Edited to add blurb: Four years ago, Jocelyn Butler left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Edinburgh. Burying the grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without any real attachments has worked well for her so far but when Joss moves into a fantastic apartment on Dublin Street, her carefully guarded world is shaken to its core by her new roommate’s sexy older brother.
Braden Carmichael is a man who always gets what he wants. And what he wants is Jocelyn in his bed. Knowing how skittish Joss is concerning any kind of relationship, Braden proposes a sexual arrangement that should satisfy the intense attraction between them without it developing into anything ‘more’. An intrigued Jocelyn agrees, completely unprepared for the Scotsman and his single-minded determination to strip the stubborn young woman bare… to the very soul.
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 hand and nail it to your balls.”
8. At dinner Braden says things like:
“You’re sexy as fuck.”
7. There is sex on a desk.
One minute I was staring incredulously up at him, the next the soda can was hitting the floor and my ass was on the desk as Braden collided with me. The heat and strength of him overwhelmed me as his large hand gripped the back of my neck and his other tugged my left thigh up, allowing him to push in between my legs and position me over the desk.
“Do you want me to fuck you?” he growled in my ear.
I shuddered hungrily. Yes!
Instead of telling the truth, I shook my head, trying to maintain some kind of control.
5. Braden is intense….
“Do you know what it’s been like for me since that day in the flat? Sitting across from you in bars, at dinner, knowing that underneath all the attitude is every man’s fucking fantasy?
Oh, he was good.
His eyes narrowed as he reached for the buttons and zip on his suit pants. The zip slid down loudly. “I’m going to make you pay for making me wait to have you.
The throbbing between the legs got worse.
4. Braden likes to snuggle.
He did not look happy. “Will you go to fucking sleep?”
I glared up at him. “Not with you in my bed. This was not part of the deal.”
“One: I bought the bed. Two: it’s just sleeping, Jocelyn.”
I ignored the bed comment since it was true. “No. It’s spooning. You said it was just sex. No spooning. We fuck, we have fun, you go home, That’s the deal!”
He studied me intently for a moment and then lowered his head until his lips were almost touching mine. “We fuck, we have fun, and then we spoon. I don’t go home. I don’t go home because sometimes in the middle of the night I wake up, and when I wake up, I want to fuck. And for some baffling reason, the person I want to fuck is you. Now, I’m only going to say this once more time. Go to sleep.
3. Joss not only finds love with Braden, but a family with him and his sister, Ellie. Her journey is hard in this book, but I really liked it.
“Do you need me to come home?”
Do you need me to come home?
Was I home? Did I need her?
2. Joss shows her sense of humor sometimes too…
“Babe,” he gave me a look that suggested I was missing the obvious, “I never kid about blowjobs.”
The sound of someone choking brought my head up. Our waiter had descended on us just in time to hear those romantic words and his rosy cheeks betrayed his embarrassment. “Ready to order?” he croaked out.
“Yes,” Braden answered, obviously uncaring he’d been overheard. “I’ll have the steak, medium-rare.” He smiled softly at me. “What are you having?” He took a swig of water.
He thought he was so cool and funny,
1. The final reason why you should read this book – two nights ago, Tori emailed me – Hey, there is this book called On Dublin Street..I think you’d like it! The next day, I saw Angela James give it 4 stars on Goodreads, and Jane from Dear Author said on Twitter she also enjoyed. And that is one of my favorite things about this romance community – getting the word out. This book is fun. Sexy. A little dark. The heroine is prickly, defensive, and refuses to let anyone get close. It’s a rough journey. While the hero is extremely dominant, he also shows his softer side just when she needs it. It’s what I like to call a “crack” book. A book that is over the top emo that you can’t put down. I hope you give it a try.
P.S. – Dear Samantha Young – please write another adult book.