Review: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

On Dublin StreetSource: Bookstore Inventory
Publisher: Penguin
Series: On Dublin Street #1
Edition: Paperback, 336 pages
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Rating: 2/5

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.

A whole bunch of nope…

On a rare occasion I’ll pick up a book that is hyped and well received by pretty much everyone, save a few, and I’ll find that I side with the few. It reminds me that I don’t like things because everyone else does, so it’s refreshing in a way…but it’s mostly frustrating. WHy do I have to be the odd one out? Then I remember I’m not the problem, the book is and I stop feeling bad.

In honesty this would be a one star rating, but when I started the book initially I was really digging it and then when I picked it up again months later I found that I couldn’t stand most of it. So one star is for the book and the other is for the fondness I had to begin with. So what put me off of this one?

In a simple word, Braden. (though I have my issues with Joss too). Braden is an alpha male, but to me he’s so alpha that he tramples on the line between sexy and downright possessive. He’s a “no” means “rub your crotch on it” kind of guy. He gets what he wants, even if what he wants is a woman who has clearly verbally stated it’s not happening. I don’t care if she’s quivering with desire, if she says she’s done then back off. The possessiveness came into play well before the relationship ever started and even Joss notices how crazy it is, but she kind of backs down at a point. Also the over use of ‘babe’ drove me nuts. I don’t mind pet names, but when you use it every couple of sentences you start sounding silly.

Joss was a bit more bearable but only a bit. She cycles between deep lows and high highs, which is fine. I understand that being a bit of an emotion wreck myself at times. What I couldn’t stand was her ability to go hot and cold at the flip of a coin, which she does a lot. I get being emotionally guarded and untrusting, but some how this girl turns almost every bad situation that happens into being about her. Just…urgh.

The sex was steamy, but I got tired of it after a while because it happens so frequently. Even the portions where she was going to face her past were somewhat drowned out by a random sex scene that I wish had been replaced with actual plot.

I’m bummed out that this one didn’t work out for me because the series comes so highly recommended. I wish I had enjoyed Braden and Joss more, especially since everyone seems to like them. I suppose I’ll just count this as a miss and move on.

2 stars

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3 Responses to Review: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

  1. I’m so glad that someone else didn’t like this book. I DNF’d at about 75% through, I just had enough of them all. I just thought it was one big cliche and I couldn’t be bothered any longer. But we are definitely in the minority most people love this author and this series.

  2. Like you, I’ve heard so many fantastic things about this series but I’m actually really thankful for your honest review, because it highlights one of the pain points I have about NA. I really HATE possessive men who push boundaries to get what they want, especially sexually and I don’t think I’ll be very pleased if I stumbled upon that myself. Great review Michelle!

  3. Lola says:

    I heard so many great things about this book, but haven’t read it myself yet. Sad to hear this wasn’t for you. I don’t mind alpha males in books as long as they don’t go too far into the possessive mode. And sex in books is okay as long as there’s also enough story around it.

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