“Very good read! ”Ria Sookoo wrote this review Monday, January 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read On Dublin Street at two sittings with only one break for my real life stuff. That being said once I finished it, I was on the fence about whether it a keeper or slightly less than that. In the end, my last test of keeper status is simple: Will I read it again? And the answer is no.
Jocelyn Butler has had a tragic life losing her entire family at age 14, then in one foster home after another, losing her best friend. To say she has issues with death and loss is an understatement. Going wild did not help her deal with her losses so she has closed herself off completely from relationships. No close friends, no lovers. However, when her long-standing roommate moves to London, Joss is forced to find a new flat. She moves into an upscale apartment with Ellie Carmichael.
I think one of my favorite characters was Ellie. She was open, honest, compassionate, funny, and completely likable. Without giving anything away regarding Ellie, I was upset that Joss didn't pay closer attention to what was going on with her.
Joss meets Braden Carmichael when both hail a taxi. She doesn't know that he is Ellie's brother, and their first real meeting was very funny. Joss was a complex character, and though I sympathized with her, I never really warmed up to her. I didn't get why Braden was so determined to pursue her other than she had big bosoms. She was a little too snarky and hard edged.
Braden was alpha all the way. Some readers may be bothered by his possessiveness and arrogance, but I wasn't bothered by that. I believe he was the only one capable of breaking through Joss's defenses and his alpha-ness (if there is such a word) helped him in that endeavor. That being said, I still didn't get why he was so in to her.
The story was really good. As I said barring one break, I read this book in a matter of hours. I was completely drawn into the story and kept turning pages to find out what was next.
I liked the secondary romance with Ellie and Adam. As a matter of fact, their story was way more believable to me.
I think the sticking point for me was Ellie's crisis. Even though I understood why Joss did what she did, it just underlined for me why I didn't like her that much. I was so disappointed in her reaction, and I wondered how Braden could contemplate a lifetime of her shutting down.
On Dublin Street was a very quick read, the characters were well developed, and the writing style was fluid and clear. My problem with the heroine aside, it's a book well worth the time and money. That's hard to say sometimes. ”
“Very good read! If you like 50 shades you will love this!”Beth Rinyu wrote this review Sunday, January 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Braden is perfect!”Lisa M wrote this review Saturday, January 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Seductive, intriguing, witty, and humorous! I didn’t want this book to end. I hope Samantha Young continues this series!”Lisa M wrote this review Thursday, January 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“un libro rapido de leer ( de tan bueno que esta) los personajes super reales, te hacen llorar con ellos y si tambien tiene su muy buenas partes hot.”GEORGINA B wrote this review Wednesday, December 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Hot sex and an alpha male... that's about all I loved about the book.
I always have a problem with protagonists that act like Joss (Jocelyn) and 99% of the time, I end up strongly disliking the book because of said protagonist. Joss was one of the main problems in this book for me. I understood why she dealt with relationships, whether with friends, lovers, etc that way but 2/3 into the book, I was just fed up with it. It's only so much I can take of that behavior in novels. What made me a little peeved, is that she only figured out what she was doing whilst having a conversation with Ellie. All that therapy, Braden trying to tell her... it was just so anti-climatic that I stopped reading at that point and I took a break from the book.
I know that Joss wrapped herself in a shell so much that she just couldn't get out no matter how much everybody around her pried and pried. I got it and I understood it completely but I just couldn't help but be annoyed with her. The reason I think I stayed annoyed with her is because she didn't realize that she deserved love and to be happy and that she could come out of her shell without fear until about that last 100 pages of the book.
Now I'll explain why the book still got 3 stars from me... BRADEN, BRADEN TALKING, SEX, SEX WITH BRADEN... you see where I'm coming from? I'm not a prude by any standards and I've had that hot sex where you and your partner are in an overly sexually charged atmosphere so reading the sex scenes in the book, I had this smut-tastic smile on my face because I know just how hot that stuff is.
I just liked Braden on a whole, from the way he treated Joss, especially after he realized he loved her. The way he handled her refusing to admit she loved him even if it made both him and her miserable and I loved their HEA. Braden is the reason I gave the book all these stars because I loved that alpha male, sex on a stick but with a sweet heart persona that he was.
I heard there's a second book coming out to continue the story so I'm looking forward to see how that goes.
“I loved this book, it was great. Pulled at the heart strings a bit.”Aylah wrote this review Thursday, December 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Have you ever gone into a book pretty sure you will enjoy it because of the blurb and from what you have seen from other reviews but then when you read it you are actually shocked at how much you absolutely loved it? Well that is what happened to me with On Dublin Street. I really needed this book! I have been reading a lot of young adult novels lately and while I love them sometimes you just need an excellent, well written contemporary adult novel. And WOW this book fit the bill perfectly. The chemistry and romance between Jocelyn and Braden was on fire. The characters were believable and more importantly they were lovable. And I am not just referring to the two main characters, the side ones are just as lovable.
Honestly I found it so hard to put this book down once I started. As always there has to be a way for the characters to meet and in this case they share a cab ride. Holy hot Batman! I knew there was no way at all that I was going to be able to put this book down after that scene. How can so much hotness come from a scene where not even a single kiss is shared?
"Most women would be taking advantage of my imprisonment in the taxi with them-chew my ear off, shove their phone number in my face...as well as other things."
"Wow, you really think a lot of yourself."
He grinned back at me, his teeth white but imperfect and his crooked smile sent an unfamiliar shot of feeling across my chest.
"I'm just speaking from experience."
... and that is just a small snippet. Trust me when I say it is an awesome scene and it is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the awesome scenes in this book. I always tend to highlight favorite passages on my Kindle and by the end I am pretty sure that most of the book has just been saved in my clippings. Like I said, there are just so many great scenes.
Jocelyn (Braden refuses to call her by her nickname Joss) is troubled. She faced horrible tragedy at a young age and since then has closed herself off and never lets anybody get very close. She does have a couple of friends but they know nothing about her past and to be honest she probably only keeps them around because they don't press her with questions.
Braden is devilishly sexy but he is also kind, generous, arrogant, sweet. cocky, and witty. I loved Braden from day one and I never looked back. Usually in a book there is a moment when your feelings change. Yes you may go back to loving the person but something will happen and you will temporarily dislike them. This never ever happened! Braden Carmichael has successfully made it to my top ten fictional men, in fact I think he could have easily broken the top five. Braden is not without his issues, he has been burned in the past and a lot like Jocelyn he never lets anybody get very close, with the exception of his family. The love he has for his family is heart-warming and I also loved them so much. They are hard not to love to be honest.
Something else I really enjoyed about this was the way the author incorporated Jocelyn's therapy sessions. The switching to a session is seamless and it was our way of learning a bit more about her past as she doesn't open up to anybody else. I loved the therapist! She was insightful and quite funny in the end.
There are just so many great things about On Dublin Street. I could go on and on about it's awesomeness for ages but I'm sure you would get tired of reading it. I only hope I have managed to convince you to read this book. I have already made a friend of mine read it and she also could not put it down and is now in love with it. Two more of my friends will be reading it very soon and I am sure they will come to the same conclusion as me... On Dublin Street is one of the best books I have read in 2012!
“I feel like I'm missing something really important when you're gone. So important I don't feel like myself. I've never felt like someone was mine before. But you're mine, Jocelyn. I've known that from the moment we met. And I'm yours. I don't want to be anyone else's, babe.”
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“OMG.....I don't even know where to start. There is not a rating high enough to give On Dublin Street!!! I ABSOLUTELY FREAKING LOVED EVERY SINGLE LITTLE THING about this book!!! On Dublin Street is a another perfect example of why I continue to find reading so addictive!!
Samantha Young just blew me away with this exceptionally well written and heart warming story and characters. I instantly immersed myself in it and I didn't want to ever come up for air. I never wanted to leave this world created by Samantha and the only way that I could tear myself away was knowing that I would be able to return to it again and again. Just a truly wonderful story with such lovable characters that I wanted to see get their HEA!! I only wish that I was able to read Braden's POV also.
I have had the pleasure of reading some great books by some truly fantastic authors and Samantha Young and On Dublin Street have definitely earned their place among them. On Dublin Street has quickly become one of my favorite books, if not the favorite that I have read!! :)
I have to say it again because it bares repeating~I LOVED EVERY SINGLE LITTLE THING about this book!!
Braden *sigh* Oh...Braden. He is definitely one of my favorite heroes!! I fell head-over-heels in love with him from the moment he came on the page and my love for his character never faltered!! (cheesy~I know but still true!!) He was everything that I wanted him to be~sexy, HOT, charming, arrogant, confident, funny, loving, protective, caring, vulnerable, slightly wounded, sweet, playful and he had a Scottish accent~I couldn't ask for anything more. And Joss...I actually loved her character. She was sweet, funny, sarcastic, caring, and a little broken. I thought she was a great character and I love how Samantha wrote her. I love that Joss knew she had issues and sought out help instead of ignoring the problems. How she progressively grew stronger and was able to confront her demons. I understood her character and why she acted the way she did. I LOVED Braden and Joss together and wanted them to get their HEA so bad!! He was always there for her and never gave up on her no matter what she did~loved that!! :) I loved their interactions with each other and especially how they first met!! lol :)
Oh...Ellie~she was another great character and I definitely needed to see her get her HEA also!! She was a great addition to the story.
On Dublin Street had romance, love, tears, laughter, a little angst, a little conflict, HOT STEAMY sex scenes(WOW!!) with the perfect amount of HEA!! Thank you Samantha for writing a book that captured my heart and left me wanting more. Definitely a keeper to be reread and I am looking forward to reading more from Samantha Young. She gained a HUGE HUGE fan in me!! This is one book that I have no problem recommending!!
I am so glad that I read On Dublin Street~It left me so happy at the end!! :)
BEST OF THE BEST rating!!!
***ARC provided by NetGalley and Penguin Group Berkley, NAL~Thank you so much!! :)