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Down London Road | [Samantha Young]

Down London Road

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....

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Samantha Young (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Lulu 02-26-14
    Lulu 02-26-14

    I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.

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    "Well Developed Characters Make this Work"

    I enjoyed the first book in this series, On Dublin Street, a great deal. I was impressed with the depth of the characters, the layers of problems that made the main character a complex, difficult yet compelling, woman to love. I bought Down London Road as soon as it came out, but for some reason I put off reading it. I think I put it off because the main character in Down London Road was a secondary character in On Dublin Street, and not a particularly interesting or sympathetic character at that.

    When I finally did read this book, I was very glad I did. Like On Dublin Street, it is at its core a contemporary romance. But again the depth of the character makes it much more than that. The aspects of Jo I found unsympathetic and uninteresting in On Dublin Street were explained and she suddenly became a very strong, brave and sympathetic person. I think the open animosity against her expressed by her eventual love interest made the reader defensive and protective of Jo and suddenly she was a character worth knowing. The character of her younger brother matured throughout the book and the closeness between the two main characters was portrayed realistically but felt very genuine.

    I thought the narrator did a very good job with the book.

    I highly recommend this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lena Smyrna, TN, United States 02-10-14
    Lena Smyrna, TN, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2013

    I am a busy sports mom listening to romance only. If the narrator is good and it has a decent plot, I will find it enjoyable.

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    "Love This Strong Woman"
    Where does Down London Road rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank this in my top 5. Jo has a such a good heart.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jo.


    What about Elle Newlands’s performance did you like?

    Great job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and cried. I wanted to kill Cam because he was so blind to Jo's feelings about Blair.


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    Allison Trophy Club, TX, United States 02-08-14
    Allison Trophy Club, TX, United States 02-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "NO REAL PLOT/UNLIKEABLE CHARACTERS"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I loved On Dublin Street, but something about this book left me with a bad taste in my mouth. When thinking back on the entire book I realized up until the ending there was no real plot line. Other than the characters falling in love & their own insecurities (Joanna mainly).


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    LIKED: When we got to see Jos & Braden again & with the interactions to the other characters in this story. (So Funny)
    DISLIKED: The main characters in this book. Most of the time I wanted it hit Cam for his prejudging attitude & Jo for questioning her actions & all her insecruities (which we all have but not to this extent).


    What does Elle Newlands bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love audiobook because the narrator helps bring the character's to life & with this book it was the only thing that made it enjoyable. If I had to sit & read this book I would have been bored after the first couple of chapters.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No probably not. Now the 1st book Absolutely!!


    Any additional comments?

    This was an enjoyable story, but be prepared not a lot of action until the very end. Plus, I found myself not liking both main characters (which I usually like at least one). I really would give it 2.5 Stars if not for the interaction of the other characters who really made this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margarita New York, NY 02-08-14
    Margarita New York, NY 02-08-14 Member Since 2014

    All business but contemporary fun!

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    "Absolutely loved this book! Heart warming story!"
    Would you listen to Down London Road again? Why?

    Absolutely. The characters were positioned perfectly against each other, Joe's story was unfolded in such a beautiful manner, that her attraction to Cameron made so much sense. The book successfully showcased the effects of the character's history in their behaviors and reactions to the development of their romance.


    What other book might you compare Down London Road to and why?

    I thought the author could never top the amazing "Dublin Street" but apparently she could! This has become my favorite of all her books.


    What does Elle Newlands bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Beautiful narration, great job conveying all the emotions without making them cheesy! Keep it up!


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    Readers Confession Deltona, FL, United States 02-05-14
    Readers Confession Deltona, FL, United States 02-05-14
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    "Surprisingly very good..."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Denver, Colorado, United States 02-04-14
    Amazon Customer Denver, Colorado, United States 02-04-14
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    "Great Job!"
    What did you love best about Down London Road?

    I really liked the narrator. She did a great job.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Down London Road?

    It's not a moment- it is the tension between the two- the back and forth and the ultimate way it worked for them


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Kendall Hayward, CA USA 01-30-14
    M. Kendall Hayward, CA USA 01-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Anohter great book from SY!"
    Have you listened to any of Elle Newlands’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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!


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    Michele DIGHTON, MA, United States 01-30-14
    Michele DIGHTON, MA, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2014

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    "5 Stars...loved this book"
    Where does Down London Road rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top of the list. I would say either 1 or 2. It was very well read


    What other book might you compare Down London Road to and why?

    I would compare it to Tangeled. The narrators voice was excellent. You could feel the pain in her voice and it felt real!


    What about Elle Newlands’s performance did you like?

    Loved it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katrina 01-29-14
    Katrina 01-29-14
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    "Liked this much more than I thought I would"
    If you could sum up Down London Road in three words, what would they be?

    high on emotion


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Uncle Mack because he kicks ass.


    Have you listened to any of Elle Newlands’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes and she is good here too.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not necessarily but it did have my full attention when I was listening.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Bee 01-26-14
    Melissa Bee 01-26-14
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    "Great narration, OK story"

    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!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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