Series: On Dublin Street #1
Published by Penguin on January 17th, 2013
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 has been on my TBR forever and despite a list of review books longer than my arm I finally decided to take the plunge as I was in the mood for some smut. I honestly didn’t expect the deeply emotional side to this book! Yes – it oozes sex but it has real depth to the relationship that develops between the characters and I am so excited to continue this series!
On her way to an apartment viewing, American student Joss ends up sharing a cab with the utterly gorgeous and hot Braden Carmichael. In their all too brief encounter, sparks fly and Joss is left wondering about the sexy businessman. She doesn’t have to wait long as Braden turns out to be her new roommate Ellie’s brother. Hiding a painful past, Joss is not interested in a relationship but cannot deny the sizzling connection she shares with Braden. Used to getting what he wants, Braden is determined to peel away the layers and heal Joss’s pain. Will the two admit the weakness they have for each other or will this love crash and burn?
Given that most of the books I read nowadays are US based it is always fun to change location and the picturesque, romantic city of Edinburgh is one I have always wanted to visit so ON DUBLIN STREET allowed me to travel there vicariously and I enjoyed Young’s depiction of the Scottish city serving as a backdrop to Joss and Braden’s steamy romance.
Steamy doesn’t begin to adequately describe the chemistry between these two and boy can Samantha Young write smut! The sexual tension reverberates off the page and I loved every minute. As I mentioned above, this is quite an emotional read as Joss with the help of both Braden and Ellie slowly starts to heal and face the pain she has so long tried to bury. It’s not an easy road however and while at times I grew frustrated with her reluctance to trust it was totally understandable. Braden was a complete surprise to be honest. While he is the typical, uber powerful businessman found in adult romance these days with women flailing at him everywhere he goes, he is a refreshing mix of arrogance and compassion. On the surface he appears to be over-confident and a total alpha but he is unfailingly honest and loyal to those he cares about and when he commits to something or someone it is with his whole heart. I loved how they challenged each other and how they simply “got” each other.
The development of the side characters was fantastic and I really felt like I got a sense of everyone which makes me even more excited to continue the series. I’m especially looking forward to Ellie and Adam’s novella despite inwardly wailing at the fact it is just a novella rather than a full-length story.
Sultry, mesmerising and suspenseful, ON DUBLIN STREET did not disappoint!