Review – On Dublin Street by Samantha Young



Title: On Dublin Street
Author: Samantha Young
Genre: New Adult – Contemporary Romance
Pages: 414
Reviewer: Debby

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.


In Samantha Young’s, On Dublin Street, the author treats us to a story that truly captures the essence of the sentiment that people are placed in our lives for a reason, and just how dangerous and delicate life can be if that reason is ignored.  Laced with a good dose of sex appeal and emotionally complex characters, this book satisfies on many levels.

In an out of character decision to splurge on a more extravagant shared apartment, Jocelyn, normally personally and emotionally inaccessible, finds herself not only in new geographic territory but in new personal territory as well.  She is suddenly surrounded by people who care about her, and who she finds herself caring immensely about, no matter how hard she tries not to.  Not only has she found a fast friend in Ellie, who makes Joss rethink her aversion to getting close to people by being so caring and loyal, but she is also confronted with Ellie’s sexy, millionaire brother Braden.

While Young does give us several hot and heavy moments between Joss and Braden, it seems the focus of the narrative is really more concentrated on opening oneself up to emotional intimacy.  Joss is truly confronted by Braden and his forceful methods of breaking down her barriers.  This aspect of her character is definitely one of my key frustrations within this novel; the reader certainly feels serious frustration toward her inability to allow this absolutely sexy, captivating man into her life.

As we follow Joss’s turbulent relationship with the ever intriguing Braden, we also watch, as though in a parallel universe, the friendship blossom between her and Ellie.  Although Ellie’s quick familiarity unsettles Joss initially, she finds herself unable to resist the kind, loving nature of her new friend.  It is because of the closeness that develops between the two girls that the actions and decisions Joss makes near the end of the novel, cause the reader to shake their head in disbelief that someone could really be so emotionally shattered on the inside to be able to do what she does to her friends.

This book definitely shares a lesson in being grateful for those around you, as you never know when they may not be there.  Through her stubbornness, Joss is forced to recognize that there are several ways to lose the people you love. Some loss is beyond her power to avoid, but in the instance where she has control, she only damages herself by walking away from the people who matter most.

On Dublin Street is absolutely a story that will get a reaction out of its readers.  You will fall in love, be driven mad with passion, maybe cry and sometimes want to throw the book against the wall.  Luckily, Samantha Young brings this torrential episode to a satisfying conclusion, so go pick the book back up off the floor and read to the end.  You will be glad you did.

lips grey 3.5

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