Down London Road by Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #2
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Format: Audiobook, Length: 11 hours and 28 minutes
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It has always been up to Johanna to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. With an absent father and a useless mother, she’s been making decisions based on what’s best for Cole for as long as she can remember. She even determines what men to date by how much they can provide for her brother and her, not on whatever sparks may—or may not—fly.
But with Cameron MacCabe, the attraction is undeniable. The sexy new bartender at work gives her butterflies every time she looks at him. And for once, Jo is tempted to put her needs first. Cam is just as obsessed with getting to know Jo, but her walls are too solid to let him get close enough to even try.
Then Cam moves into the flat below Jo’s, and their blistering connection becomes impossible to ignore. Especially since Cam is determined to uncover all of Jo’s secrets... even if it means taking apart her defenses piece by piece.
I’m not really sure what I can say about this book that hasn’t been said before, but it definitely doesn’t feel right NOT to review it. If you read my review of On Dublin Street, you’ll know that I a) was rather late to the party with these books and b) had quite a love-hate relationship with it while reading, but c) wound up really enjoying it in the end. I didn’t have quite the same experience with Down London Road, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say it took me some time to get into this one.
The problem I had with this book was that I listened to it in audiobook format and I really struggled with the narrator at first. Her accent was too much for me. The way she voiced Cam was a total turnoff. I mean, I know he was a jerk in the beginning of the book, but the voice was so off-putting I wasn’t sure I could ever come to like him. (Spoiler alert: I did. So much.) Somewhere around the 25% mark of the book, I finally got in a groove with it. I’m not sure if it was because I got used to the narrator or that she improved, but I was pretty good from there on out.
Jo was not the most likable person in On Dublin Street. A minor character, she came off as a total gold digger and a bit … loose. I wasn’t all that thrilled that the second book in the series was her story, but I am completely eating my words now. There was SO MUCH more to Jo than what met the eye. The girl had a rough life and she was doing all she could to give a better life to her little brother. I might not agree with the lengths she went to, personally, but I can’t say for sure I wouldn’t have done the same thing if I were in her position. By the end of this book, I was a converted Jo fan.
I was a little more conflicted about Cam. Yes, he was hot and swoony, but he was also a complete jerk in the beginning. (And a couple times a little later on in the book.) I can’t completely excuse his behavior, but I can say that I understand his insecurity where Jo was concerned. Underneath it all, he really was a good guy. He pushed Jo and helped her break down her walls. He made her realize she was better than she gave herself credit for.
Jo and Cam brought out the best in each other. I loved their banter and the chemistry they shared. I loved how they helped each other grow through the course of this book. Not only were there some seriously steamy scenes, there were a ton of feels to go along with them. There were more than a couple moments that tugged at my heartstrings and made me a wee bit teary eyed.
Like the first book in the series, Down London Road was about more than just love and hot sex. It was about family, friendship and personal growth. It shows how, no matter what circumstances you might have been raised in, you can pull yourself up and find great things in your life if you believe in yourself and if you’re strong enough to fight. I’m not regretting binge-reading this series AT ALL. I only wish I had done it sooner.