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Down London Road is another “can’t put down”, “must listen to again” novel by Samantha Young! Book 2 in the On Dublin Street series does not disappoint.
Samantha Young is such a talent! This is my second book to read by her, after “On Dublin Street”. She masterfully introduces her characters in a way that the reader feels a relationship with each; developing a vested interest in their future, their friends, their family, their loves, their happiness, their struggles and their triumphs. These amazing characters are once again, brought magically to life by Elle Newland.
As is true in her first novel in the series, there is a strong sexual content that is written within the context of the storyline, for mature audiences.
Johanna Walker is rather briefly introduced in the first novel as somewhat of a “gold-digger” interested in men only for what they could give her. She is featured in the second novel and the reader is reintroduced to her, immediately realizing that she is, indeed, remarkable! I don’t want to give to much away…just know going in that you will just love and care for her; and Cameron MacCabe is just what she needs.
Mark your calendars for June 18th when, “Until Fountain Bridge” (an On Dublin Street novella) is to be released by NAL in ebook in the US. This story follows the romance between Ellie Charmicael and Adam Sutherland.
I cannot wait…
Credit Worthy? You’d better believe it!
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
Well I’m pleased to say Samantha Young has done it again! If you liked On Dublin Street then you’re going to love this one too. I was swept away into Johanna’s story and it was so compelling I had to listen to it in one sitting. That’s what I enjoy so much about Ms. Young’s books. The emotion she wraps you into with her writing just sweeps you into another world. The steamy sex scenes aren’t too bad either. So take my advice and use your credit or just purchase this one because it’s just that great!!!
I LOVED book 1.... That being said, this one falls a bit flat. The two main characters just seemed a bit shallow.
The narration on this one was a little painful to listen to at first. I gradually got used to it but it still grated on my nerves. Overall it's a good story and decent listen. Not sure if it's worth the price tag tho
This sequel featured Johanna Walker and her younger brother Cole, who were mentioned in book 1.
I found it amusing that the narrator's name was Elle, because it sounded like Ellie Carmichael was telling Jo's story. But the narrator did a great job and I loved her accent.
Johanna had been presented as this low-self esteemed bimbo, always looking for a sugar daddy, instead of taking care of herself. I felt like while Joss worked with her at Club 39, Joss and Braden looked down on her and tolerated her out of pity.
I was surprised that in this book, Johanna, Joss and Braden were the picture of the best of friends. It felt like a bit of revisionist history, especially since Johanna had made a play for Braden in book 1.
Johanna’s story was a perfect reminder that there are two sides to every story. Johanna Walker was the daughter of an abusive father and an alcoholic mother. She worked two jobs to support her family as her mother’s illness prevented her from being able to work. Jo was afraid to loss her brother Cole to foster care system if anyone found out about her family, so she worked hard to hide their secret shame, while financially providing for them.
Jo’s pursuit of rich men was born out of her need to have the financial resources to feed her younger brother, and pay for him to go to college. It was humiliating, but Cole was her responsibility and she decided she would do anything she had to for him.
When she met Cameron McCabe, he encouraged her to stop being everyone’s doormat and figure out a more respectable way to take care of her family. It was a tense relationship because while they were very attracted to each other, Jo was determined to find a “safe” relationship that would accommodate her financial concerns and also be drama-free (no physical abuse).
After Cameron moved into Johanna’s apartment complex and got an understanding of Johanna’s hellish home life, he started seeing what a kind hearted person Jo really was. He began wooing her until he convinced her to break up with her current sugar daddy and give into their passion.
Their love wasn’t an easy ride, but it was an emotionally engaging one because clearly Johanna had not been emotionally attached to any of her previous beaus. Cameron was also good for Johanna because he encouraged her to stand up for herself, and he gave Cole another male to look up to. I really loved how Samantha Young flipped the script on what seemed like a simpleton gold digger, and showed us there was really a loving sister and woman who just needed support to fulfill her dreams.
I found Johanna’s parents to be the worst kind of people and I am amazed their children didn’t turn out to be mean and bitter people. They were actually happy considering their past. I also loved how Cameron sought out the person for Johanna’s past, to help her gain a sense of security and try to restore her faith in men.
Cameron was a good guy and he was just what the doctor ordered for Johanna and Cole. Book 2 was a great addition to this series.
Give me a Hot Sexy Book, with a good story to listen to, have that "OH MY" sigh, Love most of what I have, but want more. Tell me it ALL!
YES, AND WILL.
Getting to know Jo. From the first book, you really don't know why she does the things she does and to be honest, I judged her wrongly. Goes to show you. That old saying. "Don't judge a book by it's cover" is true. I had no idea what her life was like.. But soon you find out, everything is not as it seems. She is a strong women with one goal. Cole. And she fought to keep him happy. That made this story so good as a mother and a big sister. Her determination made me proud to say that being a women we can do anything we want when we need to. At any cost. And Jo did. I can kick my self for waiting so long to read these. So glad I waited until I had the time to listen the entire day. Wow! great book.
She knows how to put emotions in reading books. This is my first book with her, And she knows when to soften it up and good with the steamy scenes as well..
The length a women will go to protect the ones she loves.
This books is excellent, at first you really need to listen in order to get the history of Jo. On Dublin Road, she is portrayed differently and you want to listen hard as to what her life is like and how she handles day to day life. It's hard for her, Every day is a struggle. . Women today give up. No way some women today would work as hard as she did to make life bearable for her brother. It's worth a credit and even to buy this book is not a waste of good money. I am glad it's in my library and I can go back and listen anytime. And it wouldn't be a bad idea just to put things into perspective from time to time for me.. It does have great sexual encounters, Not as many as ON Dublin Road, but it's a different story as well. And I loved the fact that Author worked all of Dublin Road folks into this as well.. They are family.. Remember that. Don't base this book on being all sex, Oh it's there, and it's HOT but in a context of this story being told. I loved both books. Great book.
I loved the 1st book in this series. The second book puts two characters together that I never would have imagined. And to see the love she had for her brother, to learn what she had gone through and the reasons why she has acted the way she has. And then her friends learning about her pay and her father showing up. Finally she has found someone whom she can love, learn to accept help from her friends, and find a way to forgive her mother after she finds out why she is the way she is. Really enjoyed the narrator. Love the advent. Makes you feel like your in London.
Yes. I actually already went back and listened to the last two hours for a second time. Unlike some romances, this one is something that could and probably does happen. It was nice to read about real people with real struggles working to make this work.
It would be a spoiler, so I don't want to write it; however, it is in the prologue.
I liked Elle's narration so much that I added her other Audible book to my wish list. The book gets good reviews, so it is probably a win-win.
Love in the face of life.
While I enjoyed the first book in this series, I liked this one better. Both are worth the listen, but Jo had far less angst than Joss which was a nice change.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. From the very beginning. Each character was pertinent to the story and very realistic. There were enough surprises and drama that the story wasn't annoying. The narrator did a fantastic job as well. This is one of those story I will read again.
I listened to this book then immediately bought the other two of the series for my kindle. good read
I love this author. This is a great story. I was not originally sold on the choice of character for the next book because I did not really like her in the first book but it was great surprise. I enjoy these stories because she always has a little spin on the usual love story. She has lots of steamy scenes, funny parts and a few sad parts. It just makes for an all around great listen. I could have listened to it all in one sitting but alas my kids wanted to be fed:( Samantha Young is now on my favorite list and I hope to see more from her in the future. It is so worth the credit or the cash for this book.