On Dublin Street
by Samantha Young
Paperback, 414 pages
Published September 1st 2012 (first published August 31st 2012)
Courtesy of NetGalley
Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare…Goodreads
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.
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Crystal L.'s Thoughts:
Braden Carmichael is a sexy Scottish man who knows how to get what he wants. That is until he meets the frustrating Jocelyn Butler in a cab, where she refuses all of his attempts at conversation or subtle flirting or giving him her name. Only fate would throw them together again when Joss moves into his sister Ellie's flat as her new roommate. The woman has more secrets and walls than Fort Knox, and half the time he doesn't know if he wants to kiss her or strangle her.
Joss has secrets and walls for good reasons. She doesn't talk about herself personally, or her past, because that would be letting people in. And after the deaths of both her parents and her little sister when she was fourteen, she refuses to let anyone in emotionally so she doesn't run the risk of going through that kind of potential pain again. However, the super sweet Ellie starts to get under her skin, and before she knows it Ellie and Joss are fast friends. The defective chink in her emotional armor lets Braden ease his way into her life as a friend, then later a lover.
After reading this book I can easily see why firstly, Young went from this book being self pubbed to picked up Penguin, and secondly, everyone freakin' loves it! It's not your standard boy meets stubborn girl book. It has deep emotional issues that pull you into the book until you can understand why Joss is the way she is and you don't know wether to root for her to keep all of those emotional walls up and protect herself, or hope that she'll let Braden in and give him a chance. It's a helluva story and I'll be recommending it to all of my book buddies. I give it a well deserved four and half glass toast and suggest you ladies run out and get it! Trust me when I say it's well worth it and you'll enjoy delving into Joss and her hang ups, as well as Braden and his brashness!
Rating: 4.5 Wine Glasses!