Friday, January 18, 2013

Review: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

Author: Samantha Young
Publisher: PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL
Date of Publication: August 2012

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.

On Dublin Street is yet another example of great erotica. It's a well written, often heart-wrenching book.  I was pulled into the story right away and immediately loved the characters.  I really liked Joss's character.  She is so scarred from her life experience.  I really felt for her.  It was nice to watch her walls slowly come down as she lets in new friends.  Her and Braden's attraction is there from the start, but she is reluctant to do anything about it.  Braden is a bit of an alpha male, but I honestly didn't think he was anything too overbearing.  You can genuinely see that he cares for Joss and is willing to do whatever it takes to win her heart and trust.  I was definitely in his corner throughout the entire book.

The book is filled with great characters and very steamy love scenes.  For her first venture into adult fiction, Ms. Young has done one heck of a job.  This book isn't all angst, although there is plenty of it.  There are some big laugh out loud moments. I also loved that the ending is wrapped up nicely with a satisfying HEA.  It looks like there is a sequel to the book coming out in May.  On London Road will feature Jo, Joss's friend from the bar.  I look forward to reading it!

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