d gotten a little more from both Rain and Craig’s background, maybe then I would have enjoyed this one a little more but still, it’s a solid story.

Grade: 3 out of 5

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Guest Review: One King’s Way by Samantha Young

Posted November 2, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: One King’s Way by Samantha YoungReviewer: Tracy
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
Publisher: Intermix
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Format: eARC
Genres: Anthologies (multiple authors)
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four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

 

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

 

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Joint Review: Moonlight on Nightingale Way by Samantha Young

Posted August 17, 2015 by Rowena in Reviews | 5 Comments

Joint Review: Moonlight on Nightingale Way by Samantha YoungReviewer: Holly and Rowena
Moonlight on Nightingale Way by Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #6
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, 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
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: June 2nd 2015
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 336
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four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Logan from Echoes of Scotland Street is back with his own smoldering story, as the New York Times bestselling On Dublin Street series returns…
Logan spent two years paying for the mistakes he made. Now, he’s ready to start over. He has a great apartment, a good job, and plenty of women to distract him from his past. And one woman who is driving him to distraction…
Grace escaped her manipulative family by moving to a new city. Her new life, made to suit her own needs, is almost perfect. All she needs to do is find her Mr. Right—or at least figure out a way to ignore her irresistible yet annoying womanizer of a neighbor.
Grace is determined to have nothing to do with Logan until a life-changing surprise slowly begins turning the wild heartbreaker into exactly the kind of strong, stable man she’s been searching for. Only just when she begins to give into his charms, her own messy past threatens to derail everything they’ve worked to build…
From the Trade Paperback edition.

Holly: I was a bit wary going into this book based on the description. Logan as a major player didn’t really work for me based on his actions in the previous book. I’m glad to report that was a small portion of the plot, rather than the main focus. It was more about Grace’s perception of him than his actual actions.

Rowena: I was actually pretty excited for Logan’s book because I wanted to see how Samantha Young tackled the whole ex-con thing where Logan was concerned. I think she did a pretty good job of it. All of her other heroes in this series were pretty stand up guys and Logan was too…until he wasn’t. He went to prison for beating the shit out of someone so bad that he sent the guy to the hospital and put him into a coma. I liked seeing Logan’s life on the outside.

Holly: Yeah, I like that Logan struggled with his actions. He went to prison for a good reason. Though he admitted he was wrong to have done what he did, he couldn’t really regret it. I liked seeing his life on the outside, too. It was easy to understand his struggles to go back to a normal way of life with a record.

Grace was frustrating at first, always jumping to conclusions and thinking the worst of everyone. But I never really disliked her. I did get a couple good laughs out of her anger at Logan’s noisy nighttime activities.

Rowena: I loved Logan and Grace’s arguments before they were really anything. First the thong then the noise and when she finally blows up? I laughed and laughed and laughed. Their story was too freaking cute. I was surprised that she went along with Logan and crap, what’s the daughter’s name? so quickly. I was thinking the exact same thing that both Aidan and the girl best friend were thinking. Are you nuts?

Holly: Okay. I reread the book so I could refresh my memory. I change what I said earlier. Grace didn’t irritate me in the beginning. I just ended up snickering over their fights about how loud Logan was in bed and his “dates” leaving their thongs in the hallway and puke on her doorstep. That was hilarious.

I was surprised when Grace agreed to go with Maia and Logan, too, but I thought it fit the person she was. Especially the kinship she felt with Maia based on the way she herself was raised. I loved that she’d made her own family and Chloe and Aiden were quick to point out she was insane.

Speaking of, they really made a great family. I loved that Aiden was the first person she went to for everything, and that Chloe was constantly threatening to make heads roll on Grace’s behalf.

It was good to see the other On Dublin Street couples again, but I admit to having mixed feelings about the chapters from their POVs at the end of the book. I know she’s wrapping up the series, but I kind of feel like she was just throwing readers a bone. It didn’t feel organic to the story, you know?

Rowena: I really loved that the way that Grace made her own family as she grew up. The family she chose for herself were heaps better then the family she was born into. I would have liked to see some kind of interaction with her Mom, to see just how bad the Mom was but in the end, I was okay that it didn’t happen. Based on her interaction with her Dad, I could use my imagination to figure out how the Mom was.

I really liked the romance between Grace and Logan. I loved that Grace was so wrong about what Logan was feeling for her and when Logan drops the act and just goes after Grace? swoon

Holly: I loved it when he went after her, too. I loved even more that she made him work for it and didn’t just let him back in. He really hurt and humiliated her.

What did you think about Maia wanting Grace and Logan to be together. It was kind of cute, but it was also kind of immature.

Rowena: I thought he was such an idiot for saying that, especially when I knew that he more than liked her.

I enjoyed getting to know Maia, even when I wanted to smack her upside her head for acting like a bratty kid about Logan and Grace so much as looking or going on dates with other people. I mean, I understood and even sympathized with her on certain things. She had a really shitty childhood and she was really brave for striking out and trying to find Logan on her own but I guess it was realistic that she would be bratty sometimes because she is a teenager.

More than anything, I liked Maia. I liked the family unit that she made for herself with Logan and Grace. I loved seeing them fall into a pattern. Going to school and work, coming home and having dinner together and I felt bad for her when that was nipped in the bud because Logan and Grace couldn’t keep it in their pants but I liked the growth we saw in her character from the first time she came into the story until the end.

Holly: I liked how she grew over the course of the novel, too. It did take major guts for her to search out Logan. It showed strength and maturity for her to recognize the situation with her mother as unsalvageable. It just seemed kind of weird to me that she acted out to get Grace an Logan together. I would have thought she wouldn’t want them to be together, especially since she was just getting to know Logan. I didn’t dislike her or anything, it just struck me as odd when she acted out about them.

What did you think of the little slice-of-life chapters we got from the heroines of the other books at the end of this one. On the one hand, it was a nice way to end the series and I liked seeing all the couples together. On the other, this was Logan and Grace’s book, not the whole crew’s book.

Rowena: ​Hmm, I didn’t think about that when I was reading the book but you’re right. It IS weird. You’d think she’d want Logan to herself for a little bit then again, I thought she imprinted on Grace first. At first, she was wary of Logan, maybe even a little scared so maybe that’s why she wanted Grace and Logan together, to make sure Grace stayed with her? Still, she did act bratty.

The little slice of life chapters at the end didn’t bother me since it was…at the end. Had they been peppered throughout the story and took away from Logan and Grace’s book or somehow forced into the story, I would have taken issue with them but I loved getting those chapters. It was like a nice farewell montage.​

Holly: Overall I thought this was a great read and an excellent end to the series. Young went out on a high note. I’m sorry to say goodbye to these characters. I’ve come to think of them as friends I got to spend a few hours with.

I’m going to give it 4 out of 5.

Rowena: Same. I really liked how everything wrapped up from Logan and Grace’s romance, to the other couples and the series as a whole. I’m going to miss these guys.

Grade: 4.25 out of 5

 

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Guest Review: Moonlight on Nightingale Way by Samantha Young

Posted June 24, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Moonlight on Nightingale Way by Samantha YoungReviewer: Tracy
Moonlight on Nightingale Way by Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #6
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, 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
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: June 2, 2015
Format: eARC
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four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Logan from Echoes of Scotland Street is back with his own smoldering story, as the New York Times bestselling On Dublin Street series returns…

Logan spent two years paying for the mistakes he made. Now, he’s ready to start over. He has a great apartment, a good job, and plenty of women to distract him from his past. And one woman who is driving him to distraction…

Grace escaped her manipulative family by moving to a new city. Her new life, made to suit her own needs, is almost perfect. All she needs to do is find her Mr. Right—or at least figure out a way to ignore her irresistible yet annoying womanizer of a neighbor.

Grace is determined to have nothing to do with Logan until a life-changing surprise slowly begins turning the wild heartbreaker into exactly the kind of strong, stable man she’s been searching for. Only just when she begins to give into his charms, her own messy past threatens to derail everything they’ve worked to build…
From the Trade Paperback edition.

Tracy’s review of Moonlight on Nightingale Way (On Dublin Street #6) by Samantha Young

Grace isn’t thrilled with her new neighbor. His stream of women are keeping her up at night as Logan’s bedroom wall is right next to Grace’s. They have words on a regular basis but it doesn’t seem to stop the annoying racket from Logan apartment.

Logan spent two years in prison for beating up the man who beat and almost raped his sister. He’s now out and doing well working as a manager in a nightclub. He is having words with Grace about yet another night’s disturbance when he is interrupted by a young girl claiming to be his son. Logan is understandably upset but determined to get to the bottom of the situation. He grabs Grace and they all head off to Glasgow. What they find is a woman that Logan used to date but is now a junkie. Logan ends up taking custody of Maia, who is definitely his daughter, but as Maia is a bit traumatized so she ends up staying with Grace.

With Maia staying with Grace, Logan and Maia become closer and closer with her. They spend a lot of time together and Grace and Logan actually end up becoming friends. Grace starts having deeper feelings for Logan but after a torrid liaison against her kitchen wall, Logan tells Grace that there can be nothing between them.

Grace was hurt and betrayed by her family and has had trust issues for many years. When Logan realizes that he loves Grace and wants nothing more than to be with her she’s not willing to put her out there again only to have it ripped out when Logan changes his mind.

The final book in the On Dublin Street series was a good one. I really loved all of the characters especially Grace and Logan. Maia was an awesome addition as well and rounded out the story really well.

Grace’s childhood had been full of neglect from her father and criticism and betrayal from her mother. The fact that she was so well grounded and…normal, despite the horrible role models she had, was amazing. She was kind and giving, loving and generous with herself and her time. I loved how she was with Maia and how understanding and nonjudgmental she was with Logan. I loved how she was there for Logan when he needed her and vice versa.

Logan was such a good guy and I loved reading about him. He’d been through some horrible stuff himself but had come out on top. His undying love for Grace gave him an A+ in my book.

At the end of the book we got to see a little slice of life from all of the heroines from the entire series and that was pretty cool. Seeing what they were up to and what they planned to be up to was a nice way to tend the book and the series. I will definitely miss On Dublin Street and all of its characters.

If you haven’t read the series then you definitely should. If you have read it then you won’t want to miss this last book.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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

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Guest Review: Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young

Posted November 5, 2014 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha YoungNatasha’s review of Echoes of Scotland Street (On Dublin Street #5) by Samantha Young.

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 wakeup 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 and 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…

Oh boy, Samantha Young has done it again! Echoes of Scotland is the fifth book of her On Dublin Street series and this may be my favorite so far. Going into this I was already jumping up and down for joy knowing this was about Cole and hopefully his happily-ever-after ending. When Cole was first introduced into this series, it was during Jo (his older sister) and Cam’s (his now brother-in-law) book. Jo basically raised Cole because there was no father in the picture and their mother was nothing but an abusive alcoholic drunk. And of course, because Jo loves her brother to no end, had to hook up with older men with lots of money to help support herself and her brother but all that came to an end when Cam came into the picture. This kinda gives you an idea of what Cole’s upbringing was like. He may have had the unconditional love of his sister, his brother-in-law and some close family friends, that still could not mask the unwanted feeling he received from his own mother. Who would be the one to capture the heart of this sexy man?

Shannon MacLeod would be this lucky woman but she fights it every step of the way. I love Shannon! Her description that of a “wee fairy” with her too red auburn thick wavy hair and less than average height and of course her spunky attitude made for the perfect companion. One of my favorite parts of the book is the Prologue where Cole and Shannon first meet as young fifteen year olds. They were so cute and innocent and everything around them seemed to fade away until that stinkin’ horn ruined the moment. I believe Shannon said it best when describing that first meet between those two, “I felt like fate had just handed me two cups and I’d stupidly drunk from the wrong one”.

Well its been nine years since that day and fate would have it that they should meet up once again. Neither Cole nor Shannon is the same young innocent fifteen year old from that day. Each have gone through their own experiences that have shaped who they are and the way they live today. With that being said, it seriously frustrated me that Shannon kept fighting tooth and nails to keep her distance from Cole. Okay, so what if he appeared to be the epitome of everything she just promised herself to stay away from but how can you deny this magical connection you feel with this man? I mean sheesh, at least give him a try. I’m not saying to jump his bones right then and there but try to start off some kind of a friendship. Not come off as some snotty stuck up biyotch!! If she had just given it some time to get to know Cole, she would have found out that he wasn’t anything like those losers she dated who took advantage of her. She seriously was a magnet for some sorry ass excuse for a boyfriend. I mean don’t get me wrong, I get Shannon was burned really bad by these loser boyfriends of hers but it ticked me off that Cole was getting treated this way because of their mistakes. Cole did not deserve that, especially coming from some receptionist they just hired. Hell, she knew nothing of him nor did he know anything about her. It was a wonder they were able to have a civilized conversation but that was only after she finally apologized.

This was such a great read and a totally unexpected pleasure to revisit some of the characters from her earlier books. It was an even better treat to meet some of these fabulous new characters that really made this book so great! Thank you Ms. Samantha Young for letting me escape my reality and be a part of your On Dublin Street world. I feel like I know all these characters as if we were long time homies. Until the next book, I’m out!

Rating: 5 out of 5

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