Review | On Dublin Street by Samantha Young (@SYoungSFAuthor)

23 February 2013


Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 416

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.

Many of my fellow readers on Twitter have read and raved about On Dublin Street. It has been on my TBR list for as long as I can remember. When I saw it avaliable on NetGalley I jumped on that request button like I never had before. I loaded the ARC of On Dublin Street that Penguin kindly gifted to me and finally had my chance to read this book and did I love it? Hell. Yes.

Jocelyn Butler (or Joss as she likes to be called by everyone but one person) and Braden Carmichael meet by chance in a cab in Edinburgh. Joss immediately feels an attraction to this man and christens him The Suit. She can't get him out of her mind and that's just as well because she hasn't seen the last of him. It just happens he is the brother of her eventual new roommate, Ellie and their second meeting when he turns up at Joss' new apartment is great.

We're aware from the start of this book that Joss is a troubled woman haunted by her past, trying to start over in the country her mother left to being a life in America. She thinks she's handling it by burying everything she doesn't want to feel but when Ellie and Braden become a huge part of her life that she begins to see she has done nothing near dealt her past.

It's only when she meets Ellie, who is her total polar opposite, that she begins to slow reveal more about herself. I think someone so opposite to her is what Joss needed to see that the way she'd been living wasn't healthy. By knowing Ellie Joss gets to know Braden and she soon realises that, as much as she tries, she can't push down what she feels for him. What begins from there is some of the best UST I have ever read. Every chapter I was wondering to myself when will this happen?! It needs to happen! And when it did? Oh my, I wasn't disappointed. It was HOT. Seriously. Hot.

As hot as all the UST and sex is you don't forget there's a whole other element to this story. Throughout we're aware of everything Joss is facing and Braden makes her (eventually) make the right move to face up to her past and move on. Although, all the credit shouldn't go to Braden, all his family play a role in Joss' development in On Dublin Street, they welcome her from day one which I loved. I loved getting to see her finally have the family she'd always wanted.

Of course, this wouldn't be a romance book without a painful twist and On Dublin Street delivers this. When I read the twist I had to know what would happen. I even text one of my friends who had read this to know it would all be okay. At this point in the book I wanted to grab Joss, shake her and scream "what are you thinking woman?!" but she has her reasons for her actions and eventually realises what she did was the wrong thing to do at most definitely the wrong time.

Before I sign this review off I have to say one thing. I adored Ellie. To bits. She reminded me so much of people I know and I smiled every time she was around in this book. She really was my favourite character (aside from Joss and Braden) in On Dublin Street and is such a hopeful thing and sees right through Joss and Braden's arrangement to what lies underneath, oblivious to them, for way too long for Ellie's liking. That they love each other and should be together as a couple.

This book really is a great story of not only romance but love and acceptance. By accepting not only Ellie and Braden, but their extended family as her own, we see Joss develop and become the woman she not only wants to be but should be.

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