Friday, December 14, 2012

Book Review: On Dublin Street by: Samantha Young

Release Date: December 31, 2012 from NAL Trade
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"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."


My Thoughts:

I am dubbing On Dublin Street the best book I have read in 2012. I just loved everything about this book. Everything about it was just so incredibly well done. Every character is fleshed out perfectly and I truly felt like I came to know each and every one of them. The writing is also wonderful and very easy to get lost in. I have read some great books this year, but I really feel like this one surpasses them all.

I have never connected with a character as fast as I connected with the characters in this book. The prologue had me in tears and these were not the last tears I shed while reading this book. This was just a prelude of the tears that would follow. This book is the best kind of emotional rollercoaster. It is the kind of book where when things get happy, you just know something terrible is going to happen. But then that terrible moment ends up making everything else sweeter.

Our main character Jocelyn (or Joss as she prefers to be called) is a character that is done brilliantly. First I think that is my favorite name ever, but that really has nothing to do with why I like her, just wanted to share that. Jocelyn is a character that makes mistakes, sometimes pretty big mistakes. However, unlike a lot of characters, she has very good reasons for these mistakes. There were moments where I wanted to shake sense into her, but I still completely understood where she was coming from. She truly has a very rough past. I tried to think of characters to compare her to that had similar situations and I came up with characters like Lucy Larson, Echo Emerson, Abby Abernathy, but none of their pasts were really as bad as Jocelyn’s. I loved that she tried to be strong despite it all, but that sometimes she broke down. It made her realistic, because someone with her troubles simply cannot be strong all the time. I really enjoyed watching her character grow over the course of the book. I especially enjoyed watching her know when she was being irrational but simply could not stop acting that way.

Braden… ummmm….. yeah… Braden is amazing. Braden is not a swoon worthy character. Oh no… Braden is a stop your heart, make you drool, give you heart palpitations, and leave you panting kind of character. And ladies, he has a Scottish accent. Yeah, but really that is just the whipped cream on top of the yummy sundae that is Braden. He is just so…. hot. I really don’t know how else to describe him. However, he is more than just delicious, he is such a sweetheart too and a genuinely good person, although he has his issues as well. He truly cares about Jocelyn and is willing to try and push through all her defenses to get to know the person she really is underneath her fortified steel wall.

Braden and Jocelyn together are just a whirlwind. They have a very passionate relationship to say the least. However while they do fight a lot and then make up a lot (in a wonderful way), they also bring out the very best in each other. They trust each other in a way they have never really trusted anyone else before. It was so heartwarming to watch these two open up to each other.

Speaking of Braden and Jocelyn together, let’s just say that they have some incredibly steamy moments. Like go get yourself a popsicle steamy. However they were not tacky or over the top in any way. They were written perfectly to fit this story. This is one of the many reasons I love New Adult!

Now I must mention Ellie, because she really is the catalyst for it all. As much as Braden is the one to truly get through to Jocelyn, Ellie is the one who begins to make Jocelyn let her guard down. I loved Ellie’s vivacious and lively personality, she brought so much fun and adorable to the story.

All in all, On Dublin Street is an amazing read and one I HIGHLY recommend you pick up soon! The ending is just made of swoon and it melted my already mushy heart some more. I can’t even begin to tell you how much you need this book in your life!

14 comments:

  1. I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! SO SO SO MUCH!!! I'M SO HAPPY! WHY AM I STILL TYPING IN ALL CAPS??? HAHAHAHAHAA
    *coughcough*

    Okay, moments over :) I have to agree with you, On Dublin Street is one of the best books I have read this year! And you can really connect with the characters and the story amazingly well! This book was just amazing! Your review! Hit everything about it that made it a wonderful book!!!

    FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC REVIEW!!!!!!!!!

    Magen Corrie

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    1. hahaha I love caps! I USE THEM ALL THE TIME THEY JUST EXPRESS FEELINGS SO MUCH BETTER!

      Thanks girl!

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  2. Great review! I'm happy to hear you loved this one because I just bought it last night. These characters sound great! Definitely even more excited to read it now! :)

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    1. Ohhhh I cant wait to see what you think! Hope you love it too!

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  3. "Braden and Jocelyn together are just a whirlwind." If that doesn't get me to read this book, I honestly don't know what will!? I am sooooo incredibly excited to start this book, and I can't wait to meet all the characters that make this book so special. And I really enjoy realistic, emotional stories so I have no doubt I'll love this, especially since Joss reminded you of Echo (and you know how much I love her!) I am curious to get to know her and what her past is all about.

    I already have this pre-ordered, so I'm just not so patiently waiting for it to come! Or I'll just buy it on kindle....let's be serious if a book has hot enough scenes to warrant a popsicle, EVERYONE should read it! *wink*

    FANTABULOUS REVIEW, as always, Teresa! After your wonderful review, I can't wait to get my hands on this!

    ~ Maida <3

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    1. You are seriously going to love this book! You will need a lot of popsicles while reading this book. I read this book over a week ago now and I cant seem to stop gushing about it. I have told everyone I know about it hahaha. Cant wait for you to read it too and then we can go crazy bananas together.

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  4. "I am dubbing On Dublin Street the best book I have read in 2012. <------ Wow!!! I have this on my tbr, must read it ASAP. I'm so happy you loved it and so excited to read it. Awesome review!

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    1. I am so glad I bumped this up on my tbr! It was so addictive and I just loved it Hope you love it too!

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  5. I just read this the other day, and I also loved it! It was so funny and sweet.

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  6. I can't believe I haven't read this yet -- I really need to after reading your review and seeing it on top 10 lists for 2012. I love engaging characters, which it sounds like this book has!

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  7. I am planning on reading this book SOON... so glad I read your review because I want to read it that much more! I have heard lots of great things about it and can't wait to get it next paycheck!!!

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    1. It is such a great read, and incredibly addictive!

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  8. I've not been on a street teams but I do promote books that I enjoy. I will talk to anyone who is interested and mention my favorites at different blogs. I just fell in love with her books and I'm always recommending her.

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