Review and G!veaway: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

Publication Date: August 31st, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 5 out of 5 Stars
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.

I started this book at about nine pm last night and finished it at about two am. I’m running on less than three hours of sleep. But I’m not whining or anything. It’s been awhile since a book has kept me reading until the wee hours of the morning. I’d like to bitch the author out but damn. My boy, B was well worth the eyebags and the zombie-like trance I’m in. 

The Gist: Orphan Joss moved to Scotland to get away from the memories of losing her family and the subsequent destruction she inflicted on herself. And while she thought Scotland was far enough, there was no escaping the panic attacks. When she crosses path with the Carmichaels, she wasn’t prepared for the impact they would have in her life. She grew to love Ellie, the sister of the most obnoxious, infuriating, hot, funny, serial dater she’d ever known. Braden Carmichael challenged her, intrigued her and made her realize all the things she wanted and needed. But she wasn’t ready to give back. When he proposed a sex-only relationship without the hassles of entanglement, Joss didn’t even bat an eyelash and signed on. As the three-month long agreement drew to an end, she realized, she actually wouldn’t mind giving a relationship with Braedan a go. After all, dating him was no hardship and she seems to have the most fun when they’re at each other’s throat…among other things. But when a crisis struck the Carmichaels, Joss found herself facing the reality of why she avoided falling in love and loving another human being. She wasn’t ready to add another person to the list of people she’d loved and lost. So she did the next logical thing. 

This book was heartbreaking, steamy and addicting. It’s one of those that will have you re-reading passages not because they were insightful (though they were smartly written) but because you want to go back and reminisce how you felt while you were reading at that time. Passages like their first meeting, their first kiss, their countless arguments and subsequent make-out make-up sessions, and the first time they had sex (which just about incinerated my Kindle). This is what I would call the TOTAL ROMANCE – the be all and end all of this genre. I’m not kidding and I would not take that brand lightly. I’ve read a lot of romance books but man…this one. This book. It was breathtaking, heartwrenching, and it brought on ugly, fat tears. The kind you don’t want to shed at one in the morning while the entire house snores away in z land. Trust me, I did. I felt stupid and happy and grateful for knowing these characters. I fell in love and they broke my heart but they put it back together again by realizing the errs of their ways. I know I sound like a sap. You don’t have to tell me. You would have to fight hard not to be overwhelmed and in my case, it was futile. I couldn’t not feel anything even if you slather me with novocaine. 

Verdict: This is my intro to Samantha’s writing. She’s published several that I’ve yet to check out. But it only takes one book for me to get addicted to an author’s work. I’ve read so many fantastic reviews of On Dublin Street and to be honest, I didn’t want to jump on the bandwagon. I’m so glad I resisted. She’s created such perfectly flawed characters that made for a perfect book. She moved me to tears. She made me laugh. She made me ache for the palpable love between Joss and Braedan and Ellie and Adam. 

Book reviews are meant to sell books but this is one of those instances where you should let the book do the selling. Forget being a technical reader; focus on the story for once and quit looking for all the negative things everybody missed. Try to remember the last time a book has got you so caught-up, taken, and overwrought with a feeling of spontaneous joy and pain. So what if you ended up liking a popular book? So what if Braden was downright pushy? Read this book and find out how for every hero that acted like a jerk lies a clueless man who didn’t know how to handle the uncertainties of loving a person. Read this book and find out how scared and selfish a girl could be when faced with what she thinks is inevitable heartbreak. And finally, read this book because not reading it is denying yourself of something so good and that’s just…cruel. 

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