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.
I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!
No, not with a good conscious.
It was pretty predictable.
She did great with the accents but she sounded awful in the male voices. Cameron sounded very, very strange.
No. I don't think it should be so I can't even think that far.
I have read books one and two and I am just not into this series. Guess I don't see what the hype is all about because this seems more geared towards teenagers.
The voice of the narrator was amazing. Her American accent was great.
Ok story. A couple of the issues could be hot spots for some readers.
Her speed of speech, intonation, various accents....I could go on. She really made the story that much better.
Yes! I've been an audible listener for a few years now and have never written a reveiw before now. Don't get me wrong, I've listen to great books from all different genres by fantastic authors (Ken Follet and Karen Marie Moning are amoung my top favorites) and have even revisted the classics, but this book has it all! Set in the historically beautiful and vibrant Scotland, we get front row seats to watch a great romance unfold between two well-developed characters in the most unconventional way that's definetly not your typical cookie cutter romance novel format. There is a has a true depth and a realness that doesnt always lend itself to romance novels. The backstory for Jo is gut wrentchingly honest and I love how the author didn't try to soften up the real world of domestic violence and alcohol abuse. I've never cried so much during a book in my life. Some were tears of pity, but most were tears of pride as I listened to Jo overcome the hand she was delt and how determine she was to not have her little brother go through the same awful upbringing that she herself had to endure.
Oh there are so many, but the one that stands out was the scene in the hallway when Cam first confronts Jo for leaving Cole with her drunk mother overnight and he grabs her arm triggering her first flash back and subsequent reaction to her hungover mother in their kitchen. Oh man....the raw emotion in the reader's voice absolutley tore my heart out. It was well read and not over done in any way!
Again, so many were my favorite. The scene at the end when Jo runs to Cam in what has to be the most vulnerable moment in her life only to find another woman is already in his flat. It just tied the story in for me and made it real becasue so much of life is one big mis-understanding and that scene definetly was!
The only thing about the reading that i didn't like was the way the reader did Cam's voice. I hated the breathy winded tone she took and wished she made him more masculine sounding, like Braden in On Dublin Road. Other than that she did AWESOME and I'm already on the look out for other books she's read! Next on my list- "Letters From Skye" :)
the narrator did a great job with the narration as well. I can't wait for the next one to come out. I also want to say that the characters in this book are portrayed really well. None of them appear too weak, too strong, or too perfect. The narrator does a good job slipping between American an Scottish accents as well.
Yes, and I already have because it is a good romance book that I believe falls on the list of books you definitely should read.
Cam was my favorite character. He is such a jerk to begin with but you can tell there is a reason behind it. He's tattoed and hot and we eventually learn he's a huge romantic that refuss to take any of Jo's self-deprecating crap.
No I have not. But I really, really enjoyed her performance and would definitely love to hear her narrating again.
The bathroom scene between Cam and Jo. You could just feel the sexual frustration and longing leaping at you.
A continuation of the story of the lives of people we met in "On Dublin Street" this book stands omits own feet enough that it's not an absolute necessity to read "On Dublin Street" before this one, but I would still recommend it as that was a great book too.
Yes, loved it!!!
The story line, and sequel to On Dublin Street
Jo and Cam
Great story line...
Love this work and the "sister" novel, "On Dublin Street." This book takes a bit too long for my tastes to get Jo and Cam together, as well as to get some of the misunderstandings out of the way. *****SPOILER ALERT: If Cam were my man and had done all of the things he did (or didn't do) with his ex in the novel, he'd have been left in the dust. That part kind of irritated me.*****
The narrator is perfection! I love this series and look forward to the other books in store!
Samantha Young became my favorite listen
she knows how to build the characters to make you love them
she know how to write sex scene, and she knows how to finish a book and not dragging it endlessly
I could definitely relate to Johanna in this novel. Although there were a few far fetched scenes for the most part it was very heartfelt and genuine. The chemistry between Johanna and Cameron is impressive. Samantha Young's sense of humour is right up my alley.
Hands down, Johanna. Definitely a honey badger.
When Cameron gave Johanna a paint brush.