Thursday, April 4, 2013

Review: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

Title: On Dublin Street
Author: Samantha Young
Publisher: Penguin Group
Published: December 31, 2012
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My Rating: ★ 
★ ★  1/2

Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare… 

Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well—until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

 Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.

 But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her… down to the very soul.


"Sometimes words aren't needed for you to know a change has come upon you.  You can share a look with a friend that cements a deeper understanding between you, and thus a stronger bond.  A touch with a sister or brother or parent that says 'I'm here, no matter what' and suddenly someone who was just a relative, person you love, turns out also to be one of your best friends."

Braden Carmichael. If you’ve read On Dublin Street, then those are probably the only words this review needs. Just in case you haven’t gotten to this one yet, though, I’ll be more than happy to say a few more. Any chance to talk about Mr. Carmichael is one I don’t want to pass up. 

Jocelyn Butler’s care-free, privileged life abruptly ended in tragedy when she was only fourteen years old. Joss dealt with her pain the only way she knew how. She went wild and then she shut down -- shut everyone out and put up impenetrable walls. It served her well through foster homes, moving to Scotland, and attending college. So why have her coping skills completely abandoned her after moving into a new apartment with a lovely new roommate Ellie? It may have something to do with the fact that Ellie is such a kind, gentle person. Or that her warm, caring family brings up memories that Joss worked so hard to shut out. Mostly it has to do with Ellie’s overprotective, a bit overbearing but generous, caring older brother... the previously mentioned Braden. Oh, Braden. He gets under her skin and wants nothing more than to get her into his bed. But that’s not all he wants. He wants Jocelyn — all of her -- and all her demons that go along with her.

I really enjoyed this story and not just for Braden, wickedly delicious as he was.

“‘You’re good with the words, I’ll give you that.’
‘I’m good with my hands. Will you let me give you that?'”

Here lately, I’m all about the dark and twisty reads for some reason. This was well written angst with plenty of passion that delivered an unbelievably emotional read. I shed several tears, and one particular moment in the story hurt my heart almost painfully; but I can’t leave out the moments that had me laughing uncontrollably. There are several incredibly light and funny moments in this fantastic novel.

“'I just noticed a lack of ego in the room and thought 
‘hey, where’s Braden?''”

I liked both of the main characters immensely, as well as the secondary characters. Ellie was such a sweetheart; and her family was lovely, as well as hilarious. Both Braden and Joss have serious issues to work through in this story; but, from the start, I knew these two were absolutely perfect for each other. 

Joss: "Why do you insist on calling me Jocelyn?"
Braden: "Joss is a girl's name.  Possibly a tomboy's name.
"Jocelyn, on the other hand, is a woman's name.  
A really sexy woman's name."
Joss: Okay.  He could call me Jocelyn. 

There is so much more to Braden than his good looks, wealth, and the reputation that precedes him. He really is a sweet, loving man. One who wants to help Jocelyn heal from the heartache she has suffered. I love that, in helping Jocelyn, Braden begins to heal from his past, also. 

“'I wanted to create something beautiful in place of all the ugliness.'”

On Dublin Street is a very sexy read with scenes intended for a mature reading crowd, but it also contained a lot of heart. I thought the author was very responsible in having Jocelyn visit a doctor to help her deal with her painful past instead of the love interest kissing away her troubles and making her all better. This made the story much more believable; and, while I can’t comment on how accurate those therapy sessions were due to never having attended one personally (keep your funny little suggestions to yourself), I still believe it sheds a positive light on therapy and the fact that there is no shame in reaching out to a professional.

All of the characters in this novel are the kind that stick with you long after you’ve shelved the book and moved on to your next read.  Especially Braden – he’s not easy to forget… of course, I’d never want to ;) 

“‘I know you love me, Jocelyn, because there’s no f*cking way 
I can be this much in love with you, and not have you feel the same way.
 It’s not possible.’”



  1. Braden does sound wickedly delicious. Great review, I am still looking forward to reading this one myself <3

  2. Ooh, I really really liked ODS too! BRADEN! And you're right, what made this great is the amount of laughter and fun amid the pain. Great review, I'm so happy you ones it!

  3. Ooh, I have to admit that although I don't read much NA this sounds amazing. And those quotes! *sigh*

    Brilliant review. :)

  4. This review made me smile :)

  5. Aww, Braden sounds so....(well, this isn't what he was going for) ADORABLE. LOL. That's all that I got out of that-- I must read this, so that I can meet Braden! Fabulous review, Michele. And I love that first quote! (:

    Megan@The Book Babe

  6. Yep! I loved this one too and Samantha was such a treat to work with during Fire and Ice. I agree Braden is just fab. I loved all the characters, even the guy at the bar Craig I think was his name. Anyway I am super excited to read Down London Road!


    okay done screaming, but I just love this book! And that last quote is probably my favorite quote in the whole entire book, and I like a lot of quotes in this book. Awesome review my lovely wifey, you have me wanting to read this one all over again!

  8. *Happy dance* I totally loved this too, but my review won't publish till May, i finally read it during my take control challenge and I cannot wait for Down London Road..i actually joined her street team! Wonderful review and I so agree with everything you said..i so want to live in a flat there and work at the local bar and read by in?

  9. Okay I am officially cursing myself for NOT reading this book yet! I am totally going to be fixing that....this weekend and buy myself a copy! This sounds fantastic and I just cannot wait to get my hands on Braden...I mean the book...yes that's what I meant. ;p Plus, I Love LOOOOOVE those quotes you put in. They are so funny and that last one just melted me into a puddle of goo. I loved it! I can't wait to read this goodie! :D

    Glad you enjoyed this! SUPERFANTABULOUS review! :)

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  10. I really need to read this and meet Braden, clearly. I love when books can inspire me to cry and when the characters worm their way into my heart. This sounds like a fantastic read, can't wait to give it a try. Wonderful review!

  11. I don't think a single one of my friends have disliked this book! I honestly had no interest in it when I first came across it, but all these brilliant reviews have completely convinced me to give it a shot now. And, of course, I desperately want to meet this Braden. ;) I'm glad he proved to be someone you could like! Fantastic choice of quotes as always, Michele. :)

    Hope you have a great weekend, lovely!

  12. I love books that have characters that stick with me long after I finish. It sounds like this series has that kind of characters. :)

  13. This was my favorite read for 2012. I just loved everything about it, and reading your review brought out some sweet memories.


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