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Beautiful romance with incredible emotional intensity,
This review is from: On Dublin Street (Kindle Edition)
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 and then there are those mind-blowing, pantie-wetting, exploding ovaries kind of heroes that just make you melt. Braden is one of those! I fell hook, line and sinker for him - from the first moment that he crouched down in front of Jocelyn when she suffered a panic attack at a family dinner and just stared deep into her eyes, brow etched with concern and quietly asked `Better?' without prying or pushing or judging all the way to the incredibly passionate sex scenes, I was his and he was mine!
Oh sure, he's not without fault - he's arrogant, possessive as hell, has severe caveman tendencies and is very bossy but all this just makes me love him more. He's definitely been inducted into my Harem of Fictional Boyfriends Hall of Fame.
Even the prologue stunned me. We have Jocelyn as a High School teenager in class, kicking back in her chair, not really concentrating on the lesson, thinking more about what boy she fancies -it's a moment frozen in time. Everything is about to change, nothing will ever be the same again -fate is about to intervene in the cruellest way possible. It's an incredibly atmospheric scene - Jocelyn's last moment of normality.
She's about to get the news that her family has been killed in a road accident. This loss, and another incident not long after, cause unimaginable pain that radiates out from her centre to tarnish and darken all aspects of her life for years to come. Pain is threaded through everything and Jocelyn never stops fearing tomorrow, the future and what it can take from her. She locks down her feelings, walls herself off emotionally and never allows anyone to get close - the pain of loving and losing being more than she could possibly cope with again.
Then she moves in with Ellie in her flat in Dublin Street and meets her older brother Braden and begins to get close to them which reignites the panic attacks she'd long considered buried in the past. Braden, sensing her reluctance to allow herself to `feel' but knowing beyond doubt that they share a very strong attraction, proposes a sex-only no-strings affair with no commitment and no emotions and Jocelyn agrees. They embark on an incredibly passionate affair and the sex scenes are intensely steamy and delicious but there's an ambient sadness that pervades the whole story - true happiness and redemption from all her pain is so close but Jocelyn refuses to reach out and grasp it. Her fear of loss is still holding her back.
So, this is an incredible journey, so very hard to put down, as the words washed over me like smooth, velvety chocolate. Every character is vividly and consistently drawn and they lived in glorious technicolor in my imagination as I lived every second with them. I smiled at them, laughed with them and most definitely cried what felt like oceans of tears with them - it's an all-consuming, deeply soulful and emotional story. I'd much rather see this book made into a film than Fifty Shades of Grey.
This book is special. You must read it.
5 wonderfully emotional stars