Published May 2013
Series: On Dublin Street #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
After how much I enjoyed reading On Dublin Street by young author Samantha Young, I absolutely had to get my hands on Down London Road, the sequel to the On Dublin Street series. I was a bit disappointed to hear that it wouldn’t be about Joss and Braden anymore, but their story was told and would somehow live on in that new story, featuring Johanna (Jo) Walker and Cameron McCabe.
Jo is actually Joss’ colleague, and bartenders with her at Club 39. From what On Dublin Street suggested, Joss is always on the lookout for “sugar daddies”, as Joss likes to call them, who would be kind enough to treat her well and cater for Jo’s family. Needless to say that the impress you could have of her in that first part of the series was not the most postive. But Down London Road will lead you to the deeper meaning of her actions. It turns out that she dropped out of school at 16 in order to take care of her younger brother Cole, since her mother – sick, alcoholic and agressive – couldn’t deal with it anymore. Jo has always been deprived of parental love, and the least thing she wants is to have Cole grow up like this, so she acts like the perfect mother to him.
Actually, her looking for a sugar daddy is more selfless than you could think since she endures it all for him. However, with Malcolm, there hopefully might be more to it. That’s what she thought until she met Cameron, who does nothing else than say out loud what most people think of Jo: that she is a selfish whore, only after Malcolm’s money. They met at an art showing and the tension was undeniably there between the two of them. Usually, Jo doesn’t care about people’s opinion, but when Cameron, this self-assured, tattoed and undeniably hot guy, confronts her with that, she feels hurt even though she tries to hide it
Call it a coincidence, but little time later, Cameron moves into the flat right below Jo’s. Inevitably, and very much to Jo’s dislike, he finds out about the harsh reality that’s weighing upon her and sees her in a different light. That’s when the attraction they have for each other really starts to burst. Could she make such a selfish decision and leave Malcolm for someone like Cameron? What would happen to her family?
Again, Samantha Young wrote a great piece of romance, mixed with the harsh reality of what some people have to go through at time. Just like the first book was about the loss of loved ones, this book is about the harsh condition on being alone and doing anything it takes to care for your family. We all like a bit of fairy-tale romance now and then, but sometimes, reading something like Down London Road makes stories even more realistic and even more intense, since there’s a glimpse of hope that there’s a happily ever after “for the fucked-up crowd” (and I quote Crossfire Series author Sylvia Day). And this time it’s not about child-abuse, but about something more common (and more than you’d like), which is alcohol-abuse.
Again, Samantha Young made this read very enjoyable and down-to-earth, yet heartfelt and packed with emotions. It’s a beautiful story she’s telling, suspenseful and sizzling. And again, the evolution made by the main character – Jo becoming more open and realizing she should step in for herself too – was really well laid out. I also liked that the characters from On Dublin Street also played an important part, and that their story was somehow continued.
I look forward to reading the other Novellas, and will definitely find a place for Samantha Young in my top-5 favorite author ranking.
|All the feels|