“I love all genres of books, however when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
When I first found out that On Dublin Street was going to have a second book, I was extremely excited since I absolutely LOVED it. When I read the synopsis, I was disappointed because it wasn't about Joss and Braden, and Jo was just a blip in the first book. Sure she seemed to be a friend to Joss but really Ellie was Joss's friend. Reluctantly, I purchased the book and decided to give it a chance. Let me just say there is a lot of Joss, Braden, and Ellie in this book, so nothing to be disappointed about!
Johanna `Jo' in my initial impression was a gold digger, shallow, and manipulative. She dated only rich men, allowed them to buy her things and lavish her. Not exactly what I look for in a female lead character. However, Jo is anything but those things. She is strong, selfless, and is one of the most loving and admirable women characters. She always puts her brothers' care in front of her own, as a mother would do. By the end of the first few chapters I found myself as Jo's biggest fan! Anyone who has a child knows that your biggest mission is to protect them, and she ensures her brother never feels neglected.
We start off in the beginning where Jo is dating Malcolm. Jo thinks that she is in love with him, and tries to be everything that she believes he wants. She is the ultimate chameleon, and I don't think she even knows who she is. Her walls are so high to ensure she can't be hurt. She is at an event with Malcolm where she meets Cameron `Cam' McCabe. Cam is hot and the sexual tension between them is instant! However, Cam is there because he is dating Malcolm's ex Becca. (AWKWARD) When Cam realizes that Jo is there for Malcolm, his attitude switches from hot and bothered to irritated and pissed off. Cam's assessment of Jo is that she is using Malcolm and is sure to let her know how he feels about gold diggers.
"Look, I know your type well. I grew up watching a parade of gorgeous bimbos walk in and out of my uncle's life."
Trust me he doesn't stop there! Despite Cam's bad attitude and nasty words Jo decides to help him by getting Cam a job at the bar with her. There are parts where I was literally laughing out loud because their banter is hysterical. I loved how snarky they get with each other. I also loved how Jo had no problem calling Cam out on his crap. If he is an ass she lets him know it!
Their story really changes when Cam moves into the flat below Jo and learns that he really has no idea what Jo is really like. They become friends, and Cam and Jo can no longer pretend that their feelings and chemistry can be ignored. They each end the relationships with Malcolm and Becca, which is when I was jumping up and down screaming... YES! I loved them and loved how Cam was able to break down her walls. He refuses put up with her fake s*** and he tells her how it is going to be.
"If we're doing this, you're going to be straight with me. In every way - including in bed. I'm not some guy you're trying to hold on to for dear life - accommodating him and forgetting about yourself and what you want. We're in this together and I just took what I wanted. Now you take what you want. So what do you want?"
The sex is H-O-T and so is their love, but it is not easy. Jo has deep emotional issues of abandonment and fear of not being worthy. Cam pushes her to be who she really is, and wants no pretenses. They fall very hard for each other, and Cam is swoon worthy! Of course nothing is ever easy, and this is especially true for Jo and Cam. They have to fight for their love and decide if Jo can trust not only Cam, but herself to be worthy enough. I definitely enjoyed their story and Cam's sexy talk!
I have already downloaded Before Jamaica Lane the next book in the series.