Friday, October 30, 2015

Book Review: One King's Way (On Dublin Street #6.5) by: Samantha Young

Release Date: November 3, 2015
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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.
"The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street returns to the bar where it all began with Braden and Joss for a white-hot new novella full of passion and drama.

When he’s not working at the club, Craig Lanaghan looks out for his mother and little sisters. So when it comes to women, all he wants is a good time. But once Rain Alexander walks into his life, there’s no denying that this woman could be worth much more than a one-night stand….

Rain’s lifelong regret is having left her sister Darcy alone years ago with a guardian who turned out to be abusive. So when Darcy’s boyfriend publicly humiliates her in a cruel way, Rain’s overprotective instincts kick in and she follows him to Club 39—where she meets a guy who just might be her perfect match.

The chemistry between Rain and Craig is explosive, but Rain is out for revenge, and refuses to be sidetracked by flirtation. As things between them heat up, she’ll have to make a heartbreaking choice between giving in to the man of her dreams or putting her sister’s happiness first…."

My Thoughts:

I am a huge fan of the On Dublin Street series. I love the characters and the stories and I was so excited we were getting one final novella. I think I over hyped myself because I didn’t love One King’s Way as much as I thought I would. I liked it, but I didn’t love it the way I did the rest of the books and novellas in this series. Part of me wishes Samantha had left the series alone with Moonlight On Nightingale Way. The epilogue of that book perfectly closed out this series and I think it could have stayed that way.

One King’s Way takes place in between On Dublin Street and Down London Road. It was nice to go back and see brief glimpses of early in love Joss and Braden, but at the same time so many of my favorite characters were nowhere to be found. I guess for me it was weird going back in time when I was so happy with the way everyone had progressed. Then again, I’ve always said I feel like a part of the crazy Carmichael family, so I’m weirdly attached and missed what the family had grown into. Also, I seriously struggled with Rain. It’s hard for me to put my finger on exactly why I struggled with her but I just know we probably wouldn’t be friends. She was fine, but I feel like our personalities wouldn’t have worked together. She was very needy when it came to relationships and yes she acknowledges that and owns it, but for me it would drive me nuts because I couldn’t see myself acting the way she did. And her need for revenge in the beginning was so ridiculous and childish that I don’t even know what to say.

And I realize now that I’ve ranted and it probably seems like I hated the book when the truth is far from that. I enjoyed the book and I had a good time reading it. It was short and fun and Samantha always delivers the swoon. Plus Craig is awesome. I really loved him. He was sincere and direct. One he realize that he felt different about Rain he didn’t try to run from it, he just accepted it. I liked how direct he was and that he wasn’t scared of his feelings. He made mistakes, but he was also good at realizing them and making up for it.

One King’s Way is a good read and someone who isn’t as crazy as I am will probably really enjoy the quick trip back to the On Dublin Street world.

5 comments:

  1. That's too bad. I know how much you've loved this series.

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  2. I'm on the same page as you. As much as I love this series, or any series in general, sometimes it's better to let it go and end it already. Give the readers something to miss! Sucks this didn't live up to par w/the rest of the series. Idk if I'll ever get around to it.

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    1. Yeah, I was kinda bummed. I'm still glad I read it because it was fun but at the same time I think its time for this series to end.

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  3. I can definitely understand where you are coming from; I've encountered characters who I knew that if I meet in real life, we wouldn't get along at all. I'm glad you still enjoyed. I do wish I could finish that series, I know I would love it. Hopefully one day!

    Lovely review

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  4. Sorry this book wasn't all that great. I haven't read any part of this series so I can't share your pain over this one. Hopefully the next book you read is better.

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