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Jocelyn Butler is a very complicated character. She has put up such a fierce wall to surround the hurts of her past; it's almost impossible that anyone could get past the barriers. There were times when I wanted to scold her, wring her neck, shake my finger at her, comfort her, and just be the friend she didn't want. Her character is written with depth and extreme emotion. When Braden Carmichael enters her life she is not looking for a man, or a relationship with one beyond the most superficial friendship. It's very interesting how Braden manages to worm his way into her life; as if he'd taken the time to study her and figure out how to 'crack the nut' that fences her emotions. Braden is a wonderful character and I'd imagine the writer had a blast writing for him. Very slowly; Braden 'gets' to Jocelyn (Joss). It seems to this reader that there were times when he'd advance a step only to be put back two steps. Jocelyn is very emotionally bottled-up but the help of Braden and his family; she begins to unfurl.
It's not an easy romance. Most of it seems to be Jocelyn working through her demons. When the romance comes it's HOT and sweet. Very angsty as well. This is a book that we readers will keep and reread. It sparks our thoughts, dreams, hopes, introspections, and worry that maybe Jocelyn won't make it through the darkness that she finally has to face.
Samantha Young definitely knows how to write a story that will keep her readers captured. I appreciated the depth of emotion and intense detail she put into this story. It has a very good amount of sex that is written not so much erotically, but emotionally. It's graphic, but not over the top or objectionable.
I would recommend this story without reservation but only to those discerning readers who want to really FEEL the story and characters and is willing to follow some fairly tortured paths to happiness. The epilogue: what a nice reward for us readers! Loved it all.
Added note: It was so refreshing to read a book that is ONE BOOK and not a drawn-out serial. Don't get me wrong...I read those as well BUT I get frustrated that the reader has to wait so long for the next book to come out. I've come to the conclusion that it's better to wait until the final book is out in a series and then read the whole thing in order. Having said this.....I hope I can make myself do it. This doesn't include series books that are about a different set of H/h in each book. It's when the book series is one set of H/h. This would never include the books by Marie Force who does the FATAL series. I don't mind reading that series which is about one couple (with LOTS of recurring characters). That series is perfect.
Paula Costello was wonderful with the delivery of the story
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On Dublin Street is not about BDSM, or a dominance and submissive relationship. True, the lead male in the story is very alpha and is used to getting what he wants, but this book is more about how two scarred people yet to fully heal, end up helping each other. This is all about compromise and giving the other person your trust that they will not hurt you. The fact that On Dublin Street is a smart, funny, sexy and tear jerkingly brilliant read, is a major bonus.
Jocelyn Butler, the heroine of the story, had moved from the United States of America to Edinburgh after a series of tragedies befell her. She has learned to build a shield around herself in order to keep others at a distance. Jocelyn is forced to find new accommodation when her friends and former flat mates move down to London. Thus, she ends up moving in with Ellie and the carefully constructed walls begin to crumble as she lets both Ellie and her charismatic brother, Braden, in.
Braden, having met Jocelyn in an unorthodox way, feels an almost instant attraction with the carefully guarded American. He knows how reluctant she is about relationships, he comes up with a novel arrangement. For a month, Jocelyn and Braden will have a relationship where they are friends, with benefits. It seems like the perfect solution to both parties, but as with many things, it all becomes a bit complicated.
This is one of those books that just sucks you into the story, and before you know it you are 150 pages in, it’s half past one in the morning and you are due to get up in a few hours. I became invested in what happened, not only to Jocelyn and Braden, but also with many of the supporting characters. This is a very rare talent, as some authors I have read concentrate on the main players, while making the other characters stereotypical, hovering in the background. You can tell each person has their own story to tell and thankfully there is a novella and a second book, giving us some of the other characters’ own tales...... Paula Costello was the perfect Narrator for this totally addictive story !! :)
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First time I have ever given a five star review. This book just seemed to touch all the right notes for me. The narration was excellent with distinct voices for each character that were both masculine and feminine. Both the hero and heroine were likable and yet not too perfect. And there were some seriously funny moments - in particular their first couple of meetings. Neither lead characters were perfect but I found I loved them both and their romance was absorbing. I found the issues with the heroine were realistic and made her a truly damaged soul, but her acknowledgement of this and her efforts to seek help made her all the more real. Her panic attacks and moments of madness were both real and understandable. Even when I did not like what she was doing, I could still understand and emphathise with her - all credit to the author on this! I thought the ending was perfect and tied up all the loose ends in a completely satisfying way. I actually am looking forward to listening to this book again - something that I rarely do.
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This wonderful, heartfelt, complex story is brought to life with great skill by Paula Costello. I have lived every single word!!!
It's not an easy romance. However, there’s an emotional connection with the characters you feel almost immediately which is what keeps you intrigued going further into the story.
You cannot help falling in love with Braden, especially if you listen to his accent in the audio version. His witty personality makes for some humorous banter between the pair and acts as a great balance between some of the more serious subject matter.
Joss is a difficult character to connect with as she is so emotionally troubled and detached but given her back story you can certainly empathise with her. She has detached herself from getting too close to people, built walls up to protect herself She learns though that those same walls keep her from having connections, intimacy, hope, joy, and so many other things that make life meaningful.
Braden shows her that she must allow herself to fully feel her pain, open up and talk about it in order to learn how to manage it and begin to heal through it.
“You’re good with the words, I’ll give you that.” Jocelyn
“I’m good with my hands. Will you let me give you that?” Braden
Samantha has a way of capturing a moment, her sex scenes are more emotionally deep then erotic, they are steamy but also suppressed.
I really liked the supporting characters Ellie and Adam, Rhea and would definitely be keen to read more of them. I really enjoyed this book and it’s a first I have read of Samantha Young's. I will definitely be looking into some of her other titles to add to my TBR shelf.
MY RATINGS: (All ratings are out of 5)
HERO RATING: 5
HEROINE RATING: 4
BLUSH RATING: 3
ROMANCE RATING: 3
PLOT RATING: 4
OVERALL: 4 Blushing Stars
DO I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK?
Yes, who doesn’t love a hot witty Scotsman.
This is a long audio book but very easy to listen to getting caught up in the Scottish accents. Paula did so well transferring from Scottish to American accents and from a male to female voices with ease. She really captured the essence of each character.
This would have been an amazing book for duet narration with a male narrating Braden’s Scottish accent but I still thoroughly enjoyed it regardless.