by Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #5
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Shannon 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 wakeup 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 and 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…
Echoes of Scotland Street is the fifth book in the On Dublin Street series by Samantha Young. I love how Young allows me to slip right into her stories and that her characters wrap themselves around my heart. In Echoes of Scotland Street Cole Walker is all grown-up and ladies the boy is F-I-N-E, fine.
Cole Walker is gorgeous, tattooed, and cocky. He looks exactly like the men your mother warned you about, except beneath all that he is a good guy. He is stable, smart, caring and family oriented. Cole isn’t a player; in fact, he hopes to find the one. *swoon* (Yeah, take a moment and visualize it.)
Shannon MacLeod is a redheaded imp, the black sheep of her family. Her love of music and artistic ways always manage to get her hooked up with bad boys who break her heart and rip out her soul. Her last boyfriend ended up ripping her family apart leaving her determined to avoid toxic relationships. She is convinced her attraction to Cole combined with his bad boy looks is a warning to run the other way.
In Echoes of Scotland Street Young gives, this couple a previous connection and I found myself rooting for them. Cole has always been a sweetie, and admittedly, I was looking forward to his story. I love how developed, confident and yet fragile he is. Young made him feel real and I connected with his emotions. Shannon carries around a lot of guilt and has trust issues yet underneath it all you see glimpses of the strong, confident, witty, even snarky woman she was before life and love etched scars in her. It was wonderful seeing her heal and grow.
The romance shared tender moments that had me swooning and then Young notched up the heat and had my Nook overheating. I love that these scenes feel natural, and that the relationship felt genuine. Of course, it would not be an On Dublin Street novel if we didn’t get updates on previous couples and break bread with them at least once. I loved all the information provided on my favorite couples, and there were even a few side stories that had me captivated. The story is well developed, and we get to know others who work with Cole and Shannon, introducing more characters to love. I love that I felt a connection to them, and I am eager to learn more. Young held my attention throughout, and added just enough tension without overdoing it and spoiling my experience. Logan, Shannon’s brother will be the hero in next novel and I for one cannot wait.
If you are looking for fleshed out, swoon worthy characters and a solid storyline that isn’t overwrought with drama then Echoes of Scotland Street is sure to satisfy.