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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

“This is a really sexy book, and I loved the heroine’s journey to find herself and grow strong. Highly recommend this one.” (USA Today)

“This book has it all...romance, fabulously written heat, family, friendship, heartbreak, longing, hope, and an ending that is completely satisfying.” (Bookish Temptations)

"Young’s voice is riveting.... This book definitely landed on my 2012 top picks!” (Fiction Vixen)

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Great sex AND great story!!

This book caught me in the first 30 minutes! It has a great story full of challenges and fulfillment. The sex is also amazing! I was enthralled and listened in practically one shebang, or at least every free minute I had. It's been a long time since I found a book that really satisfied me in the romance and story areas but this one stuck every need! Definitely worth a credit!

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An emotional journey...

I must say I judged this book by the cover. I actually thought that this was a dark erotica story. Well no, it's one of the best and sweetest love stories I've listened to. And what an amazing hero Braden is! It's going to be difficult to find another book with such a perfect man. He was totally smitten and I loved him for that. This story made me smile, laugh, cry and basically made me feel every emotion possible. And not only do you get an amazing main love story, you get a secondary one as well that was equally good and intense.

Narration: This is my first listen by Paula Costello and apparently it's her first narration. Well I could have never guessed that. She's good! Considering she was able to portray american, british and scotish accents so well and at the same time make the story come to life so vividly.. I'd say she's very very good.

I really liked this story and would definitely listen to another book by this author and/or narrator.

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Very happily surprised.....

Of course I'm an addictied fan of Fifty; so I'm very quick to point out copy-kats. This book of course does follow the usual path of broken and trying to be in-love.

However, I'm not sure if it was the clever writing or the fabulous narrator that had me glued to it? Either way; I enjoyed the book and look forward to the next.........

PS - Narrator did an incredible Scottish Male accent that almost made me start smoking ..... HELLLLOOOOOO!!!

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Finished in one day!

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!!!

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Swept me away!!!

What did you love best about On Dublin Street?

EVERYTHING!!!!!!!

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

I love to be swept into a story and this one did it beautifully. I wanted to listen to it in one sitting. I loved this book!

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Well worth the credit!!!!!

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Paula Costello is my new favorite narrator!

What made the experience of listening to On Dublin Street the most enjoyable?

The narrator is fantastic. Her seamless transition from English accent to Scottish is nearly flawless and made each character believable, approachable and likable. She expertly personified Joss and it was no trouble believing her as Braden, either.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Joss. Vulnerable strength and genuine attitude. I loved experiencing her transition through the story from being afraid of her feelings and the truth of her inner dialog, to allowing that truth to come out and accept the affects of her reality. And she's witty and funny - always awesome attributes!

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

The Scottish brogue is one of the toughest accents to imitate and she seems to nail it. The way she sounded was much better than the horrid accent in my imagination.

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I laughed out loud - "I guess I'm having sausage."

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Awesome story, fantastic narration. Worth every penny.

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Hot for a Scot

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.

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guess I'm going to be the unfavorable review

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.

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Pleasant Surprise

I had read on many book blogs that On Dublin Street was one of the best romance books of 2012 and I have to agree. The storyline and characters are great. It has humor, romance and sadness as you watch Joss struggle with several issues. The narration was great too. I really enjoyed it!

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I THOUGHT 1587 LISTENERS CAN'T BE WRONG...

... and guess what? they weren't - this IS a 5* listen and I too was mesmerized by the slow build-up, the emotional issues, the depth to the characters, the unwavering chemistry between Jocelyn and Braden, the sex scenes and all the debilitating drama that unfurls along the way. Braden Braden Braden you will always hold a piece of my heart for seeing beyond, for holding on and for being you.

Thank you Samantha Young for creating such intense characters and I look forward to visiting them again soon when I next take a walk down Dublin Street.

Worth a credit? A well narrated well written compelling and complex love story that drew me in from the start and kept me clinging on to every chapter.. so YES v e r y creditworthy.

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  • 12-06-20

Good listen !

loved the accents for the Scots! really enjoyed this story ! its didnt just jump in to the romance it took it slow at the start which I like alot

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  • Atheana
  • 06-26-19

Brilliant!

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narration, the characters, the storyline, the whole thing, absolutely brilliant. The narrator did a brilliant job with the different voices and even managed to really nab the accents. First book I read by this author and now am off to look for more.

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  • 07-09-21

Enjoyable but moderately frustrating

This story was enjoyable but I did find the main character Joss, rather frustrating. I understand her issues, but I feel like I just didn’t have the patience for her bullshit haha.
I really liked her flatmate and love interest, and that the story was set in Scotland. I did enjoy it enough though that I will probably listen/read to another in the series.

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