Series: On Dublin Street,
Also in this series: Until Fountain Bridge
Published by Self-Published on 31 August 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Also by this author: Until Fountain Bridge
First Line: It was a beautiful day to find a new home.
Lately on Twitter I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about a book called On Dublin Street by Samantha Young. Most of the chatter I’d heard mentioned that it was an unputdownable, hot, and steamy read. Lately I’ve been drawn a little more to adult romances and so I eagerly picked this one up to see what all the talk was about. While I wasn’t blown away by On Dublin Street I did find it to be an enjoyable read. Yes it was hot and steamy but it was also much more than the brain candy read that I was expecting.
There was a lot of depth to On Dublin Street and the main character, Joss, was dealing with some serious issues. She was broken and a big part of this book was about her healing herself with the help of those around her. The story was very real and I loved the romance of Braden and Joss as well as Joss’s friendship with Ellie. The pacing of the story was very believable and I liked how Young wove in elements of Joss’s past as well as conversations with her therapist. I found that once I started Joss’s story that I couldn’t put it down and I read it in a single sitting.
It was also nice to see the story was told entirely from Joss’s POV. While there were times when I think it would have been nice to see things the way that Braden saw them. I thought it was refreshing to not have any random, crazy head jumping that is so pre-dominate in romance novels. Structured head jumping I don’t mind its the random paragraph switch up that makes me go a little batty. So it was nice to just live inside of Joss’s head as the events of On Dublin Street played out.
On Dublin Street wasn’t perfect and I found that through out the story there were some formatting and grammar issues. Things that could have been caught with some better editing but over all these things weren’t bad for a self-published novel. I’ve read far worse and this is one that makes me a little less wary of picking up the next self-published book that I come across. The story and plotting were solid and I thoroughly enjoyed Young’s writing. There were times when the flow of the narrative was a little stilted and there seemed to be an excess amount of detail in some areas and too little in others.
It also annoyed me far more than it should have that Young seemed to have this need to always mention the street name of where Joss was. It was never just I went back to my apartment but instead it was always more along the lines of I went back to my apartment on Dublin Street. I stopped for chips on Prince Street or I spent hours wandering around on Regent Ave. If I’m honest it made my eye go a bit twitchy. Though I know that this is a personal annoyance and it really doesn’t have any effect on my enjoyment of the story.
If you like contemporary romances that always have a good, solid story to go with them then I suggest that you give On Dublin Street a try. I really enjoyed Young’s writing style and think that I will be checking out some of the author’s YA novels at some point in the future. I also really look forward to her next adult romance as I do so love when an author can make me forget about the world around for a few hours and just become immersed in the world that he/she has created.