Author: Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #1
The Verdict: 5 stars
For: Lovers of contemporary romance with Scottish men in suits, American women with attitude plus psychological and social issues that can be overcome, a love that is toxic and a passion that is burning.
Genres: Contemporary Romance, chick lit
Publication details: October 25th, 2012 by Penguin Books
Format: Kindle, 415 pages
Book Synopsis: Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare . . .
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.
Incredibly passionate and downright romantic, On Dublin Street is a captivating and bittersweet story of the redemptive power of love.
My review: Generally, when I’m choosing a book to read, I read a couple reviews beforehand so I can get the general gist of the story, how other people found the story and then I occasionally don’t read it.
On Dublin Street was – unfortunately – one of those books I bought months and months ago but never got round to reading it because I judged it before I’d even opened it on my kindle. With over 1500 reviews, I thought to myself “yeah this book has gotta be pretty sweet!” but then I read a few five star reviews and then a couple in between reviews and then a couple where the reviewer wouldn’t even give a rating but were forced to give it one star.
From here it depends on how you look at it – fortunately On Dublin Street was not a disappointment to me despite some of the reviews it has received since its release.
To start with On Dublin Street was written by a British author – those of you who have read my posts in the past know that I love a British author. I find that a British author will make fewer mistakes about the UK than a non-British author who has done research (nothing against the international authors, I love you all!)
Next the characters – most of them – are well likeable. The main characters are very well written, they balance each other perfectly and there’s banter between them all that I could practically touch. The secondary characters on the other hand, I wasn’t overly fond of, not how they were written just the characters themselves.
Jocelyn Butler a.k.a. Joss is a walking psychological mess. At the age of 14, her parents and younger sister were killed in a car crash; a year later her best friend also dies. Understandably that has left Jocelyn with some pretty messed up thoughts on life and some serious issues that she hasn’t dealt with; at the beginning of the book she moves house and moves in with a lady that will bring out the buried parts of Joss.
Braden Carmichael is the fuel to Jocelyn’s flame and what a flame. He’s rich, good-looking, loves his sister Ellie (Jocelyn’s new flatmate), he has a sense of humour and he has alpha stamped all over him. He’s the perfect arsehole.
Braden and Jocelyn meet in an unorthodox way – they meet when they’re both trying to get in the same cab to go to the same area of Scotland. At first Braden comes across as all sleaze and no gentleman at all until the story progresses.
“Gentlemen are gentlemen in bed. They make sure you’re having a good time.”
“I’ll make sure you’re having a good time, and that you’re okay with everything. I just won’t be well mannered about it.”
True, it doesn’t scream “gentleman” but gimme.
His mouth as well – “Babe, nice lingerie is for seducing a man. I’m already fucking seduced.” Dirty mouths rock.
The story progresses and the characters develop an arrangement that is strictly friends with benefits – the only trouble with that is that sometimes feelings get involved and they get in the way, if you consider how much damage Jocelyn has maybe it wasn’t the smartest of ideas for her to get involved in a sexual relationship with a near stranger.
As always there are issues and jealously flying throughout this book but it’s dealt with in such a way that it isn’t utter sleazy. The smut level is moderate in On Dublin Street despite the fact that some people have classified it as Erotica – I don’t feel that it is erotica just a little bit on the dirty side. There’s plenty of drama, plenty of sarcasm and caustic wit, and there’s plenty of feels in there too!
I really enjoyed On Dublin Street and I purchased the next instalment so I could find out about the next characters.