Author: Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #1
Published by: NAL
Publication Date: October 12, 2012
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!