Published August 2012
Series: On Dublin Street #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
On Dublin Street by Samantha Young was one of those highly rated books on my Goodreads “to-read” list and I was very eager to start reading this since I have been reading a lot of average books lately. And I must say that I was absolutely not disappointed by it since it had a grip on me from the start.
Jocelyn (aka Joss) Butler is a young American girl who moved to Dublin, Scotland after her 18th birthday in order to forget about the memories of her parents and little sister who dies in a car crash when she was only just fourteen. She is looking for a new roommate, since her best friend Rhian with whom she shared a flat took off to study in London. She visits Ellie Carmichael‘s flat and the two of them bond right away, so she moves in. Not before long, she discovers that Ellie’s halfbrother Braden Carmichael is that sexy but pretentious stranger she shared a cab with on her way to the apartment visit. Tension starts building between the two of them and it becomes clear that Braden would do anything to get Joss.
But she doesn’t want anything from him, even though she feels a certain attraction for him. That’s when Braden suggest they have a “sex-only” arrangement, as in “friends with benefits”. Jocelyn willingly accepts but much to her displease, this arrangement gets out of boundaries.
The thing is, and that’s where On Dublin Street is not your average Adult Romance, is that Joss doesn’t want to get close to anyone. Not to her roommate, and certainly not to her roommate’s brother in fear of getting attached too much. This book is pretty much about Jocelyn learning to overcome her fear about tomorrow, and her fear of feelings since she is convinced that whoever she has feelings for will get hurt in the end. She also feels that by getting involved too much, she might worry and get hurt too. Even though she comes off as a tough and intelligent person, she has trust issues and more than anything: family issues. Obviously, Braden fights for her and tries to bring her out of her shell and reading about her transformation was really full of suspense.
This was my first book by Samantha Young, a young scottish author who made her debut in this genre, since I learned she was more into fantasy fiction before. But I must honestly say this is one of the best Contemporary Romance books I’ve read so far, on the same level as novels by Raine Miller and Sylvia Day. Samantha Young has a great way to tell a story that really gets a hold of you. Packed with fun, romance, and an interesting plot, she tells not only Joss’s and Braden’s story, but fills it with may details and side-characters which make On Dublin Street a very enjoyable read.
This book is written in a first person style, from Joss’s point of view. And even though her personal story as well as her mind and thoughts are pretty messed up, she still has a great sense of humor, and her sarcastic self makes the book very funny to read.
It is also one of the first novels I ever cried to (really!) because it is written in such an emotional (and not cheesy at all) style that totally makes you bond with the characters even though you know they have their issues. Especially Joss, who totally acts like a martyr. I more than once wanted to get into that book and give Joss a good shake. But thankfully, Braden’s there to take care of that. He plays the part of an alpha male at it’s finest, but still hot in bed, and most importantly: hopelessly romantic. He is very inventive and loves to play games to get to where he wants him and Joss to get. And even though he is the second most important character in the book (since it is about Joss and Braden’s blossoming relationship), the other side-characters play an equally important role so it is just not all about him. But rest assured, whatever it is that is about him is pretty interesting (and hot) !
|All the feels|