“Sure it could get rough sometimes, but life wasn’t a Hollywood movie. Shit happened. You fought, you screamed, and somehow you worked like hell to get out the other side still intact.”
I’ve had the paperback for so long and this book just kept being pushed down my TBR list. For starters, I enjoyed how it was a fun, quick read or maybe because I’ve been on a fantasy binge for so long that I’m really excited to go back to my NA world. I also realize that this is my first ever book from Samantha Young and I find her writing style engaging and easy to read.
The thing is, it started out really okay, it was actually strong in the beginning until my interest kind of waned and I think it was mostly due to my growing dislike for the main character. I found myself not really being a fan of Jocelyn/Joss. She has a rocky past but I felt like she was intentionally being rude and aloof. She has the tendency of making everything seem like it’s about her. Initially, I found myself being sympathetic to her and the tragedy she experienced but over time, I found her plain annoying and cold. Mind you, I love reading about complex and layered characters but Joss is just bratty. Beyond her traumatized self, it seems like she has no personality… at all.
On the other hand, Braden is an alpha male but his brand of alpha is something that I was able to tolerate and like. When he is not being his alpha self, I find his character really well developed and truly a swoon worthy book boyfriend. If he could not be my boyfriend, at least let him be my brother. *winks* Also, let us take time to applaud him for painstakingly pursuing Joss. This guy has an abundant load of persistence!
However, character wise, I found myself mostly invested on our supporting characters. I just love and adore Ellie and Adam – individually and as a couple. They have purity and sincerity in them and I adore how they just seem fun, positive and light.
There were scenes which felt disconnected and not really needed but still, it has been an entertaining and fun read for me. There was enough romance, sexy times and drama to create a balance to the story and I feel like I would have loved it more had Joss been more likable. But that’s just me.
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 meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.
Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.
But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her… down to the very soul.