Book Review : On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

April 10, 2013 Book review 22

Book Title : On Dublin Street
Author : Samantha Young
Rating : 1 out of 5 stars

Looks like I’m in the minority here as this book has an average Goodreads Rating of 4.39 so obviously others got a lot more from the book than I did.  For me it was my first DNF in ages.  I know some folks think you shouldn’t write a review on book you didn’t finish as you don’t have the full story.  For me, a dnf shouts volumes and my blog, my rules!

Josh, an American girl moves to Scotland to leave her tragic past behind.  Enter Branden, a man used to getting what he wants and what he wants is Josh.

The reason I hated this book is all the clichés, an orphaned girl with no family, a rich successful businessman with a huge opinion of himself, alpha male and total jerk.  They touch hands by mistake going for the same taxi and boom…instant chemistry.  And by pure co-incidence Brandon just happens to be the brother of Josh’s new flatmate. Handy!  He calls her babe, urrgh. Worse he is an over possessive creep, for example, he tries to make her tie her hair up because he wants to be the only man who knows how gorgeous her hair is down.  Get the idea of what a charmer he is?

You could write a book with just the clichés. Oh yes, wait, that’s what happened!

Not for me, moving on.


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22 Responses to “Book Review : On Dublin Street by Samantha Young”

  1. Karen

    You are not the only one! I didn’t like this one either. Brandon was such a controlling jerk and if you made it to the end you would have seen Josh turn to a puddle of goo every time he walked in the room and then become a possessive jerk herself.

  2. Charmaine Sharpe

    I’ve not read this but I think I’m going to run away from it really quickly. Great review, I love your honesty Trish! <3

    PS. I rarely DNF too. But if it’s killing your enjoyment it has to go!

    Char 🙂

    • Trish Hannon

      Thanks Char, I find it hard to DNF but I’m getting better. Too many good books I do want to read to be wasting my time on something that is annoying me.

  3. Diamond Cronen

    Oh jeez, haha! I hate books like this. Probably the ppl who liked it are the same who liked 50 shades of grey..with the same cliches littered throughout!

  4. Kelley

    Ouch, yes, sounds very cliche. I rarely DNF either, but I don’t mind reviews for DNFs at all! I think they’re important, actually.

  5. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    Wow! This is probably the first review I’ve personally seen that mentions that stuff. Good to know though. I’m actually one of those weird people who can’t DNF a book without panicking over it, so it’s good to know all possible problems/perks before picking something up.

    • Trish Hannon

      Hi Michelle, I’m in the minority must people love the book. I do think what annoyed me has to grate on other people too. Forewarned is forearmed and all that!

  6. kimbacaffeinate

    Oh gosh we so disagree on this, I loved the small-town feel and fleshed out characters and cannot wait for book two. My review posts next Weds. So sorry this one didn’t appeal to you.

    • Trish Hannon

      Thanks Kimba, glad you enjoyed it and glad you mentioned what you liked as it balances out my review. And your opinion is by far the most common one as lots of people do love it.

  7. Kelly W

    Ha! I love this. Too many cliches is definitely a red flag in my book, and add in a possessive boyfriend…next! Well, actually I’d probably still finish it just because I’m OCD about finishing my books, but I’d probably write a scathing review for it. Grrrr! *shakes fist*

    Seriously, what are some of these writers thinking when they sit in front of their keyboard? “Let me put every single thing in this book that could piss my readers off! E. L. James did it, and she did pretty well for herself.”


  8. CeCe

    New follower here! I’m surprised to see the low rating for this book. I haven’t read it yet but everyone raves and raves about it and it was certainly on TBR shelf. Seeing your the examples you cite in your review though do sound very familiar and make me a bit suspect.

    – CeCe @

    • Trish Hannon

      Hi CeCe, thanks for following! I’m in the minority here but it really didn’t do it for me. I love NA but this was far too clichéd for me. Some cliches I can take but not all of them together!

  9. Ivana

    Eeek! I hated hated hated 50 Shades and DNF-ed. Been wary of similar books ever since. I was looking forward to this one due to the high ratings. Have you read Bared To You? Apparently it’s similar but exceptionally well-written and that’s why I wanted to try it.

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