REVIEW by Heather: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young (@syoungsfauthor , @_shoe_girl_)

Four years ago, Jocelyn Butler left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Edinburgh. Burying the grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without any real attachments has worked well for her so far but when Joss moves into a fantastic apartment on Dublin Street, her carefully guarded world is shaken to its core by her new roommate’s sexy older brother.

Braden Carmichael is a man who always gets what he wants. And what he wants is Jocelyn in his bed. Knowing how skittish Joss is concerning any kind of relationship, Braden proposes a sexual arrangement that should satisfy the intense attraction between them without it developing into anything ‘more’. An intrigued Jocelyn agrees, completely unprepared for the Scotsman and his single-minded determination to strip the stubborn young woman bare…to the very soul.


I had this book recommended to me by a couple of “Goodreads/Facebook Friends”, so when I got the chance to grab it, I did.  At first, I really liked it, then I felt like it dragged a bit, then it got really good again and stayed that way!

At age 14, Joss goes through some things that are what nightmares are made of.  Seriously.  To distance herself from these events, Joss moves to Scotland and starts a new life.  Part of this new life is finding a new apartment, which is proving to be a headache….all the ones she has looked at so far are, let’s say, undesirable.  When she finally gets to the apartment on Dublin Street and finds it too good to be true (impeccable, great roomate) she immediately takes it!

Braden is used to disposable girlfriends who are around for one thing.  Well, two.  His status and his money. This is just fine with him, until he meets Jocelyn (whom he refuses to call Joss).  Jocelyn doesn’t seem to care about his status, or his money.  She can, and does, take care of herself.  She doesn’t throw herself at his feet, which he is used to.  This catches and holds Braden’s interest.

A really great story!  Though as I said in the beginning, it did drag a bit while we were getting Joss’ history.  I also didn’t love that Joss was diagnosed w/PTSD but who am I to judge; I have {luckily} not had to go through what Joss did.  I wouldn’t mind this book turning into a series, as it was good enough that I’d definitely pick up book 2!!


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  1. Hi! Great review, I adored this book, I read it first in ebook format. When I tried Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire I found out that I loved that kind of read: when Samantha Young (who I knew through her YA PNR series) has wrote an adult contemporary romance, I couldn’t pass over the chance to read On Dublin Street (I also love when the action is in Ireland or Scotland!). When I knew this book would be in paperback, I pre-ordered it right away and I got it last friday (I was so happy!) I will certainly look for the sequel : gimme some Braden please!

    1. Glad you liked it, too! I hadn’t read anything else by her, so I was really happy that I liked the book!! And, yes, we need to keep our eyes open for a book 2!! 🙂

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