Review of Until Fountain Bridge (On Dublin Street #1.5) by Samantha Young

Until Fountain Bridge (On Dublin Street #1.5)  by Samantha Young

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Review: It was so cool to read about Ellie and Adams story that has only been hinted at in the first book of the on Dublin Street series! Ellie is just the cutest but hearing about her and Adam’s story, even though it was filled with a bit of heartbreak. The best part was just finally knowing about all the things that happened between them over the years that Ellie was in love with Adam.

It was really neat how Samantha Young wrote out this Novella. With Ellie going through her old dairies for Joss and giving Adam different passages to read. Along with Adam talking about the passages from the past and giving his point of view at that those time too.

4 out of 5 stars.

111 pages. E-book. Also can be found in paperback with Before Jamaica Lane.

New Adult. Romance. Contemporary. Mature Themes. Mature Content.

Published by NAL.

Summary: Ellie Carmichael had a crush on Adam Sutherland, her brother, Braden’s, best friend, for years, and although Adam treated her with proprietary concern he made it clear he thought of her only as a little sister.

Over the years, as Ellie’s crush develops into love, her romantic idealism makes it difficult for her to move on. To make matters worse, as she’s gotten older, Adam’s attitude has changed toward her. His affection for her is now joined by attraction, but his loyalty to Braden, and his fear of losing the only family he has, stops him from claiming Ellie the way she wishes he would.

But one night his attraction is put to the test, and as much as Adam would like things to remain the same everything changes between them in a simple brush of the lips.

Soon lust, love, jealousy and heartbreak combine to force change upon their relationship… and Adam discovers the hard way that life is too damn short to spend it on regret.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

 

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Manga Monday! #68 – Legend by Kara, SooJung Woo

Legend by Kara, SooJung Woo

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Review: I just love this author, she has done some great work and I try to get my hands on all of what she does. This manga series is no let down for fans, with the great historical element added to the mythical story telling this is one of my favorite series! The artwork is also as beautiful as ever. So if you haven’t picked up this series yet, go do it now!

5 out of 5 stars.

1-10 Volumes.

Young Adult. Fantasy. Romance. Manga. Historical. Adventure.

Published by YenPress.

Summary: Once upon a time, a selfish king summoned the monstrous Bulkirin into the real world. The monster killed half of all human beings, leaving the rest helpless as to what to do. That is, until one day when a hero appeared and defeated the Bulkirin with the legendary “Seven Blade Sword.” But…what does all this have to do with eighth grader Eun-Gyo Sung?! First, she gets suspended from school for fighting. Then, she runs away from home. The last thing she needed was to be kidnapped – and whisked into the past by a mysterious stranger named No-Ah!

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Moonlight on Nightingale Way (On Dublin Street #6) by Samantha Young

Moonlight on Nightingale Way (On Dublin Street #6)  by Samantha Young

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Review: I have to admit that I had no clue who the heck this book was about at first, but then because I wanted to be sure I had not heard of the characters before I went back to Cole and Shannon’s book just to make sure. I was wrong and  have heard of this character before, but it was a bit strange to read at first because the characters were not part of the original group and were added on later in the series. Also because I did not really know them or who they really were right away. But it was really fun to find out from the beginning without any real knowledge about the characters.

Logan and Grace are too fricken cute and perfect together for words people!!! Every moment of this book I was cheering them on and to not be stupid. They are now my top favorite of this series, which is hard to do because everyone in this series is so great! But I just love them and was so crazy happy for them while reading the book. I think the worst part of this book was the ending. Like the actual ENDING FOR THE SERIES! Because no I did not know that this would be the last book going into this one. I was crying pretty hard when I was reading the last bits and it was a point made. But, I demand more books about them together later in life, I do not care that everything was all finished for all the characters in this book and that they are all living their happy ever after’s. But I want more!

5 out of 5 stars.

334 pages. Paperback.

New Adult. Romance. Mature Themes. Mature Content. Contemporary.

Published by NAL.

SummaryLogan from Echoes of Scotland Street is back with his own smoldering story, as the New York Times bestselling On Dublin Street series returns…

Logan spent two years paying for the mistakes he made. Now, he’s ready to start over. He has a great apartment, a good job, and plenty of women to distract him from his past. And one woman who is driving him to distraction…

Grace escaped her manipulative family by moving to a new city. Her new life, made to suit her own needs, is almost perfect. All she needs to do is find her Mr. Right—or at least figure out a way to ignore her irresistible yet annoying womanizer of a neighbor.

Grace is determined to have nothing to do with Logan until a life-changing surprise slowly begins turning the wild heartbreaker into exactly the kind of strong, stable man she’s been searching for. Only just when she begins to give into his charms, her own messy past threatens to derail everything they’ve worked to build…

Last book in the Series

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Echoes of Scotland Street (On Dublin Street #5) by Samantha Young

Echoes of Scotland Street (On Dublin Street #5) by Samantha Young

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Review: I flipped out when I found this beauty at Powell’s Bookstore in Portland when I went down there for a little trip/convention. My friend had to watch lunge for this on the bookshelf then do a bit of a dance and shimmy when I had it in my hands. But can you really blame me? No you can’t because all of you have had that same moment in your lives at least once. And if you haven’t, it’s coming for you.
Anyway on to this beautiful, beautiful book…
Cole Walker finally got his book guys!!! Like its really here and its amazing because he just wants to find the love of his life/ not crazy women for him. He is very sweet and as much as a bad boy that we all saw coming all those books ago. And man is Shannon the perfect one for him alright! They are so charged up together and really cute. I had a hard time staying focused while I was reading some great parts in this book because I was all ” aww they are going to make the best babies”. Also just like in every book of this series Samantha Young smacks the emotional stuff out of you, because these books are very emotional and intense.
5 out of 5 stars.
336 pages. Paperback.
New Adult. Romance. Mature Themes. Mature Content. Contemporary.
Published by NAL.

Summary: From the New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street comes a seductive story of forgiving the past and making up for lost time.…

Shannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wake-up call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she’s sworn off men—especially those of the bad-boy variety.
Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid—gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man who’s ready to find “the one.” He’s determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude to win her heart.
As Shannon opens up in the face of Cole’s steady devotion, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when Shannon’s past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them—and tear them apart for good.…

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Fall from India Place (On Dublin Street #4) by Samantha Young

Fall from India Place (On Dublin Street #4)  by Samantha Young

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Review: I have been waiting like crazy to read Hannah and Maro’s story for so long, and when I found this book at half price I had to get it. Even though I was no where near close to their story. So this book sat on my shelf for a few weeks, till I hid it behind some others so I would not be tempted to read it before I got the other books before it in the series.

So when I finally got to read Fall for India place, I could not grab it fast enough! It was everything and more than I ever thought it could be.

Samantha Young is able to write these gut retching books about different emotional/ physical pain that her characters have to go through and this one was no different. I Felt and breathed what Hannah was going through as she had to go through it. Even talking about it now gets me a bit choked up because it was so moving and awful all at the same time.

The book overall was great because we get to see how the characters from past books are doing and we also get a bit of a glimpse into which character could be next. the best overall though was Hannah and Marco fighting to work through their problems from the past and heal together.

5 out of 5 stars.

294 pages. Paperback.

New Adult. Romance. Mature themes. Mature Content. Contemporary.

Published by NAL.

Summary: The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street and Down London Road returns with a story about letting go of the past and learning to trust in the future…

When Hannah Nichols last saw Marco D’Alessandro, five long years ago, he broke her heart. The bad boy with a hidden sweet side was the only guy Hannah ever loved—and the only man she’s ever been with. After one intense night of giving into temptation, Marco took off, leaving Scotland and Hannah behind. Shattered by the consequences of their night together, Hannah has never truly moved on.

Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco’s life, something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they’re meant to be together.

But just when Marco thinks they’re committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she’s been hiding from him, a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again…

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street #3) by Samantha Young

Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street #3)  by Samantha Young

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Review: I love this series so much! Every time I pick up another in the series I have to be alone to read with not noise at all, and if someone tries to bug me I end up hissing at them to go away.’

When I got this book I was not to sure I was going to like it or be that interested in the plot and characters since they were not really on my radar for this series. Bust as soon as I read about Olivia working in a library I was lost.

Olivia was a bit of a puzzle to figure out, and had so many layers to her personality. That the more you read about her, you can’t help but fall in love with her a little more. She is just one of the best characters I have read in this series that took my breath away from her loyalty to her friends and family, even if she doesn’t know that all that well. She has this great moment with Joss that just got to me, and made her my new favorite character of the series. Her relationship with Cole and Nate was another cool thing to read about, because she can do the guy talk with them. And she can also play video games, which is cool.

Nate, Nate, Nate. Ugh, just thinking about him in this book still makes me want to kick him in the balls for how he acted a lot of times. I mean, my gosh Nate, just stop!

This book was just so amazing that now I’m going to go re read it again….

5 out of 5 stars.

432 pages. Paperback.

New Adult. Romance. Contemporary. Mature Themes. Mature Content.

Published by NAL.

Summary: The follow-up to the runaway bestsellers ON DUBLIN STREET and DOWN LONDON ROAD

Despite her outgoing demeanor, Olivia is painfully insecure around the opposite sex—usually, she can’t get up the nerve to approach guys she’s interested in. But moving to Edinburgh has given her a new start, and, after she develops a crush on a sexy postgrad, she decides it’s time to push past her fears and go after what she wants.

Nate Sawyer is a gorgeous player who never commits, but to his close friends, he’s as loyal as they come. So when Olivia turns to him with her relationship woes, he offers to instruct her in the art of flirting and to help her become more sexually confident.

The friendly education in seduction soon grows into an intense and hot romance. But then Nate’s past and commitment issues rear their ugly heads, and Olivia is left brokenhearted. When Nate realizes he’s made the biggest mistake of his life, he will have to work harder than he ever has before to entice his best friend into falling back in love with him—or he may lose her forever….

-Summary from GoodReads.com

 

Review of Down London Road (On Dublin Street #2) by Samantha Young

Down London Road (On Dublin Street #2)  by Samantha Young

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Review: At first I was just happy to have the second book of this series in my hand, but after I read who would be in it, not so much. But after just reading a couple pages I was hooked on Johanna, and felt bad that I judged her right away before actually knowing her. Because every time I turned the page I was loving her more and more and fell in love with her cute adorable little bro Cole ( side note! I am so happy he gets his own book!!!!). Cameron on the other hand I could not stand but in a good way, well sometimes. I will be honest with you guys here, I thought he was a dick, like a big one for how he treated her in the first part of the book. But he was just like me, judging her before he knew her. And yeah he was a bit of a dick again towards the end of the book ( if you have read it then you know the part I’m talking about).

But I really loved how you got to read about Johanna fighting through her struggles and trying to make a better life for her little brother. Because to her it didn’t matter what anyone thought of her and what she had to do, as long as she could care and take care of her brother she was happy. Overall that was the best part of this book and left me craving so much more for the series.

5 out of 5 stars.

373 pages. Paperback.

New Adult. Romance. Mature Themes. Mature Content. Contemporary.

Published by NAL.

Summary: Johanna Walker is used to taking charge. But she’s about to meet someone who will make her lose control…

It has always been up to Johanna to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. With an absent father and a useless mother, she’s been making decisions based on what’s best for Cole for as long as she can remember. She even determines what men to date by how much they can provide for her brother and her, not on whatever sparks may—or may not—fly.

But with Cameron MacCabe, the attraction is undeniable. The sexy new bartender at work gives her butterflies every time she looks at him. And for once, Jo is tempted to put her needs first. Cam is just as obsessed with getting to know Jo, but her walls are too solid to let him get close enough to even try.

Then Cam moves into the flat below Jo’s, and their blistering connection becomes impossible to ignore. Especially since Cam is determined to uncover all of Jo’s secrets… even if it means taking apart her defenses piece by piece. 

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street #1) by Samantha Young

On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street #1)  by Samantha Young

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Review: I was not too sure of this book right away, I had heard a crazy amount of good for the On Dublin Street series. But never what it really was about, or different great things about it. the most I got from people was “Nope, I can’t. Just read this now!!”. So I was finally  broke and bored enough, while at the same time swamped with finals. That I went to the library and grabbed an insane amount of books, which the first two of the On Dublin Street was on top of the pile.

I completely understand everything now that I have read this book. It’s hard to describe the feelings I felt for this book and still do. I fell so hard for Joss and felt all the pain she did. I even got why she was the why she was, shutting down all personal feelings and not getting attached to others. Because in life bad shit happens and one of the ways people try to deal with them is to not deal with them at all and shut down. This part of Joss that she was dealing with/ not really was so human  and imperfect that I instantly loved her and wanted to know her story.

Branden had me loving him and hating him right off the bat. I mean really this guy, just drove me nuts. but in I good why. I mean every time he showed up in a part of the book, man I could not keep the smile from my face. One of the best parts of Branden was how he dealt with Joss and how he fought tooth and nail for her. I really loved that too. But he also was able to get her to finally understand that she wanted him too, and that they were it for each other. I was so losing it at the end of this book, I was cheering in my living room and yelling words of encouragement for them to be together. So yeah this was a really, really,  great book.

5 out of 5 stars.

336 pages. Paperback.

New Adult. Romance. Mature Content. Mature Themes. Contemporary.

Published by NAL.

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.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Manga Monday! #67- Sugarholic by GooGoo Gong

Sugarholic by GooGoo Gong

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Review: This series is one of the few that I really liked from Yen Press. I loved how weird it was and the out of this world artwork for the characters. Another great thing about this series is that’s its funny and has a conclusion to the end of the short five volumes. Which is kind of great since for some reason many titles published by Yen Press don’t have the best of endings. The best part of this manga is the silly name “Sugarholic” , which is never explained why throughout the series…

3 out of 5 stars.

1-5 Volumes.

Manga. Shojo. Korean. Drama. Romance.

Published by Yen Press.

Summary: As part of her grandmother’s scheme, twenty-year-old Jae-Gyu is sent from her secluded country village to the big city. Completely out of her element and out of money, Jae-Gyu manages to get into trouble as soon as she gets off the bus. She expected the move would be rough, but she never thought she’d meet the last person she ever wanted to see again – Hee-Do, a boy from grade school whom she bullied mercilessly. Even though he’s a big-time rock star now, he still remembers his childhood tormentor. Is he out for revenge? Or is it something quite different…?

-Summary from GoodReads.com

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About CHASING CRAZY

“With an endearingly awkward female protagonist, a swoon-worthy male love interest, and Siskind’s superb storytelling, this is one of the best New Adult contemporary romances I’ve read to date.” — USA Today bestselling author K.A. Tucker Dear Mom & Dad, I dropped out of school. I’m going backpacking. Sorry. Love you both. At nineteen, Nina has endured two lifetime’s worth of humiliation. Tired of waiting for it to get better, she decides to get going-across the globe to New Zealand. There she soon faces what she most fears: a super sexy guy ready to be Nina’s next mistake. Once Sam’s life was all about having fun. That was before the accident. Now his friends have bailed and his world is broken. But when a gorgeous girl on his flight looks at him with passion instead of pity, Sam feels his old self coming back to life.  Now traveling together, Nina and Sam know this isn’t just a fling. They’re falling fast, hard, and deep. More than anything, Sam wants Nina to forget her fears. But to help her do that he must reveal his own painful secret-and risk Nina never seeing him the same way again.

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 Frickin’ Hot Guy and his stupid hike. He thought his limp would slow us down, but I’m the one huffing and puffing, trying to figure out how I ended up on Mount Everest while in New Zealand. I chance a glance up, using the moment to inhale a mouthful of air. Sam leans over the edge, hands on his knees, grinning down at me. If there was ever a reason to summit a mountain, that face is it.

Sam, who I’m falling for. Sam, with that jaw.

Sam, who I’ll be sleeping with. In a tent. Alone.

Another five agonizing steps later, he’s got me by the shoulders, helping me up. In the blink of an eye, he has my straps undone and is easing the bazillion-pound weight from my back. The air still feels sharp in my lungs, like it could slice through me.

“Keep moving around,” he says. “Come on, let’s walk it off.” He grabs my hand and leads me over the rocky ground, the two of us walking in wide circles.

After a few laps, the air is less daggerlike and my breathing slows. I blink at my surroundings. So focused on my aches and pains, I didn’t stop to soak in the landscape, if that’s what you’d call it. This is probably what the moon looks like. A few hikers passed us on the climb, but we’re alone in this crater, surrounded by jagged outcrops of brownish-black rocks and yellow tufts of grass, low mountains on all sides. It’s majestic and eerie and otherworldly, and I’m here because of Sam.

“Beautiful, isn’t it?” he asks. He’s still holding my hand as the silence engulfs us, my heart pounding in my ears.

The air is cold and damp. It alleviates the heat from that insane climb but doesn’t do much to quell the warmth between Sam’s hand and mine. Still, I don’t let go. And he doesn’t let go. I could stand here forever.

“Yeah, beautiful,” I finally say, no longer referring to the scenery.

About Kelly Siskind

A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in Northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head.

She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings—Gummy Bears heal all. She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.

She is represented by Stacey Donaghy of the Donaghy Literary Group.

2015 Golden Heart® Finalist

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