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
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
Samantha Young is my new favorite author. I loved On Dublin Street and she actually wrote a second book to top that one! There are so many things I loved about this book: the real life drama, likeable and complex characters and a romance that builds great anticipation and intensity. The narration was very good too. A must listen to anyone who likes contemporary romances.
When I clean, drive or exercise I listen to romance. The steamier the better but it must have a great story as well!
This book goes hand in hand with "On Dublin Street". First of all, I loved Dublin Street but this book has absolutely blown me away! I was sucked right in and didn't want to stop listening until the end. There is so many emotions that this story brings up. I realized now that I too misjudged Johanna in the first book. Her story is heartbreaking and brings out the love and strength of family, no matter how imperfect.The love scenes were powerful, passionate and perfect (yes the triple P's). The narration is amazing!! Elle Newlands voices were perfection and that accent; YES I must make it to Scotland one day!! I highly highly recommend this book! I'm so grateful that I've had a chance to listen to it and can't wait to listen again. Perfect for driving in the car, housework/gardening, or even monotonous workplaces. No joke, if you like a great romance this book is for you!!
Great story! Great characters! Great depth! Loved every minute!
Elle Newlands narration fit this book where I felt that Paula Costello fit "On Dublin Street" and since I think the narration can make or break the audio version I was so pleased. Who couldn't listen to a Scottish accent all day, anyway?
Its bittersweet to not be able to put a book down because its so good but then Im so sad when its over and Im mad at myself for not rationing its time out. :)(. Can't wait for more!!!
Make no mistake between my personality and my attitude. My personality is who I am, my attitude depends on who you are.........
Do not start this book unless you have alloted time to do a marathon finish!!! I haven't been this obsessed since the Fifty series!!!
Fabulous Listen!!!! Great story; wonderfully written and the narrator was incredible!!! Bravo!!!!
This was a great follow up to Dublin Street. I didn't pay that much attention to Jo in the first book, but what a great love story she has! The intensity of her family situation was really sad, but thankfully things ultimately worked out in her favor. I am hoping that there is a third book since there are some new characters introduced. I definitely enjoy how Samantha Young writes, the humor and sarcasm, and of course, the hot love scenes...delicious! I must admit I was not totally thrilled with the narration. All the voices were sounding far too similar, and Cam's "whisper voice" made me want to clear my throat and get a drink of water! All that said, I got over the narration and just enjoyed the story as it unfolded. Definitely a winner of a book, you will not be disappointed.
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!!!
Down London Road follows behind On Dublin Street. We get to know more about Jo from bar. Jo came across a gold digger in the first book but in her book we find out why she picks the men she does. In come Cole and things change and Jo figures out she may have been looking in all the wrong directions. I like that Jo was really taken in by Jocelyn and her friend from the first book. It is nice to see past characters in a series.
The narrator is awesome!!! Perfect accent for the characters and the Scottish setting. I would definitely recommend this series. I am hoping she will continue it with some of the new characters that you meet in this book. Start with On Dublin Street it is also a great book and you get to know the cast of characters.
I can't reveal too much without being a spoiler, but I can say that I ended up hating Cameron, the main male character. I am sure I will be in the minority, but I disliked the way that the main female character, Johanna, ended up settling for someone who proved to be as capable of emotional abuse as her father had been of physical abuse. Johanna admits that she has hasn't been without a boyfriend since she was 16 because she needed a man to affirm her value--which usually backfired and caused her to have no self-esteem. That being the case, she should have kicked Cameron and all former lovers to the curb, gone to work with her uncle, and spent time building herself into a strong, independent woman.
The narration was very irritating. Am not an expert on Scottish accents, but Elle Newlands voice was not convincing--especially for the males. One final item that is just a personal pique--I could not help feeling sorry for the mother. She did not seem to be the demon everyone thought her to be. No excuses for hitting her son, but no excuses for letting her lie unattended for weeks on end alone in her bedroom either. Alcoholism is a disease, not a character flaw, yet no one raised the issue of getting treatment for the mother. I guess Johanna's excuse would be that she was afraid her younger brother would be taken away from her. Very unrealistic in today's world where adult siblings gain custody all the time.
In sum, I wouldn't recommend this book.
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
I was a little hesitant to get this book because I didn’t really care for Johanna’s character from “On Dublin Street”. I must admit the author did a fantastic job of making her a real and sympathetic character.
I fell in love with Johanna and really cared about her. Cam’s character bothered me a little though. I thought he was kind of a jerk at times but despite all the drama I enjoyed their romance.
This is a really good book with great narration. If you enjoyed the first book then you will definitely enjoy this one too!
Definitely a credit worthy listen!
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.
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