Oh man….Oh man, Oh man, Oh man….
Whatttttttt did I just readdddd???
Seriously, what did I just read?!
I am so filled with emotion right now, I DON’T KNOW IF I WANT TO SMILE OR CRY! How crazy is that!?
On Dublin Street was AMAZING, it was so much more amazing than I gave it credit for. Seriously, thank you Liis from Liis’ Bookself, for recommending me this book before my big trip to the UK. Now my standards have just shot up to exponentially high. You know there should be a club for single/forever alone ladies, because there is no way anyone can beat Braden Carmichael.
After a tragedy struck and ruined all the happiness in her life, Jocelyn Butler decided to move back to her mother’s homeland and start over – in Scotland. The farther away from the States she was, the easier it was to keep the memories and grief at bay. Now, trying to move on with her life, Jocelyn has one mission: to find a new flatmate and start writing her book. Finding this amazing apartment and roommate on Dublin Street everything seems to be turning out…at least until she meets her flatmate’s brother, Braden Carmichael.
Even after the slew of women he’s been through, no one has shaken him up as much as Jocelyn as. And as a man who’s used to getting what he wants he’ll stop at nothing to make Jocelyn his. What he doesn’t know is that she’s hiding more than just a chip on her shoulder and isn’t in any rush to jump into a relationship, or to get close to another human being. But after the chemistry between the two of them becomes undeniable, Jocelyn realizes no matter what Braden isn’t going to give up.
I am literally so messed up right now…like I literally can’t even.
That book….WAS BEAUTIFUL! It was so painful, and so heartbreaking, so tragic but at the same time it was just….so amazing, like there isn’t another word to describe this book.
It really was a story about pain, loss, recovery and healing. Here’s someone, who’s built walls miles high and after years of denial, has kept everyone away from her heart. After a tragic loss like the one Jocelyn Butler had to go through yeah, I think you’d be pretty messed up too. I can relate in a sense to the sort of pain she’s going through, not trusting anyone, not letting anyone in for fear of getting hurt like that again. It’s rational.
Jocelyn is an EXTREMELY STRONG female character. She’s the dictionary definition of what a strong independent woman should be. And it probably doesn’t help that she’s extremely attractive; it’s no wonder she’s practically every man’s wet dream. But along comes someone amazing like Braden Carmichael and I swear the cement walls have now become titanium. If I was her I would have run from the hills cause someone like that is definitely not healthy.
Braden Carmichael is….he’s like A GOD. He’s attractive, he’s successful, he’s protective, compassionate, funny, and did I say witty? Witty/confident guys are EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE! Just like Jocelyn, every time Braden’s name would appear on the page I got nervous, I’d get all sweaty and get goosebumps thinking, “This man would wreck me.” But despite his intimidating outward appearance, Braden is…kind, and caring, even though he’s extremely overbearing and bossy at times, he does what he does because he cares. He’s stubborn and wants his way because he cares… He cares so much that it literally hurts!
“Are we…spooning?” I asked loudly, trying to insert bite into my tone and failing.
I felt the huff of his breath on my neck. “Go to sleep, babe.”
As if sensing my imminent escape, Braden pulled me even tighter against him, pushing his leg between mine, hooking it around one of them. “Go. To. Sleep.”
Seriously, I would do…almost anything to have a guy like Braden Carmichael in my life. (And I mean almost because I wouldn’t murder someone, or kidnap the president or just something wickedly awful…but ALMOST ANYTHING). Here’s a man who won’t give up on you, who will surely love you forever and reassure you everyday that you mean absolutely everything to him. And well, this isn’t a spoiler per say, but what he says to Jocelyn is beautiful. This is the kind of things a man needs to say to a woman. (This is why there are more female romance writers than men :P).
“Because” – he sigh – “you make me laugh, you challenge me, and you turn me on like no one else can. I feel like I’m missing something really important when you’re gone. So important I don’t fee like myself. I’ve never felt like someone was mine before. But you’re mine, Jocelyn. I’ve known that from the moment we met. And I’m yours. I don’t want to be anybody else’s, babe.” < – LIKE SERIOUSLY GUSH! GUSH RIGHT NOW!
Reading this book right before I go to the UK was just….just not a good idea.
I know this is insane, but if I don’t get at least one guy’s number I’m going to be seriously mad at myself hahaha!
If I could meet a guy like Braden Carmichael…oh man…
On Dublin Street is definitely, definitely, one of my favourite reads! Seriously, you should give it a chance if you want to read about a man who will absolutely sweep you off your feet.
5/5 Hearts of Love