Review | One King's Way by Samantha Young (@AuthorSamYoung)

17 November 2015


Publisher: Piatkus

New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Streetreturns to the bar where it all began with Braden and Joss for a white-hot new novella full of passion and drama.

When he's not working at the club, Craig Lanaghan looks out for his mother and little sisters. So when it comes to women, all he wants is a good time. But once Rain Alexander walks into his life, there's no denying that this woman could be worth much more than a one-night stand . . .

Rain's lifelong regret is having left her sister Darcy alone years ago with a guardian who turned out to be abusive. So when Darcy's boyfriend publicly humiliates her in a cruel way, Rain's overprotective instincts kick in and she follows him to Club 39 - where she meets a guy who just might be her perfect match.

The chemistry between Rain and Craig is explosive, but Rain is out for revenge, and refuses to be sidetracked by flirtation. As things between them heat up, she'll have to make a heartbreaking choice between giving in to the man of her dreams or putting her sister's happiness first . . .

Ever since I picked up On Dublin Street by Samantha Young I have been a massive fan of her books. I've read the entire ODS series (bar one novella which I will get around to!) and have read every other book she's published since. You could say I am something of a Samantha Young and ODS fan girl, so much so that I had to take a copy of the first On Dublin Street book for Samantha to sign at The Great British Book Affair earlier this year. Anyway, safe to say I adore this series which ended with the publication of the last full-length book a few months ago so when I heard this novella was coming out I had to have it! I wasn't ready to say goodbye to this beloved series of mine.

Wow, I really digressed there... back to the review...

If you've read the ODS series, you may remember Craig, one of the barmen at Braden's bar, Club 39, who kissed Joss to help her make Braden jealous. Well, this novella is about Craig, who sleeps with anything that has a pulse, finding the love of his life, Rain. And boy does he fall hard, one of my favourite moments in this novella was when he was talking on the phone to his mum about Rain and said to her:
"I've found her"
*cue swoon*

I mean, come on! I am so like Rain, I am a romantic and that line just melted my heart entirely. Craig is so cute and fun to read. You can see he really hasn't been in this situation before and it's all new ground to him. He really is a fish out of water but he knows that he's found her. 

Of course, true love never does run smooth and a huge issue gets between him and Rain and I hated that. Utterly hated it but I should know Samantha's books well enough to know that she wouldn't let us down and she really didn't. 

I really think this may be the most love conquers all ODS book, Craig and Rain go so far to get what they love and be together. Rain gets to protect her sister and Craig gets the love of his life. 

Both Rain and Craig learnt a lot in the course of the book and I was really rooting for them to be with each other and see that they could have their own lives and move forward together. I really loved this book and loved that I got a small glimpse of Joss and Braden (because I do love those two). 

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