Review | Down London Road by @SYoungSFAuthor‎

04 June 2013


Publisher: NAL
Pages: 375

Johanna Walker is used to taking charge. But she’s about to meet someone who will make her lose control....

It has always been up to Johanna to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. With an absent father and a useless mother, she’s been making decisions based on what’s best for Cole for as long as she can remember. She even determines what men to date by how much they can provide for her brother and her, not on whatever sparks may—or may not—fly.

But with Cameron MacCabe, the attraction is undeniable. The sexy new bartender at work gives her butterflies every time she looks at him. And for once, Jo is tempted to put her needs first. Cam is just as obsessed with getting to know Jo, but her walls are too solid to let him get close enough to even try.

Then Cam moves into the flat below Jo’s, and their blistering connection becomes impossible to ignore. Especially since Cam is determined to uncover all of Jo’s secrets …even if it means taking apart her defenses piece by piece.

Down London Road is Samantha Young's novel On Dublin Street (you can read my review of that book here) and follows the story of Johanna Walker (those of you who have read ODS will remember her), a troubled young woman who feels worthless and unworthy of love while trying to protect her little brother from growing up with an alcoholic mother.

From reading that review you can probably tell I was just a little excited to finally get a copy of Down London Road onto my Kindle. The wait was excruciating I tell you! When it finally arrived I finished off my previous read and dove straight in.

When we first meet Jo she is dating Malcolm, an older man who can offer her the security she craves but the passion just isn't there. She knows it and Malcolm knows it too. She goes along with the motions until she meets a certain someone. That certain someone is a tattooed, rude and obnoxious man by the name of Cameron McCabe, Jo immediately hates him but can't deny the attraction she feels toward him and neither, as we learn later, can he.

What follows is the development of a beautiful relationship, they both open up to each other in ways they never have with others, letting themselves into each others lives and learning that they both need to be together. For Jo this need goes so much deeper, Cam makes her realise, that despite what she grew up believing, she is worthy of love and protection. That there is a way out of the situation she's in with her mother and most importantly, a way to protect Cole.

As always with Samantha's books her male lead cuts for a hawt character, I mean, seriously?!?! I thought Branden was hot but Cam beats him hands down for me. Some of the things he said to Jo had me melting into a pile of goo, he truly loves her. Oh and the sex was pretty damn awesome too. Plus the way he was so prepared and eager to take Cole under his wing, the fact that Jo had a teenage brother she cared for full time didn't bother him at all.

The came the inevitable twist at the end and if I didn't love Cam before than (despite some of the STUPID stuff he'd pulled I did now. Seeing him like that with Jo was just perfect, totally perfect and a great end to the book. You will love this man and have I new book boyfriend by the time you get to the end of this.

I guess my main gripe with this book was some of the vocab, especially during the sex scenes, it made me cringe a little but I managed to look past it since Cam was being so damn hot.

If Samantha writes another book in this series I will definitely be reading it.

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