On Dublin Street – Samantha Young

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The last month of 2021 was pretty exhausting for me and not just reading-wise. Tired of slacking off on my reading and deciding to enter 2022 with a bang-on Romance novel, I decided to give ‘On Dublin Street’ a fair chance. However, I think it would suffice to say that this Romance book was horrendous and an abomination. I am a classic fan of books set in places other than the US or the UK. and this one is set in Scotland. Needless to say, I was intrigued.

My thought process fluctuated throughout the novel. I entered the book expecting it to be a light-hearted Romance read, one that would kick my butt out of a reading slump. Well, it did kick me out of my reading slump but, not for the reasons, I would’ve condoned. I physically ‘needed’ to pick up another book. Why? Because this one was so horrific that I had to get it out of my mind ASAP.

The plot is cliched, and the characters are pathetic (if I’m being generous). I liked Braden until he decided to open his sexist mouth and spew some bullshit like, “I have a girlfriend but, I’m not blind. Just because I can’t do anything doesn’t mean I’m not allowed to look.” I mean, AMAZING. Jocelyn was no better. I get it that she had a pretty traumatic past but, that does not sanction her acting like an A-class female dog & almost whining her way through the book.

The storyline was stuffed with unnecessary information dumps and, of course, too much sex. All this made the book way too redundant for my liking. Sure, the chemistry between Braden and Joss was sizzling but then again, that, I guess, was pretty much the only saving grace of this book. The punctuation, grammar, and syntax were a nightmare.

If I am being honest, I skimmed through the last 40 percent of the book because it was too annoying for me. The only reason why I even bothered finishing this book was that I didn’t want to begin 2022 with a DNF-ed book.

I will definitely not be recommending ‘On Dublin Street.’ There are better books out there and this one, unfortunately, is not one of them.

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