This is the first book in the On Dublin Street series by Samantha Young. It was a wonderful book. I was recommended this book a couple of times, and finally decided to read it. Boy, am I glad I read it! It was well written, with strong characters and an equally strong story.
Jocelyn Butler lost her parents and sister at the age of 14 and since then things have not been really great. Four years ago she left her tragic past in the States and came to Scotland. But despite her claims, she is still under the thumbs of her past. Her past still rules her present decisions. What she needs is a dash of… Braden Carmichael.
Braden Carmichael is a hot, sexy businessman, who knows what he wants and how to get it too. And he wants Jocelyn Butler. He knows how skittish she is about entering into a relationship. So, he proposes an arrangement that satisfies them both. What Jocelyn doesn’t realise is that, her curiosity to find out about Braden’s arrangement and her subsequent acceptance of it is what is going to change her life forever.
Once her relationship with Braden starts, we see a slow but tremendous change in Joss. She is her normal sarcastic, kick-ass self, but she pays more attention to her emotions and tries her best to open up. Braden and Joss have a really interesting relationship, full of hot sex, humour and friendly banter.
Joss’s relationship with Ellie, her roommate, is also worth mentioning. The events that follow the news of Ellie’s illness is truly heartbreaking. It brought tears to my eyes. Ellie understands Joss quite well and knows that she needs to loosen up a bit.
Joss wasn’t always a victim. She was quite bitchy herself and I understood her reasons, but Braden was no less of an ass at times. It was really fun as well as emotional to explore Braden and Joss’s relationship.
A wonderful book, well written, with strong characters. We also see a strong sense of family ties in this book as well as the rest of this series. This is one series I’d definitely read again, as well as recommend. One of the best books I read this year.