*I would like to thank the publishers Penguin Books UK for a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.*
I am a huge fan of Samantha Young (if you haven't guessed already) and I was literally doing a happy dance when I managed to get my grabby hands on Down London Road before release day.
All the elements that made me love On Dublin Street were present; I loved Jo the sassy chick, Cam was sex on a stick and the chemistry between them? phwoarr *fans self repeatedly*
I loved Jo immediately, we got a glimpse of her in ODS but we didn't get to see even a fraction of what she was really like. Jo is a tough determined girl, but unfortunately she has to be as she is responsible for her little brother as her mother is in no fit state to look after them.
So Jo goes after guys who happen to have money, it doesn't matter if the heat and passion aren't there, safety and security is. And Jo is quite happy to exist like this until Cameron MacCabe walks into her life. And boy does he want to show her that heat and passion definitely belong in a relationship.
"Cameron MacCabe. You Charmer, you. You're changing my life."
I loved the banter between Jo and Cam, I loved Jo's fiery streak and she wasn't afraid to put Cam in his place or anyone else for that matter. My heart went out to Jo, she had the weight of the world on her shoulders and her mother certainly didn't make it easy on her but Jo is nothing if not loyal and although she knew her mum didn't deserve her support she could never say no. I loved how protective Jo was of her little brother Cole and she sacrificed a lot as she had to practically raise him.
Cameron was hot!! Tattooed and Scottish to boot, oh yes. He was Jo's knight in shining armour at times, even when she didn't want him to be but the things he did were so swoon worthy mmm hmm. Where can I get me one of them ;) But Cam was more than a piece of eye candy, he came with his own baggage too and my heart melted when he finally started opening up to Jo. *swoon*
Joss and Braden made appearances in the story and I loved that, they were integrated well and although it was very much Jo and Cam's story it was nice to read about the familiar characters we loved from book one.
I loved the relationship between Jo and Cam, both were very unsure and reluctant to open up and fully trust someone with all their secrets and hardships and this was mainly due to their upbringing so I think when they did finally take that leap it was even sweeter.
"I ran my hand down his back soothingly, wanting to draw him inside me, where he was loved more than he even knew."
This was more than a steamy love story, it had depth and a lot of real life issues were addressed. I think that's why my heart went out to Jo, born and raised in Glasgow myself it was all too easy to picture her lifestyle growing up.
I love Samantha Young's writing, it flows so well and you get pulled into the story. I am admittedly biased because I love reading stories where I can actually visualise the places or I know all the references for a change and who doesn't love a haggis supper right? ;-)
If you loved On Dublin Street then you will devour this book and love Cam and Jo just as much or even more!!