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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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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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    Tracy KENNETT SQUARE, PA, United States 05-11-13
    Tracy KENNETT SQUARE, PA, United States 05-11-13 Member Since 2009

    Audiobooks are relaxing and 'food for the soul'.

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    "Be Caledonia!"
    Would you listen to Down London Road again? Why?

    Most Definitely! I truly enjoyed listening to this story. Jo's struggles leading to happiness was touching.


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

    "On Dublin Street"; although, I enjoyed this storyline so much more. Even though Jo had doubts, she definitely refused to play the Martyr.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Jo and Cam's arguments were good scenes, but really, the whole book was excellent.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "Be Caledonia"


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to listening more of this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 05-09-13
    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "ANOTHER AMAZING SY LISTEN"
    If you could sum up Down London Road in three words, what would they be?

    Anguishing, suspenseful, romantic


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

    So as to not disclose any secrets; Cam's anguish and confession to Jo after Blair's overnight visit and also the ending.


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

    Yes, "On Dublin Street", she is amazing. I love the accents and Cam's voice was sexy and sultry and oh so heart-gripping when anguished.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not Sure


    Any additional comments?

    This was an amazing listen. I laughed, cried, screamed in my head "No - No", emotions stirred deep within me and I sat on the edge of my seat. There were twists and turns that kept things interesting.

    I hope that Ms. Young continues to grace us with such emotional prose. Also, one can not help but feel bad for Malcolm, hope he is written, happily, into future books.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 01-13-14
    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 01-13-14 Member Since 2009

    I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.

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    "PERFECT IN ALMOST EVERY WAY!"

    This book is about the butterflies you feel in your stomach, about intense body language and how two forces colliding cannot be stopped when love arrives and changes everything. What a fabulous 2nd book of the series!!! With the superb writing of Samantha Young and the wonderful talent of Elle Newlands, this book just blew me away….it's perfect in almost every way!

    This book is told through the POV of Johanna ("Jo") Walker and immediately it becomes such an interesting journey as the reader is navigated through her world as she works so hard to create a good life for her younger brother Cole. Jo shields Cole from the cycle of violence that overshadows from an absent father, and deals with the daily struggles of an alcoholic mother. I can't remember being so susceptible to tears during the scenes between Joe and her brother Cole. What a touching relationship!!!

    Jo is seriously misunderstood. Jo is pegged as a "gold-digger" with her incredible, drop-dead gorgeous looks that she uses to her advantage in forming relationships with rich, older men who provide some financial cushion in her life. Hence, comes in our hero, who was quick to read in to this assumption, but who found that you should never judge a book by it's cover or be too hasty in dismissing someone at first glance. Cameron McCabe is a rather flawed hero, but an effective one nonetheless….he is edgy with the dragon tattoo on his arm. He has a lean, muscular body, and emanates this masculine, sexual energy that Jo finds so alluring.

    When Jo and Cameron first lock gazes…it's like electricity. It was synergetic…like observing two forces collide and understanding it's potency because of the visceral response both Joe and Cameron feel even before speaking with one another.

    Cameron was a complete jerk to Jo at first, but he comes around apologetically when he realizes how wrong he was. Part of his response to her was resentfulness because when Cameron and Jo meet both are in relationships with other people. It's obvious the man wanted her from the beginning.

    The love story between Cameron and Joe starts off rough, but, oh my goodness, when the misunderstandings fizzle away, their relationship is sweet, beautiful and comforting. Of course, the sex is off the charts in this book, but it's more than that. It's about how love can melt insecurities and awaken a deep longing that makes life so vivid and fulfilling. I loved the relationship Cameron fostered with Cole and was such a support to Joe in every way. Both leads grow a lot in this book. At the end of the book their lives have improved substantially.

    This book delivers an emotional journey that is so real and touching! OMG!! Without revealing too much, during the challenging part of Jo & Cameron's relationship I was so hurt for Jo!!! I was angry and I thought I was going to have to chalk Cameron down as a hero who fell from grace & whose likeability was revoked, but wow---I can't believe how incredibly Young sews up the loose ends in this book. I didn't think it could be done, but she did it! I'm so impressed and glad I came across this beautiful, messy series with so many redemptive qualities. I don't think it's possible to listen to this book, just one time…you have to listen over again to relive each moment and understand both characters even better.

    Lastly, it was great to see the involvement of all of the gang--Braden and Joss, Adam & Ellie, her family and new additions (Uncle Mic and Olivia) to this growing & loving group of wonderful people!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol eugene, OR, United States 05-13-13
    Carol eugene, OR, United States 05-13-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Those sexy Scots!"

    Elle Newlands did a fabulous job narrating. Great story. Well written. It had me in tears a number of times. I also thoroughly enjoyed "On Dublin Street" by this author.

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    Gretchen United States 05-11-13
    Gretchen United States 05-11-13 Member Since 2012

    Use books for escape- typically avoid nonfiction. Enjoy action-romance, espionage/military, sci-fi. Skilled writing is most important.

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    "New favorite writer"

    Samantha Young is my new favorite writer. I read somewhere that she is a young adult writer who is now producing adult romance. I won't go into the plot, because, I don't want to give anything away and because, frankly, it isn't important. Young's strength is in character development. The story takes place over a relatively short span of time and the writer delves deeply into the two protagonists and their relationship. It is a drama, but the characters and their respective circumstances are believable.

    It is a well written book with an excellent narrator - LOVED the accent. I don't give many 5 stars, but this production hit all the right notes for me. I will look for more Samantha Young books in the future.

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    Danielle Santa Maria, CA, United States 05-10-13
    Danielle Santa Maria, CA, United States 05-10-13 Member Since 2008

    I'm an audio junkie and people tend to look at me strangely when I tell them I hear voices in my head - through my headphones . . .

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    "I Can't Believe It!"

    I thought there was no way this author could top On Dublin Street. I thought Jo would be a superficial character, maybe a bit two-dimensional. Boy, was I wrong. Not only did I listen to this audio book straight through, but I listened to it again when I was done.

    I loved this book as much as the first. I honestly can't say which one I loved more. The story was great, the characters were wonderful and the narration was perfect Thank you Samantha Young for another great story. This is one I will treasure like an old friend.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer LEWISTON, ID, United States 05-10-13
    Amazon Customer LEWISTON, ID, United States 05-10-13 Member Since 2007

    I've been an avid reader since I was a child. I love different types of writing styles and I am never afraid to try new authors.

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    "Undecided"

    When I listened to "On Dublin Street" I fell in love with this author. So when this book came out I quickly purchased the book. While I enjoyed the narrator, I felt she was a good match for this book, I found my mind drifting. While I could relate to a strong woman who does what needs to be done to protect her brother and still care for her mother I couldn't engage with her at all.

    I am glad I listened to the book but it won't be one that I re-listen to or make my list of favorites as her first book did.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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