lunes, 30 de septiembre de 2013

Review: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

Publicado por Paulina J. en 19:07


Title: On Dublin Street
Author: Samantha Young
Pages:322
Series: On Dublin Street #1
Date Published: December 31st 2012
Publisher: NAL Trade
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.

1 star of five

This book just didn't do it for me, it had stellar ratings and reviews and the blurb had me hooked but unfortunately  I was disappointed. 

Characters

Josephine: Jo is a young woman living in Dublin, she has a tragic past she escaped, a lot of money and is very beautiful but she has never realized this.
One day she meets a super hot guy called Braden, that later turns out to be a millionaire, who is instantly attracted to her but she turns him down. After some more encounters between them they make a contract a la "Fifty Shades of Grey" and decide to become sex buddies for three months.
The blurb claims that Jo is "intrigued" and very "in lust"  but every time he wanted to have sex   Jo didn't even want him touching her, at first I found that totally understandable, but after half a page of Jo turning Braden down she suddenly couldn't wait to take his clothes off??(this process of from hate to lust was repeated way too many times) I just didn't feel the chemistry between Jo and Braden, at least on Jo's side it felt that any guy would do for her and she was with Braden just because he was there.
I would also like to point put that being disrespectful to both men and woman, doesn't make you a strong female, neither is yelling to a person unfortunately a lot of authors think it does and they make their female leads like this and Jo was one of those, I don't care if you have a trauma, that's not an excuse for bad manners. 
Braden was ok. I liked his dynamic with his friends and family. Another point in his favor was that his life wasn't a mess, it was actually very stable. I liked this since a lot of male leads seem to be tortured by horrible pasts or very immature; Braden's problem with love was a very common one and he moved on in his own way and actually wanted to commit after getting to know Jo better. What I didn't like is that he doesn't understand the word no (no Braden not every woman wants you).

The Writing

I found it very lacking. I mean they lived in Scotland yet there was no Scottish slang except for Braden saying wee a couple of times, they could have been in the Us for all I knew!!
I didn't feel the romance of the main couple I was more interested in Braden's sister's love life that the main story. The sex was nothing new and it felt forced.
Another thing that bothered me was Jo's situation after her parent's death, if they took the time to leave her money it means that they were planning ahead but why not include living arrangements for your kid, my parent's didn't leave me a fortune in their will but they did specify who I would live with if they died while I was still a minor.

Final thoughts

As you can see this book wasn't for me, but I encourage you to give it a chance maybe you will love it.

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