Book Review: On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street #1) by Samantha Young

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.


When Jocelyn moves in with Ellie on Dublin Street, she had no idea it would be the beginning of everlasting friendship, emotional peace and maybe even love.
"Despite my tendency to keep eighty percent of myself to myself, I liked being surrounded by people."
Jocelyn has had a difficult past and everything of that time she has locked away, never too be looked upon again. She has become an expert in deflecting questions about herself, her family and her past. Meaning she has a wall so high around her heart, you need the Eiffel tower to climb above it. Her unwillingness to let anybody in is emotional crippling and it's waiting to burst apart.
"The Suit wasn't classically handsome, but there was a twinkle in his eye and curl to the corner of his sensual mouth that, together with the rest of the package, oozed sex appeal."
When Jocelyn first meets Braden, she won't deny how gorgeous and sexy he is, but seeing that he's Ellie's big brother means he's of limits. Jocelyn namely doesn't do relationships and she likes Ellie, so she doesn't want things to be weird and all. But the obvious attraction keeps getting in the way and she can't really keep him out of her mind.

Braden notices her reluctancy towards him, so instead of going all in, he proposes something else - just sex, no strings. Jocelyn is so tired of fighting and accepts his proposal. In the beginning it's all fun and steamy, but slowly things might get more serious without Jocelyn fully realizing. Will she be able to overcome her past, for a future with Braden?

On Dublin Street is very well written. Jocelyn is an amazingly deep and realistic character. All she has been through, her emotional bagage and how all that has affected her personality and the way she looks at relationships (friends and love) is as fucked up as can be but really brilliant. Braden also, is not just some guy out to get the girl. There is definitely more than meets the eye. All the other characters Ellie, Adam etc. you've got to love them, they help drag you into this story. The complexity of On Dublin Street is what makes it stand out and makes you fall in love with it.

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