Friday, December 6, 2013

Book Review: Down London Road (On Dublin Street #2) by: Samantha Young

Release Date: May 7, 2013 from NAL
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"Johanna Walker is used to taking charge. But she’s about to meet someone who will make her lose control....

It has always been up to Johanna to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. With an absent father and a useless mother, she’s been making decisions based on what’s best for Cole for as long as she can remember. She even determines what men to date by how much they can provide for her brother and her, not on whatever sparks may—or may not—fly.

But with Cameron MacCabe, the attraction is undeniable. The sexy new bartender at work gives her butterflies every time she looks at him. And for once, Jo is tempted to put her needs first. Cam is just as obsessed with getting to know Jo, but her walls are too solid to let him get close enough to even try.

Then Cam moves into the flat below Jo’s, and their blistering connection becomes impossible to ignore. Especially since Cam is determined to uncover all of Jo’s secrets …even if it means taking apart her defenses piece by piece."

My Thoughts:

I hate myself. I really really do. This book arrived on my doorstep the day it released, but I am just now reading it. Stupid life getting in my way. Well lesson learned… that is the last time I put off a Samantha Young book again! Her books do not disappoint, so from now on I’m reading them immediately. Down London Road was so fantastic and I loved every single second of it. 

Johanna was a great character and my heart broke for her. I loved how strong she was, but how insecure and unsure she was at the same time. I also liked that she was aware of her insecurities. She would try to assess the situation and see if it was the voice insider her head or if something really was an issue. I loved that she was willing to work past her issues and become a better person. She became so strong and confident and I was so proud of her. 

Cam… oh holy hell I loved Cam! Samantha knows how to write guys that are easy to fall in love with. Cam was just everything I love in a literary guy times a bajillion. He was sweet and sexy and confident and just wonderful. And the tattoos! Can’t forget the tattoos! I wanted to reach inside the book and pull him out of it and keep him forever. That is how much I loved him. 

Oh and I have to mention Cole! I adored him. He was such a cutie. It was so clear how much Jo cared for her brother and how much he loved her too. It also melted my heart to see Cam with Cole. I just can’t. 

I of course loved getting to see my favorite characters again. Braden and Joss were in the story much more than I expected and I couldn’t have been happier about that. Those two will forever be my favorite. I loved seeing this Joss. The Joss who has worked past her issues. The funny and snarky Joss. She cracked me up so much. Of course Braden is still delicious, even as a side character. Caveman made me swoon. I loved seeing Ellie and Adam again, as I have always loved those two. 

As with any Samantha Young book, this one put my heart through the ringer. I flew through the pages just to get my answer. At one point I went to stop for the night, and then the next thing I knew I had finished the book. My heart couldn’t handle not knowing the end. I needed to see if Cam and Jo could make it through. There was no stopping me until I was able to close the book with a contented sigh. 

Down London Road was everything I hoped it would be and more. It is a worthy follow up to one of my all-time favorite reads and is one I would not mind visiting again and again.

11 comments:

  1. Ah I hate it when you get the book as soon as it's out and then you have to wait because stupid life wants to be busy -.- Anyhow I'm so glad you enjoyed this one but I knew you would. You love this kind of reads :) Great review, Teresa :)

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  2. Great review girl! I have On Dublin Street and your review makes me really want to start this series! I can't wait to meet these characters!

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  3. I think I have book 1 but haven't gotten round to it. I don't know why. It's gathering dust on my virtual TBR. I heard this series is hot too like the smex is smoking!

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  4. Same here! I preordered this, and still haven't read it. I do plan on catching up with the ser

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    1. Oops! I do plan on catching up with the series before I read Before Jamaica Lane for the blog tour.
      So glad you loved this!

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  5. Eeep! I actually have this one! I have this one and On Dublin Street. I am reading them and my beautiful knew Into the Deep over Christmas break!!! <3 I am so excited to meet Samantha's men!

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  6. Johanna sounds like a great heroine, Teresa. And Cam...well, you saying Ms. Young knows how to write 'em and if he's anything like Braden...well then. ;) I loved ODS but I need to catch up in the series. I'm happy to know I'll get to see Joss & Braden here. :) Lovely review!!

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  7. Life is always getting in the way!! But I, too, need to get to this one!!! I adored On Dublin Street, so I know this one will be pretty awesome!! I'm glad you enjoyed this one and that Cam and Johanna's story was just as amazing as Braden and Joss! I really need to get to this one!! :D

    Loved your review!

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  8. I didn't read the first one in this series because the boy has my son's name (creepy), so can I read this one without having read the first one? I am really dying to see what everyone else is raving about!

    Jennifer
    YA Sisterhood

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    1. you can deff read this one without reading the first one! They all stand alone, but you will see some crossover characters

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  9. You know I waited not-so-patiently for you to read this and love it as much as I did! This review made it worth the wait. I just re-lived all my feels for this story through you, and it is awesome! This is one of my favorites, and I just adore gushing over this series and these characters with you. Samantha Young is brilliant! xo

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