Moonlight on Nightingale Way (On Dublin Street #6) by Samantha YoungMoonlight on Nightingale Way by Samantha Young
Published June 2015
Series: On Dublin Street #6
Genres: Contemporary Romance
three-half-stars
Format: eBook
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Logan spent two years paying for the mistakes he made. Now, he’s ready to start over. He has a great apartment, a good job, and plenty of women to distract him from his past. And one woman who is driving him to distraction…

Grace escaped her manipulative family by moving to a new city. Her new life, made to suit her own needs, is almost perfect. All she needs to do is find her Mr. Right—or at least figure out a way to ignore her irresistible yet annoying womanizer of a neighbor.

Grace is determined to have nothing to do with Logan until a life-changing surprise slowly begins turning the wild heartbreaker into exactly the kind of strong, stable man she’s been searching for. Only just when she begins to give into his charms, her own messy past threatens to derail everything they’ve worked to build…

Moonlight on Nightingale Way is the conclusion to the On Dublin Street series. Grace Farquhar can’t stand her disrespectful, sleep-robbing, and womanizing neighbor. The few doorstep discussions she’s had with him were of annoyed and sarcastic nature, and Grace honestly doesn’t understand how female can fall for him – if it weren’t for his hotter-than-holy looks.

Logan MacLeod just got out of prison for assaulting the man who beat and almost raped his sister. That 2 years in prison have changed him, and he is trying hard to put that past behind him an move on. And dealing with that annoying neighbor of his is not on top pf his priorities. However, when Grace involuntarily witnesses a huge and unexpected turn in Logan’s life, she willingly stands by his side and helps him figure things out…

What I loved about this book:

  • The buildup between the main characters
  • The steamy scenes

What I felt needed improvement:

  • The storyline was too drama riddled in the end (unnecessarily, IMHO)
  • The constant interactions which previous main characters were a bit too annoying

While I enjoyed Moonlight on Nightingale Way, and it was was better than the latest books I read in this series, it still couldn’t reach the bar set by the first 3 books On Dublin StreetDown London Road or Before Jamaica Lane.

The writing was Samantha-Young-like great. The story is told exclusively from Grace’s POV, so there’s the constant suspense regarding what’s going on in Logan’s head. Samantha Young is a genius when it comes to creating characters with great chemistry, and this book is a prime example.

There’s something I really, really love in a book, and it’s when characters are mutually attracted to each other but start the story off by strongly disliking one another. I’m talking about the kind of hate/lust relationship that creates extremely exciting, underlying sexual tension; as well as a healthy dose of sexual frustration. And believe me, Moonlight on Nightingale Way did not disappoint in that regard. Especially the steamy scenes were epic (even though you had to be patient to get to that point!)

“Like the man needed to be compared to God. His ego was already biblical. Logan McLeod was an arrogant pain in my arse.”

I also liked the main characters very much. Grace is a quiet and withdrawn character with a good soul, but far from being naive and inexperienced. She comes with baggage, but has managed to make a life for herself despite of that baggage she carries. In some books, it’s just so cliché: as soon as the female main character is a bit less outgoing, and likes her quiet to read a book, she happens to have no experience with men and turns out totally naive. Thank god, Grace is not one of those girls. The only thing however, that annoyed the hell out of me with Grace was that she seemed to find everyone hot! Be it Logan or whatever On Dublin Street male specimen, she found them absolutely flaming hot. Girl, have some self-respect.

“I didn’t particularly want to stick around to see Logan do a good deed. It might put a dent in my annoyance, and I wanted nothing to penetrate my dislike for my new neighbor.”

And Logan was also a very likeable character, although it took me some time to warm up to him. Logan is an ex-convict and trying hard to put this past behind him. He’s trying to be a better man but knows that his bad reputation is following him. What’s worse, his prison stay has left marks, and made him question whether he can ever go back to respecting his own self. I loved how he was the vulnerable one in the story, and that Grace was the one who “saved” him, despite having to fight through her own issues.

“I can’t walk away from you even if I wanted to. And I don’t want to. You are reality and sweet oblivion wrapped up in one annoyingly argumentative, always bloody-right, classy, gorgeous-as-fuck package.”

The storyline however was only OK. There was a lot of buildup between Grace and Logan which was really great (and which totally kept me on my toes), but once they had fond their way together, the story was a tad too cheesy and I was also annoyed at the fact that there was a lot of unnecessary drama. Half of the people in that book had awful parents and are suffering from it: Logan, Grace and Maia. That was just a bit too much too be coincidental. Last but not least, I just thought that there were too many characters: all the On Dublin Street crew was there (and ever-present, albeit a few years older) and I just couldn’t keep up anymore with who was who. I kid you not, the book felt too crowded.

All in all, Moonlight on Nightingale Way totally had potential to pass the “beginning-of-the-series” bar, since the first half of the book was full of tension and anticipation. The few twists and turns in the storyline also made up for an interesting read once the characters gave in to their attraction. But the end of their story was not as exciting as I hoped for it to be. Still,

The epilogue here was nice: it was a proper round-up and finale to the whole series, as each couple got a few pages to showcase their happy ending. It’s been a nice series, but I am not sad to let the On Dublin Street crew go, because it became a little too much (characters) in the end, and the fact that all characters always starred in all the books made the matter very confusing. It was also too much happy end all rolled into one, which made the whole series a tad cheesy and unrealistic. But hey, some books in the series – especially the first ones – make absolutely great reads.

Detailed Rating
Storyline
3 Stars
Characters
4 Stars
Writing
5 Stars
All the feels
4 Stars
Overall: three-half-stars