Ellie Carmichael had a crush on Adam Sutherland, her brother, Braden’s, best friend, for years, and although Adam treated her with proprietary concern he made it clear he thought of her only as a little sister.
Over the years, as Ellie’s crush develops into love, her romantic idealism makes it difficult for her to move on. To make matters worse, as she’s gotten older, Adam’s attitude has changed toward her. His affection for her is now joined by attraction, but his loyalty to Braden, and his fear of losing the only family he has, stops him from claiming Ellie the way she wishes he would.
But one night his attraction is put to the test, and as much as Adam would like things to remain the same everything changes between them in a simple brush of the lips.
Soon lust, love, jealousy and heartbreak combine to force change upon their relationship… and Adam discovers the hard way that life is too damn short to spend it on regret.
All who read On Dublin Street know a little of Ellie and Adam, Braden’s little sister and his best friend respectively. You knew they had feelings for each other, but something was holding them back for much of the book. I loved when they finally got together, but I longed to know the details! Well, I got my wish when the author (after many requests, apparently) decided to write a novella detailing their romance. Samantha Young told their story brilliantly with flashbacks, and we feel the characters angst and longing intensely, as if it were happening now. We feel the sexual tension they fought against as well:
“It’s up to me to protect you.”
I closed my eyes, his words hurting me. “I’m not yours to protect.”
….The silence was broken when him arm loosened its hold around my waist. I was just turning my head to look at him questioningly when I felt the touch of his fingers against my upper back. Slowly, tortuously he skimmed them down my spine and I flushed feeling my nipples harden visibly against the fabric covering my chest. “You sure about that,” he murmured hoarsely in my ear.
This was a delicious treat, and a tender tale of unrequited love that turns into so much, much more. Amazing!! *sigh*
I was reminded of how much I loved Samantha Young’s writing while reading this. She really knows how to capture your heart and give it a great big squeeze! I can’t wait for Down London Road which comes out May7th, very soon!