Four years ago, Jocelyn Butler left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Edinburgh. Burying the grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without any real attachments has worked well for her so far but when Joss moves into a fantastic apartment on Dublin Street, her carefully guarded world is shaken to its core by her new roommate’s sexy older brother.
Braden Carmichael is a man who always gets what he wants. And what he wants is Jocelyn in his bed. Knowing how skittish Joss is concerning any kind of relationship, Braden proposes a sexual arrangement that should satisfy the intense attraction between them without it developing into anything ‘more’. An intrigued Jocelyn agrees, completely unprepared for the Scotsman and his single-minded determination to strip the stubborn young woman bare…to the very soul.
There are certain points in your life when the book you are reading takes on a special meaning to you. You can pick up a book and have no idea how close to home it will hit, or how much it will impact you. For me, that book was On Dublin Street. As many of you know, I have been trying to come to terms with the loss of my mother in July, so I haven’t really been reading. I also wouldn’t pick anything up that would hit so close to home.
I asked Mandi of Smexy Books for a read that would keep my attention, as my attention span isn’t what it was pre my mothers passing and Mandi said On Dublin Street. I didn’t really read the synopsis, just glanced at the ratings and bought it. I had no idea that I would really feel what the main character, Joss, would feel.
Eight years prior, Joss lost her entire family in an accident and since has tried to steer clear of any memories of her family. When she does remember, it brings nothing but panic attacks. She also has placed so many walls around herself that she really doesn’t have anyone who really knows her..that is until she moves onto Dublin Street with a new room-mate then the walls come tumbling down. Add in a really sexy stranger, who is charming and used to getting what he wants and you have a wonderfully crafted adult début.
While I think I would have liked On Dublin Street prior to what I have been through, going through what I have been through it made me like it more. It was honest, brutally so and true to what some people go through when they are grieving. Death hurts, no one prepares you for just how much it does and the insane impact it has on your life. But no matter what, there are always people who have your back…you just have to let them in.