Published June 2014
Series: On Dublin Street #4
Genres: New Adult
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When Hannah Nichols last saw Marco D’Alessandro, five long years ago, he broke her heart. The bad boy with a hidden sweet side was the only guy Hannah ever loved—and the only man she’s ever been with. After one intense night of giving into temptation, Marco took off, leaving Scotland and Hannah behind. Shattered by the consequences of their night together, Hannah has never truly moved on.
Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco’s life, something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they’re meant to be together.
But just when Marco thinks they’re committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she’s been hiding from him, a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again...
It’s been six years since Hannah Nichols was left broken-hearted by her school crush Marco d’Alessandro and it seems like she’s still not over it. While all of her family – brothers, sisters and best friends – are living the perfect family life, she is still hung up on what happened the night she lost her virginity to Marco.
Everyone is concerned and tries to influence her by trying to get her to date but she doesn’t care. Plus things are getting worse when she accidentally runs into Marco one night at a wedding reception and he starts pursuing her. Will she forgive him? And will their relationship based on secrets and omissions last?
This On Dublin Street (ODS) sequel is set a few years ahead of Jocelyn, Liv and Ellie since we’re talking about Ellie’s sister who is now all grown up. A previous novel – Before Jamaica Lane – would already hint at Hannah and Marco’s relationship, so it was only logical that Samantha Young would tell their story now. It has the usual Samantha Young charm, romance-factor and angst. However, I was pretty disappointed by this book for a number of reasons.
Well, let me start by saying that there were far too many characters involved (trust me, if you wouldn’t have read the other ODS books before this one – you’d be pretty lost). What’s more, all characters are happy in a couple, or married, or they have tons of children or they are expecting, it just gets too much and way too unrealistic fairytale-style happy-crappy . But obviously, this is the perfect situation for happy people to mind not-so-happy Hannah’s (non-dating) business. And let me tell you that I am not a fan of that. Especially since everything seemed fine all those years and they are just now starting to pick on Hannah because she can’t get over the past. But anyhow…
The start of the book was quite a bit of a re-hash from previous ODS novels (all the scenes set in Hannah’s teenage-years) – which was useful in order to reconnect with what happened, but at the same time it was also pretty boring / annoying.
But talk about annoying, I think nothing is a annoying as the two main characters in the book and how predictable they are. Samantha Young usually develops a set of very strong characters in her books, but those are just so mainstream. To start with, Marco was beat by his granddad who kept telling him he’s a worthless piece of scum, which in turn makes him the manwh***e that he his. He obviously believe he doesn’t deserve Hannah, which in turn explains why he treated her like shit (or not).
Then there’s Hannah, who has a fair reason for being angry at Marco, yet anytime the guy makes a move she can’t help giving in to him. This person has no resolve at all. And then, towards the end of the book the way the two of them interact is just totally messed up.View Spoiler »Basically she is very angry at him, but they still have sex-only dates just to get off. « Hide Spoiler
The whole thing is totally predictable and by the end of the book you are just happy that all of the pussyfooting around is finally over. Unfortunately, this was not my favorite Samantha Young read (and generally she does some pretty amazing work!). But I will still look forward to Cole’s story :)