Book Review: Moonlight on Nightingale Way by Samantha Young

July 6, 2015 Adult Book Reviews 2 ★★★½

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: Moonlight on Nightingale Way by Samantha YoungTitle: Moonlight on Nightingale Way by Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #6
Published by: NAL on June 2, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: The Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 362
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three-half-stars

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…

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

Also in this series: Fall From India Place, Echoes of Scotland Street
Also by this author: Fall From India Place, Echoes of Scotland Street, Hero, The Impossible Vastness of Us

One Line: Not the best, but a good way to end the series.

In My Opinion: Add to cart!

Moonlight on Nightingale Way has all the elements I love from a Samantha Young book, despite some elements I didn’t quite like. This one is quite the emotional and heartfelt book that brings home the importance of family, whether they’re family by blood or by choice.

Grace was a great character. She’s had terrible luck in the love dept and we see her go on a few dates in the book, which turn out to be disasters. There was one prospect though that I would’ve liked her to explore before investing in Logan and I’m sad nothing came of it. I loved that she was a book editor and how that tied into the other characters in this series. I also loved that she had her own set of lovable friends and I could easily see myself enjoying reading stories of them. She’s a very nice person and she doesn’t like confrontations, which plays into how she lets Logan do what he does even though it disrupts her life. She’s also had quite the terrible childhood. I seriously hated her family and even though we don’t get to meet any of them, except her father briefly, I could already tell they’re terrible people. I’m glad Grace was able to maintain some semblance of normalcy and turned her life around, in part, thanks to her friends.

I liked Logan for the part. I loved how important family is to him, especially his sister. The sacrifice he made for her was touching and it’s sad to see how much he changed because of it. He’s one of those guys who are pretty guarded and it was tough to get behind his facade to see what he was really thinking and feeling, which was probably why it took awhile for me to really warm up him. He’s got the sexy thing down, that’s not a problem, getting him to open up and be vulnerable was, which was understandable given his circumstances, but still. When he finally did, that when I fell. He won me over in the end, although he’s certainly not my favorite from the series.

The big problem I had with this book, and what kept it from being a 4 star read for me, was Maya, which I’ll go into in a bit. Another element that I didn’t care for was how there was such a sudden, very abrupt, change in Logan from being the inconsiderate playboy next door to the loving guy he ended up being. Logan has a revolving door of women come through his apartment and none of them are considerate of the fact that Grace is living next door. That’s all fine and dandy, but because of one crazy wrench that’s thrown into Logan’s life, the switch is flipped in a nanosecond, and we’re supposed to forget the way he treated, and viewed, Grace and how Grace saw him. I couldn’t get on board with how that aspect was executed.

As for Maya, I just couldn’t connect with her at all. Yes, I sympathized with her situation, but I didn’t agree with a lot of what she did. At times she seemed so mature and responsible, especially given her up-bringing, but then at times, she was so immature and whiney, it annoyed me. Her role in Logan’s life is important, yes I get it, but the way she clung to Grace and acted out because of what she wanted, not what Grace or Logan wanted, it was selfish and I didn’t care for it. This is another one of those times where I felt like this kind of plot tool was just added in order to get the main characters together. There was too much of Maya, and everyone else, wanting Grace and Logan to be together and not enough of Young actually showing that they should be together, them, as two individuals as a couple, separated from Maya and Logan’s extended “family”. There’s a right way and a wrong way to use this plot tool, and this wasn’t the right way for me.

In any case, I’m definitely sad to see this series end, even though I know Young recently announced she wrote a novella related to the series. Either way, I have grown to love and cherish these characters and these stories over the years. This series and Young have been consistent in their ability to grab my attention and tell a captivatingly romantic story with each book. Despite my obvious gripes with this book in particular, there were certain elements from Young that I still loved and in the end, I rooted for Logan and Grace. Seeing how each couple is now, enjoying their happily-ever-afters, makes my heart swell and I couldn’t be happier having read and completed this series.

About Samantha Young

Samantha Young is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows. Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the Amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us will be published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook & hardback June 2017.

Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for Hero. On Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015.

Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.

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