July Bookish Review

Is it me, or is the year passing by way too fast? I could have sworn yesterday was still June.

 

 

Confusing as Hell when you lose track of time so easily.

Anyway- It´s been a highly uneventful month for me. Besides hiding in a dark house and skillfully avoiding any unnecessary movement, I managed to not sweat while reading. Wanna know my secret? Position 2 fans infront of you ( one for your face and the other for your feet ) and let them run on high speed. You´re welcome.

There´s no guarantee that your hair will ever look the same afterwards, but… We´re here to read without sweating. Not to win any beauty contests.

As for the books I´ve read: Well, I can´t shine with a glorious accomplished reading list.

 

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshawthe wicked deep

All in all- Not a bad read. But also not one of my favorites. I loved certain parts of the story and appreciated the setting but the end didn´t convince me. Review for The Wicked Deep

 

 

 

Belle: A Retelling Of Beauty And The Beast by Cameron Dokey Belle

Again, not an all too shabby read. The details were fabulous and the writing was right up my alley. If only the pacing and timing were more balanced then I would have found this retelling fairy tale perfect.  Read my review for Belle here

 

 

On Dublin Street ( On Dublin Street #1 ) by Samantha Young On Dublin Street

A reread I decided I needed because I wasn´t in the mood to start anything new. This romance is what I like to consider a “golden oldie” because it´s… an older read. `On Dublin Street` was published 2012 and I´ve been rereading this book since 2013. The power of great romances! I´ve been a long time fan of the author and inhale almost everything the author publishes. Click here to read my review! ❤

 

 

Running Out Of Air by K. T. Swiftrunning out of air

A Netgalley pick. It´s smart, witty, sassy and complex. While I enjoyed this read I did a few issues with the protagonist. But otherwise, an entertaining read. ( To be reviewed )

 

 

 

Eight Goodbyes by Christine BraeEight Goodbyes

A slightly frustrating read with an even more frustrating Heroine.

My review for `Eight Goodbyes` by Christine Brae can be read here.

 

 

The Birthday List by Devney PerryThe birthday list

A touching romance without the tacky romantic clichés! I loved this book and the author´s writing. Will definitely check this author´s other works out. Check out my review for this fab romance here.

 

 

 

 

Of course, I had a few more books I wanted to read & review but those will have to wait until either the heat disappears or until I find more quality reading time.

So, it´s Buh- bye July! It´s been a lazy treat! Time to welcome August with open arms.

 

Did you have a good or less exciting reading month? What´s your favorite July read? Let´s chat. xx

 

Much book love,

 

Morgana ❤ ❤

 

 

Book Review: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

synopsis 2

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.


 

My Thoughts 2

 

Years…. It´s been eons when I found this little romantic gem and to this day ( 5 years after publication and purchase ) I´m still going back to this book for a reread (either the whole thing or reread certain parts of the book ).

An unforgettable emotional romance.

Unforgettable indeed! `On Dublin Street` by author Samantha Young belongs to those romances that has a wrecked Heroine and an Alpha sex God who´ll stop at nothing to have and love the one person who doesn´t want him. On Dublin Street

Back in 2012/2013 those stories were so damn popular and the book market was over flooded with romances like this one but none came close to Samantha Young´s story.

I won´t bother with a story description because the synopsis provides enough info to whet a readers appetite. Instead I´ll focus on a little character analyzing and revealing my emotions.

 

The idea of the story isn´t anything new. Woman meets prick. Prick wants woman. Cat and mouse chase. Dramatic moments. More dramatic moments. The big threat followed by a big emotional disaster. A big bang. The end.

But it´s still heart-strings – tugging romantic. How can I not love something as simple yet overly dramatic? You´re right. I can´t. I have to love the overbearing Hero, Braden, and his bossy behavior. I have to love Jocelyn, the Heroine, for being a difficult little booger throughout the whole book. Because these figures made this book right.

 

And in the end, everything was still very dramatic and exciting.

Will they? Will they not? What´s with the sub characters? Will they get their own book? Will we continue to see the characters from this book in other books from the author?

I can answer the 4th and 5th question for you: Yes. There are more books to the series and characters from `On Dublin Street` get their own book. We also get to see the main characters from this book in the following books. Something I really appreciated.


My Opinion Then vs. My Opinion Now

 

It´s been 5 years. Opinions can shift with time and certain world views often change, as do tastes in all areas.  Has anything changed for me regarding this book? Yes and no.

The love I felt for this book 5 years ago certainly has changed. The asshole-ish behavior from the Hero doesn´t appeal to me as it once did. I find it rather annoying to read about ANOTHER cocky, smooth, sharp minded Hero who has it all and so much more. Braden´s behavior is often questionable ( something I blindly ignored back then ). If I were single and I´d bump into someone like Braden NOW I´d definitely have a few things to say to him.

The same goes for Jocelyn, the ever push – away protagonist. I recognized her as a difficult character 5 years ago and today, I just think she´s just pushing it too far. The emotional damage her character has isn´t unrealistic but it dictates her life and affects everyone around her. It´s like having the case of ” If I can´t have fun then I don´t want you to have fun, either. But I don´t want you to know that so, please, continue to try to have fun.” Jocelyn is an exhausting little chica who´s like the Duracell bunny- She goes on and on and on….

What hasn´t changed was: My love for the sub – characters. I loved every bit about them, then, and still do. They make up half the story because they´re weaved into the lives of the main characters.


 Would I, after my POV shift, still recommend this book? I most certainly would. Because the story is great. It´s romantic and challenging. It´s an emotional rollercoaster ride that´ll have your heart melting or boiling. This book is for any NA, contemporary romance reader who loves a classical romantic alpha story with steamy sex scenes.

Would I reread this book? I´ve been rereading it for 5 years. That should say a lot.


 

The Cover – 4 stars ( I have the first released edition with a different cover. The new cover is nothing like the original one but still great.)

The Story – 4 stars ( It´s more a relationship story than anything else. It´s about love and friendship. Trust and loyalty are big subjects.)

The Characters – 3 stars ( Slighty irrational. Slightly overbearing. Slightly too much when the MCs could have delivered the same emotional effect with less )

My emotional state after finishing this read – Still in love. I can´t help myself. I´m sentimental that way. Despite the negatives I still feel myself drawn to this book.

 

My 31-year-old self gave `On Dublin Street` ( On Dublin Street #1 ) by Samantha Young 5+ stars.

36-year-old me is giving `On Dublin Street` 4 out of 5 stars.

4 stars

 

Buy On Dublin Street On Dublin Street