On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street, #1) - Samantha Young **Now for the most random spastic review ever! I still have a hard time pulling my thoughts together for this one. Hmm.**"Sometimes the clouds weren't weightless. Sometimes their bellies got dark and full. It was life. It happened. It didn't mean it wasn't scary." Oh my! I knew from the synopsis of this book it would be a good read, how can I resist the pull of a handsome Scot? Take me with that accent baby, I am yours. Let me say this; I have Scottish ancestry and it is always somewhere I have wanted to visit. I have gone to it many times but always in the medieval sense and style of a book and I was thrilled to be in modern day Edinburgh. From the prologue my heart broke for Jocelyn, her loss is immense and consuming. It takes over her completely and she escapes to her mother’s homeland of Scotland. Trying to run away is never a solution but Joss sure does give it the old college try. After graduation Joss needs a new place to live since her friend and boyfriend have moved to London. Joss goes to look at a place on Dublin Street to begin a new life. "I moved to London and you got a fuckin’ lobotomy." Dublin Street sure has its challenges for Joss who prefers to shut out the world and deal with the immediate, what is in front of her not thinking of the future and definitely not dwelling on the past. "I’d studied the look over the years. Facing it head on and developing a shield against the pain it brought me to see that kind of love on other people’s faces-other people who still had family in their lives." Oh Joss, I feel for you girl, I do. Joss seeking help was what she needed and I for one loved her therapist. The way she handles Jocelyn was priceless. I got the best giggles from their sessions and a lot of heartache as well. The more we learn of her past and current relationships just broke my heart little by little.What can I say about this book other than I completely fell in love with it; the drama, the location, the characters, the sexy banter and then the sex! Hello alpha male in the bedroom! I am such a sucker for a man who knows how to talk and Braden has some panty dropping lines that had me hooked and wanting more. Ms. Young has added a new word to my vocabulary; scumptiousness. Oh yeah, that word alone describes the sexy Scot as he walks toward me Joss. Let’s pause for a station identification and have a short run down of my favorite Braden lines:"Joss is a girl’s name. Jocelyn is a woman’s name, a really sexy woman’s name. So strip, Jocelyn." "I can’t wait to hear you say that when I am inside you." "I’m going to make you scream, but right now, I’m going to enjoy watching you bite your lip." "We fuck, we have fun and then we spoon. I don't go home." "Babe, I never kid about blowjobs" Sigh. Yup, I was a gonner. From the second we meet the stranger in the black cab, to meeting Ellie’s brother and meeting Braden in the most “naked” way possible, I just loved him. What? Oh sure, there were other people in the book right. One track mind have I?! Ellie was so sweet, though there was that time where she deserved a chaste reprimand and the slam of the door in her face. The cat and mouse game with her and Adam was adorable; the ones involved are always the last to see it. The push and pull between Joss and Braden hurt my heart at times. Joss is so wounded yet so capable of what she is running from that she can’t see straight. If she could just see what was in front of her and take it at face value, what she could end up with would be worth the risk of it all. "I wanted to create something beautiful in place of all the ugliness." While I gush about this book I have to admit I was surprised by it. I knew that the setting would lure me in but the story was amazing. I love finding a new author that has me talking about book characters as if I know them. When someone asks if they should read On Dublin Street my immediate response is “Oh! You will love Braden.” Did I mention my one track mind? There are books that are there for the pure entertainment value of the read, not a guilty pleasure per se but they are there to pull you out of the everyday grind, to immerse you in the world of the characters and words on the page. A book to help you get lost for the hours, days it takes to finish it. On Dublin Street did that for me.