Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare....
Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well - until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.
Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he's determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.
But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won't be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her...down to the very soul.
©2012 Samantha Young (P)2013 Penguin Audio
Yes. Why? Besides the fact that it is a well written contemporary romance, but the narrator was so good that I went looking for other audiobooks that she has done and was surprised to discover that this was her first and only one.
Even though I am not a fan of contemporary romance there was nothing about this audiobook that I did not like.
Ms. Costello did all voices perfectly both male and female and the Scottish accents were great. I was so impressed with her but could not find anything else by her. I m sure that will change. If only Ms. Costello had been the narrator for all the "Fifty Shades of Grey" books so many people would not have been so disappointed in the narration of them me included she would have been perfect.
Before listening to this book have your airline ticket to Edingurgh ready cause you will want to go.
It was an easy enough story to listen to. Everyone was very likeable, there really wasn't any terrible conflict. It was pretty much easy breezy in Scotland until...the sex. If this boats a rockin'....holy cow can this woman write some very detailed and realistic sex scenes. I would stop working and just stare off into space whenever Joss and Braden started up. Not being a fan of romance novels or chick lit in general because aside from the silly story lines, the sex is completely unrealistic with all of the "throbbing centers" and "explosions of joy...always at the same time" Seriously?? But not Samantha Young...she makes it great without being over the top..unlike some other book series that shall not be named. She got it just right...for me anyway. I'd give another title of hers a whirl just based on the sex alone.
My reaction wasn't surprising. It wrapped up like a Lifetime Movie.
I know it's supposed to be only 3 words but whatever...great accent yet it fell flat and just deadpan at times..no emotion really. And sometimes I didn't know if she was thinking to herself or actually speaking to another character. Annoying but again the story was't about how to disarm a nuclear missle, I was able to catch up after a moment.
It made me extremely hot in the pants at times...
Overall the book is worth the credit. Nothing earth shattering here in terms of story but it's relatable and the characters are likeable and sometimes that's all you need in any book. Not every book is meant to be life changing...sometimes you just need to have a little fun. Perfect ear candy.
How can you even compare, this reader was just excellent, accents and characters were done perfectly. I never listen to a book more than once, but this one I did and heard even more sutle drama the second listen....great job.
Braden, what a man! We are all in love with Braden, my sister, my daughter, my grandmother and toss me in there too. Even my grandmother said he would give grandpa a run for the money! Someone invent a time machine so I can go back before he falls for Jos.... If they make them like that in Scotland, my daughter is saving for a long vacation...
Ellie's diagnosis was really an emotional part of the story. When Jos and Ellie cried themselves to sleep like little girls, and this part of the story was very dear. It truly caught the closeness of two dear girl friends who care for each other...
I could not stop listening to it, talk about missing sleep...and carrying around your iPad and iPhone every minute as you worked and went about your day. Well if guys can listen to sports on their iPhone all day, we girls can listen to a great book!
Really good story, and perfectly read. The accents were perfect and right on for the characters, I have listened to this book twice, and can not wait for the next in the series ("On London Road" was also an excellent book but with a different reader. Ellies story was a bit weak, felt like it was just to put something out there as we already knew her story from this book "On Dublin Street". Olivia and Nate are next in "On Jamacia Road", and we are waiting for the audio book to come out... Please, hurry as we are really looking forward to the rest of the series.... Petie and ? Cole and ? Uncle Mick and ? Would love to see this a dozen book series, the writer is that great!)
Love Dystopian novels, Romance and Murder Mysteries!
Holy smokes, I wish there were more books like this that Paula Costello could narrate. Geesh, I forgot she was a woman when she put on her Scottish accent....it was soooo hot.
Don't think twice, click that little button and put it in your cart. You won't regret it.
You'll thank me later!
The tenacity of the hero. He just would not give up, and you have to love that about a man.
Braden. I just loved the way that Braden works Joss in this story. He doesn't let her angst win.
Paula did a decent job. The way she switched accents was amazing! Sometimes, I struggled with her male voices, but overall pretty good.
Persevere for love.
My only complaint about this book was Joss' continual angst. At some point in time, you just have to say enough is enough. I get that she had a rough past, but it seemed to drag on a bit.
The narrator was a good choice. She has a younger voice and her Scottish accents for the supporting characters did not detract but added to story.
The author ropes you in from the very beginning. She had me at the first chapter when tragedy hits the main character Joss and her family. Anyone that has experienced loss of any kind can relate the hazy feeling experienced by the main character and later to the avoidance mechanisms she cultivates to protect herself from hurt.
Definately credit worthy.
Braden was the best character.
I have several favorite scenes- most socking was the bar fight and the most funny was the fart.
I did have extreme reaction to parts of the book. The main character (Jocelyn) became annoying towards the end, but I loved Braden's character so much that it kept my interest. Also I read Down London Road first (which is book 2) and liked Jocelyn much more in that book. I tolerated my annoyance through the end.
My mouth dropped open at the bar fight.
I liked the interaction between the characters.
I love this book. The story was interesting. It was cute and had the scorned past of one of the main characters. I think the author described her characters well but left some room for mystery about them to figure them out as the book goes on.
I haven't listened to Paula Costello before, but I fell in love with this book because of her voice. The way she transitions between an English speaking American girl to a Scottish accent for both men and women is amazing. I would definitely read whatever she narrates. I also enjoyed how she puts character behind her voice. Some narrators just speak the words and I find that boring she makes it sound how I would expect someone to speak in a conversation and that made the book flow even better.
Joss, the main character is an enraging mixture of pain and hardheadedness that makes you want to punch her and give her a hug at the same time. I loved the characters and how Edinburgh is described - almost making you feel like you've settled in cozily. It is a passionate and emotional story which I recommend to anyone who wants a beautiful, solid romance.
Loved it. Loved Paula Costello, too bad it's the only book I can find that she's done. She brought the characters alive for me and I'm listening to it the second time around. Great sex.
No, I wanted to stretch it out so it wouldn't end.
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