Thursday, April 2, 2015

Book Review | On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

“You're good with words, I'll give you that."
"I'm good with my hands. Will you let me give you that?"

On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street #1) by Samantha Young

Published by New American Library
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Erotica
Release Date: December 31, 2012
Pages: 336
My Rating: ★★★✩✩ (3.5 Stars)

Synopsis: 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.

Teisha's Review

Is it just me, or is it hot in here?

If you've got children in the room, or a little one peaking over your shoulder, send them away now.  Because today I am talking about a book that is strictly for grown folks.  (To be honest, at 21 I hardly feel like an adult.  I think I might be getting in a little over my head here.  Mom, if you're reading this, please go away.)

I have been reading a plethora of fantasy, sci-fi, and dystopian Young Adult books recently.  And, I wanted to cleanse my palette by reading something a little more fun and suited for my age range.  So, I picked up On Dublin Street by Samantha Young.  Now, the only New Adult books I have read in the past have come from Colleen Hoover and Cora Carmack.  On Dublin Street is definitely more erotic than what I'm used to, but I'm always up for trying new genres and changing things up.

On Dublin Street definitely delivers in the fun department, however it is lacking in others.  Allow me to explain.  Here are the five reasons why I gave On Dublin Street 3.5 out of 5 stars:



★ Joss

I really liked Joss.  I thought that she was a very relatable character, and I could see a lot of myself in her.  Although Joss and I shut people out for different reasons (I'm an introvert with daddy issues, and she is suffering from PTSD), I could definitely relate to that aspect of her character.  She's not good at letting people in, and neither am I.

Also, I found Joss to be incredibly brave and I admired her character for that.  Not many young women are willing to move across the globe to another country and build a life.  We might dream of it, but rarely have the opportunity to do so.  Joss isn't only brave, but strong.  Though she still struggles with her tragic past, which is her Achilles' heel, she refuses to take anyone's crap (especially Braden's).



★ Secondary Characters

I really liked Ellie's (Braden's half-sister) character.  I would definitely like to see a Dublin Street book written about her relationship with Adam (Braden's best friend).  I can't really say that I liked Adam very much, but I think that a book based around his and Ellie's relationship would allow me to get to know his character a little more and maybe come to like him.  (I just realized that there is in fact a book about Adam and Ellie, which is Until Fountain Bridge.  I'm sorry that I am so late to the party.)

I also found Rhian, Joss' best friend, to be an interesting character.  I would have liked to see more of her character.  She and Joss only spoke to one another over the phone, but from what we learn about Rhian in this book, I'm sure that she would make for an interesting protagonist.  And, considering the snippets of her and James' relationship that we get in On Dublin Street, I think that theirs would be another relationship worth exploring.



★ Love Story 

I really liked Braden and Joss's story over all.  Their love story definitely reminded me of Miles and Tate in Colleen Hoover's Ugly Love.  (You would think that people have learned by now that friends-with-benefits situations never work out the way they expect.  But, no.)  From the moment they met, their relationship had me 'aww-ing' and laughing.

Initially, I was a little skeptical of Braden because he seemed like a player, and I thought that Joss would just be his next conquest because she was playing hard-to-get.  But, Young shows us another side of his character by delving into his past and his relationship with his family.  I think that it is his relationship with Ellie that makes him most likable.  By the middle of the book, he had proven himself to be more than a stereotypical rich jerk, so I was rooting for his relationship with Joss.



✩ Cheesiness

 While there were moments where Braden could be incredibly smooth and swoon-worthy (exemplified by the quote at the top of this review), there were also moments where he said things that were incredibly cheesy and made me just laugh out loud.  I think that there are always those moments in romance novels where you're like, 'Awwwh, that's cute', even if a moment is super cheesy and cliche.  However, there were a lot of moments where I was just rolling my eyes and saying 'Okay, this sounds stupid.  No one would ever say that in real life.'  And, this happened so often that I just became annoyed.



✩ Braden's Controlling Nature

Okay, so, I guess it's supposed to be really hot that Braden is a take control kinda guy in the bedroom.   I mean, ya know, if you're into that kinda thing.  However, when his controlling nature came out when he and Joss weren't in the bedroom...well, there was nothing sexy about it.  It was actually kind of upsetting to me.  I didn't like how Braden thought that he could tell Joss how to dress and how to act.  And, I definitely didn't like how possessive and jealous he was when it came to Joss interacting with other men.  And, we see this same characteristic echoed in Adam's treatment of Ellie.  Eventually, readers learn why Braden behaves this way, but I still felt that his anger and jealousy could be a bit much at times.

For the most part, Braden proves himself a nice, caring guy.  However, there were moments when his possessiveness disgusted me.  But, to be honest, Joss was more than able to hold her own against him.  I just wasn't fond of that aspect of his character; save that attitude for the sheets, Mister, not the streets.


***

On Dublin Street was a fun read for me, and definitely different than what I'm used to.  I think that, at some point, I will probably continue with this series.  But, it's definitely not at the top of my TBR pile.


Let's Spice Things Up

  1. Have you read On Dublin Street or, even better, the entire Dublin Street series?  Tell me your thoughts!  
  2. Was this book problematic for you?  Did you have any problems with the way Adam treated Ellie or the way Braden treated Joss?  Let's talk about it!


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