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On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street #1)

4.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  133,115 Ratings  ·  7,507 Reviews
Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare…

Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well—until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she
Paperback, 414 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by CreateSpace (first published July 2nd 2012)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*
“Gentlemen are gentlemen in bed. They make sure you’re having a good time.”
“I’ll make sure you’re having a good time, and that you’re okay with everything we’re doing. I just won’t be well-mannered about it.”

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My brain is in shock by the pure awesomeness of this book and characters. I really wish I knew all the English words for something amazing, I'd put them here, really.
It had me hooked from the first page, in love with Braden some 20 pages after that, getting a few cold showers in the midd
Rachel (BAVR)
Some spoilers ahead!

Oh, good grief. Before I even get started, let's just establish a couple of facts about this review:

1) I know my opinion is not the popular one (at the moment).
2) I do not feel guilty about Fact #1.
3) Therefore, I am going to be brutally honest.

If I could go back in time one week and erase the crazed idea I got to read On Dublin Street, I would. Even though I'm an avid romance reader, I have incredibly shitty luck with contemporaries, mainly because I expect modern characte
Letting my shelves and updates state my case for this one.

Although....if you want a short version:

Heroine: I haz problems.

Hero: *sexy eyes*

Heroine: *feminine core immediately melts & nipples pebble* But...I haz problems. No sexx0ring with this stud for me.

Hero: *constantly offers Cock of Healing*

Endless Supporting Cast of "I-Don't-Give-A-Fuck!" Doom: We might just be names on paper with no personalities whatsoever, but we're adorably quirky with interesting personal lives! Everyone likes to
Dec 04, 2013 Auntee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Kristen Ashley, I know you'll love this; any romance fans who like a good, steamy story
Recommended to Auntee by: KarLynP, Blacky, Kristen, and many others
This book has ruined me for others...I haven't been able to read anything since.

Until then...Braden...


Well, what can I say that hasn't already been said? There's over 1,500!! reviews for this book, the author has just signed a 7-figure, 2 paperback book deal with a major publisher, sold 150,000 downloads of this self-published book in one month, and I'll bet movie rights might be next. So I doubt my little review will make much difference in its success...but I'll add my 2-cents anyway. I love

2.5 stars



“It’s not you, it’s me…. You’re giving me the ‘It’s not you, it’s me’ routine? I invented ‘It’s not you, it’s me.’ Nobody tells me it’s them, not me. If it’s anybody, it’s me.”
— George Costanza

I've come to the conclusion after reading On Dublin Street (and a number of other contemporary romances recently) that CRs and me are just not meant to be together.


With statistics like these for On Dublin Street -

nearly 12 400 ratings and an av rating
5 stars!

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On Dublin Street is one of my favorite books. I’ve been meaning to re-read it for the longest time, so when a friend told me how incredible the audio version was, I made time to squeeze it in straight away. I’m so glad I did. This is one of those books that was even better the second time around.

Braden Carmichael is one of the very first book boyfriends I ever claimed as my own. In my original short review, I referred to him as my ‘new literary love’. He is just so damn perfect! I could
Sep 02, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-reads

Samantha Young, you can write! I knew this already. It’s really a simple fact. HOWEVER, YOU DEFINITELY WROTE THE HELL OUT OF THIS ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE!!! Damn!

On Dublin Street is Samantha Young’s first venture into the adult contemporary romance genre and it was superbly written, definitely a page turner that I could not put down. This amazingly poignant story had me invested right from the beginning. I laughed, I cried, my heart broke and then it was pieced right back together again!

“I w
41/2 to 5 stars with a caveat

Oh my gosh, what an emotional, angsty, and enthralling read! I won't go into plot detail considering many reviews have already done a good job explaining what this book is about, but I will share my overall impressions.

On Dublin Street owned me from the first page to the last. It had my emotions all over the place–from tremendous frustration to pure elation. Most of my jumbled emotions were due to the heroine, Jocelyn, and her understandable yet exasperating behavio
Jan 03, 2014 kristina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
I have one question .


I was so excited to start this book because of all these amazing reviews and its high rating.Unfortunatelly it turned out to be a nightmare for me.

The prologue was amazing and quite promising.The fact that she (view spoiler) added a dramatic tone in the story which I really liked.

The first chapter described the first time they met each other.

Guess what???Everything was OK until Braden opened his mouth.

"I have a
Stacia (the 2010 club)
My thought process in stages as I was reading this book :

Starts out strong...okay, this is interesting...nice, he's pretty smokin' in that alpha male kind of way...hell yeah, this is some hot, I like how this story has different layers to it...hold up, he did not just - SIGH...and I think I'm going to start skimming now...okay, the end was sweet.

3.5 stars I'm sure people will be surprised that I even went as high as I did because there were a few things in this book that would normal
~ Becs ~
I read a lot of contemporary romances, most of them really very good, but every now and then a book comes along that just WOWS you and you know that what you’re reading is really very special. This is THAT book. I loved every second, stayed up way too late to finish it and then couldn’t sleep because it consumed me with its emotional intensity and I couldn’t get it out of my head.

Braden is an incredible hero – I loved him so much. There are book heroes that you like, some that you really love an
Jesus C!

Braden Carmichael has got to be one of the hottest book boys I've read since Kellan Kyle AND Christian Grey. Yes. You read that correctly. Braden Carmichael had my "knickers" in a twist from the moment his sexy Scottish accent entered my life...

"Most women would be taking advantage of my imprisonment in the taxi with them-chew my ear off, shove their phone number in my well as other things."
"Wow, you really think a lot of yourself."

He grinned back at me, his teeth white but im
"That's All" Ash
Seriously: my cheeks hurt from smiling so much!

And there are dishes in my kitchen that are about, I kid you not, ten feet high because I just haven’t been able to get to them in the last day. The same goes for my laundry. And there’s a distinct *butt* print in my favorite chair, because that damn thing really is a little too comfy for its own good.

And you wanna know what caused this?


That’s what.

Gah, guys… it’s SO FUGGIN’ good!! Like, finger-lickin’ good. :)

“No human relation gi
Aestas Book Blog
Sep 06, 2012 Aestas Book Blog rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost 4 stars

"I know you love me, Jocelyn, because there's no fucking way I can be this much in love with you, and not have you feel the same way. It's not possible."

I feel pretty torn about how to rate this book. The guy was FUCKHOT!! I loved him. He reminded me a lot of Gideon Cross. But that being said, to me, the heroine's actions and denial of their feelings for each other brought the story down for me. I still did like the story, but her issues and reluctance to commit to the relatio
Jun 08, 2015 Salvatore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Salvatore by: Alice
Update 8/6/15: Full review now posted.

Jocelyn "Joss" Butler is an orphan girl who moves in Scotland four years after the terrible accident that took her family away from her. While trying to restart her life, Joss is ignoring her past on purpose and doesn't face her demons, something that makes her struggle in her present life, trying not to get attached to people around her in fear of also losing them.

Her whole world is about to change when she's going to move in her new flat, at Dublin Stree
Tough Critic Book Reviews
I went into this book with absolutely no expectations, not a single one, I just wanted to read a book, any book. Well knock me flat on my ass because I didn't expect that. I didn't expect awesome on a stick (a really hot stick named Braden). Expectations be damned!

If we're talking cock full of awesome, then why not 5-stars? Well...the first 30ish percent I just wasn't sure. Do I like this book? Where's it going? Is more coming? Is it getting better? What do I think? I DON'T KNOW!! Then all of th
Nov 20, 2012 Ceilidh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So… this was awful.

To say that I didn’t like “Fifty Shades of Grey” is the understatement of the year. It was one of the worst books I’ve ever read – a sexist, woman shaming badly written fan-fiction that romanticised an abusive jerk, made “Twilight” look like Dostoyevsky and left us all a little relieved that our own pornographic fan-fiction wasn’t so terrible in comparison. For some reason I have yet to figure out, the series has become wildly popular, with all three books occupy spaces in the

5 Stars! RAWRRRRRR! I am in LOVE with Braden Carmichael, my bags are packed and I'm moving to Dublin Street!

Aside from some repetitiveness with Jocelyn's dialogue, it was almost the perfect book! There was tragedy, drama, lust, passion, love, humor, fun, fantastic dialogue and it was SSSSSSSSSIZZLING!

I'm not going to get into the story too much, but this book had two of the best and most realistic scenes I've ever read. One had me laughing so hard, I had tears running down my face. We always fea
♡Karlyn P♡
Oct 07, 2012 ♡Karlyn P♡ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 big stars! ON DUBLIN STREET is easily one of the best books I read all year!!! I was blown away by this story.

What started off as just another typical girl-meets-boy type romance story, ended up being so much more. The emotions I went through reading this was a roller-coaster ride. I cried, laughed, screamed, swooned, worried, and even got pissed off. I wanted to shake Joss at times, and tell her to let go and just trust Braden. But it was her story, and she had a lot to overcome. In the end,
Lady Heather
Sep 16, 2012 Lady Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: luvvas of Kick-Ass Uber Alpha males & broken women trying to find their HEA
5 shiny stars!!

I finished this book a couple of days ago, and it has been with me in the back of my mind ever since. I wanted to take the time to ponder what this story meant to me, because I gotta tell you...I was on an emotional roller-coaster while reading it!


The characters were..well...AMAZING!
The author introduces us to Jocelyn at the young age of 14. Everything is 'perfect' in her life. She has loving parents and a beautiful little sister whom she adores, then suddenly tragedy strikes,
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads

"I can't get the thought of you beneath me, and that hair spread out across my pillow while I move inside you, out of my head.
" Oh. God. "
But I think mostly it's your eyes. I want something from them no one else gets from them." "And what's that?" I asked, my voice low, almost hoarse. His words had affected me as deeply as any aphrodisiac.
"Soft." His own voice had deepened with the highly sexual atmosphere. "Soft the way only a woman's can be after she's come for me."
Mar 04, 2014 Dd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Here I was, thinking that I would be enjoying a nice, uncomplicated romance.

Well instead,I was completely BOWLED OVER!!!

The story starts with a prologue---(Virginia)

Jocelyn Butler is in her class.Her greatest worry—Kyle Ramsey likes her.But her best friend Dru has a huge crush on Kyle.So,she is trying to deflect his attentions.The Principal comes to her class with cops.Her name is called…..and suddenly she has greater worries.Why were they calling her?Had something happe

This book made me create new shelves, named 'are you fucking kidding me?' and 'disappointments'.

After finishing On Dublin Street, i have to ask you guys a question. What the heck is all the hype about?

world gone mad

To all the fans of this book, i'm glad you enjoyed it.

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Meet Jocelyn...

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Who is she?

A 20 something year old woman who is afraid of people. Of letting them in and getting attached to them. She likes being alone because no one asks her personal questions she doesn't want to answer. She doesn
OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's that good.
There are so many things Amazing about this book making it a winner for me. A few of my thoughts...

• It has a conclusive, happy ending!! Yay!! There are no cliffhangers that left me gasping and somewhat annoyed waiting around to find out more. I’m getting somewhat tired of the “installment” reads and find myself searching for those with closure. It is a beautiful, passionate, emotional and totally sexy Contemporary with the heroine suffering severe trust and commitment issues; and rightly so fro
Christine Delilah (Maramochabooks)
“'I would say it was nice to meet you, but I was naked so… it wasn’t.'”


Jocelyn is a wealthy aspiring writer. She's got her past, which she buries behind.
She doesn't share, and she doesn't do relationships.

Braden is a wealthy businessman.
All he does is share, but only at night. He has a broken heart and doesn't think he can love.

... Everything changes when Jocelyn moves into the condo on Dublin Street with Bradens sister, Ellie.
The chemistry is immediate, the romance is burning. But can Brad
Mandi Schreiner
Sep 12, 2012 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Top Ten Reasons to read On Dublin Street:

10. Braden is….possessive.

“Braden, I’m not yours.”

His arms tightened. “For the next three months you are. I mean it, Jocelyn. No one else touches you.”

“In public, you’re Joss Butler. Cool, self-possessed. In bed, you’re Jocelyn Butler – you’re hot, babe. Uncontrolled. Needy. Sweet,” he breathed. “I like that I know that. I don’t like the fact that other men do too.”

9. Did I mention possessive?

“Let go of her, asshole, before I tear the flesh from your han
Absolutely, freaking LOVED IT!!!

I read this in a day, unable to put it down. And I don’t think any review I write can fully represent how much I loved it, but I’m giving it a try. There was just so much about this book that I loved – it’s funny, romantic, swoony and sexy, it’s got drama, and there is a sensational cast of characters.

But most of my love can be summed up in two words – Braden Carmichael. HOT DAMN!!! The man is perfect, absolutely perfect! He’s a fiercely protective Alpha, who als
4.5 'Bloody Hell' Stars

Welcome to Dublin Street

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First things first... I love Brandon. Can I just say he is such a bae.

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He's such a dirty talker, hot, and sexy,but at the same time he was sweet. He cared. He was there, he wanted to understand Joss or Jocelyn (he prefers it) and he was just too sweet. He got me feeling like this most of the time..

“I can’t get the thought of you beneath me, and that hair spread out across my pillow while I move inside you”

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“Babe,” his voice rumbled above me as hi
Sep 06, 2012 Nia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a deliciously sexy, hot and romantic book this was! The minute I finished it, I added it to my Best of the Best list. I was looking for a feel-good romantic read and On Dublin Street fit that description to perfection. First of all, why aren't more people writing about the "fuckhot Scots"!? On Dublin Street was well written, unique and had enough depth in the story to make me stay up all night reading. Braden and Jocelyn kept me in suspense until the end. Also, did I mention how HOT this st ...more
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Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She's been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestseller ON DUBLIN STREET, Best Romance 2014 for BEFORE JAMAICA LANE, and Best Romance 2015 for HERO. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha's first adult contemporary romance s ...more
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“I know you love me, Jocelyn, because there’s no fucking way I can be this much in love with you, and not have you feel the same way. It’s not possible.” 809 likes
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