Saturday, November 17, 2012

Review: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young


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.

Release Date: August 31, 2012
Publisher:  Penguin
Genre:  Adult Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 414
Purchase at: Amazon or Barnes & Noble 

On Dublin Street is the book that I didn't know I was missing out on.  I had been hearing a lot of buzz about this book, but hadn't had a chance to pick up a copy.  Wow!  I'm so glad that I did.  If you enjoy complex, damaged characters, super hot leading men and lots of yummy sexiness, this is the book you've been waiting for!

Jocelyn, Joss for short, begins this book by finding a new roommate.  Her college roommate has moved from Scotland to London for grad school and Joss wants to simply be around people.  She is an aspiring writer who never gets close to anyone, not even her "friends."  Joss is also a bar tender who doesn't really need to work.  She has a sizeable inheritance from her family that she is able to live off of.  Joss has a tragic past.  We are introduced to her background in the prologue to this book and it explains her general stand-offishness towards all other people.

This is what you get when you let people in.  They started to think they knew you when they didn't know shit.

Unbeknownst to Joss, her life is about to change when she meets her new roommate.  Ellie is exactly the person that Joss needs in her life.  She is quirky and patient, never pressing Joss for more information than Joss wants to dole out.  She quickly takes Joss under her wing and treats her like she's a member of her own family.  Although we are introduced to her brother early on in this novel, we meet Braden Carmichael through Ellie and learn that he is a super successful, sexy and handsome man whore.  Braden takes an acute interest in Joss and this is when the fireworks begin.  Joss keeps to herself and tells anyone who will listen that she does not want  a relationship, although Braden has other ideas.

There was no time to process that.  One minute I was staring incredulously up at him, the next the soda can was hitting the floor and my ass was on the desk as Braden collided with me.  The heat and strength of him overwhelmed me as his large hand gripped the back of my neck and his other tugged my left thigh up, allowing him to push in between my legs and position me over the desk.
Braden pursues Joss in earnest, but the only way to get close to her is for Braden to suggest an arrangement that will keep both of them happy.  The more Joss fights Braden, the more she lets him into her most personal thoughts.  Braden is everything I like in a romantic hero - sexy, handsome, stubborn, decisive, thoughtful and smart.  He doesn't allow Joss to push him away easily, and although he's prepared to fight for what he wants, he is no push over.  

"Braden, I don't want anything to happen between us."  He raised an eyebrow, clearly unconvinced.  "Tell that to your damp knickers, babe."

Joss is a strong enough heroine that she didn't annoy me when she was running away from her best interests.  She has a lot to overcome, and even though there are many uncomfortable moments for her, she works her way through them.  She doesn't allow her past to steal her present and future, and for that, I have to give her a lot of credit.  I admire her drive and her desire to put all of her demons to rest and come out a healthier person on the other side.

"I know you love me, Jocelyn, because there's no fucking way I can be this much in love with you and not have you feel the same way.  It's not possible."

There is only one that I wasn't crazy about in this book.  One was Braden's overuse of the word "babe."  Honestly, whenever he said this, I could only think of Stephanie Plum's Ranger and his ridiculous use of the same word. I am super excited to say that there will be at least another book in this series, due sometime in 2013.  I can't wait to read more about Braden and Joss!

I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy damaged characters, strong friendships and hot scenes.  This was a fabulous book and I look forward to reading more Adult/New Adult books from this author.

Sure, it could get rough sometimes, but life wasn't a Hollywood movie.  Shit happened.  You fought, you screamed, and somehow you worked like hell to get out on the other side still intact.


Cimmaron @ Talksupe said...

I loved this one. It was a 5 star read for me too. You think book 2 will still be aboue Braden & Joss? I definitely do not mind getting more of Braden. Even with his overuse of Babe. And I'm so glad you mentioned Ranger cause I thought the same too. This shit was just too good and I think Braden actually got me a little misty eyed a few times with the typewriter, and the kitchen scene when he's trying to get Joss back. And the bar office encounter was hot too.

Alexa said...

I think this is the first review I've read on this book. Seems everyone is just simply saying how awesome this book is without backing it up with real reviews. I'm so glad to learn it is as amazing as everyone is saying it is. It will have to move up on my wish list now.

Thanks for the awesome review!

Julie H. said...

Great review! I can't wait to read this one!

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