REVIEW: Until Fountain Bridge by Samantha YoungUntil Fountain Bridge by Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #1.5
Published by Penguin on June 18, 2013
Pages: 111
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Source: Purchased
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Ellie Carmichael had a crush on Adam Sutherland, her brother, Braden’s, best friend, for years, and although Adam treated her with proprietary concern he made it clear he thought of her only as a little sister.

Over the years, as Ellie’s crush develops into love, her romantic idealism makes it difficult for her to move on. To make matters worse, as she’s gotten older, Adam’s attitude has changed toward her. His affection for her is now joined by attraction, but his loyalty to Braden, and his fear of losing the only family he has, stops him from claiming Ellie the way she wishes he would.

But one night his attraction is put to the test, and as much as Adam would like things to remain the same everything changes between them in a simple brush of the lips.

Soon lust, love, jealousy and heartbreak combine to force change upon their relationship… and Adam discovers the hard way that life is too damn short to spend it on regret.

reviewMy thoughts…

I think this one is by far my favorite out of all the books and novellas so far. This novella takes the reader on a journey. You’ll get to experience Ellie’s take on her and Adams relationship from the time she first met him at a young 14 years old.

I love the way this novella is written. It captured my attention on page one and held it until the very end. It’s a given that since it’s a novella it’s a quick read, but I was just so drawn in I couldn’t stop reading. I loved everything about this story. The characters, the setting, the “first love” aspect of the story. It’s truly an incredible read.

Overall, I think Until Fountain Bridge is a great addition to this wonderful series. It’s one of my favorites! I can’t wait to start the next book. If you haven’t read this series yet you need too!

series-listOn Dublin Street (On Dublin Street, #1)
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An On Dublin Street Christmas (On Dublin Street, #1.1)
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Until Fountain Bridge (On Dublin Street, #1.5) 
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Down London Road (On Dublin Street, #2)
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Castle Hill (On Dublin Street, #2.5) 
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Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street, #3)
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Fall from India Place (On Dublin Street, #4) Goodreads | Amazon

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I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Castle HillCastle Hill by Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #2.5
Published by NAL Trade on December 3, 2013
Pages: 97
Format: eBook
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A Joss and Braden Novella

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…

My thoughts…

I loved this novella!!! Castle Hill is about Joss & Braden’s wedding, honeymoon, and covers Joss getting pregnant. There were times while I was reading this one that I wanted to slap Braden upside the head for the way he was acting and treating Jocelyn, but in the end he started behaving. 😉

The sexual scenes were hot as per usual in this series. They were well written and plentiful considering the length of this one.

Even though this is a short novella I really enjoyed it. It’s fun read that can be read in one sitting. I’m a big fan of this series. I cannot wait for the next book which is entitled Before Jamaica Lane. It’s due to be release sometime in January of 2014.

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Review: Down London Road by Samantha YoungDown London Road by Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #2
Published by NAL Trade on May 17, 2013
Pages: 375
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Johanna Walker is used to taking charge. But she’s about to meet someone who will make her lose control....

It has always been up to Johanna to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. With an absent father and a useless mother, she’s been making decisions based on what’s best for Cole for as long as she can remember. She even determines what men to date by how much they can provide for her brother and her, not on whatever sparks may—or may not—fly.

But with Cameron MacCabe, the attraction is undeniable. The sexy new bartender at work gives her butterflies every time she looks at him. And for once, Jo is tempted to put her needs first. Cam is just as obsessed with getting to know Jo, but her walls are too solid to let him get close enough to even try.

Then Cam moves into the flat below Jo’s, and their blistering connection becomes impossible to ignore. Especially since Cam is determined to uncover all of Jo’s secrets …even if it means taking apart her defenses piece by piece.

My thoughts…

I really enjoyed this one. At first I was a little mad though. I did NOT like the hero at all. I found him to be extremely rude. Some of the things he said to the heroine was downright hateful at times. I couldn’t quite figure out why he had such a strong negative reaction to her. I know that later on in the book things are revealed a little bit concerning that, but for the majority of the book I was like seriously WTF. I almost stopped reading this one a few times but stuck it out. In the end I’m really glad I did. The storyline is quite good and when Cam started behaving I really started to enjoy it.

Jo. She was a secondary character in On Dublin Street and I was happy to get the opportunity to get to know her and read her story. I liked her. It’s apparent right away that she doesn’t have a very strong opinion of herself. A lot of that has to do with how she grew up. How her parents treated her. I felt bad for her and all that she had experienced in her life. She’s forced to take care of her younger brother because her drunken mother isn’t able too. She doesn’t look at him as a burden at all. She wants him to grow up feeling loved. She wants what’s best for him. She works two jobs to make that happen.

Cameron aka Cam. As I stated above I did not like the guy at all in the beginning of this one. I believe I called him a few different names within my status updates on Goodreads while reading this one. Eventually I came around to liking him. He had a lot to make up for where Jo was concerned in my opinion.

Upon seeing each other for the first time the attraction between Jo and Cam is apparent. They are strongly attracted to each other, but both of them are seeing other people so they don’t act on it. It was interesting to see how things played out between the two of them. In the end I was happy they got together. I think together they made a great couple once they got over their insecurities.

The sexual content in this one was hot. Not quite as hot as the scenes in On Dublin Street, but hot nevertheless. There is quite a bit of it once you get to a certain point in the book.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. Next up is Olivia and Nate’s book. They are both new secondary characters that were introduced in Down London Road. I can’t wait to read their story and get to know them better.

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Review: On Dublin Street by Samantha YoungOn Dublin Street by Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #1
Published by NAL Trade on August 31, 2012
Pages: 372
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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.

My thoughts…

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.

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