On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
THEME: Romance, Chick Lit, Mature
Now I know why there are over five thousand reviews and over a 4 star rating for Samantha Young’s first book in the On Dublin Street series. After finishing this book I wanted to read it all over again, I wasn’t prepared for the intense romance and the broken characters looking for that one piece of happiness that will break them away from the darkness that’s kept them hidden.
Jocelyn Butler moved to Scotland to get away from the loss of her whole family, losing her parents and younger sister had left her scarred and in a bad place. Scotland became her home and a place that she can finally start over. On her way to meet her future roommate she shares a cab with a man who leaves her confused and intrigue with his brash demeanor. Little does she know this won’t be the last she sees of him after her now new roommate has a brother who has his eyes set on catching Jocelyn’s heart. With one being stubborn and determined, while the other is guarded and uncertain, they will challenge each other in both passion and heartbreak.
Jocelyn aka Joss is a woman whose past haunts her everyday, with the loss of her family and best friend she never likes to open up or get to close to people. But her roommate Ellie not only tries to become friends but also Ellie’s bother Braden seems to wait more than just friendship. There is a lot of ups and downs for Joss, she is both confused with the forwardness of Braden and how he won’t take no for an answer. She is also caught off guard with her growing sisterly relationship with her roommate, whom she becomes protective and concerned with while she too struggles with a relationship. It was a whirlwind watching Joss’ emotions go up and down trying to move forward from her loss and open up to the possibility of gaining another family. Her personality is tough, sarcastic and closed off, but she is slowly opening up and emotional, it makes me as the reader hope for her to find some peace and love.
Braden is a mans man, all brawn and power, as well as successful. But he’s a big softy for his sister and loves a woman who cares for his family. When he meets Joss he can’t get her out of his mind and once he discovers she is his sisters roommate he becomes determined to know Joss. They make a deal that they both slowly start to realize could turn out to be a big mistake or something they both fear… love. The chemistry is smoking hot and every scene together will have the readers blushing and not wanting to put this book down.
Overall I freaking loved this story, the emotional side was gut retching and there are a lot of roller coasters that will get some readers teary eyed. But in the end its all about the romance, family bonds and some seriously wonderful laughable moments. I applaud Young for her wonderful character development as well as being able to create a story that readers will want to care for the characters and connect to them. Plus I love that all the characters introduced in this book will be in the next books to follow.
This is an adult novel with heavy emotional storylines and sexual content meant for a mature audience 18 and over. Fans of Jennifer Armentrouts Be With Me and Alice Claytons Wallbanger will want to get their hands on a copy of On Dublin Street by Samantha Young.
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