*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
I have quickly become a huge fan of this series. When I heard that sweet, sweet Cole was getting a book my day was made.
Shannon and Cole met when they were just teenagers. If you have been keeping up with the series, you may remember a certain scene where we see Cole and pretty redhead talking outside. Yup, that was Shannon! Well, Cole is now all grown up. Tatted up, charming, a bit arrogant (in a good way!), he oozes bad boy vibes. But that's what I love most about him! He may look like a bad boy, but he's sweet, protective, and he's looking for the right one. No casual hookups for him!! Well, color him surprised when the girl he met all those years ago is interviewing at the tattoo parlor he manages.
Shannon has been with bad boy after bad boy. After the last one left her shattered, she decides to give up on bad boys for good. So when she comes face-to-face with Cole, she judges him right away. He's tatted, flirty, and cocky. She puts him in the same category as her old boyfriends right away.
I was a little taken back that this book was not going to be in Cole's point of view like I was expecting. But having their story told in Shannon's point of view worked. She has some trust issues that she has to worked through in order to be able to let Cole in. Of course, with Cole's past he also has some things to work through.
The side characters were great. I loved everyone especially Simon and Rue. I also enjoyed the fact that we always get to see what the previous couples from the other books have been up to all these years. It's like catching up with old friends.
It was to my understanding that this book was going to be the last in the series but I'm happy to say I was wrong! A certain new character will get his own book (in his pov, I hope!) and I'm intrigued! Fans of the On Dublin Street series will definitely enjoy this one and will love Cole all-grown up!
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
Little Cole is all grown up! If you have been following this series, Cole is the younger brother of Jo from Down London Road. Cole didn’t have the easiest of childhoods but his sister and her boyfriend really came through for him and set him on the right path. Cole has a passion for body art and now manages a popular tattoo parlour in Edinburgh, he gets a pleasant surprise when a blast from the past is hired as the new receptionist.
Although I was initially disappointed that I wasn’t getting Cole’s POV as it is his story, I wasn’t disgruntled for long as Shannon was instantly likeable. She moved to Edinburgh after a fall out with her family, they never approved of her choices in partners, as Shannon seemed to attract the baddest of bad boys. Of course, upon meeting sexy, tattooed Cole, Shannon typecasts him as a bad boy and she denies their previous encounter. Shannon is determined to keep things platonic between them, but her shield crumbles when Cole proves her bad boy theory wrong.
“Don’t, I snapped, turning on my heel and heading back to the kitchen to finish making dinner. “Don’t what?” He followed. “Be boyish and charming.” “That’s kind of hard. I am boyish and charming.”
As with all the previous books, I love the inclusion of the other characters and it’s great to see what stage they are at in their lives. I also like the new characters Samantha Young introduces, it is always an eclectic mix and they always add something to the story.
One character that made me laugh and frequently was Rae, she was also a tattooist and she didn’t mince her words. She was good enough to let Shannon stay with her, even though it did come with a couple of conditions.
“No need to worry about hiding your vibrators, Shannon. You’ll probably hear mine through the wall. I have the Rabbit. It’s a classic for a reason you know.”
“My boyfriend, Mike, works back shift tonight –he’s a nurse. He usually comes over late and we like to fuck loudly. There are a pack of earplugs in the sideboard drawer in the hall.”
Both Cole and Shannon had pasts they would rather forget but when they opened up to each other, it was tender and sincere. Cole being the giving person he was, just wanted to protect Shannon and that was yet another of his sexy traits.
“His eyes smoldered as his hands glided along my outer thighs. “Delicate, beautiful, fragile. I want to protect you while at the same time I want to shatter you,” he murmured against my lips, “but only in the best possible way.”
I was expecting more from the story at the end, it was mellow in the terms of climax, I thought there would be some last minute drama; it wasn’t a bad thing that there wasn’t it just seemed a bit mellow for this Scottish gang! With that being said, it was great to see Shannon face her past and she reconnected with her brother again who seemed like an interesting character.
I’ve been a fan of this series from the very beginning and I thought it would be strange to read Cole as a young man but as soon as he brought out his sexy smirk I was quickly on board! To my surprise, as I reached the last chapter there was a tease that we are getting more. Bring it on I say!
Samantha Young is one of my favourite contemporary romance writers and I think everyone should read this series and fall in love with the writing and close knit characters just as I have.
Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She's been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestseller ON DUBLIN STREET. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha's first adult contemporary romance series and has sold in twenty-seven countries.
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