Monday, February 11, 2013

On Dublin Street 18+

The following review is for 18 + readers

On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street, #1)
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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.


Sometimes we come across a book that strikes a chord deep within us, one that we can relate to on a personal level. When that happens, you find yourself so much more involved with the characters and the storyline stays with you for days and days. Well it does with me and that is what happened to me when I read On Dublin Street.
As a sufferer of panic attacks I am well aware of the fear that is a constant companion in your life. For some people they cannot understand the things your mind will do to you and what you do in your mind to rationalise certain situations to make you "safe". Because of this I felt I had an immediate connection with Joss, I felt like I understood her, even though the reasons behind her decisions were altogether different from mine.
This book was quite slow building and I don't mean it was not well paced or I was bored. I mean you were given a little bit of time to understand characters; you were waiting with keen anticipation for more, but definitely not bored. I like this a lot, especially after reading books where the “instant love” relationship happens within the first few chapters, this was a lovely change of pace.
I was really interested in Joss's healing process, I loved her meetings with Dr Pritchard, and I wanted her to get past her pain. My heart really broke for all that she had suffered.
Because of that, I absolutely loved Brendan and Ellie. What wonderful people to have come into your life when you have purposefully isolated yourself. I believe Joss understood that too, and maybe realised her relationship with Rhian wasn't helping her move forward like the ones with Ellie and Brendan.
Brendan was great for her, patient but sneaky, he didn't put up with a lot of her denial and all her wall building, which is what she needed.
 I spent last night going over and over the last six months in me head and I  know that you're lying to me. I know you love me, Jocelyn, because there's no fucking way I can be this much in love with you, and not have you feel the same way. It's not possible.
GAH!!! He is brilliant.
To me this book had a fantastic romance with a heart wrenching story intertwined within, it is special. I am not going to get over it anytime soon. Special characters, special story, loved it!

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