Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Book Review: Echoes of Scotland Street (On Dublin Street #5) by: Samantha Young

Release Date: October 7, 2014
from NAL Trade
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"Shannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wakeup call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she’s sworn off men—especially those of the bad-boy variety.

Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid—gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man who’s ready to find “the one.” He’s determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude and win her heart.

As Shannon opens up in the face of Cole’s steady devotion, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when Shannon’s past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them—and tear them apart for good…"

My Thoughts:

It is no secret that this is a series I hold near and dear to my heart. These characters are like family to me and that probably sounds weird, but at this point I feel like I’ve gotten to know them all and I’ve watched them deal with heartache only to come out stronger on the other side. I’ve watched them fall in love and get married and grow their families and it has all been so wonderful. What I’m getting at here is that with every new addition to the series I always have some worries. What if I don’t love this one as much? What if the characters fall short? I need to stop worrying though because I’m never disappointed. Echoes of Scotland Street was an excellent addition to the series and I am so glad we got to see Cole grow up and get the ending he deserved.

I’ll begin with Shannon since she is the MC of the story. I’m not going to lie, Shannon and I did not get along right away. She really really pissed me off because she judged Cole immediately. It’s hard because I know Cole. I love Cole. I know he is wonderful. So for Shannon to judge him so quickly and wrongly was tough. But then we got to about the 30% mark and Shannon realized she was wrong. Then she did a wonderful thing…. she acknowledged this and took actions to make it right. So way to go Shannon. I also really love that she completely fangirled all over Jocelyn as an author. Shannon and I may not have gotten off to a great start, but I did come to love her and she has her reasons and those reasons are good ones. In the end, she actually reminded me a little bit of Jocelyn and we all know how much I love Jocelyn.

As for Cole, well that boy grew into the man I always knew he had the potential to be. He really became a wonderful and good man. He may have that bad boy aura because of the tattoos, but Cole is good through and through. He is warm and caring and charming and simply a good man. The kind of guy you would want in your corner because you know when the shit hits the fan, Cole is going to be there to help you clean it up. He is a good friend to Hannah, a good uncle, a good brother, and a good boyfriend. And I can feel completely comfortable crushing on him as he is now my age practically.

One of the other things I loved about this book was that a good portion of it took place in a tattoo parlor. The tattoo thing has always been a favorite of mine. I don’t really know why, but I take a liking when stories incorporate a tattoo artist of some kind. So that was a big hit for me with this one. Also, seeing Cole succeed as a tattoo artist (a hugely sought after one and a well-known talented one) was awesome. I got to see him live out his dream.

As with any book in this series, I always love catching up with past characters again. Seeing Jocelyn succeed as an author is heartwarming and wonderful. Seeing all the kiddies running around and watching this family continue to grow just makes me smile. And because I just have to mention him, Braden is still his sexy self.

Echoes of Scotland Street is just a wonderful read and fans of the series will not be disappointed. It is actually one of my favorites of the series. It ranks up there with On Dublin Street itself and Down London Road. Cole and Shannon have wonderful chemistry and their story is a sweet one. Another hit from Samantha Young.

9 comments:

  1. Cole sounds great even if you had some issues with MC at first

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  2. I hate that I haven't started this series yet! :( Especially since I know how much you love them! I'm with you on the whole 'what if the next book won't live up to its predecessors?' I'm glad Samantha always delivers for you! Cole sounds incredibly yummy and I'm glad Shannon came around!

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  3. Great review! I can not wait to start reading this one. I'm a huge fan of this series too! I love Cole and I'm so excited to read his story.

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  4. I'm so happy this series is still going strong and you're loving it, Teresa! I know exactly what you mean about feeling like the characters are family - that's a mark of a great series! I need to get caught up in this one. Fab review, girl!

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  5. Is it necessary to read all the books in the series and does it have to be in order?

    I do love her ingenious titles, it's her trademark.

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    1. Each book can be read as a standalone, so you can really read them in whatever order you want.... but I liked reading them in order because the character do make cameos as the series goes along =]

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  6. I must get back into this series! I adored the first book, and if you love them all, I know I will! And YAY for tattoo parlor! Definitely my thing, too!

    Loved this review! And I miss you!! *muggle huggles*

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  7. Fantastic review, Wifey! I had some questions about this installment, and you answered them perfectly while still keeping everything spoiler-free. You rock my fuzzy socks off! This will be at the top of my TBR when I'm ready for this genre again. Such a great review! *squish*

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