Down London Road by Samantha Young

The genre for this book is erotica. My review may allude to sexual or other graphic scenes.
Down London RoadDown London Road by Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #2
Published by: NAL on May 7, 2013
Genre: Contemporary, Erotica, Romance
Pages: 384
Source: Gifted
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Rating: ★★★★½

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.

Down London Road was sooooo good! It brought back so many great memories from reading On Dublin Street. In fact, I now find myself itching to reread On Dublin Street.

Although I do think I liked On Dublin Street a bit more, Down London Road was still a solid book. It was fun, hot, kept me entertained, and I definitely let out a few insane giggles! That’s always a good sign!

What was great about Down London Road was that it intertwined with On Dublin Street, but it was still a completely different story. Jocelyn and Braden are still in Down London Road and have decent sized roles, so it really felt like the stories connected in a relevant way. But I loved feeling like I was in the same neighborhood and reading about the same characters. I had forgotten how much I missed them!

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I think Samantha Young played the romance brilliantly. When it first starts out, Johanna is dating a guy named Malcolm… and I kind of liked him. He was sweet and easy going, and I felt bad for him when Johanna started crushing on Cameron. But very slowly, Samantha pulled me away from Malcolm and got me on team Cameron. I’m still not even sure how she did it. It’s like she literally broke me down. Usually when this happens with books, I sympathize with the first guy and the author never gets me to fall for the second guy. But that was SO not the case here. Samantha Young had me falling head over heels for Cam. (And thank goodness, because otherwise I think the book would have been ruined for me!)

There actually weren’t a ton of sexy scenes in Down London Road but the few that were there blew me away. There’s this one scene in a dressing room… OH MY GOD O_O That’s all I have to say about that. O_O

I liked how the conflicts in Down London Road felt very realistic. So many times in romance books the main conflicts are just so… petty. They weren’t petty in Down London Road. I could totally relate to them and understand where both characters were coming from.

Down London Road really solidified my love for Samantha Young’s books. I totally have my eye on her next one in this series, Down Jamaica Lane. I know it’s going to ROCK!

The Verdict


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  1. Oh, I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this one! I didn’t mind On Dublin Street but I wasn’t blown away by it like I know some bloggers were. That said, I think I actually find the premise of Down London Road more interesting than its predecessor! I was relieved to hear that conflict didn’t seem petty or contrived as that’s currently the problem I’m having while reading J. Lynn’s Frigid. It seems like a common issue in romance novels but I’m extremely glad to know that Down London Road doesn’t suffer from it. I have a fairly low tolerance for that sort of thing!

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  2. Yay I’m really happy you loved this one! I’m glad that the romance was done so well, not only being believable and compelling, but also meaningful 😀 Cam sounds like an amazing character, too, especially since Samantha got you to switch teams, which is something you said you never do. 🙂

    Fantastic review, Ashley!

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