One King’s Way by Samantha Young

November 12th, 2015 Kimberly Review 60 Comments

12th Nov
One King’s Way by Samantha Young
One King's Way
by Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #6.5
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: Publisher
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The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street returns to the bar where it all began with Braden and Joss for a white-hot new novella full of passion and drama. When he’s not working at the club, Craig Lanaghan looks out for his mother and little sisters. So when it comes to women, all he wants is a good time. But once Rain Alexander walks into his life, there’s no denying that this woman could be worth much more than a one-night stand…. Rain’s lifelong regret is having left her sister Darcy alone years ago with a guardian who turned out to be abusive. So when Darcy’s boyfriend publicly humiliates her in a cruel way, Rain’s overprotective instincts kick in and she follows him to Club 39—where she meets a guy who just might be her perfect match. The chemistry between Rain and Craig is explosive, but Rain is out for revenge, and refuses to be sidetracked by flirtation. As things between them heat up, she’ll have to make a heartbreaking choice between giving in to the man of her dreams or putting her sister’s happiness first….


One King’s Way by Samantha Young is a novella that takes us back to the bar  where the series On Dublin Street began and shares with us the romances of bartender Craig Lanaghan. Some of you may remember Craig and his outrageous flirting and smoking hot good looks. While this is #6.5 in the On Dublin Street series, this novella will work as a standalone.

I was delighted to get Craig’s story, behind his easygoing smile and flirtatious attitude there is such a sweet, caring man. Craig sacrificed a lot to take care of his Mother and two sisters. He isn’t one to turn down a good shag, but has always been upfront about his no strings policy. While he is envious of Braden and his relationship with Joss he really doesn’t think he is ready to find the one…that is until a 1940’s pin-up girl named Rain Alexander walks into the bar. Rain is unique and doesn’t fall all over Craig and boy is he intrigued. We get to watch them get to know each other and witness Craig was falling.

The romance had chemistry, heat and heart but as a novella it didn’t allow much time for development. One King’s Way was a fun romp but as often happens with novellas I wanted more. I did have a good laugh though, particularly when Rain and Craig take his sister to lunch..oh man I would love a book based on his sister. Even though the tale was short, Young still managed to give me the feels. Craig’s fall was delightful to watch and how he came to realized his feelings for her was so romantic.

One King’s Way was a quickly, fun, heart warming tale that offers fans a glimpse at Craig and those new to Young a little taste of her talent.

About Samantha Young

Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She’s been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestseller ON DUBLIN STREET. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha’s first adult contemporary romance series and has sold in twenty-seven countries.

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60 Responses to “One King’s Way by Samantha Young”

  1. Mandy

    One of my favorite series. I still need to get current eek. I hate novellas because they are never long enough. However it’s always nice to get a little backstory. Great review. I need to get this one. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lorna

    I haven’t read this series, although I have wondered about it. This does sound pretty good though.. $3.99 for a novella is a bit steep, just to try out a series however. I dunno 🙂

  3. Ksenia

    I’ve only read the first book in this series. I really want to continue with it. And I remember Craig. I often have the same issues with novellas, they are so short. Amazing review, Kim.

  4. Cyn

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Dublin Street series! Glad this novella was cute, even though there wasn’t as much development as you would have liked (I find that’s usually the biggest problem with novellas). Craig sounds like one hot bartender! Lovely review, Kim!

  5. Bookworm Brandee

    I’m glad you liked it, Kimberly, even if it did leave you wanting. Novellas are hard – some stories aren’t meant to be told in so few pages. I’m sure I’ll read this when I start my catch up in this series. *ha*

  6. Paij Slater

    6.5…I cannot even start to think about a series that long right now :). hehe! I have so many series I am already reading…it’s insane. Great review though 🙂

  7. Angela Adams

    I enjoy novellas because they’re short and often give readers opportunities to read more authors. Once in a while, though, the characters just have more of a story to tell. Thanks for the post.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I like them too for in-between and usually read them when I finish a book after 10 pm and want to read more. It helps me avoid the one more chapter.

  8. Kathy

    I was lucky enough to meet Samantha Young on her first trip to the states a few years ago at uTopYA in Nashville. I’m also ashamed to admit that I am one of the few who haven’t read On Dublin Street and didn’t realize there was a novella for it. This is me climbing out from under the rock I’ve apparently been living under.

  9. Heidi

    I don’t know why I haven’t gone back to this series, I read the first one and liked it, but I fell so far behind that I kind of shelved it. I am glad though that this novella delivered for the most part for you.

  10. Katherine

    Novellas do seem to end up being short on character development but it does help if we’ve gotten to know the character in earlier books. I’m looking forward to reading this series and this one sounds like a good addition to the series.

  11. Mary Kirkland

    I haven’t read this or anything from this author. I can read novellas if they are done right. Sometimes though, they just aren’t.

  12. Ramona

    I always thought On Dublin Street sounded interesting, though I haven’t found the time to try out the first book. Maybe during the holidays… Lovely review, Kimba 🙂

  13. Lily B

    as far as novellas went I thought this was the best I have ever read, it always makes me want more, but as far as the way she executed the story, it didn’t really feel rushed. Sure I would want more tension, but it was good! Glad you liked it, sorry it made you want more 🙂 with Youngs great writing i can understand that 😉

  14. RO

    I haven’t been reading many novellas either because the stories seem to be cut off or missing something; however, I do enjoy a good romantic suspense tale. Great review! Hugs…Ro

  15. kindlemom1

    Novellas can be so tough sometimes because they are so short. Sorry this wasn’t quite as good as you were hoping but glad that this was still a good read.

  16. Nick

    I always want more with novellas too, Kim. I do love this series and this author though, so I’ll be sure to give this a shot, especially if the romance is as full of chemistry as you’ve described it to be.
    Great review!

  17. Debbie Haupt

    Great post Kim and yeah I sometimes feel like that with novellas and short stories I’m not ready to go when I get to The End!

  18. Jenny

    I adore this series Kim, I’m so glad that you had fun with this novella! I can’t seem to remember Craig from the other books (fail), but I look forward to meeting him all over again. And reading about his lunch with his sister:)

  19. Quinn's Book Nook

    I read one of Samantha Young’s books but was not in love. I’m not sure if I want to read any of her other books, although I’ve heard good things.

    Novellas are tough, though, aren’t they. So often you are left wanting more.

  20. Kristin

    I’m in the same “boat” as Red Iza – I have On Dublin Street sitting on my shelf from when I bought it at Kroger’s (our grocery store) after I saw you guys gobbling up Young’s books. There are so many authors I need to get to but my other ones keep putting books out – 99 problems, right?!?!?!

  21. Lexxie

    See, novellas sometimes just end up feeling too short and almost unfinished to me… I love character-driven stories, but for that to happen, there also has to be a good deal of character development, which is really hard to get in shorter stories like this one.
    Maybe I’ll give it a go if I read the other books in the series and love those – as I tend to become a little obsessed with a universe and characters I really enjoy 🙂
    Great review, Kim!

  22. Red Iza

    I’ve had On Dublin street for… years ? :/ If everything goes right (aka, if I don’t buy 20 books per month), I should read it next year 🙂