On Dublin Street
By: Samantha Young
Blurb from Goodreads:
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. Contains strong adult content. For readers ages over 18.
I went into this book trying not to have too many expectations. It's slow going at first, but it takes off after the first few chapters. Really when Joss starts seeing a therapist for her emotional hang-ups.
I have to say I REALLY like Braden, despite the fact he's bossy and rich (two characteristics that are currently being overdone). He never gave up on Joss. That's something to admire. Really and truly, it is. Read it, and you'll understand.
The sex. The sex is hot. HOT, HOT, HOT! In fact, the whole reason I kept reading was because the sex scenes are very well written. Not to mention, some of the stuff that comes out of Braden's mouth... *swoon*
"I know that you're lying to me. I know you love me, Jocelyn, because there's no fucking way I can be this much in love with you, and not have you feel the same way. It's not possible."Seriously!! Yeah, I would melt too. The writing takes you seamlessly through the scenes and gives the angst everyone looks for in a romance novel. The plot is only a little different from other books riding the 50 Shades wave. I read this book two days ago, and I had to look at the blurb to remember their names. I guess that's not a good thing.
The biggest problem I had was with the protagonist, Jocelyn. I'll start with what I did like - I love how snarky she is in her inner dialogue:
"Why the hell did he have to be the human version of a sexually charged nuclear weapon?"I just didn't feel she was 22 years old most of the time. We ALL have baggage, and she has some, but she kept hanging up on it.
Overall, I'm glad I read it. It's a great read if you're in the mood. I give this novel 3.75 STARS!