"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.’”