Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Book Review: Down London Road

Title - Down London Road
Author - Samantha Young
Series - On Dublin Street #2
Genre - Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Published - May 7th 2013

Johanna Walker is used to taking charge. But she’s about to meet someone who will make her lose control...

It has always been up to Johanna to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. With an absent father and a useless mother, she’s been making decisions based on what’s best for Cole for as long as she can remember. She even determines what men to date by how much they can provide for her brother and her, not on whatever sparks may—or may not—fly.

But with Cameron MacCabe, the attraction is undeniable. The sexy new bartender at work gives her butterflies every time she looks at him. And for once, Jo is tempted to put her needs first. Cam is just as obsessed with getting to know Jo, but her walls are too solid to let him get close enough to even try.

Then Cam moves into the flat below Jo’s, and their blistering connection becomes impossible to ignore. Especially since Cam is determined to uncover all of Jo’s secrets... even if it means taking apart her defenses piece by piece.

Jo (Johanna) is used to being the adult in her family her mother is an alcoholic and they ran away from her abusive father so raising her little brother has fallen on her shoulders. Forced to drop out of school and get a job she’s had a string of bad jobs. After growing up being told that she was worthless a part of her believes that she won’t be able to do better but she does have her good looks which she’s used to date older wealthy men. It’s while dating Malcom that she meets Cameron at an art even they both see an attraction. Right away Cam judges her as a gold digger but he doesn’t know how far wrong he really is.

When Cam gets a job at the bar Jo works at with her best friend Joss he still assumes she’s the user who’s out to use Malcolm for all he’s worth. It’s only after moving into the flat below her and learning the truth does his idea of her change. As the two become friends they can’t deny the attraction to each other even ending their relationships to be together. While Jo is unsure worried that he will get tired of her she tries to keep her insecurities at bay but when their pasts decide to make an appearance will they survive or are they headed for the end?  

I loved Jo right away she’s a character who’s had a tragic past but is doing the best she can with what she’s given. I knew Cam was the one but I didn’t like him right away he was a jerk to Jo which I didn’t like but it made sense as the story progressed he grew on me. I loved that we got to see more of Joss and Ellie from the prior book and hope to see more of the girls in the next books. I think the way the characters are intertwined is a brilliant way to connect them.

I’ve had Down London Road on my kindle since I finished the first one with every intention of getting to it just never seemed to find the time. Down London Road is the second installment of On Dublin Street Series this book features Jo and Cam who had a chance meeting that changes both of their lives forever. I had high expectations for Down London Road because I loved On Dublin Street so much and it exceeded them. I enjoyed the emotional roller coaster of Jo’s story it’s one that captured my heart and I fell in love with her character. The characters are easy to connect with you can’t help being drawn into their lives and I found myself wanting to help Jo. The author has created another beautifully written story that touched my heart. I had such a hard time putting down the book I ended up staying up late just to see how it would all play out. Down London Road touches on real life situations, and does have adults scenes so mature audience is suggested. I can’t wait to read the rest of them and find new characters to fall in love with. 
5 out of 5 Stars

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