Book Release Date: October 12, 2012
On Dublin Street rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
On Dublin Street series rating: N/A (haven't read them all)
"On Dublin Street" is book one in the On Dublin Street series
How are the sex scenes?
The sex scenes are smoking hot, steamy and well worth the wait!
How are the story lines?
With such a well constructed and believable story with multiple sub-stories,
On Dublin Street was a terrific book to read.
It was fun, sad, saucy and refreshing.
Would you read it again?
Joss Butler, the twenty two year old heroine of the story, is an accomplished, intelligent and aspiring author masking an aloof and lonely fourteen year old girl. To say she has deep emotional issues is a gross understatement. To say that she has suffered devastating loss is as well. In the first chapter we learn that she lost her parents and her adored younger sister in a horrible car accident. When we next meet her, it is eight years hence and she is living in Scotland’s beautiful city of Edinburgh, having kept herself emotionally isolated from the world. She describes herself as ‘cool and self possessed’.
Enter arrogantly handsome and cocky Braden Carmichael. Their first meeting is one so electrically charged, that they are both equally shocked (excuse the pun!). Braden is smart, savvy and sinfully sexy. Similar to Joss, apart from his best friend Adam and his step-family, he has kept people at arms length. Until he meets Joss, or Jocelyn as he called her. Their tidy, uncomplicated lives were about to change.
In some ways, On Dublin Street by Samantha Young has a fairly predictable plot. Boy meets girl, boy chases girl, gets girl, loses girl and fights for girl! With clever writing, a slow discharge of Joss and Braden’s painful pasts, wonderfully likeable characters, and cleverly timed humor - the story is refreshingly unpredictable.
Braden is a man who not only knows what he wants, but he tenaciously pursues his desired conquest. He wants Jocelyn in his bed and in his heart. For Joss, whose walls for many years were impenetrable and who was determined to keep her distance from the luscious businessman with his ‘caveman’ antics, this poses a problem. The sexual tension is strung tight until he made his first claim of her lips. This not until Chapter 10.
In his first kiss we read:
“Braden’s hand tightened around my neck and he groaned, the vibration of it surging through me, skimming down my body like hands teasing my nipples, whispering across my belly and sliding home between my legs.” Phew !
As Joss described Braden, rolling her eyes, “Why the hell did he have to be the human version of a sexually charged nuclear weapon?” Why indeed.
What ensues, it not just a sexy love story, although, yes it certainly was that too. It is the breaking down of walls to allow love in; the deconstruction of coping mechanisms that had allows both Braden and Joss to exist as isolated islands in life. What Braden sees as inevitable, Joss sees as impossible. Yet, they are drawn to one another as a moth to the proverbial flame.
The sex scenes were very intense and hot!
“I raised my hips and Braden slammed back into me. I cried out, my neck arching. He groaned against my ear as he thrust hard, our bodies so focused on reaching climax..." Yum
Samantha Young’s dry wit and humour is delightful, her timing, brilliant. One of the characters, Rhian, struggled with relating to people she couldn't stir.
As Joss stated, “Rhian, we’ve talked about this. Normal people don’t like to be called names. For some reason, they tend to take that personally. And you are a tad bitchy, by the way." To which Rhian replied, “Normal people are so sensitive."
The interchanges between Braden and Joss ae clever and funny. After a brief mention of blowjobs, unintentionally in front of the waiter whilst ordering dinner at a classy restaurant, Braden says,
“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 as so cool and funny. “Apparently sausage.”
Some books allow you to close the cover when you’ve finished reading and think ‘next’. This is not one of those books. I thoroughly recommend On Dublin Street for readers who enjoy hot spicy sex, deep thoughtful relationships mixed in with good humor and sensitivity. It’s packed with many laugh out loud moments as well as poignant and sad times too.
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