On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

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. (On Dublin Street)
On Dublin Street, ultimately broken down to its basic plot is really a love story.  A love story that has amassed an almost cult like following.  Samantha Young is not a newbie author, in fact she is known for her young adult novels and series.  This is however her first foray into adult contemporary romance but her unique writing style is definitely felt in this work. This is a story set in Edinburgh, Scotland on a flat located on Dublin Street.  The main leads, Joss and Braden, are both in their twenties, with enough emotional baggage that affected the way their relationship developed.   There was a lot of angst in this book which I usually don't respond well too.  But the author was able to balance this with good secondary plots.  The other thing that also made me buy into the story was mostly how Joss started to dig thru her own past which led her to making her relationships with all the characters in the book and not just Braden, work.  Steamy sex scenes and palpable sexual tension is definitely an added plus for the readers.  But this works as a plot device as well, since the first meeting between our leads and their subsequent encounters capitalizes on this.  Tropes and cliches abound but this was balanced by humorous, witty dialogues which prevents it from getting too dragging.  Overall, I really liked it.  The story could have gone to the deep end of too much drama but it didn't.  Fans of adult contemporary romance who like their heroines flawed, their heroes hot, a story with some angst and lots of sexual heat will love On Dublin Street.

Title: On Dublin Street
Author: Samantha Young
First Published: 2012
Publisher: NAL/Penguin
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: ♨♨♨♨ ( 4 1/2 cups: A hot read with flawed characters, good writing and oh the angst but still an enjoyable read)