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When I first found out that On Dublin Street was going to have a second book, I was extremely excited since I absolutely LOVED it. When I read the synopsis, I was disappointed because it wasn't about Joss and Braden, and Jo was just a blip in the first book. Sure she seemed to be a friend to Joss but really Ellie was Joss's friend. Reluctantly, I purchased the book and decided to give it a chance. Let me just say there is a lot of Joss, Braden, and Ellie in this book, so nothing to be disappointed about!
Johanna `Jo' in my initial impression was a gold digger, shallow, and manipulative. She dated only rich men, allowed them to buy her things and lavish her. Not exactly what I look for in a female lead character. However, Jo is anything but those things. She is strong, selfless, and is one of the most loving and admirable women characters. She always puts her brothers' care in front of her own, as a mother would do. By the end of the first few chapters I found myself as Jo's biggest fan! Anyone who has a child knows that your biggest mission is to protect them, and she ensures her brother never feels neglected.
We start off in the beginning where Jo is dating Malcolm. Jo thinks that she is in love with him, and tries to be everything that she believes he wants. She is the ultimate chameleon, and I don't think she even knows who she is. Her walls are so high to ensure she can't be hurt. She is at an event with Malcolm where she meets Cameron `Cam' McCabe. Cam is hot and the sexual tension between them is instant! However, Cam is there because he is dating Malcolm's ex Becca. (AWKWARD) When Cam realizes that Jo is there for Malcolm, his attitude switches from hot and bothered to irritated and pissed off. Cam's assessment of Jo is that she is using Malcolm and is sure to let her know how he feels about gold diggers.
"Look, I know your type well. I grew up watching a parade of gorgeous bimbos walk in and out of my uncle's life."
Trust me he doesn't stop there! Despite Cam's bad attitude and nasty words Jo decides to help him by getting Cam a job at the bar with her. There are parts where I was literally laughing out loud because their banter is hysterical. I loved how snarky they get with each other. I also loved how Jo had no problem calling Cam out on his crap. If he is an ass she lets him know it!
Their story really changes when Cam moves into the flat below Jo and learns that he really has no idea what Jo is really like. They become friends, and Cam and Jo can no longer pretend that their feelings and chemistry can be ignored. They each end the relationships with Malcolm and Becca, which is when I was jumping up and down screaming... YES! I loved them and loved how Cam was able to break down her walls. He refuses put up with her fake s*** and he tells her how it is going to be.
"If we're doing this, you're going to be straight with me. In every way - including in bed. I'm not some guy you're trying to hold on to for dear life - accommodating him and forgetting about yourself and what you want. We're in this together and I just took what I wanted. Now you take what you want. So what do you want?"
The sex is H-O-T and so is their love, but it is not easy. Jo has deep emotional issues of abandonment and fear of not being worthy. Cam pushes her to be who she really is, and wants no pretenses. They fall very hard for each other, and Cam is swoon worthy! Of course nothing is ever easy, and this is especially true for Jo and Cam. They have to fight for their love and decide if Jo can trust not only Cam, but herself to be worthy enough. I definitely enjoyed their story and Cam's sexy talk!
I have already downloaded Before Jamaica Lane the next book in the series.
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Having devoured On Dublin Street in a matter of a day, I was more than giddy at the prospect of reading Down London Road. Yummy, I just LOVED CAM and his acceptance attitude. Made him ever Hotter..... As with its predecessor, Down London Road continues with a story that is an emotional rollercoaster ride that by the end of the book you are exhausted but happy that everything worked out in the end. True, for those few days, I once again sacrificed sleep for Young sucked me into such a complex story - We all know that is the sign of an excellent book.Down London Road deals with many darker story-lines than what was cover in On Dublin Street. The most harrowing for me, was Jo’s abusive childhood. Normally, I shy away from books with these darker plots but Young manages to integrate these issues into the plot in such a way that you see they are the reasons Jo is the way she is. Her life and personality has been shaped by what has happened to her and it helps you, as the reader, understand Jo’s reasons for the choices she has made.Though this is a romance novel and the journey Cam and Jo take in order to make it as a couple is very interesting, on retrospect it is more of a sub plot to the book as a whole. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that watching these two characters realize that they have a deep rooted attraction and both fight, at least in the beginning, to push these feelings aside. Just like in On Dublin Street, Cam and Jo’s relationship is tempestuous as well as downright hot..... The chemistry between the two of them is apparent from their very first meeting and you can tell that when these two fall into bed (or changing room) Your Ears are going to sizzle with the Sexual chemistry. No, this book has a much deeper story going on beneath it and that story is Jo’s personal journey to a young woman who accepts who she really is......
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Would you try another book written by Samantha Young or narrated by Elle Newlands?
Not if it's anything like this one
What will your next listen be?
How could the performance have been better?
I don't think the performer could had done any better, it was the storyline that was the problem. Elle Newlands did the best she could with such an awful book!
What character would you cut from Down London Road?
Jo, she was an awful character, so full of herself whilst contradicting by saying she was made to feel stupid and therefore had no confidence, a less confident character could you meet.
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It was absolute drivel and should have been marketed for a teen audience, I couldn't finish the book which is unusual for me as I nearly always persist to the bitter end! I would have requested a refund but I didn't realise I had already had it a year before listening to it.
Often with a follow on book I find I am disappointed. Not in this case. Although this book follows on from On Dublin Street, it is not necessary to have read the first book, although I supposed it is preferable as all the characters from that book pop up in this one, and it does help to understand the dynamics.
I knocked off a star for the narration because Cam is given an awful raspy voice that irritated me at first, but I have to admit that as I got into the story I stopped noticing. Its just that the narrator does all the other male voices so well that its a pity the hero of the story seemed to get the worst voice.
Besides that, I really find it hard to fault this book. The problems of Johanna are real, and her way of coping is well explained and understandable. So, too, are Cam's assumptions and misunderstandings about her. Their chemistry is fabulous, and its really great to see a couple who have everyday financial and work problems - not the usual romantic fare where the hero is mega wealthy and effortlessly powerful. I love the way they work through the issues, and even when they have a mega-fight, neither of them just assumes this means its all over - they both back off, cool off and then acknowledge they have some talking to do. Of course the best laid plans..... But even this bit works well.
Oh, and I must point out that its refreshing to see when, in the usual "catch the hero in a compromising situation" plot line, although Jo at first believes the worst of Cam, when she calms down and has to really think about things, she remembers the strength of their relationship and admits to herself that regardless of what she has seen, she knows he would not cheat. I liked that. Because I get really sick of apparently perfect relationships in books being destroyed because one person believes the other one cheated and then runs out on the relationship without giving the other party a chance to explain. I know, I know, its a great plot device. But I recently read a book where a couple were separated for 15 years, simply because the h failed to tell the H what she thought she saw. That's just dumb!