BOOK REVIEW: Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young

echoesofscotlandstreetShannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wake-up call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she’s sworn off men—especially those of the bad-boy variety.

Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid—gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man who’s ready to find “the one.” He’s determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude to win her heart.

As Shannon opens up in the face of Cole’s steady devotion, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when Shannon’s past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them—and tear them apart for good.…


“You’re worth every bad thing that’s ever happened to me, because going through them led me to you.”

It’s rare to find a series that book after book never disappoints, never fails to capture my attention and make me fall head over heels in love with the characters, but On Dublin Street is not only one of these extraordinary instances, it is also a series that never stopped getting better and better. Two characters oh-so easy to love, an emotional storyline that kept me glued to my seat for hours on end, literally gasping for the next page—this is a book I adored and could not walk away from even days after I first finished it, needing to re-read parts of it over and over again. I have never not loved a Samantha Young book, but this one just might be my new favourite.

“Are you a hero, Cole Walker?”
“What is a hero, really?”
“I suppose it’s someone that saves people.”
“Yeah, I supposed it is.”
“So, do you save people?”
“I’m only fifteen. Give me a chance.”

Shannon and Cole met as teenagers, for a brief but unforgettable moment in time, and while their lives have led them onto very different paths, they both ended up becoming survivors of the cruel hands that fate has dealt them. While Cole’s childhood has been marred by neglect, and physical and psychological abuse at the hands of his only parent, he has grown into a kind-hearted and protective young man, whose ‘tatted-up’ bad boy appearance stands in stark contrast to his true character. Shannon’s emotional scars, on the other hand, come from a different but no less traumatic place. Every single relationship that she has been in has left a bad taste in her mouth, her last one leaving her battered both physically as well as emotionally. Moving to a new town might seem like the only way to escape her painful past, but she soon realises that no matter where she goes, her memories would inevitably follow.

“…somehow, hopefully, along the way I was going to find the girl I’d lost because of him.”

When Shannon steps into Edinburgh’s most revered tattoo studio looking for a job, she has no idea that her new boss would be the same boy she walked away from nine years before, the vivid memory of him still very much alive in her mind. But Cole’s tattoos and cocky demeanour remind her also of every bad boyfriend she has ever had, making her misjudge him at first sight. And no matter how charming or friendly he is towards her, she rejects both his friendship as well as his not-so-subtle advances, making it crystal clear what she thinks of “his type”.

“…Cole Walker represented everything wrong with my life and the choices I’d made thus far.”

But appearances can be deceiving and, soon, Shannon realises that she might have made the biggest mistake of her life by pushing Cole away. And that her own prejudices could cost her the affections of the best person she has ever met.

“You really are the biggest disappointment, Shannon MacLeod.”

While this is a truly heartfelt romance between two people you cannot help but fall madly in love with from the moment you meet them, this is also a story about knowing when to put the past behind you, learning from it but not letting it affect your future happiness. Shannon’s unfortunate past has the power to either define her or make her even stronger than she is. Having loved someone who constantly belittled her, made her believe she was talentless and stupid, and unworthy of someone like him, has not only damaged her self-esteem and confidence, but it also made her distrustful of her own ability to judge a person correctly and not to make the same mistakes again. Having someone like Cole Walker in one’s life, however, is all the motivation a girl needs to put her big girl panties on and take a chance.

“That wasn’t my voice in my head. That was someone else’s and he did not get to win like that.”

This is an inspiring tale of courage and resilience, framed by a beautiful and truly touching love story, and I ate up every hypnotic word of it. Ms Young never lets me down, always blows me away, and rarely leaves me in a state where I’m quite ready to enjoy another book. It’s been two days… maybe it’s time for a re-read!

“I’m going to f*ck every bad memory of those unworthy gits out of you, even if it takes me a lifetime. Starting tonight.”



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Until Fountain Bridge (novella): Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA
Down London Road: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback
Castle Hill (novella): Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA
Before Jamaica Lane: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback
Fall from India Place: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young

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From the New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street comes a seductive story of forgiving the past and making up for lost time. And today, to celebrate this beautiful story’s release on 7 Oct (tomorrow!!), Samantha Young tells us a little bit about in… in person!!! ♥ [Read more…]

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COVER REVEAL: Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young

If you loved On Dublin Street and Down London Road, then you are dying to read the third book in the series as much as I am!!! I give you the stunning and very sensual cover of Before Jamaica Lane…

Expected release date: 7 January 2014


One simple lesson in seduction between two friends can turn into so much more…

Despite her outgoing demeanor, Olivia is painfully insecure around the opposite sex—usually, she can’t get up the nerve to approach guys she’s interested in. But moving to Edinburgh has given her a new start, and, after she develops a crush on a sexy postgrad, she decides it’s time to push past her fears and go after what she wants.

Nate Sawyer is a gorgeous player who never commits, but to his close friends, he’s as loyal as they come. So when Olivia turns to him with her relationship woes, he offers to instruct her in the art of flirting and to help her become more sexually confident.

The friendly education in seduction soon grows into an intense and hot romance. But then Nate’s past and commitment issues rear their ugly heads, and Olivia is left broken-hearted. When Nate realizes he’s made the biggest mistake of his life, he will have to work harder than he ever has before to entice his best friend into falling back in love with him—or he may lose her forever…


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The Author

sam young_picSamantha Young is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She has been writing since as long as she can remember, and she writes in a number of genres including romance, paranormal, urban fantasy, fantasy, and contemporary. Samantha began self-publishing in 2011 and now writes full time.

She’s been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestselling novel On Dublin Street.

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BIRTHDAY TEASING: Down London Road by Samantha Young

downlondonroad3_322X500Braden Carmichael. Yep, I know that you know what I’m talking about!!! He might have stolen the hearts of millions of unsuspecting readers last year but it was the writing of the lovely Samantha Young that really caught my attention. Her attention to detail, her ability to deal with some pretty heavy issues delicately and responsibly, her gift for telling a serious story and make us fall in love with the characters, these are all reasons why On Dublin Street took the world by storm.

I was lucky to have been one of the first readers and reviewers of this incredible book and have been a huge fan of Samantha’s writing ever since.

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I think one of the happiest moments of 2012 for me was when Samantha announced a second book in the On Dublin Street series. We were kept in the dark about this book for so many months, not even knowing who the main characters would be, and then the synopsis and cover were finally revealed only recently. Today, Samantha has gifted us with a short but delicious little snippet from Down London Road

Expected release date: 7 May 2013

The worst moment came when I poured a draft of lager at the taps, and Cam leaned past me for some napkins that sat on the lowest shelf behind the bar. It brought his body up against mine. I inhaled the masculine scent of bay rum and soap as he leaned down, and then I stopped breathing altogether. His face was at eye level with my chest.

My whole body tensed, I was so hyper aware of him.

Prolonging the torturous moment, Cam’s fingers missed the napkins and he had to lean back in, his cheek brushing my right boob.

I sucked in a breath and he froze momentarily.

When he straightened, I chanced a glance up at him from under my lashes and the darkly sexual glint in his eyes felt like a physical caress down my stomach toward my sex. My sensitive nipples peaked against my bra. Uh-oh. Oh, my.

The Story

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.

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The Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Samantha Young, is a 26 year old writer from Stirlingshire, Scotland. After graduating from the University of Edinburgh, Samantha returned to Stirlingshire where she happily spends her days writing about people she’s keen for others to meet, and worlds she’s dying for them to visit. Having written over ten young adult urban fantasy novels, Samantha took the big plunge into adult contemporary romance with her novel On Dublin Street. On Dublin Street is a #1 National Bestseller and has been re-published by NAL (Penguin US).

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BOOK REVIEW: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

ondublinstreet3Four years ago, Jocelyn Butler left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Edinburgh. Burying the grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without any real attachments has worked well for her so far but when Joss moves into a fantastic apartment on Dublin Street, her carefully guarded world is shaken to its core by her new roommate’s sexy older brother.

Braden Carmichael is a man who always gets what he wants. And what he wants is Jocelyn in his bed. Knowing how skittish Joss is concerning any kind of relationship, Braden proposes a sexual arrangement that should satisfy the intense attraction between them without it developing into anything ‘more’. An intrigued Jocelyn agrees, completely unprepared for the Scotsman and his single-minded determination to strip the stubborn young woman bare… to the very soul.


It is superbly written books like this one that truly feed my reading addiction and keep me awake until the wee hours of the morning, glued to the pages, unable to tear myself away from the story. I was lost to it from the very first page and have loved every single one after that. This is a luscious yet poignant story that will seduce your senses, get you invested in the characters and make you hopelessly want to believe in happy endings.

Jocelyn is not your ordinary twenty-two year old woman. She has been through more loss and heartbreak in her young life than anyone should have to go through in the course of a lifetime. She lost her entire family in one tragic accident when she was a teenager and has had to look after herself ever since then. She keeps all those around her at arm’s length, never really allowing herself to care about anyone or others to care for her. Her troubled past has taught her that loving people only leads to heartbreak and she is determined to never again forge any lasting ties that would have the power of hurting her. No one knows of her tragic past and that denial of her pain has meant that she has never really had to deal with it.

“I might never stop fearing tomorrow … The future and what it can take from me, scares me.”

Jocelyn craves to start a new life free of reminders of her past, she has been successfully “shoving her feelings down under the steel trapdoor inside of her” for eight long years and she has no intention of changing that. However, even the best-laid plans can go up in smoke when you meet a man whose mere presence makes you lose control of yourself, whose one look leaves you dazed and who makes your lower belly squeeze with lust at first sight. Enter Braden.

“Our attraction was nuclear. I had never known anything like it. It made Braden Carmichael extremely dangerous to me.”

Braden is her new roommate Ellie’s older brother and he is a man who doesn’t hide his interest in her. Jocelyn’s initial reaction to him is to resist his advances but her body betrays her whenever she is near him. His persistence, coupled with her almost primal attraction to him, eventually wear her down and she agrees to having a purely physical relationship with Braden, one that she hopes would run its course and keep her heart protected. But while their initial attraction might have been based on lust, their ever-growing connection is so much more than that – soon they are both faced with emotions neither of them have any experience feeling and Jocelyn starts slowly giving herself away to him, bit by bit, unconsciously lowering her emotional wall, brick by brick.

“You know on those nature shows when the cute little meerkat is strolling along on its four cute little meerkat legs to get back to her burrow where all her little meerkat politics, drama and family await her, and this big-ass eagle comes swooping overhead…? The smart little meerkat runs for cover and waits that big-ass eagle out. Some time passes, and the meerkat finally decides the eagle got bored and went off to scare the crap out of some other cute little meerkat. So, the meerkat crawls out from her hidey-hole to carry merrily on her way. And just when that little meerkat thought she was home free, that big-ass eagle swoops down and catches her in his big-ass claws. Well… I know exactly how that little meerkat felt…”

This story has so many tremendously developed layers. Jocelyn’s character is brilliantly written, with hidden depths that make her both touchingly realistic as well as believable. It is conceivable for someone with her painful past to become the type of person that would “make an art form out of deflection and self-possession” and her emotional growth in the story is well-paced and natural. There are no out-of-character moments, no eye-rolling scenarios or rushed events. But Jocelyn is not a tragic character that we ever need to pity. She is an empowered young woman who is only too aware of the consequences of her traumas  and she seeks help when she can no longer maintain the crumbling wall around her heart. She is a character we can’t help but admire. The little snippets from her sessions with her therapist give us an extra insight into her, showing us her vulnerabilities and completing our picture of Jocelyn. We feel her pain, we cheer for her, we feel protective of her. Her anxiety attacks devastate us and her newly found chance of happiness with Braden elates us. His persistent love for her and his unwillingness to give up on her even when she is pushing him away make him the perfect ‘hero’ for Jocelyn. He pursues her relentlessly, he shows his feelings for her proudly and openly, and he never sees her as “broken”. We can’t help but approve of him.

This is ultimately a story of finding the perfect balance in a relationship – a balance between the past and the future, a balance between trust and self-preservation, and a balance between friendship and love. A must MUST read.




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On Dublin StreetMy Review | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback
Until Fountain Bridge (novella): Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA
Down London RoadAmazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback
Castle Hill (novella): Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA
Before Jamaica LaneAmazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback
Fall from India PlaceAmazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback
Echoes of Scotland StreetMy Review | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback
Moonlight on Nightingale WayAmazon US | Amazon CA

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