Down London Road (On Dublin Street Series #2)

Down London Road (On Dublin Street Series #2)

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by Samantha Young
     
 

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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.

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This book had some funny dialogue, some amazingly hot sex scenes, and emotional drama. Did I mention the amazing sex scenes?”—Dear Author…

“This is a really sexy book and I loved the heroine’s journey to find herself and grow strong. Highly recommend this one.”—USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog

“Young’s voice is riveting, and once I opened the book, I wanted to hang a ‘do not disturb’ sign around my neck until I was finished. This book definitely landed on my 2012 top picks!”—Fiction Vixen Book Reviews

“This book is fun. Sexy. A little dark. While the hero is extremely dominant, he also shows his softer side just when she needs it.”—Smexy Books Romance Reviews

“Every page sizzles when these two get together, but this book is so much more than a hot romp. This book has heart—and lots of it....If you want a book that will lure you in, grab you by the scruff of the neck, and never let you go until you finish reading the last page, then On Dublin Street is the book for you.”—TotallyBooked

“Brilliantly written with just the right amount of hotness, sexiness, and romance and everything else in between.”—Once Upon A Twilight

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101623503
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Series:
On Dublin Street Series , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
14,798
File size:
904 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Read an Excerpt

Cam sighed but gave in. “Fine. You want a cup of tea?”

I nodded and followed him into his kitchen, trying to keep my eyes on anything but his muscled shoulders and tight ass. I didn’t try very hard.

Standing by his kitchen counter, I was lost in thought about the evening ahead of us as Cam made the tea and coffee, when I caught movement out of the corner of my eye. I glanced toward it and nearly had full-on heart failure at the size of the spider clinging to Cam’s kitchen tiles.

“Oh, my God!” I squealed, skittering back away from it, a lump of fear in my throat the size of Canada.

“What—what?” Cam spun around, his eyes wide on me.

I stared round-eyed at the spider. “Get rid of it or I won’t be able to move.” I wasn’t kidding. I was literally frozen with fear. I don’t know where my phobia of spiders originated, but it was bad enough that we had to invest in spider repellents that plugged into the sockets in our flat.

We got the rare few spiders nevertheless and Cole always took care of them.

Cam looked from me to the spider and then back to me again. I could see the beginning of a smile start to curl the corners of his mouth.

“Don’t even think about laughing. It’s not funny.”

His gaze softened as he seemed to finally realize the extent of my fear. “Okay. Stop panicking.

I’ll get rid of it.” He reached into a cupboard and pulled out a pan.

I scowled. “What are you doing? Don’t kill it!”

Cam froze, cocking his head in bemusement as he gazed at me. “Why don’t you want me to kill it? I thought you were frightened of it.”

“I am terrified of it.” I corrected him. “But what does it say about humans as a species if we go around killing things just because we fear them?” Not anything good, that’s what.

Cam’s gorgeous eyes warmed even more and I found myself forgetting the fear and falling into his gaze.

“What?” I whispered, feeling my chest swell at the way he was looking at me. No one had ever looked at me like that before.

He shook his head. “Nothing. You just . . . Nothing.”

“Cam?”

“Mmm-hmm?”

“The spider.”

He blinked a little rapidly before pinning the spider with his gaze. “Right.” He lifted the lid of the pan. “I’m not killing it. I just needed something to put it in.”

As he rescued the spider from me and me from the spider, I crammed myself into the corner of the kitchen, scared that Cam wouldn’t move quickly enough and the spider would somehow launch itself across the room at me. I had no reason to fear. Cam had the spider in the pan in record time and I watched with growing relief as he took it to the kitchen window and deposited it outside.

“Thank you,” I breathed.

Cam didn’t reply. Instead he shut the window carefully, put the pan by the sink, and turned around to gaze at me.

Suddenly the air felt electric between us, like it always did while we worked side by side at the bar. I’d done my darndest to make sure those moments were confined to the bar, trying to feign ordinary interaction outside in the real world.

Today there would be no feigning.

I held my breath at the intensity in Cam’s eyes as he slowly began to make his way toward me.

When he closed the distance that would be considered socially acceptable between two friends who both had partners, I was just about to question him, stall him, but then my breasts brushed his chest and the words got sucked right back into my mouth along with all the air in the room. I felt his hands in a gentle embrace around my upper arms, his aftershave familiar and intoxicating, and the heat of his body made mine languid. I hadn’t been able to meet his eyes, and so I was looking at his throat when he leaned in and pressed the sweetest kiss to my forehead. A yearning, deep and expanding, burst open in my chest and I melted into him, feeling his lips chase a delicious shiver across my skin. He replaced his mouth with his own forehead. I closed my eyes as he closed his and we rested against one another, breathing each other in. I was filled with such longing, a longing only intensified because I knew it was reciprocated.

“Cam,” I whispered, wanting him to pull away and needing him to never leave.

He groaned and gently slid his forehead down the side of mine, his nose skimming my cheek, following my jaw, and coming to rest in a nuzzle against my throat.

I held my breath, waiting.

His hot lips touched the skin there. One brush. Two.

And then I felt the wet, erotic touch of tongue and I shuddered, falling against him. My nipples pebbled against my thin shirt, begging him to go further.

A sharp, piercing ringtone shattered the air between us and I jerked back, coming to my senses.

Cam cursed, his jaw clenched so tight it was close to shattering. He reached for his phone on the counter beside us and then blanched as he read the caller ID. He shot me an unfathomable look.

“Becca,” he stated grimly.

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“This book had some funny dialogue, some amazingly hot sex scenes, and emotional drama. Did I mention the amazing sex scenes?”—Dear Author…

“This is a really sexy book and I loved the heroine’s journey to find herself and grow strong. Highly recommend this one.”—USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog

“Young’s voice is riveting, and once I opened the book, I wanted to hang a ‘do not disturb’ sign around my neck until I was finished. This book definitely landed on my 2012 top picks!”—Fiction Vixen Book Reviews

“This book is fun. Sexy. A little dark. While the hero is extremely dominant, he also shows his softer side just when she needs it.”—Smexy Books Romance Reviews

“Every page sizzles when these two get together, but this book is so much more than a hot romp. This book has heart—and lots of it....If you want a book that will lure you in, grab you by the scruff of the neck, and never let you go until you finish reading the last page, then On Dublin Street is the book for you.”—TotallyBooked

“Brilliantly written with just the right amount of hotness, sexiness, and romance and everything else in between.”—Once Upon A Twilight

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Down London Road 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 128 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. I wasn't sure she could top On Dublin Street - but she did! This was so romantic, sexy, hilarious, and emotional! I laughed often, sighed even more and teared up more than once. Beautiful story about people learning to trust. Cannot wait for more from her!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great 2nd book in this series. I loved the growth of the characters. Cam was a judgmental ass in the beginning, but once he got to know Jo he figured out he was wrong about her. Can't wait for Olivia and Nate's story! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On Dublin Street was one of the best books I read last year, so I was looking forward to this new book in the Edinburgh series. As in the first book, Samantha Young writes exquisitively. The words flow smoothly and in a way that transports you seamlessly across the emotional spectra of her characters. These are very well developed characters, and beautiful in their own flaws. I must admit that I enjoyed On Dublin Street more. Jo, who was a secondary character in the first book and I did not necessarily like much, only started to grow on me 1/3 into the book. The same with Cam, the hero in this book. Still their love story is beautiful and the book is such a delight to read that it deserves 5 stars. It was also great to catch up with all the other characters from the first book, especially Joss and Braden. I cannot wait to read the third book, about Olivia and Nate.
13gpb28 More than 1 year ago
Another great book by this author. Samantha Young is now added to my list as favorite authors. It started with On Dublin Street and I will keep reading about Joss and Braden's story as it progresses in the follow up books about their relatives/friend's story. this time it was about Jo and Cam. Strong woman meets strong man. There are misconceptions but there is combustion between these two. It was hard to read how awful life is for Jo but she keeps on going for her little brother. Cam is a man who does not know how romantic, kind and loving he can be until Jo enters his life. The ending was so sweet. The only down side to this story was that it had too much sex scenes. I love her sex scenes but there were sometimes not needed. I guess I so loved the Joss and Braden story and I compare all others to them, otherwise I would have given this a 5 star. I am now going to devour the next book about Olivia and Nate, Yummy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Actually I think I liked this book more than on Dublin Road, I loved the chemistry between Jo and Cam. He was so good to her and after what she endured she deserved some happiness.
loverofromance More than 1 year ago
Down London Road is a story that is just as good as the first book!! I had so much fun with this one. It does have a angst romantic feel to it, but in all honesty, This is a mix of Contemporary and New Adult, but you don’t really see the difference, its a subtle change and the flow of the story is smooth enough that you don’t get confused. This is Johanna’s story, and in the frist book I remember admiring her character quite a bit, she adds a bit of zest and boy did she really make this story spectacular. Both of the main characters did, but we see more of Johanna’s life and day-to-day goings, and so we see what she has to struggle with on a daily basis. The author does a wonderful job of having the reader so enthralled by the story that you get involved in each of the characters, and the emotions conveyed are so vividly real at times. There is one issue that I had with this story, I am not big on cheating AT ALL!! Well both Johanna and Cameron upon meeting each other both have people they are in relationships with, but they don’t act on what they are feeling until they end the relationships they are in currently. So I was alright with this circumstance and the author spins the story in such a way that become endeared instantly to their situation. We do have a villain in the story, and it adds a twist to the complexities of their relationship, and we get a ex involved in the mix, as well as the matchmaking of Jocelyn and Braden. We see a level of falling in love that isn’t easy, and many stumbling blocks this pair have to get through before they reach their happy ending. But I promise it does happen. Down London Road is a romance that I had quite a fun time with, with the angsty bantering, the fun-loving side characters, and the sensual relationship that forms between Johanna and Cameron.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love these stories. Was great seeing old characters mingled in with new story for this book. Definitely hooked on the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my new favorite author.
ilove4kids More than 1 year ago
The first book in this series is excellent. This book is book 2 and it's just ok.
Phe_BookMusings More than 1 year ago
Having thoroughly enjoyed On Dublin Street, I had fairly high expectations for the second installment in this series and eagerly awaited its release. However, compared to its predecessor, I found the story somewhat lacking. Don't get me wrong though, the book wasn't bad, per se, it just felt like a bit of a let down following on the heels of ODS. This was probably because I had a difficult time connecting with either of the protagonists in this story. With an absent father and a useless mother, it's always been up to Johanna Walker to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. Having done everything in her power to protect him from the physical and emotional pain of a parent’s abusive hands, Jo has been making decisions based on what’s best for him for as long as she can remember. At sixteen, she dropped out of school and got a job, working crazy hours to try to make ends meet. And though it was really rough, as long as Cole grew up with self-worth and knew how loved he really was, that was all that mattered.  Then one day ... she met someone. He helped her pay the rent and put some money aside for a rainy day. And it showed her a new life. Believing no matter how hard she worked, with her nonexistent qualifications and lack of any real talent, Jo was never going to make enough money to secure a stable future for her family. She was, however, pretty enough to secure a man with good qualifications and talent. So Jo began dating men with money to get by, determining what men to date by how much they could provide for her and her brother and not by whatever sparks may—or may not—fly. Until she meets Cameron MacCabe, who's less than impressed with her ruthless pursuit of wealthy men. “I don’t need to know you, sweetheart. You’re a walking cliché.” Yet despite Cam's brutal diatribe, the attraction between them is undeniable. And for once, Jo is tempted to put her needs first. Then Cam moves into the flat below hers, and their blistering connection becomes impossible to ignore. Especially since Cam is determined to uncover all of her secrets…even if it means taking apart Jo's defenses piece by piece. Hmm ... I'm not sure why the author chose to reveal both protagonists in such a negative light, thus making it difficult to overcome said negativity and actually like the hero/heroine. Jo was introduced as very superficial, a gold digger ruthlessly pursuing "sugar daddies" who could financially take care of her and her little brother. Though I understood the "why" behind her actions, I didn't approve of her prostituting herself for financial security. And, well, then there was Cam who was introduced as incredibly judgmental, and though he later apologizes for the many things he says, I found it difficult to down-shift and perceive him as a likable guy. Nevertheless, as the story continued and their backstories were revealed, both characters eventually grew on me—kind of. Overall, I didn't love this story, nor did I hate it. It was just ... okay. If for no other reason, I would recommend reading this book to catch up on the lives of the other much loved characters from ODS. Also, Jo's wee brother, Cole, was a great kid who I actually look forward to reading more about as the series continues. A well-written read with a wonderful cast of secondary characters, Down London Road is a dramatic story of abuse, neglect, perseverance and love with a satisfying HEA.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I'm not really sure what I can say about this book that hasn't been said before, but it definitely doesn't feel right NOT to review it. If you read my review of On Dublin Street, you'll know that I a) was rather late to the party with these books and b) had quite a love-hate relationship with it while reading, but c) wound up really enjoying it in the end. I didn't have quite the same experience with Down London Road, but I'd be lying if I didn't say it took me some time to get into this one.  The problem I had with this book was that I listened to it in audiobook format and I really struggled with the narrator at first. Her accent was too much for me. The way she voiced Cam was a total turnoff. I mean, I know he was a jerk in the beginning of the book, but the voice was so off-putting I wasn't sure I could ever come to like him. (Spoiler alert: I did. So much.) Somewhere around the 25% mark of the book, I finally got in a groove with it. I'm not sure if it was because I got used to the narrator or that she improved, but I was pretty good from there on out.  Jo was not the most likable person in On Dublin Street. A minor character, she came off as a total gold digger and a bit ... loose. I wasn't all that thrilled that the second book in the series was her story, but I am completely eating my words now. There was SO MUCH more to Jo than what met the eye. The girl had a rough life and she was doing all she could to give a better life to her little brother. I might not agree with the lengths she went to, personally, but I can't say for sure I wouldn't have done the same thing if I were in her position. By the end of this book, I was a converted Jo fan. I was a little more conflicted about Cam. Yes, he was hot and swoony, but he was also a complete jerk in the beginning. (And a couple times a little later on in the book.) I can't completely excuse his behavior, but I can say that I understand his insecurity where Jo was concerned. Underneath it all, he really was a good guy. He pushed Jo and helped her break down her walls. He made her realize she was better than she gave herself credit for.  Jo and Cam brought out the best in each other. I loved their banter and the chemistry they shared. I loved how they helped each other grow through the course of this book. Not only were there some seriously steamy scenes, there were a ton of feels to go along with them. There were more than a couple moments that tugged at my heartstrings and made me a wee bit teary eyed.  Like the first book in the series, Down London Road was about more than just love and hot sex. It was about family, friendship and personal growth. It shows how, no matter what circumstances you might have been raised in, you can pull yourself up and find great things in your life if you believe in yourself and if you're strong enough to fight. I'm not regretting binge-reading this series AT ALL. I only wish I had done it sooner.
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TFenty More than 1 year ago
The best book out of all 3 ! Never thought I'd love a couple more than Joss & Braden
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It's nothing of what I expected but it was an alright book, still love on Dublin Street better a whole lot better.
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Just_Booked_Monique More than 1 year ago
Great series!
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