Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking those links, I will receive a small commission from the sale at no extra cost to you.On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street, #1) by Samantha Young
Published by NAL on August 31, 2012
Genres: New Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Paperback (325 pages)
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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.
Proceed with Caution:
This book contains death, grief, panic attacks, and sexual harassment.
On Dublin Street is a Contemporary New Adult Romance narrated by Joss, an American in Scotland. She’s closed off, self reliant, and really going through some things. Or not going through them as it were. Her family and best friend died eight years ago, she moved to Scotland four years ago, and when we meet her, she’s moving into a new apartment. The last thing she wants is a new best friend or a boyfriend.
On Dublin Street reminded me why I was so obsessed with New Adult Romance! I wish I had read this back when it was new! But now I get to binge the entire series, so I guess there’s a reason for everything. If angsty Romance about twenty-somethings is not generally your thing, I’d still say give this one a try! The angst and drama are relatively low compared to others within the genre. That’s not to say they’re nonexistent, but the problems present here are very real and less eye-roll inducing.
Joss and Braden get off on the wrong foot which is always a good thing for a Romance novel. Soon the two realize that she’s his new tenant, as she’s rooming with his younger sister, Ellie. The tension is through the roof despite Joss being a professional at denying her own feelings. Luckily, Braden knows what he wants and makes her an offer she can’t refuse: no-strings-attached sex! Wooo! And sex they have!
Of course, On Dublin Street would not be complete without the inevitable break-up, which is normally my least favorite part of these books. But sometimes they’re done right, and this one was done right. Joss has some serious issues that she has been burying down deep for years, so they obviously have to interfere with her relationship. It didn’t feel forced. I didn’t want to throw the book across the room. I just wanted Joss to realize what she was doing and move forward.
On Dublin Street does show Joss going through therapy to deal with the deaths she’s experienced. There is no healing by the power of love or magic of sex. She puts in the work with a medical professional. She starts opening up to friends. She makes a new friend in Ellie. She opens up to Braden and he opens up to her. Ellie and Braden welcome her into their family and friend group. She has a support system and she finally starts using it!
This book just made me very happy and I’m eager to get my hands on the rest of the series!
Quotes from On Dublin Street:
A week later I’d moved into the luxury apartment on Dublin Street. (page 21)
“Yeah, it does sound cheesy. Sometimes the truth is cheesy.” (page 77)
“Babe, nice lingerie is for seducing a man. I’m already fucking seduced.” (page 144)
“You’re not into someone else after just breaking up with the love of your life, right?” (page 284)