Monday, 1 June 2015

Archive Review: Down London Road by Samantha Young

The bit on the back…

Johanna Walker knows what she wants. And that's a strong, steady, financially secure man who will treat her well and look after her and her little brother, Cole - something her parents have never done.

But when she meets the gorgeous Cameron MacCabe, a new bartender at work, Jo can't deny the instant and undeniable attraction she feels. Cam doesn't fit into her strict specifications of her perfect partner at all - but for once she is tempted to let her heart rule her head.

And as their intense connection grows, Jo has to stop hiding the truth about herself and her family. Is Cam prepared to accept Jo for who she really is? And is Jo willing to let someone into her life for keeps?

Down London Road is the sequel to Samantha Young’s best-selling contemporary romance novel On Dublin Street. It follows the story of Jo, one of the characters you are introduced to in Joss and Braden’s story. When I first learned who the story was about I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it because of the preconceptions I had made about Jo while reading On Dublin Street – however if you have felt the same when reading the prequel – do not be put off, this is another corker of a story which will leave you wanting to read it over and over again.

Jo appears to be a gold-digger, chasing fabulously rich men to enhance her own life. She is anything but. As pseudo-mother to her younger brother Cole and nurse, rather than daughter, to her alcoholic mother, Jo strives to provide a safe and stable environment for her brother to grow up in. She forfeits love in the hope of finding a wealthy man who she has lukewarm feelings for, but knows can provide the life she so desperately wants for Cole – that is until she meets Cam.

Cam instantly judges Jo like a book by its cover and calls her out on all the things about herself that she is afraid of. Jo must make the decision whether to risk her and Cole’s financial stability in the face of what could be true love, and as Cam is introduced into Jo’s life she has to deal with the her insecurities that Cam will find out what her life is really like.

As I’ve mentioned I wasn’t sure how I felt about Jo being the main character. I really had judged her, badly I admit, when I was reading the first in the series. Having said that, getting to know her story and how hard she fights for her brother to have a normal upbringing, which is more than she has ever had. I began to really admire her, not for having a relationship with a wealthy man, but for the decisions she makes regarding her brother and how she has coped with having a whole pile of responsibility thrust upon her at a young age.

I wasn’t sure of Cam either in the beginning, and he appeared to be constantly at odds with Jo, judging her far more harshly than she deserved. I love how their relationship, however fractious in the beginning, is intense throughout the story. Although they appear to severely dislike each other at the start their attraction is undeniable, and makes the story electric.

When their relationship starts to grow and change from friends to lovers I like how although it is only told from Jo’s point of view, it is obvious how deep Cam’s feelings are for her, the romance really pulses through.

The book is full of emotion, and those emotions are often conflicting between what Jo wants and what she thinks is best for her family. It also has a darker side as Jo’s family history surfaces and throws everything up in the air towards the end of the book, making for a really great twist.

In short I loved it, even after being unsure in the beginning. I loved that as it’s the second in the series it gives you an insight to how the rest of the characters are getting on in their respective lives.

On Dublin Street and novella Until Fountain Bridge are also available to download.

Read them all!

Erin x

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