Believe it or not, I really really liked this book. I know, I know… I’m sure a lot of you are skeptical about reading it since it’s gotten such mixed reviews- And I’ll be honest here… I didn’t love it quite as much as I loved it’s predecessor, On Dublin Street. With that being said though, it was a damn good read and one that I seriously enjoyed immensely. If it weren’t for the few slow moments the book had here and there I would have given it a full five-star rating… And take it from me, that’s not a rating that I give out lightly.
For starters, the writing was phenomenal. Everything about the story and characters just felt so real… Something that seems to be missing in so many books now-a-days. However, Samantha Young seriously has some true freaking talent when it comes to her gift for writing, that’s for sure.
Initially before starting this book, I had heard a lot of negativity about the heroine, Jo. To be honest, it had been so long since I read the first book that I couldn’t quite remember much about her character in the first place. (Shame on me) …But low and behold, I really ended up loving her in this book.
Little did we know, she had been hiding a very horrible background that should give anyone who initially had those “gold digger” thoughts about her a guilty conscience. …And yes, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m guilty as charged for judging her character before I really and truly got to know her. She ended up being so much more than just a pretty face. She had spent so much time believing the things that other people said and thought about her; Believing that she was nothing. Yet instead of putting effort into fighting the awful things she had been fed all of her life, she bought into it and clutched onto men that she believed had everything that she lacked. I could honest to God relate to her character on so many levels, because deep down inside she has insecurities just like the rest of us. …But the fact that she could admit that while at the same time, consistently prove time and time again that everything she had done was purely out of selflessness, is one reason why I can officially say she is a favorite heroine of mine to date.
The hero, Cam on the other hand…
The thing I loved most about this book, is there was no “insta-love” crap involved. Sure, that first-glanced spark and attraction was there, but Jo and Cam form a friendship first before any type of relationship comes into play… And let me tell you, it made for some major sexual tension that was well worth the wait. The fact that a friendship blossomed before anything else though is what made me appreciate the relationship only that much more.
I’m not going to go into any detail in this review, because I don’t want to give anything away. But what I’m fixing to say is what’s most important anyhow, so listen good: If you’re having reservations about this book… Don’t. Do yourselves a favor and don’t miss out in fear of it being a complete failure in comparison to On Dublin Street. All-in-all, this book was in a category all it’s own. There were times in the beginning when I felt like it could have moved at a bit more of a faster pace but after finishing the story and looking back now, I actually don’t think I would have changed a thing about this book or the way it was written. It ended up being a very emotional and beautiful story about trust… Opening your heart… And most importantly, love and self worth.
Oh, and FYI: For all of you Joss and Braden lovers out there, they make quite a bit of appearances in this story♥ …And for all of you who haven’t read
On Dublin Street first, I would highly recommend doing so. It’s not that I don’t think this book can be read as a stand-alone… I just think in order to appreciate the characters and story as a whole on a more emotional level, starting with that book will only heighten all of that. 🙂