Title: Down London Road
Author: Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #2
Johanna Walker is used to taking charge. But she’s about to meet someone who will make her lose control…
It has always been up to Johanna to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. With an absent father and a useless mother, she’s been making decisions based on what’s best for Cole for as long as she can remember. She even determines what men to date by how much they can provide for her brother and her, not on whatever sparks may—or may not—fly.
But with Cameron MacCabe, the attraction is undeniable. The sexy new bartender at work gives her butterflies every time she looks at him. And for once, Jo is tempted to put her needs first. Cam is just as obsessed with getting to know Jo, but her walls are too solid to let him get close enough to even try.
Then Cam moves into the flat below Jo’s, and their blistering connection becomes impossible to ignore. Especially since Cam is determined to uncover all of Jo’s secrets… even if it means taking apart her defenses piece by piece.
This is the independent sequel to On Dublin Street. It’s has new main characters, but the characters from the previous book are in it as well. A little time has passed since Joss and Braden met and now we focus on Jo and Cam (and Cole, but he’ll get his own book later).
The book itself was good. Like the first one, I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t overly fantastic or anything like that, but a nice way to spend a few hours here and there. It was a quick read for me, which is nice when we’re dealing with a series. And like some romance books, you just get hooked and need to read and read and find out if what you think happens actually happens and voila then you’re done. Because these books are predictable enough, but still have a few little twist at times that surprises you.
I will say though, that all those constant sex scenes… if you took out all those scenes, the book would be half as long. Samantha Young likes her sexy bits.
It basically follows the same recipe as On Dublin Street, but here we do get something different in terms of the MC, Jo, dealing with an alcoholic mother and having to take care of her younger brother. See, that’s different, but the love story is pretty generic and similar to Joss and Braden. Loosely. But you catch my drift. Crazy amazing sex constantly with a guy that seems to be annoyingly book-perfect and kinda over-protective and jealous. All the guys in this series is built that way. And what do we get in real life? Well, let’s not go there.
In terms of storyline, I did like this one better than the first one. It was rougher in a different kind of way by dealing with the mother and all her crappy issues and Jo basically acting as a mother herself to Cole. It was also great at setting up Cole as a future MC of his own story, though I wouldn’t have known since I didn’t exactly read the series chronologically.. Or at least start with, but more on that when we get to his book.
I did really like Cam as a character and love interest (steaming hot love interest) and Jo as well. She didn’t annoy me as much as Joss did. Not to say that she didn’t annoy me at all, because she did. Perhaps that was the plan from the start – make sure all main female characters annoy the reader juuuust a little (sometimes more).
All in all, another standard steamy romance novel to read if you have nothing else to do on a weekend and you need to feel even worse about your own love life.
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