Title: On Dublin Street [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Samantha Young
Publisher: NAL Trade
Release Date: December 31, 2012
In My Opinion: Must. Read. NOW!
One Line: A truly enrapturing and emotional read that will have you wishing it never ends.
About the Book: 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.
After hearing the endless chatter on how awesome this book is, and thinking the premise was pretty cool, I had to give this one a read. I’m so happy to say I fell hard for this one. Brillant writing, a touching and emotional plot, and fun characters makes On Dublin Street an outstanding and unforgettable story. Samantha has enraptured me with her characters and writing, I’m an instant fan.
Jocelyn’s past in incredibly tragic and it’s no wonder she’s as messed up as she is. She’s pretty closed-off, aloof, and quiet; but she’s also smart, witty, and kind-hearted, with such a strong soul. Given everything she’s been through, I don’t know if I’d be as put together as she is, but Joss manages her life pretty well and even though she’s not good on attachments and relationships, she still has a few good friends. She had to deal with a lot of emotional and life-changing things growing up, but through it all, she still went on living and I loved how “normal” she appeared even though she was struggling on the inside. Once she moves into a gorgeous apartment on Dublin Street, she becomes quick friends with her bubbly and super-adorable room mate, Ellie. It’s through Ellie that she has more contact with Braden and things heat up pretty quickly.
Braden…sigh. What can I say about him except the man is pure hotness, defined. He’s handsome, smart, successful, rich, family-oriented, and knows how to get what he wants. I was seriously attracted to him right from the start, and so was Joss. I like that the relationship started out as physical attraction and they owned up to the lust right from the start, although there were a few bumps along the way and a very hilarious scene after one of Joss’ baths. I think Samantha did a great job of developing their and Joss’ fears were very realistic and you could understand her reservations. Braden was pretty awesome about everything and once I fell for him, I never once disliked the guy, which doesn’t happen often. He’s one of those possessive kinds of guys, but not in an annoying way. I loved how Joss referred to him and his “caveman” ways. Even though I’m totally a “girl power” and independent kind of woman, it was definitely a turn on to see a guy has hot as Braden go all “caveman” on Joss.
The pacing was great, and there was always something that caught my attention and it never left me bored or skimming, which I tend to do when I get bored. There was also a twist I totally didn’t see coming, and I loved it! I reveled in it! There’s also a lot of emotional moments as these characters come to terms with their feelings and face a possible tragedy. Joss also comes to terms with her past and fights her inner demons in such I way I truly give her praise for. I really loved her character.
On Dublin Street is a serious MUST READ. I devoured it and am dying for more. Thankfully, Samantha treated fans to a Christmas treat where I got to revisit this world and these characters. I totally cracked up at this scene! Trust me, you will love this one!