Monday, June 1, 2015

Moonlight on Nightingale Way (On Dublin Street #6) by Samantha Young: ARC Review

Blurb:

Logan from Echoes of Scotland Street is back with his own smoldering story, as the New York Times bestselling On Dublin Street series returns…

Logan spent two years paying for the mistakes he made. Now, he’s ready to start over. He has a great apartment, a good job, and plenty of women to distract him from his past. And one woman who is driving him to distraction…

Grace escaped her manipulative family by moving to a new city. Her new life, made to suit her own needs, is almost perfect. All she needs to do is find her Mr. Right—or at least figure out a way to ignore her irresistible yet annoying womanizer of a neighbor.

Grace is determined to have nothing to do with Logan until a life-changing surprise slowly begins turning the wild heartbreaker into exactly the kind of strong, stable man she’s been searching for. Only just when she begins to give into his charms, her own messy past threatens to derail everything they’ve worked to build…


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About the Author:

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 for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestselling novel ON DUBLIN STREET. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha's first adult contemporary romance and has been sold in twenty six countries.



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Review by Yvette:

I feel like I've said goodbye to a number of favorite series recently but the one I'm most reluctant to part ways with is Samantha Young's On Dublin Street series, which I've followed religiously from the beginning. Reading Moonlight on Nightingale Way was bittersweet because, even though it was the beginning of Grace and Logan's relationship, it was also the end of an era – one that produced a number of memorable characters and epic love stories. Like its predecessors, this book works so well because it brings together two characters from different walks of life and different backgrounds and creates a soul-deep connection between them. An ex-con with a chip on his shoulder and a book editor with a need to please people may seem to be a strange combination at first glance but it’s what the two have in common that makes Moonlight on Nightingale Way such a beautifully written, captivating page-turner.

Moonlight on Nightingale Way is very much a character driven romance, led by protagonists, Logan MacLeod and Grace Farquhar. From the very first page, I found their dichotomy both intriguing and entertaining: Logan was coarse and untamable where Grace was elegant and refined and their road to friendship was anything but smooth. The narrative is told through Grace’s point-of-view, which is perhaps why I bonded so quickly with her character, who I found to be both relatable and likable. Logan, on the other hand, is the type of hero I grew to love because, despite the fact that he emitted this sexy, irresistible Alpha male vibe, he was also a player, parading a string of women through his revolving apartment door for longer than I would have preferred. Maybe it's because I felt protective of Grace but I wanted him to be worthy of her and impatiently waited for that to be the case. I was therefore pleased with his storyline, which might have initially come as a surprise, but was befitting of his character's overall growth. The romance between Logan and Grace was both sexy and sweet, and, although it took some time for them to transition from friends to lovers, the author made it well worth the wait.

Family has always been an important aspect of the On Dublin Street series, whether it's one's birth family, adopted family or chosen family of friends. As someone who values her circle of friends above everything else, it was heartbreakingly beautiful to witness Grace become part of Logan's family, which extends to the entire On Dublin Street clan, who has welcomed each new addition with open arms. Grace and Logan are seamlessly integrated into this tight-knit group of characters, which I couldn't have been more grateful for because it meant getting one more glimpse into the lives of characters I've come to know and love. By the time the narrative was winding down and the collection of epilogues began chronicling short but sweet updates on all of the series' couples, I was bursting with happiness and contentment, not quite ready for the book to end but more than satisfied with the final result.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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