“Johanna Walker knows what she wants. And that’s a strong, steady, financially secure man who will treat her well and look after her and her little brother, Cole – something her parents have never done.
But when she meets the gorgeous Cameron MacCabe, a new bartender at work, Jo can’t deny the instant and undeniable attraction she feels. Cam doesn’t fit into her strict specifications of her perfect partner at all – but for once she is tempted to let her heart rule her head.
And as their intense connection grows, Jo has to stop hiding the truth about herself and her family. Is Cam prepared to accept Jo for who she really is? And is Jo willing to let someone into her life for keeps?”
Firstly I’d like to thank the publishers for sending me this book to read and give an honest review. This is the sequel to On Dublin Street which I haven’t actually read (but have heard some very good things about) and I was a little concerned that I might struggle to keep up without having some previous knowledge of the characters. After reading this I can safely say that not reading the first book didn’t affect my enjoyment in the slightest BUT it did make me super intrigued about Joss and Braden’s history so I will definitely be reading it at some point (I have added it to my wish list :)).
With a quick introduction to Jo’s life I found that I was caught up in the story in no time at all, I immediately liked Jo and sympathised with her situation. When she had an intense experience at an art gallery I couldn’t wait to see where it would lead!
I have to confess that I didn’t love Cam to begin with so I felt nervous for Jo when I knew she’d have to work with him. He was really quite nasty to her so her reaction to him was very confusing. Not only did she have to contend with Cam at work she also had to contend with her new neighbour, this was a fantastic twist that reeled me into the story even more.
Jo’s home life raised a mixture of emotions within me – the relationship she had with her little brother, Cole, was heartwarming and something I particularly enjoyed reading about. The other side of her life involved her alcoholic mum and this brought out some negative emotions in me.
Jo’s self-esteem was very low so when her love life heated up I enjoyed seeing her change and relax, becoming more confident in herself. Speaking of her love life, I will warn you that there are some very hot sexual scenes in this book but they felt appropriate and didn’t overwhelm the storyline in any way. Her relationship was great to read but a shocking arrival threatened to throw a spanner in the works and I found myself feeling annoyed on Jo’s behalf.
Something that I really loved about this book was that it wasn’t just about the erotic scenes (although like I said, they were pretty hot) because it also covered serious issues which, in my opinion, gave it depth.
Events towards the end had me on the edge of my seat and I just couldn’t stop reading, the writing was fantastic and completely pulled me in – I was on a mission to find out ‘what happens next’!
This was an addictive read that I would highly recommend, it was an erotic story that had oodles of depth.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Samantha Young is a 26-year-old Scottish book addict who graduated from the University of Edinburgh. She currently lives in Stirling, Scotland. Samantha’s previous novel, On Dublin Street, is also published by Penguin and its publication turned her into quite the cover girl appearing on the front pages of The Herald Magazine and The Edinburgh Evening News.
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Down London Road is published by Penguin, the eBook is available to buy now from Amazon, the paperback will be released on 9 May 2013 and can be purchased from The Book Depository, Amazon or from most good book retailers.