Series: On Dublin Street #1
Published by NAL Trade on August 31, 2012
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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.
I’ve heard so much about this book. If you’re a romance reader. And obviously you are if you’re visiting my blog. Then you’ve heard about this book. I’ve owned this one for so long. Just never got around to reading it. I’m attending Penned Con 2014 in St. Louis next fall and I thought I’d try to read a least one book by each of the authors that are attending the conference. Samantha Young is indeed going to be there.
Now onto On Dublin Street. Where to begin. I loved this one. Seriously loved it. Braden was incredible. He’s earned a place on my top 10 list of book boyfriends. I liked him that much. He’s not at all how I thought he would be considering how his own sister described him. He took a liking to Jocelyn right away.
Jocelyn. She’s a bit skittish when it comes to forming attachments. She tends to keep things to herself and doesn’t share a whole lot about her past with the people she interacts with. In some ways I could see why she thought she needed to be that way, but in others not so much. I liked her, but after a while her lack of wanting to get involved sort of wore on my nerves.
On Dublin Street isn’t your normal love story. There is a part towards the end that actually shocked me. The things Braden says to Joss was unbelievable. Downright mean. Like I said I was pretty shocked. I can see why he acted the way he did, but when I was reading it I just couldn’t believe it.
The sexual scenes within this one are pretty hot and are well written. I think Ms Young did an excellent job of building up the tension between these two. When they finally came together I wanting to shout from the rooftops. lol 🙂
The secondary characters were all interesting. I loved Braden’s sister, Ellie, played a big part within this one. I enjoyed getting to know her. I think she was a great friend to Joss and had a lot to do with brining Joss out of her shell. She was a very likable character.
Overall, I’m really glad I read this one. It’s easily one of the best books I’ve read this year. And I can see why there is so much talk about it. One negative is that it is a bit long though. A little longer in length than I’m used too, but it was still very enjoyable.