Castle Hill: A Joss and Braden Novella [NOOK Book]

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In the New York Times bestselling novel On Dublin Street, Joss and Braden fought for their happily ever after. Now, in a romantic new novella, they’ll discover what comes after the happy ending… 
Braden Carmichael never imagined he’d fall as hard and as fast as he did for Jocelyn Butler. He also could not have anticipated how difficult it would be to convince her to give in to love. But now that he has her, he’s never letting go. He’s got it all planned—the passionate ...
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Castle Hill: A Joss and Braden Novella

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Overview

In the New York Times bestselling novel On Dublin Street, Joss and Braden fought for their happily ever after. Now, in a romantic new novella, they’ll discover what comes after the happy ending… 
Braden Carmichael never imagined he’d fall as hard and as fast as he did for Jocelyn Butler. He also could not have anticipated how difficult it would be to convince her to give in to love. But now that he has her, he’s never letting go. He’s got it all planned—the passionate proposal, the dream wedding, the sexy Hawaiian honeymoon—even the perfect family they’ll start.
 
After trying to flee from her painful past, Joss is finally allowing herself to embrace the future. But when things start moving faster than she anticipated, she finds herself panicking over something Braden can’t understand. After everything they’ve been through, Joss is sure that their love can survive even her worst fears. But, this time, she may push Braden too far—and risk losing everything all over again…

 
Includes a preview of Before Jamaica Lane

 

Praise for the novels of Samantha Young

 
“Really sexy.”—USA Today
“Young’s voice is riveting.”—Fiction Vixen Book Reviews
“Brilliantly written with just the right amount of hotness, sexiness, and romance.”—Once Upon a Twilight
“Samantha Young is not an author you should miss out on.”—Fresh Fiction

Samantha Young is a Scottish book addict who graduated from the University of Edinburgh. She is the New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street, Down London Road, and Until Fountain Bridge.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698156371
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/3/2013
  • Series: On Dublin Street Series
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 13,977
  • File size: 741 KB

Meet the Author

Samantha Young is a Scottish book addict who graduated from the University of Edinburgh. She is the New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street, Down London Road, and Until Fountain Bridge.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted December 5, 2013

    Castle Hill was, like, the PERFECT novella. It overlapped events

    Castle Hill was, like, the PERFECT novella. It overlapped events in other books in the series (and, therefore, we see characters we know from those other books too), and enriched and added so much to Joss and Braden's story at the same time. It packed a powerful, emotional punch in a short package.

    Castle Hill takes us from Braden's proposal through the wedding and honeymoon and into the weeks following. We've seen bits of this story in On Dublin Street, Down London Road and in the upcoming Before Jamaica Lane, and now they're all coming together to paint this tumultuous and romantic picture.

    It only took me a few hours to read the entire thing, and I was completely lost in the story the entire time. The best part about Castle Hill is that it knocked Braden down from the pedestal on which I had set him. Trust me - that's a good thing. Guys that are too damn perfect are a fallacy - they don't exist, and therefore make stories seem less believable. For once, Joss isn't the one to make some bad choices. I was so mad at Braden for a good half of the story, and I LOVED THAT. It humanized him and made him come to life even more. Now - NOW - Braden really is the perfect guy. Bravo, Samantha Young.

    The only problem with Castle Hill is, it left me wanting even more!! :)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Not long enough

    Only 80pages..not worth the money...enjoyed 1st bookthis one ok ..

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    Really Enjoyed

    I really enjoyed this novella and finding out what happened with Braden and Jocelyn.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    I wanted to love this book.  I loved the other books in this ser

    I wanted to love this book.  I loved the other books in this series.  I love the romance, the stories, the relationships in the previous book.  However, I had some difficulty with Castle Hill.
    My problem with the book was with the heroine, Jocelyn.  I did not trust her and I am not talking about whether she would cheat on Braden, but I did not trust her decisions.  Yes, I know that Braden was the first man she opened up to and actually loved, but I felt like her behavior was very selfish.  I felt she rarely thought about Braden and how he would feel about situations.  I felt (and this is my opinion) that it was always about her.  I felt she was a little selfish.  I wanted to shake her and go “Jocelyn, wake up!!! You have wonderful friends and a husband that would give up everything for you.  Why do you invent so much drama in your head???!!!”  She is too old to have to be reassured like a child.
    I just want to say that Braden is awesome and my problem was that I did not feel that Joss was worthy of such a selfless man when she really only thought about herself and how decision would affect her and not him.  I hate saying this, but every time I felt Joss was changing for the better, she would go back to what felt like a pity party.
    The writing is good and I adore Samantha Young. I just could not get past how Joss tried to sabotage her happiness.    I was unable to connect to the heroine. I loved the other books in the series and recommend. 
    A copy was provided by PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 Stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2014

    Nick to Link

    Hey. I know you're a great person, i think you're amazing and i love you. My question is, what's the point of us being together if we don't even see each other very often? You said it yourself that you're going to be very busy, too busy to rp very much. So i say that we go back to being best friends. I am so sorry that i'm doing this to you, but please don't hate me. Maybe when you're more free, but idk how long it will be unil then. I do still want to talk with you and be friends, so i hope you'll forgive me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2014

    Link

    Night.

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  • Posted May 20, 2014

    Recommended

    This is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    I am addicted to these books. The stories are fantastic and I g

    I am addicted to these books. The stories are fantastic and I get totally sucked into their lives. Please keep writing!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Jessie

    You lead

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Bella

    Ok *walks forward with my hands behind my back untieing the strings to my bikini top*

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Very moving

    Loved the continuation of Joss and Braden's story. I cried more than once. Needless to say i loved it. Just wished it had been a little longer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Okay.

    ON DUBLIN STREET is one of my all time favorite stories that I read over a year ago. It would be hard to top. This novella probably would have made a bigger impact back then. Although I'm glad to read their HEA, I just didn't feel the same excitement as I once did. My favorite thing about ODS was the flirtatious banter between Joss and Braden, I didn't feel the same thrill this time. I guess I enjoy the chase but, here Joss is already caught. Short, sweet but past due.

    S.A.K.

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  • Posted January 1, 2014

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    ~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog If y

    ~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
    If you love Braden, then there is absolutrly no way that you can miss out on Castle Hill. Samantha Young pens a brilliant continuation of Braden and Joss’s whirlwind romance in this novella. I didn’t think I could love this couple any more than I already had, but this proved me wrong.

    10% into this book I thought, wow, this is really good. About about 20% in, I was floored by the writing, the way Young managed to tell a full story even while skipping considerable amount of time in between. The same sexy banter you loved in ODS in present in this book and I actually think Young outdid herself with the sex scenes. They feel organic and true to the characters while also feeling bigger and better than before.

    By 50%, I was nearly hyperventilating. There are so many scenes in this book that are worth the reread. Truth be told, I think I may have highlighted and bookmarked the hell out of this story, just so I could go back and re-experience their love and passion once again

    Interestingly enough, as if this book didn’t already seem wonderful already, Young adds a conflict in that really takes this book from good to stellar. Joss’s emotions are all over the place and the miscommunication between her and Braden creates a well between them. It’s really wonderful to read and I thought that Young did a good job of portraying both their uncertainties and worries in a believable manner.

    After this, I want to do an immediate reread of On Dublin Street. But I think I will settle with reading Before Jamaica Lane, the next instalment in the series. If you haven’t read Young’s books yet, you’re missing out on a lot of sexiness and Braden-induced hormones! Get to it!

    *ARC provided by publisher

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  • Posted December 31, 2013

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    The blurb for this story caught my attention so I just had to re

    The blurb for this story caught my attention so I just had to read this novella even though I had never read any other Joss and Braden stories prior to this. I'm so happy that I went with my instincts because I believe I just discovered a fabulous new author to me and a list of stories to read. Braden is a fantastic hero I wish I could find someone just like him for myself. I really felt a connection with Joss and loved how serious this short story was. The supporting cast is great and I cannot wait to read the preceding stories so that I can learn more about them. I loved Joss's best friend and the fact that she is also Braden's sister makes her that more interesting but her personality is definitely a winner and I'm so glad I got to meet her. If you are looking for an entertaining and emotional read than this is one to pick up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    I liked it a lot

    Just started reading books by this author and i have really enjoyed them . Thus us a great folliw uo tovthe vraydeb and joss story. Loved it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    More of On Dublin Street... This is a follow-up novella to On D

    More of On Dublin Street...

    This is a follow-up novella to On Dublin Street not meant to be a stand-alone.

    It was great to see Jocelyn and Braden again, to see how Braden proposed which was so romantic and true to form, their wedding and honeymoon. These two are such a sexy, humorous couple that you couldn't help but get invested in from reading On Dublin Street. But as with all relationships and the issues this couple have already faced a new snag coupled with miscommunication and misunderstanding threatens their new found happiness. It is so true that we hurt the ones we love and also fear losing them. Fear of loss has paralyzed Jocelyn in the past but she has come far with Braden's support and though painfully they do find their way through for their love is solid. Loved this visit and hope for more.

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  • Posted December 17, 2013

    More Joss and Braden??? SIGN ME UP! I loved, no...adored them in

    More Joss and Braden??? SIGN ME UP! I loved, no...adored them in On Dublin Street. They are the reason I've begun my love affair with this series. So, when I saw that they were getting a novella, I had *jumpy clappy hands*!  And this novella was everything I had hoped it would be!




    In ODS, we saw Joss and Braden fall in love. However, their love story wasn't easy. They're both stubborn, fiery, and a bit guarded. Not to mention Joss's history. She has dealt with some serious pain in her life, so it was hard for her to let Braden in. Well, in this novella we get to see them happy and madly in love. We see the proposal, the wedding, and even the honeymoon. It's what happens once they get home that made my heart nearly stop. 




    It's not that I was all that surprised at what was happening, but I was nervous that Joss would close herself up again. Surprisingly, Joss handled this new life moment fairly well. It was my broody Scot that didn't. Don't get me wrong, Braden is over the moon about the next chapter of their lives, but he also jumped to conclusions before really talking things out with Joss. Feelings were hurt and ego's wounded but in the end, their love for each other helped to resolve their lapse in communication. 




    Overall, I loved this novella! It reminded me why I love this series so much. I also loved seeing that they were happy and moving forward, but I think it also told a very realistic view on relationships. They take work, no matter how in love you are. I'm having to back track a bit to get completely caught up in this series, but it's ok, because I'm enjoying every minute of it! If you loved On Dublin Street, this is a must read novella!




    Quotes: (So many to choose from. I love their banter!)
    ~I wondered if he knew hat just watching him sleep made me scary happy, breathless even. I wondered if he knew that he was absolutely, without a doubt, everything to me.-Loc 43




    ~"Everything but the ring," Braden murmured, his expression all smoldering as he leaned back against our front door, crossing his arms over his chest, and one ankle over the other. His pose said casual, possibly even bored. His eyes, however, were burning my not-even-naked-yet skin.-Loc 160




    ~It was hard. It was deep. And it was beautiful. Just like always.-Loc 207

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

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    I love Braden and Joss' story so much and was crazy excited abou

    I love Braden and Joss' story so much and was crazy excited about this novella. I especially loved that we got to see the wedding!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Short but sweet

    Though I know this is a novella I wish there was more. I really love braden and jocelyn, their relationship seems more realistic full of real internal conflicted emotions that anybody can relate. These are the type of stories that I get sucked into, very pleased!

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