Monday, 1 June 2015

Archive Review: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young



On Dublin Street – Samantha Young


The bit on the back…


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.




On Dublin Street is the first offering by Samantha Young that I read. I read it back at the start of the year and then re-read it straight after. I have recently re-read it again after I downloaded the novella Until Fountain Bridge which centres around two of the supporting characters in On Dublin Street. This was recommended to me after the hype that surrounded Mr Fifty Shades himself and his story.


The story is about Jocelyn, living in Edinburgh after fleeing her tragic past in America. I instantly liked her strong will, feistiness and determination which was revealed throughout the story as she relives her buried past and tries to deal with it as it makes its way into her future. She keeps her feelings to herself and guards them carefully until she moves in with Ellie and meets her brother Braden.


Braden is instantly likeable; he has that whole sexy, cocky, “I know I’m hot and I know you think so too” thing going on. I really liked his character and although the story is from Joss’s perspective it is easy to see how he feels about his relationship with Joss and where he wants it to be, through his dialogue with Joss. Looking back it feels as though some of the story, although all from Joss’s perspective, has been told from Braden’s, which is testament to how well written the story is.


Their story develops as Joss lets her guard down and lets Braden in. Braden wants to get to know all of her including her dark past, and what has made her who and the way she is. Their relationship grows and faces stumbling blocks as Joss struggles to open up. I really enjoyed the story between the characters and ended up falling in love a little bit with Braden along the way and his passion for making things work with Joss, and the intensity of his feelings towards her.


The story is set in Edinburgh, although with reference to the states where Joss lived in her early years. At first I wasn’t sure what to think about the fact that it was set in Scotland, being Scottish myself. It’s not often that books I read are set in here. I will admit that the only time I imagined them speaking with a truly broad, albeit stereotypical, Scottish accent was when real Scottish dialect shone through in some of the dialogue between the characters. I did, however, enjoy knowing what streets and different locations were being referenced in the story and found it even easier to imagine the setting.


In terms of the other characters that surround Joss and Braden I found it really easy to like them and believe them as part of the whole plot. I liked that Joss’s lack of immediate family was countered by the loving network surrounding Braden and Ellie; it gave quite a contrast but also made you think about where Joss was heading as a character in her relationship with Braden.


If you enjoy a really well written, contemporary romantic story with some depth and darkness to the plot and its characters then this is definitely for you. Fans of E.L James will definitely enjoy this. I have gone on to read Down London Road and Until Fountain Bridge which both feature secondary characters from On Dublin Street – I really liked this as it lets you keep up to date with the main characters from the previous story. A brilliant read for your holidays if you haven’t been already as it will keep you hooked, and turning the pages until you find yourself finished. At least when you do finish it you won’t have to wait for the next instalment. If you are reading this and have already enjoyed it I would recommend you read Until Fountain Bridge straight away!


Erin x

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