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Series: On Dublin Street #1
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Samantha Young
Publication Date: 8/31/12
Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare…** I purchased On Dublin Street while it was still self-pubbed. My info above reflects the version I own/read**
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.
With a broody tone, intense characters, and steamy love story, its no wonder On Dublin Street blew up in a big way and became a world-wide sensation.
At this point in the book's journey, I sort of feel as if my review is pointless. Everyone, and I mean, everyone seems to have read On Dublin Street, and LOVED it. With good reason, I'll add. And though I did truly enjoy most of the book, and devoured the second half, I admit it took me a while to fall in love.
I think my hesitation came from the overwhelming hype. I'm always afraid I will become the contrary reader who "just doesn't get it". It's happened to before (Incarnate, ugh) and I'm sure it will happen again.
Another reason for my slow warming to On Dublin Street was the mood. The tone at the beginning is very dreary, though totally fitting and understandable. I was getting depressed. Also, Joss is so cold (again fitting and understandable) and Braden was arrogant, overbearing. Don't get me wrong, I love a man in control (just ask Autumn, we've had DEEP discussion about this) but I don't like a man, bookish or otherwise, to treat his lady like a mother-flipping child. So...there's that.
BUT, once Joss and Braden begin to open up to one another, and their senses of humor come into play, On Dublin Street became super enjoyable. I loved the banter, the play vie for control, the upper hand. The playful flirtation, with a dangerously sexy undercurrent made me go from lukewarm to really liking to OMG, I CAN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN.
On Dublin Street was so dramatic (SO DRAMATIC), occasionally funny ("sausage" jokes, FTW), pretty darn steamy (WIN!) and in the end, I really, really liked it. And I've learned there will be an On Dublin Street, Part Deux. I'm very, very curious about this, since book one was wrapped up nice and tight. I sincerely hope it's more of a companion, and I pray it's about Adam and Ellie.
"Babe," he gave me a look that suggested I was missing the obvious, "I never kid about blowjobs."
The sound of someone choking brought my head up. Our waiter had descended on us just in time to hear those romantic words and his rosy cheeks betrayed his embarrassment. "Ready to order?" he croaked out.
"Yes," Braden answered, obviously uncaring that he'd been overheard. "I'll have the steak, medium-rare." He smiled softly at me. "What are you having?" He took a swig of water.
He thought he was so cool and funny.
"What's taking so long?"
"Jocelyn was just begging for sex, but I told her it was a highly inappropriate time for it," Braden answered loudly, causing passerby to chuckle at him.
Furious at him for so many reasons, I rushed down our stoop towards them. "That's okay, sweetheart," I answered just as loudly. "I have a toy that does a better job of it anyway."
"I spent last night going over and over the last six months in my head and I know that you're lying to me. I know you love me, Jocelyn, because there's no f*cking way I can be this much in love with you and not have you feel the same way. It's not possible."
I giggled. "I love you."
He sat up quickly and then swung out of the bed, pulling me with him. He pushed me towards then en-suite. "You're going to say it again while I f*ck you in the shower."
"This whole taking control thing is kind of hot."
"It's about to get hotter, babe."
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