Sunday, December 2, 2012

Review: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

                   On Dublin Street 

Published by NAL (Penguin Group)
Source:  Publisher/Edelweiss
US paperback edition
Out Dec 31st 2012
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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

My Thoughts:  After a terrible tragedy that left her emotionally scarred, Jocelyn Butler moved to Scotland, where her mother was from in an attempt to forget her grief, pushing all her problems deep inside, with an out of site, out of mind attitude.  After being so hurt by the loss of those close to her, she has decided that she just won't have any relationships, never letting anyone get too close, always on guard, stationed like a soldier protecting the fortress she has built around her heart.  After graduating from college, her best friend and roommate moves away, and Joss finds herself headed to Dublin Street to check out a new apartment.  She ends up sharing a cab with the hot, handsome, smug stranger who makes an impression on her that she won't soon forget.  After moving in with Ellie, she awkwardly finds out that this hot stranger is Braden Carmichael, Ellie's brother.  The attraction between the two is undeniable, but then Joss doesn't do relationships, or so she says.  After striking a deal to be friends with benefits for 3 months, Joss finds herself dealing with emotional issues she hadn't bargained for.  Will she continue to run from her past, or will she finally face the issues that have scarred her so deeply?

This book was freaking awesome.  It was emotionally raw and heart wrenching, and sexually supercharged.  Braden Carmichael is Scottish sex on a stick, with an Alpha personality, yet also highly  in tune to Jocelyn's needs and emotions at the same time.  He says what he means, and is determined to get what he wants, but also has the ability to be patient and loving.   I liked Jocelyn a lot, even though she could be hardheaded at times.  She is emotionally broken and has a lot of baggage, and she knows it.  The chemistry between Joss and Braden is off the charts, and the sex is WOW.  The secondary characters were well written and intertwined into the story so that I really felt like I got to know them as well.  I experienced the full gamut of emotions in this book, right along with the characters, and there was humor interjected in that balanced out the intensity of what was taking place.  This book captured my attention from beginning to end.  Again, I really loved On Dublin Street (and Braden), and would definitely recommend it to those who love contemporary romance.


“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 we’re doing. I just won’t be well-mannered about it.” 

“You’re good with the words, I’ll give you that.”
“I’m good with my hands. Will you let me give you that?” 

“Let me rephrase.” He took a seething step toward me. “When it comes to you… I don’t like to share.” 

“You're afraid. I get it," he bent to murmur comfortingly in my ear. "I know why you ran today, and I know why you're running now. But shit happens, babe, there's no protecting against it. You also can't let it take over your life and rule your relationships with people. We need to enjoy the time we have, however long it's going to be. Stop running.” 

About this author

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Samantha Young, is a 26 year old writer from Stirlingshire, Scotland. After graduating from the university of Edinburgh, Samantha returned to Stirlingshire where she happily spends her days writing about people she's keen for others to meet, and worlds she's dying for them to visit. Having written over ten young adult urban fantasy novels, Samantha took the big plunge into adult contemporary romance with her novel 'On Dublin Street'. 'On Dublin Street' is a #1 National Bestseller and has been re-published by NAL(Penguin US).


  1. I've been debating whether or not to read this but I think you helped sway my decision to yes! I'm in need of a romance :) Great review!

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  3. Ahhh, I've had On Dublin Street since it released and am dying to read it! I love the quotes you included!

  4. Wow, this totally sounds like a book I'd love. I love reading books where the protagonists are in a conflicting situation.

    Great review, Ellen!

    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

  5. I have heard so many great things about this! I don't read a lot of adult contemp romance but all the reviews I have been seeing has kinda got me in the mood!

    1. It is good. It reminded me a little of Beautiful Disaster, so if you like that one, you probably will enjoy this.

    2. Candace,

      Sam is a good friend and an amazing writer. You must check out anything and everything with her name on it. ;)

  6. Holy shit! That second quote was so simple but so HOT!!!
    I got this two weeks ago and want to read it so freaking bad. Especially now that I read your review.
    Raw, emotional, sexy and angsty books are my favorites :)


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