Sunday, January 19, 2014

Review: Down London Road ( On Dublin Street #2 ) by Samantha Young

Down London Road by Samantha Young

Johanna Walker is used to taking charge. But she’s about to meet someone who will make her lose control....

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.




Everyone seems to be raving about Book 3 Before Jamaica Lane and I felt like I need to get over Jo and Cam's story before diving into it. So despite the lackluster reviews I've encounter regarding Down London Road, I decided to read it anyway. Maybe it was the lack of high expectation going in or whatever, I find this to be surprisingly not that bad. In fact, it was a pretty solid contemporary romance despite the predictability. 

Johanna aka Jo was Joss' colleague at the bar, who was a gold-digger and constantly looking to hook up with a sugar daddy. What's up with these similar sounding name? It kind of confuse me during the first chapter. Anyway, Jo was desperate for money because she had a bed-ridden alcoholic mum and a teenage brother, Cole to support. She's the perfect girlfriend to any wealthy man she managed to hook up with. 

Rule number one: never let him see you as anything but positive and charming. 'I'm great'.

Until one day, while visiting an art gallery with her boyfriend, Malcolm, she bumped into Cameron MacCabe, a tattooed guy who seems to set her body on fire by a single smoldering look. Cameron turned out to be Becca's boyfriend. Becca was Malcolm's ex. Sounds pretty complicated, eh?

Cameron MacCabe aka Cam was a graphic designer who was currently jobless and ended up working as a bartender with Jo. Although they both have this undeniable attraction towards each other, Cam was such an judgmental asshole who took one look at Jo and decided that she was a gold-digging whore.

Jo was furious with his self-righteous attitude and for once she forgo her composed demeanor and made her hatred towards him known. 

"I'm a brainless, morally corrupt, money-grabbing bimbo and you're a jumped-up, pretentious, artsy-fartsy know-it-all dickhead."

Joss and Braden Carmichael (cue fangirling squeal) was featured prominently. Joss was trying to play matchmaking for Jo and Cam although she was really bad at it. Braden finally popped the question and the lovely couple was engaged! You just have to read the Castle Hill novella to find out their story in further details. 

Back to Jo and Cam. So they both have their respective partners and obvious there were some jealousy on both their part going on. Their bickering relationship reached the turning point when Cam became Jo's new neighbor and he found out about her family situation. He finally understand Jo and felt ashamed for his behavior. 

I wished, not for the first time, for a different life - that Cam was single, that Malcolm wasn't a part of my life that I cared about, and that for once I could do what I really wanted to do.

I love how Cam became such an integral part of Jo's life, accepting her despite her baggage and being Cole's role model. He make Jo realized that she's not alone in the world and she can be so much more than an arm candy for some rich dude. 

"That girl you were out there is not Jo. I don't know who that is, but she's an arse who pisses me off. She's fake, she's simpering, and she's fucking bimbo. She's not you."

We have some drama toward the end with reappearance of some people from Jo and Cam's past. Jo was feeling insecure and Cam was acting like an insensitive dimwit that I wanted to pummel him repeatedly. I guess not everyone can be as perfect as Braden Carmichael, can they? I tried not to hold it against Cam and after his explanation in the end, I forgave him. 

I need to mentioned something about the Sunday lunch at Ellie's mum, which felt too much like a scene out of Brady Bunch. I appreciate that we got to catch up with all the previous couples in one setting. But if it continue throughout as this series progress with addition of new couples, I'm not too sure whether I'm buying this big family get-together where some of the people were not even related.

Rating 4/5