RERUN Review: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

RERUN Review: On Dublin Street by Samantha YoungOn Dublin Street by Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #1
Published by Signet July 2, 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 372
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Amazon US

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.

Rerun Reviews features reviews by Debbie, previously published on Keep Calm Read Romance or Talk Supe — and reviews by Ali previously published on GingerRead Reviews.

After reading On Dublin Street I was surprised to find out that this was Samantha Young’s first venture into the adult romance category. I was totally astounded by that little tid-bit because On Dublin Street was so incredibly awesome. If you are a sucker for a sexy man with an accent then I can tell you right now you will be falling and swooning hard for Braden Carmichael. Weeks after reading this book I am still thinking about that sexy Scotsman. I’m kind of kicking myself right now because I’m just getting to this review and not told you about the awesomeness of this book.

College student, Jocelyn ‘Joss’ Butler has been living on her own in Scotland for the last four years. Joss had lived through enough heartache and loss that would last a lifetime. She loses her mother, father and younger sister in a single tragic vehicle accident at a young age and has been on her own ever since. So as soon as she graduated high school in America, she quickly jumps on a plane to moves to Scotland, her mothers homeland. Not wanting to suffer through such tragic heartache again, Joss keeps everyone around her at an arm’s length. She’s unwilling to let herself care for others, including her roommate and new friends in Scotland. After her best friend and roommate moves to London, Joss is on the hunt for a new flat and finds a vacancy for a beautiful flat on Dublin Street.

“Our attraction was nuclear. I had never known anything like it. It made Braden Carmichael extremely dangerous to me.”

“Why the hell did he have to be the human version of a sexually charged nuclear weapon?”

On the way to visiting her new potential home and future roommate, Joss has a chance meeting with an alluring Scotsman. They unexpectedly share a cab ride and from the instant she meets this mystery man, Joss recognizes her attraction to this stranger. Although she’s attracted to sexy Scotsman, Joss is put off by his flirty ways and cockiness. Leaving the mystery man in the cab, Joss goes on to inspect her new flat and agrees to move in with the young and beautiful, Ellie Carmichael.

Unbeknownst to Joss, Ellie happens to be the younger half-sister of Braden Carmichael, the stranger she shared a cab ride the first time she visited Dublin Street. The two unexpectedly meet again when Joss steps out of bathroom totally naked and runs into Braden in the hallway of her flat. Not only is Braden Ellie’s brother but he also happens to be the owner of the flat and feels he can walk-in whenever he pleases. Braden makes it clear from the very beginning that he’s interested in Joss and even tries to stake a claim on her even before they start any sort of relationship. Although Joss acts put off by Braden, she’s unable to keep herself around him and finds out that he’s not so bad to be around with. She’s extremely attracted to him but as her rule in life, refuses to let her self get close to him. Braden presents Joss with a “friends with benefits” deal where that can satisfy each others desires and needs with no strings attached.

“After last night, there’s no denying the promise of what’s between us. I’m not backing off, so rather than coming up with a new defense – which I’m sure I’d find highly entertaining – just give in, babe. You know you’re going to eventually.”

From the moment Joss and Braden get together, their relationship was absolutely electrifying. Braden will completely sweep you off your feet and consume all of your thoughts. Even with his cockiness and bluntness, you will not be able to ward off his charms. Braden totally had me from the moment you meet him in the cab ride scene and he continued to woo me till the very end. I found his aggressive and dominant persona to win Joss over completely sexy. With his determination, Braden was the first person in years to crack the protective wall Joss had built ever since she was a freshman in high school. He not only wanted to break down her barriers but he was willing to stick around even when Joss was hurdling through all her personal issues.

Joss was an interesting character. Although I found her never ending melodrama annoying at times, I couldn’t find myself not liking her. Seeing the barriers she’s created throughout the years is understandable, especially after suffering a great loss at such a young age. It’s a little heartbreaking to see her isolate herself because of her fears. Joss thinks that if she just lives in the now, she won’t set herself up for heartbreak in the future. You are with her when she finally starts to let herself feel for others around her and you see her wanting to make a change in her life and psyche. Some of the scenes I really enjoyed while Joss was working through all the muddle in her head took place in her therapists office. Her therapist didn’t push her to do things but allowed her to work things out in her own pace. She was even able to let Joss workout her feelings for Braden and the therapist was a fan of him from the very beginning.

“You’re a good person, which makes the fact that you don’t trust anyone really hard for the people who care about you.”

Everyone I follow who said this book was excellent was absolutely right! On Dublin Street was such a wonderful treat and I devoured this book in about a day. It was an emotional, angsty and enthralling read that me wide-eyed and glued to my Kindle. I really enjoyed seeing Joss grow and learn how to love and trust those around her. Braden is able to teach her how to trust and love someone whole heartedly. Ellie is even able to teach Joss that it’s easy to care for folks even with all of their faults. With Braden and Ellie’s help, Joss is able to learn that loving someone should not be something that we fear and that she is only holding herself back from finding peace and happiness by withdrawing herself from those who love and care about her. Like I said I was shocked to find out that this was Samantha Young’s first adult romance novel. On Dublin Street had all the passion and intensity that I crave in adult romances. Ms. Young created captivating characters and an emotionally and sexually charged story that will leave you wanting more, more and more.

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