On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

Posted February 17, 2015 | 34 Comments

On Dublin Street by Samantha YoungOn Dublin Street
Author: Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #1
Published by: NAL
Publication Date: October 12, 2012
Format: eBook
Pages: 415
Source: Purchased

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.

I did it! A big thanks to all of you who shamed and intimidated me into finally reading this.

For me, what often sets a book like this apart from others in the genre taking it to that ultimate level, is when I can physically feel the emotion in my chest. Does it make it feel heavy; twinge in pain; feel all aflutter? That’s what I look for in an amazing book. And On Dublin Street did it. Oh, did it ever!

The relationship between Joss and Braden is my absolute favorite type. The antagonistic, turned friends with benefits, turned so much more. But it’s the way they are that really got me – their personalities. I’m not usually into the dominate cavemen type, except for specific cases like this one. Joss needed someone strong, perceptive, and pushy. She had a thick-ass wall up, and needed someone persistent enough to knock it down. This woman isn’t some wilting wallflower. No, Joss is strong and could definitely hold her own, but she doesn’t let anyone in.

Then there is the banter! Oh, jeez, the shit they would say had me busting up on several occasions. Their whole power play was beyond fun, sexy, and just downright hilarious at times. Like when she tried sneaking out of bed … too freaking funny! I’m telling you, they’re chemistry is perfect! Perfect, I tell you!

I love how much growth Joss went through. The addition of the therapist’s chapters were done so incredibly well. It was authentic and insightful, bumping the entire book up even more, in my eyes.

I’m such a sucker for good secondary characters too. The sign of a good one is when they aren’t even in the book that often, yet still make a big impression instead of being static in the background. Her coworkers and Ellie’s family are good examples. And Ellie … oh, that girl won my heart too. She’s so opposite from Joss – optimistic, romantic and sweet. But she’s even better after Joss’s influence rubbed off on her – haha.

Seriously, On Dublin Street rocked my freaking world. So many feels that gripped my cold heart and wouldn’t let go. I didn’t want the book to ever end!


34 responses to “On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

  1. I loved Joss and Braden! They were such a fun couple and I absolutely loved the banter too. And OMG, Braden was so yummy!! I got to this series last summer and basically devoured them within a week. Samantha Young is an awesome writer!!
    Lovely review, Christy. I hope you love the rest of the series.

    • Christy

      Dude, I love them so much. Braden could’ve gone south for me, but he and Joss were so perfectly matched. I need more of them.

  2. YEAH CHRISTY!!!!!! I’m so glad we the book blogging community could shame you into reading something you ended up loving. I feel validated 😉 I just love this book (and series, but this first book will always be my favorite) so much for all the reasons you highlighted. Fantastic banter, lots of feels, brilliant secondary characters. SO GOOD!

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    • Christy

      A lot of people have said this is their favorite of the series. I can understand why, because these two have definitely made my favorite couples list.

  3. Saw Loupe’s comment and if that’s the case, I should read Hero an then read this next. I want to be impressed and be blown away.

    It’s great when recommendations work out.

  4. Yay! So glad you love this one too! I agree, the caveman type isn’t normally my type, but Braden is an exception. He’s perfect for Joss and their chemistry is off the charts. Loved the supporting characters too! Adam and Ellie were great, and I loved their novella too. Can’t wait to hear what you think of the next one!

    • Christy

      Yeah, his personality worked perfectly with hers, which is partly why he didn’t bother me. And you know if she truly wanted him to leave her alone, he would have.

  5. Liz

    Hmmmm. Off to check this out. I don’t think I’ve heard of it. It doesn’t sound familiar. But if it’s that good, then maybe…..

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