Monday, May 6, 2013

[Early Review & Giveaway] - Down London Road (On Dublin Street # 2) by Samantha Young

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.

Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher:  NAL
Genre:  Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages:  384

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Johanna Walker was a character that I didn't really like or connect with in On Dublin Street.  Her early play for Braden made me like her even less. She seemed quite shallow and one-dimensional.  That opinion was obliterated in Down London Road.  

Jo has a scary and difficult past.  She is a victim of abuse in multiple ways which has scarred her along with destroying any self-worth she might have had.  Her father is out of the picture, her mother is a non-functioning, mean drunk, and she has a younger brother to care for.  Jo tends to date wealthy, older men, looking for "The One."  She never allows these men to get too close to her emotionally.  Where on the surface, she appears to be a gold digger, she is really just trying to survive.

At the beginning of this book, Jo is dating a wealthy man named Malcolm.  Jo truly does love Malcolm, but it becomes apparent that she is not in love with him.  While attending an art show, Jo meets Cameron MacCabe.  He is dating an artist who just happens to be Malcolm's ex-girlfriend.  Cameron is not Jo's usual type.  He's dashingly handsome, dark, tattooed and has an in-your-face attitude.  Cam also has a tendency to judge a book by its cover, which leads to some misunderstandings with Jo.

Cam has been recently laid off so is looking for work to tide him over until he finds another job.  Since he has bartending experience, he ends up working at the same bar Jo works at.  To save even more money, Cam leaves his higher rent flat for the apartment right below Jo's, on London Road. 

Cam and Jo have fantastic chemistry!  They just sizzle off the pages when they are together. Although Cam has a habit of making judgments before he knows the entire story, he is very supportive and loving with Jo.  Johanna has a knack for jumping to conclusions, as well, which leads to a major misunderstanding in this book.  Oooh....and the tension between Cam and Jo is delicious!  From the overt sexual attraction to the trust issues to the misunderstandings, this relationship kept me on my toes!  I love Cam and Jo together, almost as much as I love Joss and Braden.

And no fear - Joss and Braden do make appearances in this book.  I love where the story takes them!  It seems that some time has passed since the evens of On Dublin Street, and Joss and Jo are very close - much more so than when we previously saw them.  

I loved Jo's little brother, Cole.  He's smart and sarcastic.  Cole has been forced to grow up too quickly, although Jo has tried her hardest to give him as close to a normal life as she can.  Cole is everything to Johanna, and she makes decisions based on what she thinks is best for him.  Taking on the role of mother has made the relationship between Jo and Cole unbreakable.  I love how Cole takes charge in this book, and in moments, tells Johanna things that she needs to hear, even if she doesn't want to.  

I enjoyed the characters of Olivia and Mick.  "Uncle" Mick plays a very important role in this book.  Not only is he a surrogate dad for Johanna, but he is her friend and her mentor, giving her someone to look up to in her life.  Olivia is a fresh, bubbly addition to the cast of characters in this lovely series.  I can't wait to read more about her in the future.  

This series has quickly become one of my favorite New Adult contemporary romance stories.  The characters are all multi-dimensional, the plots are tight and the writing is excellent.  I can't wait to read the next book in this series, due in January 2014.

I have one paperback copy of this book available to a lucky winner.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below and follow our blog any way you chose.  The giveaway is open until May 10th!  Please leave your e-mail address!  Sorry - this one's only open to U.S. and Canada!


Marissa @ For The Love Of Film And Novels said...

Great Review! This book sounds awesome :)
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Levina Goon said...

New Adult is currently my favorite genre and this series looks really good! Your positive review makes me put this on my TBR list - thank you!

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Thanks for the giveaway!

Texas Book Lover said...

I already wanted to read this series. Now I REALLY want to read it!

Thanks so much!
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Mandy IReadIndie said...

I am reading ON DUBLIN ROAD right now. Great Giveaway!!
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Ning said...

I have the first book somewhere on my Kindle lol. I'm not a fan of misunderstandings in romance plots but both Jo and Cameron sounds like really interesting characters!

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Rebe said...

I loved the first book in this series!!! I can't wait to read Jo's story!

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BookLady said...

What an interesting book! Would love to win a copy. Thanks for the giveaway.
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AquarianDancer said...

Thanks for the review! I've been looking at this book for a bit. My sister's name is Johanna, so it drew me in. :-D

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Heather Robinson said...

Awesome! Thanks for this chance!
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Chanpreet said...

I follow via GFC and twitter.
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Natasha said...

I can't wait to read this one!!
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Beautiful Disaster said...

Thanks for the review :) This is a new author for me and her book sounds great. I can't wait to have it in hand.
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Lacey T said...

Loved On Dublin Street so much, so I'm excited to read this!! Your review makes me want to read it even more! :)
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Chelsea B. said...

Gosh this book sounds good!
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Cee L said...

I loved On Dublin Street, so I'm really excited about Down London Road. The chemistry between the main characters, yes please!


latishajean said...

Thank you for the great review and giveaway. I can't wait to read it sounds so good!
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Heidi Schuster said...

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This sounds like a great book & I would love to win it!

krg said...

Thank you so much for your review. I really learned more about this book and it has helped to make me even more excited for it's release! I love that there are some wonderful secondary characters that make reading about the main characters more revealing and enjoyable. I read and loved On Dublin Street, and know I will love #2 also! Thanks for the chance to win!

Holly Letson said...

Sounds interesting. Would love to give it a try.

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megblod said...

Thanks for the great giveaway.
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