I was very thankful to Loupe from Hot Listens to have recommended and gifted me the audio copy of On Dublin Street. I loved it so much that when I didn’t know what to listen to I knew I should start the 2nd book in this series.
Down London Road focuses on Johanna aka Jo (Joss’ co-worker from the bar). I wasn’t looking forward to this book too much since Jo was portrayed as a gold digging woman in On Dublin Street and I just wasn’t eager to hear her story. Honestly, I didn’t think she’d have a good story. Boy was I wrong.
Jo was/is a much better person than she was portrayed as in On Dublin Street. Jo works two jobs to support her family, her family that consists of her drunk alcoholic mother and her younger brother. She has basically raised her little brother and though she is a big sister, she very much acts like a mother. Although Jo handles it all in good stride, she can’t shake the insecurities of one day it all crashing down on top of her.
The wealthy men that Jo dates is because they can easily provide that security that she so needs. They buy her nice things but she NEVER asked for anything. When the relationship or love affair is over, people would be surprised to know, that she auctions everything off on eBay. Not your typical gold digger, huh?
Jo meets Cameron aka Cam, he is her current beau’s ex girlfriend. Cam things the same that everyone things of Jo, that’s she a gold digger. Cam treats Jo terribly since he doesn’t think much of her. Slowly after being around her so much Cam starts to notice that he’s DEAD WRONG about Jo. The chemistry in Jo and Cam is there from the start and is present in every one of their encounters. Jo and Cam were perfect for each other. Through their ups and downs Cam was always there for her.
Narration Note: Elle Newlands, I thought did a great job! All of her voices were very distinct and I LOVED her Scottish accent. Her accent sounded spot on. :-) There were parts in the book where Jo (main character) was choked up, upset and in tears….Elle played this to PERFECTION. This book and her narration had ME choked up and in tears because she sounded so REAL. I can’t wait to hear more from Elle Newlands.
I really liked the narrator. She did a great job.
It's not a moment- it is the tension between the two- the back and forth and the ultimate way it worked for them
I really enjoyed Elle Newland's performance. She allows you to sink into the story to see the different characters and feel the emotions of each. I think her performance was a major enhancement to the book. Terrific pairing!
Top of the list. I would say either 1 or 2. It was very well read
I would compare it to Tangeled. The narrators voice was excellent. You could feel the pain in her voice and it felt real!
high on emotion
I like Uncle Mack because he kicks ass.
yes and she is good here too.
Not necessarily but it did have my full attention when I was listening.
I loved the other books in the series but I didn't like Jo in those books so I was surprised when I really got into Jo's story. I even skipped it and listened to the next one in the series before I got his one. I put off getting it but they aren't cooperating with my desire to read Hannah's story RIGHT NOW! So I figured I would give this one a try. To my surprise I really found myself involved. I like the characters. They are flawed and very angst ridden but I enjoyed their journey in this book. It was satisfying to listen to.
This was a relatively predictable yet steamy love story. The narrator's charming Scottish accent was what sealed the deal on getting this audiobook (I couldn't have replicated that in my mind while reading it!)
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
As much as I enjoyed On Dublin St I didn't get the same from the sequel. I never found Jo a like able character un the first novel and just couldn't connect with her weak dependent and whiny in this follow up. Nor did I ever get to trust or like Cam, the boyfriend.
Even learning Jos backstory, still I couldn't relate to her .
Narrator Elle Newland did a great job with the novel and Samantha Young does know how to write a great sex scene..in fact this book was mostly bedroom action and weak plot.
I really don't get the 5 star reviews for the novel..it isn't nearly of equal quality to On Dublin St.
3 stars to the story..average women's bedroom novel and 4 for narration..the author can do better.
Wife, mother of 3 and lover all of all books! I've really become interested in the audio books since I have such a long commute. It's a wonderful way to pass the time!
I'll admit that my expectations were lower after I read On Dublin Street...I didn't think it was possible for me to love this one as much as I did the other; but I was so very wrong! The story was heart-wrenching, but what really made this a jewel was the captivating and spot on narration by Elle Newlands. Good grief she is good. You can practically feel every single word that she uttered. The "love" scenes, the sad scenes, all of them were heart-felt and she just poured her emotions into this book. I love how descriptive the book is and how each word was so on the mark. I felt what she felt. It was just fantastic. This is a book just like On Dublin Street where I was really sad that it ended. I plan to listen to both again. Highly recommend and totally worth a credit.
This book was painful. I am surprised I actually listened to the whole thing. It is mostly boring and oh so predictable. I really enjoyed On Dublin Street so I looked forward to this book. This book is nothing close to Dublin Street. And the narration of this book was soooo bad! Cam's voice was actually ridiculous. The furthest thing from sexy. More like he was a smoker for 60 years. And please no more female neurosis!!! It is just so stupid. Jo is so vapid and annoying. Don't waste your money on this one.
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.