On Dublin Street
A review for this one, already? Didn’t I just start this last night? Yep! I was so excited about this book after the enthusiastic “Labor Day” recommendations for it, that I ignored my TBR list and jumped on this one immediately. And it appears so many of you joined me!
Maryse’s Book Blog: You girls are just as bad as I am with your awesome book recommendations and making my TBR list build & shift like crazy. That’s right! —> Just as bad as me! *silly grin* and I love you for it when you find me something that moves my entire TBR list down to move a book right to the top. “On Dublin Street” by Samantha Young. This is what I’m currently reading. Right now. As we speak. I am starting it! *squeeeee*
Cortney: I loved that book!!
Jennifer: Same thing. Just bought it. Totally wrecked my TBR list. 🙂
Tamara: Reading it now too – loving it!
Megan: Just downloaded it…thank you! I am a third of the way through SITD, then I’m onto Clash. Then…this one!
Maryse’s Book Blog: OMG just had an awesome chuckle. While I don’t think its a comedy of any sort, it is witty! —> an awkward first meeting led to this quote: “I would say it was nice to meet you, but I was naked, so… It wasn’t” tee hee!!
Tamara: I am laughing at bits all the way through
Fabiana: lol..Maryse..my bank is broke again!!! Lol..I can’t stop buying your recs!! Lol..too funny..but..I’m on it!!! Starting now….
Yanira: I’m going to take a break from Heller’s series. This one sounds perfect!
Tasha: I just bought this one to.. Will be starting it as soon as I finish Behind Closed Doors by Shannon McKenna
Yanira: I love Joss already. Meow! And Braden…hmmm.
Linda: It looks so good!!! Can’t wait to start reading it. Thanks bunches for all your recommendations!!
Amanda: Alright….I’m convinced. Starting it now!!
Lucy: Glad you moved this up your list… I read it earlier and immediately fell in love with it.. Humourous yet sexy!
Nancy: This makes the 6th book to move my TBR list around that you recommended, & I think that is only this week.
Michele: GOT IT! 😀
Yanira: This book is SO SO SO SO Good Braden is perfectly yummy. I stayed up until almost 2 am this morning!
Jennifer: I stayed up until almost 2 am also Yanira:) Still need to finish it today, got started on it late last night but you are right about Braden!
Joanna: WOW WOW WOW!!!! This one is really good, LOVE it!!!!
Yanira: I’m a zombie today, but is well worth it!! I just want the day to be over so I can return to Braden.
Maryse’s Book Blog: yep!! Yanira, me too! I fell asleep at 1 am and woke back up at 5 am and finished the book at 7am. Zombie for sure, me too. So good though!
So was it everything I was hoping it would be? YES!! Absolutely a great, read that I almost didn’t put down (only reason I did put it down was because I conked out at 1 am, with my iPad cuddled to me like a teddybear). And after my “nap”, I finished it. It feels like I pulled an all-nighter with this one but so worth it. Braden and the upcoming angst was calling me, and I didn’t stop until I was finished this morning. Me a sleep-zombie? You bet! But I’ve worked like this before, so… you know. Plus I have coffee. 😉 Ohhhh thank you coffee!!!
So what’s it about? American born Joss has been living in Scotland for the last five years. Struggling from a terribly heartbreaking past, she lives life forcing memories away, and making “friends” but never fully connecting to anyone. Never getting close means never feeling pain if (when) it all goes away again. After her perfectly “suited-to-her-needs” friends move away to London, she is forced to look for a new roommate…
Oh hell, I was in love.
I wanted to live here. To hell with the cost. To hell with a chatty roommate. I’d lived frugally for long enough. I was alone in a country I’d adopted. I deserved a little comfort.
I’d get used to Ellie. She talked a lot, but was sweet and charming, and there was something innately kind in her eyes.
… and re-establish her carefully constructed boundaries with new people.
And she tries. But a few of them just won’t let her re-build her walls completely. And one of them… she’s hot for!
“You’re a hard nut to crack.”
Okay, clearly I had to lay it out clear and simple for this guy. “Hey, there will be no cracking of this nut. Now or ever.”
He was choking on laughter now as he stepped towards me, making me back into the couch. “Really, Jocelyn… Why do you have to make everything sound so dirty?”
My mouth fell open in outrage as he turned and left… with the last word.
I hated him.
I really did.
Pity my body did not.
This one was so easy to get into, right off the bat. Quite an intense opening scene, so you knew… what kind of heartache you could be in for. Great writing, and a story and pacing that the reader could totally connect to. Personal drama, friends in the making, and quite a few moments of NO WAY did he/she just DO THAT!!!
Quickly, I turned away completely unprepared for the rush of blood in my ears and tightness in my chest.
But set that tone amongst a very witty cast of characters, and you’ll find yourself grinning like crazy amongst your growl-y moments.
Yep. But even though I was laughing, I knew this wasn’t a comedy. Heartbreak potential abounds, and there is more than just one tear-worthy scene. I shed a big tear! A big one rolled right down my cheek as my heart clenched, so officially, this one made me cry. And it made me mad. So mad. At a few of the characters, in a few different parts, but especially at one. Furious!! But I “got” it. Being human and all, means we’re not perfect, and certain situations can make us react badly. The whole “knowing better” but still reacting… *purses lips*
Certain life experiences, past memories, and future fears can set us on a self-destructive path, and hurt so many in the process. And this one had plenty of that. It was angsty, but almost perfectly paced in a way that didn’t over do it. Ok right, at one point I did mentally scream OH COME ON!!!!!!! (I suppose furious-me might have begged to differ), but it had just the right amount of everything for me to love it.
I hated that he was right. Our attraction was nuclear. I had never known anything like it.
It made Braden Carmichael extremely dangerous to me.
Oh and did I forget to mention the BEST part? Braden. Ohhhh yes BRADEN!!! He was ohhhhhh sooooo intensely gorgeous, rich and a perfect mix of bossy & sweet. A touch reminiscent of a Kristen Ashley alpha-male (my favorites!!). Sure Braden talked just a bit more, (less “one word” answers from this guy) but his “MINE” moments, his one word “Babe.” moments, and his demands were just perfect.
Intense attraction, heart-melting romance, blood-boiling “that better not be what I think it is” moments, giggles, exasperation and angst, made for an excellently balanced, all-consuming read. LOVED it!