Friday 3 January 2014

Review: Castle Hill - Samantha Young

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Braden Carmichael never imagined he'd fall as hard and as fast as he did for Jocelyn Butler. He also could not have anticipated how difficult it would be to convince her to give in to love. But now that he has her, he's never letting go. He's got it all planned - the passionate proposal, the dream wedding, the sexy Hawaiian honeymoon - even the perfect family they'll start.

After trying to flee from her painful past, Joss is finally allowing herself to embrace the future. But when things start moving faster than she anticipated, she finds herself panicking over something Braden can't understand. After everything they've been through, Joss is sure that their love can survive even her worst fears. But, this time, she may push Braden too far - and risk losing everything all over again . . .

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)
Moonlight on Nightingale Way
One King's Way (Novella)
Stars Over Castle Hill (Novella)

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

If, like me, you're a fan of Braden then you won't want to miss Castle Hill. I fell head over heels for Braden in On Dublin Street and as much as I've enjoyed getting to know the other characters in this series he's still my favourite so of course I jumped at the chance of spending more time with him and Joss in this novella. My only complaint was that it was too short and I could have happily carried on reading.

I think that one of the things I loved most about the story is that it was Braden's turn to mess up, as much as his actions annoyed me at one point I think the fact that he makes mistakes just makes him feel even more real than he did before. Besides, after all the times Joss pushed him away in On Dublin Street, I think he was due a freak out of his own! What was also great was seeing how much Joss has grown up and has started to deal with her issues, things that would have sent her running before she is now able to take in her stride and I was pleased with the way she has become more secure in their relationship. They've certainly come a long way as a couple since they first met and their bond is stronger than ever at the end of this novella.

I don't want to say too much about the story so I'll just tell you that there are some fabulously sweet and poignant moments between them, there is also plenty of their trademark banter and of course it wouldn't be Braden and Joss if there wasn't plenty of steam! I love Samantha Young's writing and this has just made me even more eager to read Before Jamaica Lane when it publishes later this month.

Source: Received from Penguin in exchange for an honest review

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