On Dublin Street
Publication date: 31st August 2012
Reviewed by Lesley
When I fall in love with a book a few things can happen- firstly I'll post a rather gushy review, then I'll probably encourage my fellow bookish friends to buy it so that we can gush together over said book, then I may add said book to my "favourites so far in 2012" shelf on Goodreads, and then because I want the kind people who read my little itty bity blog to get the chance to read it too I might plan a little giveaway. I did all of the above for On Dublin Street by Samantha Young because it was freaking A-MAZ-ING with a capital A. If you've already read it then I NEED to talk to you about it and if you haven't read it yet GO AND BUY IT because it's full of Schmexy, it's emotional (I cried once and had a giant lump in my throat at another bit), it's funny and it's got a heroine you can't help loving, a best friend you would want to be your best friend and a seriously smouldering and determined Scottish hero that you will have you keeling over with the hugest amount of swoon ever ever ever seen! That is all.
No, that is not all. Another important reason that I loved On Dublin Street was that it is set in Edinburgh and (despite being a true Glaswegian) is therefore full of win for me. I don't think I've ever read any adult romances with a Scottish setting written by a Scottish writer and I don't mean one of those female authors who write bizarre Highland historical romances where the hero is called Angus and says "I dinnae ken lassie" four billion times and looks deranged on the cover with his flowing locks and rugged man chest. On Dublin Street has a contemporary setting, characters I could relate to and a story line that can only be described as absolutely delicious. I loved it.
After losing her family Jocelyn is looking to start over in Edinburgh, on her way to a viewing of a flat she shares a taxi with a gorgeous guy in a suit, much flirting occurs but Jocelyn has sworn herself off men and doesn't want any form of real relationship. Ellie Carmichael is living in a gorgeously restored period flat in Dublin Street given to her by her older brother Braden a successful and pants meltingly hot businessman. When Jocelyn sees the flat she falls in love with it and gets great vibes about Ellie too who is a complete sweetheart. It's only after Jocelyn moves in that she realises that the gorgeous guy in the suit is Braden Ellie's older brother, after dashing out naked looking for a towel after a bath she bumps into the very delicious Braden who is obviously quite taken by her naked introduction! The sexual tension between Braden and Jocelyn is agonisingly good. At the start Braden has a girlfriend but she's pretty obnoxious and doesn't last very long. Jocelyn is pretty much a closed book she hasn't dealt with the loss of her family and suffers extreme panic attacks when a memory of her mum or dad hits her. After weeks of banter and sexual tension Braden proposes they have a no strings attached friends with benefits kind of relationship. To Jocelyn it's the only kind of relationship she can have because she thinks she's broken and that she doesn't have it in her to have a real relationship.
I loved the flirting, the arguments, the banter and then the schmexy times between Jocelyn and Braden. It's very obvious Braden is falling for Jocelyn which makes her outright reluctance to let him into her heart even more agonising because you just know they're perfect for each other. I also loved best friend Ellie she was sweet and as her story unravelled I shed quite a few tears both for her and for Jocelyn's reaction to it, got angry at Braden and then felt heart sorry for him all in the space of a few pages that's just how well written it was. I was absolutely and wholeheartedly invested in the story and the characters.
On Dublin Street is now very much one of my favourite books of 2012, I need more from Samantha Young I seriously hope she can write really fast. A well deserved and totally EPIC 5 out of 5.
As I loved it so much I want to give a copy of On Dublin Street to one lucky follower.
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This giveaway is International and ends on the 21st of October.