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.
Jocelyn is a free thinking, highly independent young woman. She’s had to be, her parents and younger sibling died in a car crash, leaving Jocelyn alone at a young age (shipped off to be with relatives who didn’t really want her didn’t help her either)and losing her best friend at a young age (her friend died in a drunken accident) which Jocelyn totally blames herself for. This has created a wall around Jocelyn’s heart, the only two people she’s let in (and really not all the way in) is her friend from college and the boyfriend.
Jocelyn moves from America to Ireland. Going to college there she meets Rhia and her boyfriend James. They form a fast and firm friendship (but Jocelyn is wary of letting anyone else all the way in, if she does, and they die, then she’s worried for her wellbeing)
After her flat mate leaves, Jocelyn needs to find another flat to rent, she finds one on Dublin Street. Meeting Ellie the owner of the luxury flat, Jocelyn decides this is the space she can create her work (she an aspiring writer) she agrees to the rent, and Jocelyn moves in. But reminding her new flat mate that she doesn’t really talk about herself. And doesn’t want to get close.
Braden is a hard working millionaire (but it’s not been handed to him, he took over from his father, and built the business to what it is now) he likes the ladies, but it’s never for too long, and if they show they want more, then Braden is off, and on to the next willing female.
The sparks fly as soon as these two people meet, both Braden and Joss (as Jocelyn likes to be called) are attracted to one another, but Joss doesn’t really want to know. She doesn’t do relationships, and casual sex has long lost its appeal. But he does press all her buttons😉
Braden finally wears Joss down, they decide on a friends with benefits arrangement. It takes Joss a while to accept and enjoy the friendship that Braden offers.
The story takes two steps forward, one step back. Joss is terrified of letting anyone in, no one really knows her, and she likes it that way, and she doesn’t want to know about Braden, she wants to keep it to sex (keep Braden in a box)
But things take a turn when someone close to both Braden and Joss is taken Ill.
Will Joss run? Will she risk her heart? And will Braden finally commit?
We have a few characters that we meet along the way. (And I think a few get a book of their own)
Hailed as a “fifty shades of grey”
I wish they wouldn’t compare books to other books.
(A) Braden didn’t have a scarred and horrendous past. He doesn’t have a penchant for “red rooms” or whips.
(B) Jocelyn isn’t a timid little woman, she’s had a traumatic childhood, and so pushes people away.
Really ….. can’t we just read a book for its content and not compare to other books? I’ve read the Fifty Shades of Grey series, and I can’t see any comparison!!
On Dublin Street Series…..
On Dublin Street
Down London Road
Before Jamaica Lane