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Summary

Logan from Echoes of Scotland Street is back with his own smouldering story as the best-selling 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 in to his charms, her own messy past threatens to derail everything they've worked to build....

©2015 Samantha Young (P)2015 Penguin Random House LLC

Critic reviews

Praise for the On Dublin Street series:
"Scotland's answer to E.L. James. Steamy romance...mysterious, all-consuming and pretty damn good." (Closer)
"Ridiculously incendiary chemistry." (Dear Author)
"Humor, heartbreak, drama, and passion." (The Reading Cafe)
"A true gift for storytelling with a liberal dose of racy encounters. But what really sets it apart is exquisite characterisation, so vivid that the cast seeps into the reader's psyche." (Daily Record)
"Heartwarming, sizzling and captivating.... [Young's characters] are complex, a little flawed, and at their core good people struggling to make it in this crazy world…. Young creates steamy scenes that sizzle with just the right amount of details." (Caffeinated Book Reviewer)

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Potential not realised

Hmm. “Used to it regular”. This was how the H described a lunch time “booty call” to an ex, after he had been close friends to the h for months, and we had been led to believe that they both were developing strong feelings for each other. Only few days after this “booty call” he has unprotected sex with the h, but was insulted when she followed this with a sexual health checkup! Up until this stage I had been really enjoying this “neighbours to friends to lovers” romance. But after super hot sex in her kitchen, he says he knows she has feelings for him but it was all a mistake, cannot happen again, and he is not “in the right place” for a relationship. I guess I just did not feel the love between these two, and as he was “used to it regular” could not help musing that this reluctance for a relationship meant he would now have to go back to the ex for his “regular”! The book was told entirely from the perspective of the h and it was really difficult to get a clear picture of the H, or what he was feeling. Sometimes it felt that the H was in this relationship just because it was convenient to his new living situation, and the frequent graphic and very vocal sex felt forced and over-the-top, particularly when an apparently mature group of adults seemed so openly aware of the sex lives of the others in their friendship group.

The ending of this book was disappointing. The h, and her seriously twisted family issues, were mixed up with a plotline carried over from the previous book so neither problem was given proper attention. The h had multiple issues because of her family but it felt like they were thrown in at odd places to create conflict and never given proper focus. Instead the end of the book jumped all over the place with POVs from characters from past books which was just weird and ensured that anyone who had not read the previous books would have been completely confused.

Some reviews commented on how unlikable the teenager in this book was, but I though she was a perfect depiction of a teenage girl – moody, unpredictable, lovable, self-absorbed, affectionate, needy, secretive – all tied up in a girl/woman package guaranteed to drive any adult crazy.

I do think this book could be really good if given some serious editing to the plot direction and a lot of the side issues were cut out to allow the reader to focus on the H and his daughter, and the h and her family issues, because these alone created a really absorbing plotline, which only ended up being diluted among so many other plot strings.