The synopsis: Four years ago, Jocelyn Butler left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Edinburgh. Burying the grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without any real attachments has worked well for her so far but when Joss moves into a fantastic apartment on Dublin Street, her carefully guarded world is shaken to its core by her new roommate’s sexy older brother.
Braden Carmichael is a man who always gets what he wants. And what he wants is Jocelyn in his bed. Knowing how skittish Joss is concerning any kind of relationship, Braden proposes a sexual arrangement that should satisfy the intense attraction between them without it developing into anything ‘more’. An intrigued Jocelyn agrees, completely unprepared for the Scotsman and his single-minded determination to strip the stubborn young woman bare… to the very soul.
Contains strong adult content. For readers ages 18+
Jocelyn, who prefers to be called Joss, is someone I like right away. She’s very independent and presents a feisty image. She’s good at guarding her emotions however, keeping herself at arm’s length from even those few she truly cares about. It’s a defense mechanism, and one that has served her well. Or has it? Let’s face it…if you never truly let anyone in? You may avoid getting hurt, but you also never experience the joy that comes from being loved and cared about.
Enter her new flatmate’s brother…Braden. O yeah…Alpha male alert ladies. Braden takes an immediate liking to Joss too, and even though she feels a deep attraction to him, she’s determined not to act on it. Dood! If it was me I’d be all over that in a hot second…
Braden as described is my kind of guy…tall, broad-shouldered, blue-eyed, dark of hair, a sensual mouth…O…and a Scottish accent?!? Holy crap! He’s also got a lot of money, because he’s smart and he works hard for it. He’s very direct…a characteristic which I like. He knows what he wants, and he wants Joss. He refuses to call her that btw, insisting on Jocelyn. It irritates her no end, but he finally explains why he does it. That was a pretty swoony moment in the book. Yeah…Braden Carmichael is now added to my fantasy boyfriend list.
As I said, Joss isn’t looking for any deep attachments…she isn’t looking for any attachments at all…not even the sexual kind. She also doesn’t believe that Braden really wants her, after all…she’s not his type. He also seems to be a bit of a player. That’s definitely not her type…if she was interested…which she insists she’s not. Well, you know something else I like about this guy? He’s not easily deterred. Thank heavens for that because he finally convinces Joss to agree to a rather interesting arrangement. It’s good for them…it’s good for us…heavy heat ensues.
Something else I really liked about Joss is that she is very aware that she has a lot of issues and baggage that she’s never dealt with, so she finally begins to see a therapist. She keeps this a secret for a good part of the book, but I enjoyed the sessions as she begins to work through her “emotional junk”. Ms. Young uses an inner dialogue for Joss that I enjoyed a great deal. It made me smile and laugh a lot as I was reading, because the inner dialogue often doesn’t match what she actually says.
Joss’ flatmate, Ellie is a total sweetheart. She offers friendship without pushing too hard, and while she’d like to see a little more romance between Braden and Joss, she’s pretty good about not pushing that too hard either. The side story of her own romance troubles with Adam make for more good reading. There are other secondary characters that make this book special as well, but Ellie is my hands down favorite in that category. When she has a medical crisis later in the story my heart was breaking.
I love it when an author sets up struggles and conflict in the relationship, and Ms. Young does a great job of doing just that in On Dublin Street. It’s enough to keep me reading hard and fast, but not so much that I feel hopelessly mired in angst. It makes me root for the couple to get their act together, and I definitely want Braden and Joss to be together…emotionally AND sexually. It’s one of those stories that make me want to shake both of them one minute, hug them the next, and then send them off to the bedroom 😉
This book has it all…romance, fabulously written heat, family, friendship, heartbreak, longing, hope, and an ending that is completely satisfying.
My rating for On Dublin Street by Samantha Young:
A must read 5 hearts
If you haven’t read this book yet, you need to go buy it right now and start reading. Go on!