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
I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....
All I can say is...I finished this book in one day! Sexy, Emotional, Steamy, Heart breaking, Tragic, Hot, Possessive....rollercoaster ride that you must BUY!!!
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
I really enjoyed this one. I'm not a huge fan of Highland Romance novels and was a little nervous about this book being set in Scotland. Thankfully it was nothing like I expected and I now understand the allure of the Scottish hero. I really fell for Braden. This book is definitely smexy! Well worth a credit and then some.
Disclaimer: I've never been much of a "girly girl," always rolled my eyes at chick flicks and chuckled at the covers of romance novels. But I was curious to try one at some point, and yes my boyfriend broke up me and I was frustrated. So take my review with a grain of salt, but I'm going back to eye-rolling and snickering.
First, predictable and repetitious. Sure, you know what is going to happen, if you wanted a mystery you would read a mystery. Of course you know that the chick is going to get the hot dude and that there will lots of sex, that's why you're reading this. But come on, how many times do we need to hear the same things happening again? I also thought the book began a bit abruptly--two sentences in and said chick is already in close quarters with said hot dude, who is already eying her thighs.
Next, the unhealthy nature of the "relationship." I know a lot of folks have enjoyed the "50 Shades" series, but I am personally annoyed and offended by the heroic portrayal of women being taken advantage of. Much of the book I was frustrated Joss' almost-attempts at standing up for herself, thinking "finally, don't take that sh*t, that-a-girl" until she yet again melts before the handsome douchebag. Telling her that she can't wear short dresses out in public because he doesn't want other men to see her taking pride in her body, can't wear her hair down because he doesn't want other men to see how nice it looks.... little red flags anybody?
Not to mention, Barbie and Ken? Of course the hot dude is going to be mid/late-twenties, handsome, extremely well-muscled, rich, smart, charismatic... of course. But when the author started describing Joss as looking more "plain," enjoying a "casual" appearance I cheered. Why, Joss even calls herself short! She even picked fun at the blonde bimbos. Cool, a "normal" heroine! But apparently looking "plain" means having fantastic hair, great legs, and jugs for boobs. Oh, and 5'6" is "short." [Need I comment that this 5'2" reviewer snorted in disgust at all the times Joss complained about her height?]
Am I just an insensitive, hard-to-please, fault-finding reader? Maybe. If your personality more closely matches that of the other reviews, hey you might enjoy the book, to each his own. But if you're newer to this genre and saw that this was ranked as a top novel, I would recommend trying to find something else.
The audiobook's redeeming quality was the accents. I thought the narrator did quite a good job impersonating the accents for the characters, though I am a sucker for Scottish and Irish accents. I almost wished that Joss' character had been Scottish too, so that the whole novel would have been read with such a delightful accent.
I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
I really enjoyed this story. In my estimation it is well-written and well-done. I became engrossed and was able to connect with the characters which, after all, is the number one job of any "good" fiction book. I ejoyed and liked the characters, and felt the book was pretty well-plotted and paced. There were a few things you could see coming quite far ahead, (particularly regarding Ellie and her life), but that's not always a bad thing and I wouldn't take any credit away from this book for that. The narrator did an excellent job voicing the various characters, and seemed just the right tone for the main character Jocelyn.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
Wow... what a great love story. I loved this. I have just become a Samantha Young Fan!!!
I was not expecting this to be as good as this was. Jos has so many issues b/c of her childhood and she moves to Scotland and meets Brendon and his sister and boy do they help her. Well Brendon sure does. The way the story is written you can just listen without stopping. It was an easy listen from beginning to end. I never felt like skipping chapters because the story got boring or started to lack seriousness or intensity. It was great! I loved the bar fight scene with hot smex in the office. AWESOME!!!! Great Job!
A buy or credit. I would buy and save my credit for something else I am not to sure about. This is a sure thing for romantic novel lovers like myself...
Narration was really good. I never listen to Costello before, and she was just wonderful. I loved her Scottish accent. Simply Perfect. One of my fave stories now.
Audible Addict!!! My Favorite books have change since joining Audible and my taste for erotic has enhanced! Follow me to the dark side. ;)
For some reason I avoided these books even though they had good reviews. Latley I've had a couple of bad narrators this week and was getting pissed 😡😡😡😡 but once I started listening to this one I loved it from chapter one. It's really good narration writing and most important for me is the HOT SEX. Worth the credit.
LOVED this book. Oh Braden, Braden, Braden. I was hooked from beginning to end. There was a good balance of angst, emotions, laughter, love. Good story with a perfect ending and no cliffhangers. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, HOT ACCENT!!!!! WHEW (fanning myself) ;-) the narrator did a good job.
Audiobooks are relaxing and 'food for the soul'.
Great Contemporary Romance premise. Love the accents. Hated the "martyr" attitude.
The most interesting aspect of the story was how tolerant Braden was of Jocelyn's issues. I mean the guy has to be a Saint to put up with her whole "whoa is me" character throughout the ENTIRE book.
When Braden yells at Jocelyn to put her BS aside and stick by her friend that needs her.
Yes, frustration that I put up with her disturbing persona for the entire book. I stuck it out because I like all the other characters a lot.
With all this said, I can't wait for the next book...Down London Road...to come out in audible format. I'm hoping that the lead female character won't be such a drama queen in that one.
More then one person doing the voice over...
Maybe... if she was just doing the American accent
This seems to be a popular book and was recommended to me. It's about a self absorbed teenager (she's 20 something) who is very annoying and full of her self and the story is so clichéd.. falling in love with the rich business man etc... It was tedious & totally unsurprising in its outcome.
I have this book in print and read it quite some time ago so I knew the story and it was still GREAT! The narrator is fantastic. It was sweet, funny, HOT, emotional and HOT. Braden and Joss are some of my favorite characters. Samantha Young will be getting all of my credits since I'll be downloading all of her books from this point forward!
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