I. Love. Smantha. Young.
Seriously, what are the chances that a new author (yes, I still consider her new) just releases book and each one is GREAT?! On Dublin Street was a surprise, a good one. The following titles in the series were great, too. But this one? I just unexpectedly (no idea why), thoroughly enjoyed.
The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street and Down London Road returns with a story about letting go of the past and learning to trust in the future…
When Hannah Nichols last saw Marco D’Alessandro, five long years ago, he broke her heart. The bad boy with a hidden sweet side was the only guy Hannah ever loved—and the only man she’s ever been with. After one intense night of giving into temptation, Marco took off, leaving Scotland and Hannah behind. Shattered by the consequences of their night together, Hannah has never truly moved on.
Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco’s life, something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they’re meant to be together.…
But just when Marco thinks they’re committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she’s been hiding from him, a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again…
Remember Hannah? Braden and Ellie’s young sister? Wellllll….. the little girl is all grown up now.
Hannah is a school teacher, recently graduated, living on her own and seemingly happy with her life. She volunteers teaching illiterate adults one night a week, hangs out with friends – one in particular, Cole – and by all accounts, living the life.
And that’s how it is for the first 20% or so of the book. Which is weird, you know? I honestly started thinking this is a different formula than “regular” NA books. But nope. There’s a reason for everything folks. And so there is for this one.
Young is building the readers up for a heart-stopping BAM! When we meet Marco, remember him? from way back when a couple of books ago he broke Hannah’s heart, he too, is all grown up. And sexy. And tall and handsome and charming and persuasive and persistent. OMG is the boy persistent.
Hannah is hard to persuade and she gives Marco hell when he’s trying to reconnect after 5 years away. She naturally has reasons for keeping her distance and ignoring her heart.
Marco won’t give up. He is considering reconnecting with Hannah his destiny. And while both have secrets, their attraction to each other is undeniable and Hannah’s family and friends are rooting for Marco, ending up together is unavoidable.
Only to be reaching to a screeching halt when a secret is revealed.
I absolutely loved the way Samantha Young built the characters in this book. There’s a gradual progression and as the plot continues we get more and more revealed. Reminiscing Hannah is filling in the gaps and the emotional buildup is at times almost crippling.
I see no point in giving much attention to the supporting characters. They’re all fantastic as they’ve been in previous books. They’re all fun, and now that they have babies – we get a decent dose of cute.
I laughed, I cried (yup, doesn’t happen a lot) and I swooned. I was annoyed with both Marco and Hannah and I turned into a puddle of melting from cute. And mostly, I couldn’t put it down. That was what surprised me most of all.
I’m recommending all the books in this series, if only so that you reach this one and love it as I did.
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 and has sold in twenty-five countries.
For more info on Samantha’s adult fiction visit http://www.ondublinstreet.com
For info on her young adult fiction visit www.samanthayoungbooks.com