Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Review: Until Fountain Bridge - Samantha Young

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Ellie Carmichael had a crush on Adam Sutherland, her brother, Braden’s, best friend, for years, and although Adam treated her with proprietary concern he made it clear he thought of her only as a little sister.

Over the years, as Ellie’s crush develops into love, her romantic idealism makes it difficult for her to move on. To make matters worse, as she’s gotten older, Adam’s attitude has changed toward her. His affection for her is now joined by attraction, but his loyalty to Braden, and his fear of losing the only family he has, stops him from claiming Ellie the way she wishes he would.

But one night his attraction is put to the test, and as much as Adam would like things to remain the same everything changes between them in a simple brush of the lips.

Soon lust, love, jealousy and heartbreak combine to force change upon their relationship… and Adam discovers the hard way that life is too damn short to spend it on regret.

On Dublin Street Series:
On Dublin Street
Until Fountain Bridge (Novella)
Down London Road
Castle Hill (Novella)
Before Jamaica Lane
Fall from India Place
Echoes of Scotland Street
Valentine (Novella)

Visit Samantha Young's website or the On Dublin Street website for more information

Until Fountain Bridge is a short novella set just after the end of On Dublin Street, please not that it does cover some of the events that appeared in the book so I wouldn't recommend reading it first. If you've already read On Dublin Street then you probably enjoyed the side romance between Ellie (Braden's sister & Joss's room mate) and Adam (Braden's best friend) as much as I did so you'll be pleased to know that this is their story. Samantha Young is currently offering this novella as a free gift to fans of the series who have pre-ordered the next book Down London Road but I believe that it will be made available as an ebook that can be purchased at some point in the future. In the meantime if you have pre-ordered Down London Road you can find instructions on how to get your copy of Until Fountain Bridge on Samantha Young's blog here.

I loved Ellie and Adam when we met them in On Dublin Street so although I already knew how they became a couple I was still really excited to read about things from their point of view. What was so nice about Until Fountain Bridge though was the way Samantha Young managed to show us so much of their history by sharing snippets of Ellie's diaries from over the years they have known each other. Ellie has been in love with Adam since she was a teenager but Adam has always held himself back, at first because she was too young for him but even when he realised she was a grown woman he was worried about ruining his friendship with Braden. It took the shock of what happened to Ellie for him to realise he couldn't live without her and it was so good to see how they are getting on as a couple.

I think the fact they have so much history made it easy for the author to create a believable romance in only 80 pages. Their relationship has taken years to reach the point it is at today and they have a past full of lust, love, romance and even jealousy between them. I don't think Adam realised what mixed signals he had been sending to Ellie until he read her diary entries and saw things from her point of view, he is just lucky that Ellie is such a romantic and didn't give up on him! They make such a cute couple and I really enjoyed seeing things from Ellie's point of view. Although the focus of this story is very much on Ellie and Adam (as it should be!) it was also nice to get a glimpse into Braden and Joss's relationship from Ellie's perspective. We get to see just how much she loves her brother but also how quickly she grew to care for Joss and how much she wanted the pair of them to work things out.

Until Fountain Bridge is a great little addition to the series and one I'm sure fans of On Dublin Street won't want to miss so make sure you get hold of your copy now while it's free. If you're reading this after the free promotion has ended then I'm still going to recommend you try to get a copy - even if you have to pay for it I still think you'll find it well worth reading.

Source: Received for free from the author as a gift for pre-ordering a copy of Down London Road

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