Romantic and heartfelt. I was blown away by the feeling this gave me.
On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
5 lovely stars!
“I would say it was nice to meet you, but I was naked so… it wasn’t.”
Jocelyn Butler has been through a lot in the past several years. She moved from the US to Scotland four years ago to start over and leave her past behind her. She is very private and doesn’t like to discuss her past. Most of the time she just can’t talk about it. After she meets the determined Braden, they enter an arrangement with no strings attached. Jocelyn likes the idea because she doesn’t want to open up to anyone, much less get into a relationship, but Braden has other ideas about getting into her head and her heart.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the setting, story line, and the characters. The setting was one of my favorite things. I love books set in other countries because it takes me on a journey.
This book just made me feel really squishy inside. The blurb sounds super typical of any romance novel, but it felt like more to me. I think I connected with Joss on a real level. I felt Joss’s pain about being super reserved with feelings and emotions. It’s hard to let someone in when that’s just how you’ve been your whole life. I once had someone tell me they would just keep chipping away at me until my wall was taken down and then it would just be us two sitting there inside that box I’ve created, as long as it takes. Braden reminds me of that.
“I know you love me, Jocelyn, because there’s no fucking way I can be this much in love with you, and not have you feel the same way. It’s not possible.”
Braden was sort of a playboy, but after he meets Joss he really wants to know her. They are in this arrangement with no strings, but each of them has different ideas about what this arrangement means. Braden is used to getting what he wants and he has his sights set on Joss. I loved Braden. He was so patient even if he didn’t want to be. He was so thoughtful. With his “Two sugars, right?” and the “X” in text messages. Even some of his caveman tendencies were adorable, even though most of the time I hate that crap. I would like to see some parts of this book from his point of view. Especially later in the story. His thought process of their relationship.
“I wanted to create something beautiful in place of all the ugliness.”
I really loved her friendship with Rhian, although they don’t really know each other on a personal level, they care so much for each other. They are the same in so many ways. Sometimes you just need someone who is there for you without knowing every detail of your life. Sometimes silence is just as therapeutic as talking it out. Some people can just feel what you are saying with your silence. Rhian and Joss had that kind of relationship. They were exactly what each other needed.
“I miss someone who gets me. I called a woman on my research team a bitch – you know in a friendly way – and she told me to go to hell. And I think she really meant it.”
“Rhian, we’ve talked about this. Normal people don’t like to be called names. For some reason, they tend to take is personally. And you are a tad bitchy, by the way.
“Normal people are so sensitive.”
Ellie was a great character and I thought was a crucial part of Jocelyn’s character being able to open up more to people. She was a great friend, but also so different from Joss. Which is what Joss needed, someone to contrast her personality.
“Sometimes words aren’t needed for you to know a change has come upon you.”
You don’t realize you’ve let someone in until it’s too late. That person can help you through things without even realizing they are or without you realizing it either. Sometimes you just need someone to not give up on you, especially when all you need is time to work through your own issues. You need someone to help you, but mostly you need time to help yourself.