Title: On Dublin Street
Author: Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #1
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.
This is one of those books that goes down the reading hatch really easily.
I do love that this series is set in Edinburgh. I visited the city for the first time in 2019 and I instantly fell in love. So being able to visualise where some scenes take place, like walking the Royal Mile etc. just makes me connect with the story a little more. Not that I can really connect with the main characters of these types of books. I don’t have a tragic past with dead family or traume from sexual assault etc. nor do I have a sexy possessive guy stalking my panties until I cave and say yes, but we’ll just let that slide and focus on the story.
Mind you, there is a lot of sex in these books. Like a lot. I’m surprised the characters got anything done because practically every other page they’re doing it.
But the sex part aside, this was a good book. It’s not a mind-blowing incredible piece of litterature, but that’s not what it is meant to be. It is sexy, cute and something to keep you occupied with for a day or two. I enjoyed disconnecting from the real world and wishing to be a girl in Edinburgh meeting a hot af Scottish lad.
On Dublin Street pretty much follows the classic New-Adult recipe for romance these days:
Girl with secrets from her past moves somewhere new. Meets hot alpha guy. Instant connection. Tries to avoid a relationship. Hot alpha guy pursues. Girl caves. Girl and hot alpha guy have a lot of sex. Girl’s past comes between them. Girl ends the relationship. Hot alpha guy sad or mad. A week or two passes in misery. Girl and hot alpha guy reunites (sometimes under dramatic circumstances). More sex. Everyone is happy. The end.
That is basically most of the romance books I read these days and that goes for the rest of this series as well, but I’m not mad about it. It just makes it extra refreshing when something unexpected happens.
Sometimes, however, it does bug me when characters like Jocelyn, sorry, Joss, here tries everything in her power to avoid a relationship because she thinks it is the right decision and that she doesn’t deserve love (I mean wtf, come on girl, don’t be one of those), no matter how loud a guy is screaming in her face that he wants her and wants to get to know her. Or maybe that’s just because I’ve never felt like that or had such trauma in my life…
Let’s face it, I’ll be forever single.. Anywho. My non-existent love life aside, let’s finish this review.
This book has its flaws, but my own need for romance in my life outweighs most of the negative in this story. I am afraid that if I continue reading these types of romance books that I’ll be damaged in the real world, thinking every guy I meet is a possessive alpha dude who is great in bed, but looses his shit if another guy so much as breathe within two miles of me.
So I guess that’s that. The book is good, albeit predictable following the trope, but it’s entertainment for the brain so yeah. My single ass liked it.
Have you read this book?
Are you into reading steamy NA romance? If yes, do you have a favourite?