Friday, May 30, 2014

Review: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

Rating: ★★★★★ stars
Date Published: December 31st, 2012
Synopsis: 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.

What I Thought:

Having loved and read all of Samantha's book in the On Dublin Street series, except for Fall From India Place. I felt it remiss of me not to tell all of you how amazing this book is, just in case you haven't already read it.  And honestly, I can't really put into words how much or why I loved this book, but I'm going to try. 

I loved how strong Joss was after facing the magnitude of loss she had. Her loss left me heart broken.  I imagined putting myself in her shoes and I don't know if I'd ever be able to pull myself together they wasy she did.  Besides being strong mentally, I admired Joss's fortitude to recognize her relationship with Braden was going to change her if she let him in and to still let him in.

As much as I loved and admired Joss, take that and multiply it by ten and that's how much I loved Braden.  It's really hard not to love a guy who will do whatever it takes to get his woman and then take really good care of her.  I mean not only does this apply to his romantic relationships, but also to the women in his family.  Speaking of family, the way Braden was raised also broke my heart.  This book really proved that sometimes your family is the one you make, not one you're related to.

Since I first read this book, I've re-read it many a time.  All it takes to pull me into the story is the prologue and chapter 1.  It gets me every single time.  I can see how some people would say Braden is too arrogant or overbearing and Joss is annoying or too stubborn, but to me they are the way they are due to their life experiences.  However, when they are together, I see how they support each other and I love that.  Each time I re-read the book I fall for Joss and Braden all over again.  I hope you do too.

Purchase links:
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About the Author:
Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She's been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestseller ON DUBLIN STREET. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha's first adult contemporary romance and has sold in twenty-five countries.

For more info on Samantha's adult fiction visit

For info on her young adult fiction visit

*A copy was given by the publisher via Netgalley for review.  I loved the book so much I went out and bought my own copy.  I was not compensated for my review and all opinions are my own.*

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