BOOK REVIEW of On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
This book came as part of my ‘Novels That Are Kinda Like 50 Shades’ mission.
And I’ll admit that it was actually pretty good.
The overabundance of dominating men (a particular favourite of mine) in books nowadays could get tiring and overdone. But they all seem to have different issues, the thing that makes them so ultimately masculine. It’s usually through some hard knock life and they end up with tons of money and are super successful. A bit annoying if those qualities are the only reason they’re dominant.
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.
On Dublin Street has those qualities, and yet the edge to Braden Carmichael is alluring. He’s possessive and dangerous, and confused about what he wants, yes, but he goes after what he realises he wants with great tenacity once he discovers it. I liked this book, I read it in a few sittings and where it wasn’t a glued-to-my-seat story, the sexuality and unwilling attraction between the heroine, Jocelyn, and the hero kept me wanting more. I needed to know if they could figure it out, through all the differences and hardships.
Misunderstandings abound in this book, they’re everywhere and I caught myself eye-rolling at a few of them. I’m not so keen on couples that I want to shake until they see sense, and just when you think, oh, they’ve finally sorted it and stopped being dicks, they find something else to misconstrue. Where is the trust? These two had serious issues.
Saying all that, the sex was fiery and passionate, both angry and tender and all consuming. How it should be when the protagonist and her man keep butting heads. The entire novel is well written, descriptive and engaging and funny, if not delightfully cheesy in some places.
I recommend it to people looking for a tempestuous love story with a whole heaping of erotic scenes.
I awarded this book 4 Throbbing Hearts and a heat rating of Sinfully Hot.
Disclaimer: Own bought copy
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