Sunday, July 5, 2015

Review: Moonlight on Nightingale Way by Samantha Young

Rating:  ★★★★★ stars
Date published: June 2nd, 2015
Publisher: Penguin NAL
Synopsis: Logan from Echoes of Scotland Street is back with his own smoldering story, as the New York Times bestselling On Dublin Street series returns…

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…

What I Thought: 

Samantha Young let me count the ways I love thee. You write amazing stories that entertain, inspire, and educate as well. You're super sweet and generous to your readers and fans. Most of all you write characters I can not only relate to but connect with. I never fail to laugh and sometimes cry when I read your books. I truly go on a journey as I fall in love with the characters and see them grow as people. That being said, I would love to read your On Dublin Street Series in perpetuity, but Moonlight on Nightingale Way is a fabulous way to close the last full length book in this series. 

I absolutely loved Grace and Logan. Grace may seem staid and mild mannered, but she has an extremely strong inner core that she wasn't afraid to call on, something I really admired. She was able to look past what a lot people weren't able to and see Logan for he was, and not his actions. I loved how she opened up her heart and home when Logan needed help. She stepped up to do whatever she could to help ease him into his new situation. Logan straight up made me swoon. He's a hard man from his past and he's making up for it. He comes across as rude and abrasive, especially since his activities are keeping Grace up at night and disturbing her hard found peace.  Even though he came across as difficult, Logan showed a personality that was truer to him being a "good" guy, and that made me fall for him harder and quicker. Logan was there for his family and friends and that made heart skip a beat.

Honestly there isn't much I can say that'll do justice to this book. I was hooked from the first page to the last. There were times my heart hurt while reading this book, from things both Grace and Logan's pasts. The two might have seemed like an unlikely couple, but they really worked well together. I loved seeing them get past their outer appearances and recognize how much the other truly completed them. I also loved seeing Logan interact with his sister, her fiance, and their new extended family. If there's one message this book and this series has really conveyed throughout, it's that the family we're born into isn't always the one we need. Family is those people who love and care of us. Sometimes the people we choose to be our family can love and care more of us than those with the same biological genes. 

Logan and Grace's story was beautiful. They faced a number of challenges and came out stronger at the end. It was everything I was hoping it would be. This is now one of my most favorite couples from one of my all time favorite series. I can't wait to see how Samantha Young surprises me with the stories she'll write. I know I'm eager to read them!

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About the Author
I’m a 28 year old contemporary and paranormal romance author with 25 titles to my name so far. I love anything that allows me to be creative which means I love my family a whole heck of a lot. They’ve put up with my stories, a number of forced bedroom redecorations, singing, artwork, messy art supplies, a failed attempt at learning guitar, whiny emo music, two house moves (and redecoration) that they should have let me get on with myself but are far too nice to have done so, and a level of sarcasm they only have themselves to blame for since they raised me that way …
As a young girl I never imagined in a million years I’d get to spend my hours day dreaming up stories for myself and other people to enjoy. Much to my delight and amazement there are readers out there who can relate to my dry humour, my mad worlds, and all my heroes and heroines who sometimes do the saving and sometimes just need to be saved. Moreover readers seem to love my home country as much as I do. If I didn’t already love my readers for supporting me, I’d love them for loving Scotland. I’m quite attached to the place.
I find my inspiration in many places but one of the most important is in the world of music. Artists such as The Killers, Amy Macdonald, Biffy Clyro, Birdy, MS MR, The Airborne Toxic Event, Alex Winston, Florence + the Machine, Imagine Dragons, Carolina liar, Arcade Fire, Bastille, The Black Keys, Ingrid Michaelson, Paolo Nutini, Metric, The Naked & the Famous, The National, We Are Scientists, White Lies, The Steeldrivers, Olin & the Moon, The Rumour Said Fire, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Pink, Lana Del Ray, Mumford & Sons, Matchbox Twenty, The Lumineers, La Rocca, Butterfly Boucher and many more inspire the heck out of me.

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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