Sunday 28 July 2013

On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

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. 

I read On Dublin Street for Sophie Hart's Book Club on Twitter, which I am looking forward to being a part of :).

At first I was a little worried that this was going to be another Fifty Shades sex story with lots of bondage and all things related, but I was pleased that there was no bondage in sight.

The story opens with a heartbreaking tragedy that Jocelyn (Joss) locks up inside of her and refuses to let it come to the surface and face what happened even eight years later. She is now living in Edinburgh and looking for a new apartment as her friend Rhian has moved down to London. It is while she is haling a cab that she comes across 'The Suit'. 'The Suit' is incredibly sexy and is not at all abashed that he is looking Jocelyn up and down, but Jocelyn makes it clear that she is not the slightest bit interested, especially when he says that he has a girlfriend.

Joss is viewing a very expensive flat and this is where she meets the lovely Ellie. The two seem to hit it off and Ellie very quickly announces that the room is hers. Joss soon moves in and whilst taking a bath she realises that there are no towels in there and is forced to run to her room naked when she realises there is someone in the house. Spinning round she sees The Suit' from the cab. Screaming at him to turn around with him laughing, she demands why he is there, to which she discovers he is Ellie's brother and he owns the apartment. So much for Joss forgetting all about 'The Suit then. 

'The Suit' is called Braden and my God is incredibly sexy and handsome and lovely- I could go on! And he makes Joss feels things that she never thought a man could make her feel. Determined not to let him in Joss plays cool and is quite rude around him, but it is blatantly obvious that the two of them have  very strong feelings (if sexually) for each other.

Joss does not like to let anyone in, but when Braden dumps his annoying girlfriend it is not long after that Joss agrees to give into her sexual feelings for him, but she makes it clear that it is just sex and nothing else. But the reader knows there is more to it than that, if only Joss would face her demons and let him in!!

Joss was an incredibly frustrating character at times and I hate that she kept pushing everyone away, especially Braden. Did she not realise that she had the perfect man right there ready to do anything for her?!! Throughout I was so worried that she was going to muck everything up that was going good for her. It was like she had a self-destruct button and someone needed to switch this off and I really really hoped that Braden would be able to do this.

I read this in a day and there are some quite hot sex scenes in this one, but it's not overbearing and thankfully not the main focus of the novel. 

I do believe Braden is another book boyfriend of mine ;)

On Dublin Street is out now.


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