Saturday, September 21, 2013

[Review] Down London Road - Samantha Young

Released: May 7th, 2013

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 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. 
"The world will always try to make you into who it wants you to be. People, time, events, they'll all try to carve away at you and make you think you don't know who you are. But it doesn't matter who they try to make you, or what name they try to give to you. If you stay true, you can chip off all their machinations and you're still you underneath it all."
Have I ever mentioned how much I bloody-motherfucking-adore Samantha Young's books? I swear, I end up giving all her books at least 5-6 apples/stars. THEY ARE DAMN GOOD OKAY and you guys should totally read them too!

Down London Road blew me away like On Dublin Street did. It was the perfect concoction of mind-blowing, passionate romance, the bewitching, absolutely lovely characters and an awesome plot (mixture of shmexy sex and heart-breaking scenes).

 Okay, let's start with Jo. Fuck, okay, I didn't really like Jo in On Dublin Street, because well, Jo wanted Braden at first but I was so fucking glad that they didn't make her the bitch there because I would've probably been pissed with this book. And here, we see how big her heart is with her concern for her brother. She really does care about the people around her, even her mom who treats her like shit.

Even Cam just admires her okay.
"I've never met anyone as quietly brave and strong as you. I've never met a woman so unassuming, so kind, and so selfless. You are a complex lady. And you are smart, passionate, and funny, and exciting, and you blow me fucking away."

I know, it's so freaking weird for me to fangirl over a girl so much but God, Jo is honestly one of the top heroines I've ever come across and I absolutely love her. She's just so beautiful and talented and strong. She's a lady I can really label as my role model.

But then she's scared of commitment. Well, not really. She's not scared to commit if it's to help Cole but when it comes to Cam? She's freaking terrified shitless. She thinks that she's losing all of her control and making brash decisions.

Cam: "Or sexting Malcolm – also known as the cash point."
Jo: "Has anyone ever told you, you are the most despicable, judgmental, self-righteous, obnoxious fucktwit that ever existed?"
Oh man, you'd think he'd stop there? Nu-uh.
Cam: "Careful, sweetheart. You'll use up your entire calendar of words in a night if you keep this up."
Jo: [closes eyes]
Cam: "A heads-up so you're not too disappointed that Disney lied – no matter how much you wish it, I'll still be here when you open your eyes."
Man, he was such a fucking prick when they first met. SO IMAGINE HIS FACE WHEN HE FOUND OUT THAT COLE IS HER BROTHER NOT HER AFFAIR PARTNER. Fuck, I would've paid to see that shit go down in real life.

But then Cam becomes this sweet freaking asshole and I just wanna grab his face and kiss him!
"What I feel for you… it's all-consuming. It's almost debilitating. It's too much. It's… I can't even describe it, but being with you is… there's this intensity inside me all the time, this… constant pull, desperation… it's like you're branded on me or something. And it bloody well burns."

Can he go back to being an asshole so I can stop hoping that someone like him will come around?

AND OF COURSE! We also get the awesome Braden and Joss here too, along with Adam and Ellie, as well as the adorkable Cole!

I honestly could go on and on about this book because it's so freaking (BLOODY!) awesome! I absolutely loved it and I'm sure you will too ;)



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Castle Hill (On Dublin Street #2.5) ❊ 5 APPLES!!!
Into the Deep (Into the Deep #1) ❊ 5 APPLES!!!

About The Author:

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 for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestseller On Dublin Street. This novel is Samantha's second adult contemporary romance.

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