On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street Series #1)

On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street Series #1)

by Samantha Young

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Passionate and romantic, On Dublin Street is a captivating and bittersweet story of the redemptive power of love. Perfect for fans of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.

'Scotland's answer to E. L. James' Sunday Post

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, free of any attachments.

But all that is about to change when when she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street, and meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he wants Jocelyn.

Knowing she's not looking for a relationship, he proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction with no strings attached.

Jocelyn soon realises 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.

'This extraordinary debut combines a true gift for storytelling with a liberal dose of racy encounters. But what really sets it apart is exquisite characterisation' Daily Record

'Highly recommend this one' USA Today

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101623497
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/12/2012
Series: On Dublin Street Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 21,271
File size: 666 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Samantha Young is a 27-year-old Scottish book addict who graduated from the University of Edinburgh. She currently lives in Scotland. Discover more about Samantha online: ondublinstreet.com; samanthayoungbooks.com; twitter.com/SYoungSFAuthor; facebook.com/OnDublinStreet.

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Chapter 1

Eight years later

It was a beautiful day to find a new home. And a new roommate.

I stepped out of the damp, old stairwell of my Georgian apartment building into a stunningly hot day in Edinburgh. I glanced down at the cute white-and-green-striped denim shorts I’d purchased a few weeks ago from Topshop. It had been raining nonstop since then, and I’d despaired of ever getting to wear them. But the sun was out, peeking over the top of the cornered tower of the Bruntsfield Evangelical Church, burning away my melancholy and giving me back a little bit of hope. For someone who had packed up her entire life in the US and taken off for her motherland when she was only eighteen years old, I wasn’t really good with change. Not anymore, anyway. I’d gotten used to my huge apartment with its never-ending mice problem. I missed my best friend, Rhian, whom I’d lived with since freshman year at the University of Edinburgh. We’d met in the dorms and hit it off. We were both very private people and were comfortable around each other for the mere fact that we never pushed each other to talk about the past. We’d stuck pretty close freshman year and decided to get an apartment (or “flat” as Rhian called it) in second year. Now that we were graduates, Rhian had left for London to start her PhD and I was left roommateless. The icing on the cake was the loss of my other closest friend, James, Rhian’s boyfriend. He’d run off to London (a place he detested, I might add) to be with her. And the cherry on top? My landlord was getting a divorce and needed the apartment back.

I’d spent the last two weeks answering ads from young women looking for a female roommate. It had been a bust so far. One girl didn’t want to room with an American. Cue my What the fuck? face. Three of the apartments were just . . . nasty. I’m pretty sure one girl was a crack dealer, and the last girl’s apartment sounded like it got more use than a brothel. I was really hoping my appointment today with Ellie Carmichael was going to go my way. It was the most expensive apartment I’d scheduled to see, and it was on the other side of the city center.

I was frugal when it came to my inheritance, as if as if spending as little of it as possible would somehow lessen the bitterness of my “good” fortune. But I was getting desperate.

If I wanted to be a writer, I needed the right apartment and the right roommate.

Living alone was an option, of course. I could afford it. However, the God’s honest truth was that I didn’t like the idea of complete solitude. Despite my tendency to keep eighty percent of myself to myself, I liked being surrounded by people. When they talked to me about things I didn’t understand personally, it allowed me to see things from their point of view, and I believed all the best writers needed a wide-open scope of perspective. Despite not needing to, I worked at a bar on George Street on Thursday and Friday nights. The old cliché was true: Bartenders overhear all the best stories.

I was friends with two of my colleagues, Jo and Craig, but we only really hung out when we were working. If I wanted a little life around me, I needed to get a roommate. On the plus side, this apartment was mere streets away from my job.

As I tried to shove down the anxiety of finding a new place, I kept my eye open for a cab with its light on. I eyed the ice cream parlor, wishing I had time to stop in and indulge, and almost missed the cab coming toward me on the opposite side of the street. Throwing my hand out and checking my side for traffic, I was gratified that the driver had seen me and pulled up to the curb. I tore across the wide road, managing not to get squashed like a green and white bug against some poor person’s windshield, and rushed toward the cab with a single-minded determination to grab the door handle.

Instead of the door handle, I grabbed a hand.

Bemused, I followed the tan masculine hand up a long arm to broad shoulders and a face obscured by the sun beaming down behind his head. Tall, over six feet, the guy towered above me. I was a smallish five foot five.

Wondering why this guy had his hand on my cab, I took in his expensive suit, wondering why this guy had his hand on my cab.

A sigh escaped from his shadowed face. “Which way are you headed?” he asked me in a rumbling, gravelly voice. Four years I’d been living here and still a smooth Scots accent could send a shiver down my spine. And his definitely did, despite the terse question.

“Dublin Street,” I answered automatically, hoping I had a longer distance to travel so that he’d give me the cab.

“Good.” He pulled the door open. “I’m heading in that direction, and since I’m already running late, might I suggest we share the taxi instead of wasting ten minutes deciding who needs it more.”

A warm hand touched my lower back and pressed me gently forward. Dazed, I somehow let myself be manhandled into the cab, sliding across the seat and buckling up as I silently questioned whether I’d nodded my agreement to this. I didn’t think I had.

Hearing the Suit clip out Dublin Street as the destination to the cab driver, I frowned and muttered, “Thanks. I guess.”

“You’re an American?”

At the soft question, I finally looked over at the passenger beside me. Oh, okay.


What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“This is a really sexy book and I loved the heroine’s journey to find herself and grow strong. Highly recommend this one.”—USA Today’s Happily Ever After Blog

“Young’s voice is riveting and once I opened the book, I wanted to hang a 'do not disturb' sign around my neck until I was finished. This book definitely landed on my 2012 top picks!”—Fiction Vixen

“This book had some funny dialogue, some amazingly hot sex scenes, and emotional drama. Did I mention the amazing sex scenes?”—Dear Author

“This book is fun. Sexy. A little dark. While the hero is extremely dominant, he also shows his softer side just when she needs it.”—Smexy Books

“Every page sizzles when these two get together, but this book is so much more than a hot romp. This book has heart – and lots of it…IF you want a book that will lure you in, grab you by the scruff of the neck and never let you go until you finish reading the last page, then On Dublin Street is the book for you.”—totallybookedblog.com

“Brilliantly written with just the right amount of hotness, sexiness and romance and everything else in between.”—onceuponatwilight.com

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On Dublin Street 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 639 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book hits every emotional button you own, and slides from one end of the spectrum to the other flawlessly. I do not think I have enjoyed a book like I did this one in quite sometime. Thank you, Samantha Young. I hope you keep them coming. I surely will not miss any books from you in the future. The sex scenes were hot, but I love that they add to the story, but they are not the story. The two main characters are fantastic, multi-deminsional people. You almost felt like you know them. I can't say enough, but I surely do not want to ruin the story for anyone. So Kudos on a fabulous read, Ms. Young.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After a series of boring and predictable romance books, I started to read this one, but with not too high expectations. I could not have been more wrong. The writing is exceptional, the characters are very well developed, and you are sucked into the story from the start. The male character, Braden, is a delight and you love him from beginning to end. His love for Joss is genuine, patient yet steamy and full of passion. One of the best male characters I have read for a long time. Joss is full of issues but does not get on you nerves. They make an unusual but great couple. Oh, and although I seldom laugh while reading, there were several dialogs that literally cracked me up. I finished it and read it again one more time, which I seldom do as well. Really terrific!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written! Made me burst out laughing,made me tear up, and i fall in love with the characters! Hopeing for book 2 cause i can read more on this. Awsome book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so good, after reading fifty shades of grey I didn't think anything could come close. I was wrong! These two characters have great chemistry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. Similar to 50 shades but without bondage. I think this book has a better plot and character development than 50 shades though.
Cher1016 More than 1 year ago
Not very exciting, seems really slow, did not care for this book . Have read many other books that were more interesting and not so drawn out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't like the heroine at all. She was immature and self centered. Don't know what's so attractive about her. She lost her family and a best friend young it's horrible. Does that give a person an excuse to behave like a selfish ass? NO! The hero was typical hot alpha who finds the immature, cold, snarky, toddler type super sexy and mysterious. Terrible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing story, Joss and Braden are wonderful and very real characters. My heart was breaking for Joss with all she had been through. Even with her pain love does prevail. I laughed, I cried and felt hope come alive while reading this book. Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWFUL. Do not waste your money. The heroine ruins this book for certain. She is horrific. There is no way this amazing guy would fall for this witch. I can't believe a woman wrote this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got to say i was a little iffy about spending about $6 on this book but trust me when i say this, it was SO worth it. Any book that can make you smile, laugh, roll your eyes, and cry, is a book that everyone should read. It was one of those books that you cant stop reading until you look at the clock and it says 5am and you have to be up in an hour, so you force yourself to sleep and then evey chance you get your head is buried in the book. I give this book two thumbs up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed. WELL developed characters and plot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With all the stars this one has I thought ok I'll buy.. Don't know where to start. Read it in one sitting because I kept trying to like the main couple. I read a review that compared It to fifty shades. as soon as I finished the book I had to check the publishing date. Just as I had guessed another author putting out something quick. Alot of the situations were kinda the same (owner of his club gets in a jealous fight)(controlling male).... But it just seemed a quick book for fast bucks...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has been on amazon and I have been ( not so patiently ) waiting for it to come to nook. It did not disappoint me at all. Well worth it. :)
megankylene More than 1 year ago
I have talked about this book so much in numerous posts and videos. It was high time I put down my thoughts in the form of a review. It’s no secret that I love this book. I read it back when it was self-published in late 2012. To this day, it remains one of my favorite new adult contemporary romances. Joss and Braden’s story may not be anything groundbreaking in terms of originality, but it is most definitely a romance you will feel and remember. Jocelyn Butler is an American transplant living in Edinburgh Scotland. After losing her entire family and best friend, she moved from Virginia to Scotland to escape the nagging pain she felt being around where her family lived. As a recent graduate from university, Joss moves to a flat Dublin Street in response to an advertisement for a roommate, Ellie Carmichael, who just happens to have a very hot businessman brother. Guys, Braden Carmichael is my kind of alpha male. He is domineering without being a manboy control freak. He is sweet, sexy, and funny. He has everything compelling that you would want in a sexy hero. Joss and Braden meet in an unconventional way and immediately have this sizzling attraction between them, knocking both of them off balance. Not long after meeting Joss, Braden breaks up with his girlfriend, leaving him free. Joss has her own set of issues and doesn’t want anything to do with a relationship. Their solution is to have a few months of mind-blowing sex with no expectations of anything else. You can see where this is going, right? In addition to the budding romance, Joss is thrown into Braden and Ellie’s life, introducing her to their family and friends. She gains a whole new family, bringing on who whole new set of issues. Fear of loss. Fear of experiencing the type of pain she knows all too well. Her only defense is to push people away, but she finds out how hard it is to let go when you love someone. Even though this book was very formulaic, I loved it. Predictable isn’t necessary a dirty word. I have read so many books where I have figured out what is going to happen and still enjoyed the book. This is one of those books. Part of what made On Dublin Street such an enjoyable read is the way Samantha Young built these characters and their relationship. I could feel Joss and Braden falling in love through pages, despite what either of them wanted.  Joss fought her feelings for Braden tooth and nail and I could feel her pain as she went to war with Braden. I loved Joss, as frustrating as she was. Considering the amount of pain she went through, her reactions to certain situations made sense to me as a reader. One of my favorite scenes that I have read and reread over and over again was the kitchen scene towards the end of the book. Joss had left Ellie during a really hard time and subsequently hurt Braden in the process. The amount of anger, hurt, and sexual tension in that kitchen was palpable. Joss’s emotional breakdown remains one of my all-time favorite book scenes. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a fun and sexy read with a insanely hot hero. Braden is one of my all-time favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was hard to finish this book. In fact, I sat it down for a few days, because I HATED the Heroine! Shes so self-centered it was difficult to like her at all. I would've kicked her butt to the curb buh bye b88tch. I know it's only fiction but shouldn't be somewhat realistic? No dude would ever put up with this crap especially one as supposed hot, sexy, and successful as the man in this book.  I'm upset that I spent the seven or eight bucks on this one. Honestly, on top of annoying characters. it's horribly edited, and the plot (if you want to call it that) is boring. 
Cassidy_199 More than 1 year ago
Tedious, boring, and way too many grammar and spelling issues. I hated the heroine and her whining. Wish I hadn't spent 6$$ on this.
Positively_Sassy More than 1 year ago
BIG let down.....Wanted to STRANGLE the Main Character!   After reading all of the wonderful 5 star ratings I was really excited about this book.  It was very slow taking off and I found myself wanting to choke Joss throughout the entire book.  I understand her character is flawed, as we all have our cracks in some form, but she was wearing on my nerves.  Braden's character was very understanding, patient, and sexy.  He wasn't all consuming and as dominating as what some people have hinted at with the 50 shades comparison.  There is nothing even remotely close in comparison to the two novels. If you're expecting a comparable read (intense character, steamy sex, not necessarily kinky) to the 50 shades series, as others have described---do not be mislead.  This is NOT even close.  The sex is just OK.  There was nothing that really left you breathless and really throwing your into the moment.   I expected MORE fire and passion.  Something that really put you IN the book.  I just was not feeling it.  There were parts towards the middle to the end of the book where I feel the author may have been tired of her own story line.  It felt like she was rushing through parts of the story, pushing things through fast forward just to get  the readers past months of the same agonizing and torturous dance that Joss was doing. I did enjoy the Author's writing style.  There were some funny parts to the book that helped push the book along but I honestly found myself wishing for the end.  Sorry to be a buzz kill.  I know there are a lot of people who fell madly in love with this book but I have to wonder if they read a different copy than I did. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like Bared to You, Fifty Shades; a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love love love this book! It is one of those stories that long after you finish it you continue to think about the story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic, a must-read. It's brilliant. The chemistry between Joss (Jocelyn) and Braden is off-the-charts sexy. Love the witty banter. I'd give my right arm to have a man like that in real life. Like many have said, the sex scenes were hawwwt! But they also weren't the main focus. With a lot of steamy contemporary romance (and with many other kinds of steamy romance) novels, it feels like the authors wrote the sex scenes first then half-a*sed a storyline around them. On Dublin Street has great sex that fits the great story like a glove without being overdone or overbearing. I can't say enough about this book. I love it, have re-read it many times, and will continue to dive back into this world of real characters, emotional give-and-take, great sex, and a sexy meant-to-be romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the sexiest, emotionally draining, and spell binding novels I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The charactets were all compelling with all their own stories that could relate to so many of the many readers. I couldn't mange to put it down. Definitely one of my new favorite novels of all time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont understand why people are loving this book. The writing style was uninspired. The main character was damaged, which was fine, but unlikable. i couldnt figure out why everyone loved her.
cpmunsey More than 1 year ago
I couldn't finish reading this book. I really tried to like it, but it just didn't happen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On Dublin is amazing! I truley couldn't put this book down.! I read the whole book in less than 24 hours!! It's that good! You will not be disappointed in this touching, exciting story. This is a book that will stick with you.