Quick Hit: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

Summary form Goodreads:

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.

Go buy this and read it. Can that be my whole review?

I just really liked these characters. I liked their chemistry. Even if there were elements of the story I found melodramatic, it didn’t feel overblown. It’s erotic and hot. For example:


“Just for that, I expect you to wrap that dirty mouth of yours around my cock tonight.”

He narrowed his eyes on me. I felt the impact of those words as they pebbled my nipples and soaked my panties. Despite my body being completely turned on, I was floored. I couldn’t believe he’d just said that to me in a fancy restaurant where anyone might overhear.

“Are you kidding?”

“Babe,” he gave me a look that suggested I was missing the obvious, “I never kid about blowjobs.”

I give On Dublin Street 3.5 out of 5 stars. There’s enough cliche in this story (she loves him but can’t tell him so she pushes him away and he lets her but then no he doesn’t and it’s super sweet) to make not rate it higher. But this a thoroughly enjoyable read.

I’d like to add an update, which is actually a comment left on the short review I put up on this book on Goodreads. And I want to add it because dubious consent is a general problem in the overall romance genre (or maybe just society as large). I obviously have read books where I did not finish it (or finished and disliked) because of my problems with consent, books that people LOVE. So, I want to make sure to highlight that On Dublin Street has issues. Here is what Aimee said:

Interesting. I did not finish this one because it crossed into dubious consent territory. I can tolerate that to an extent in historical rom, but not contemporary. The scene in the (what was it a supplies closet or something at her job?) where she said no, and he just ignored it…ugh. Couldn’t read past that. (it didn’t help that it read like YA, which I don’t read, and was written in first person, which I generally hate) throw in dubcon and I’m out.


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