Series: On Dublin Street #2.5
Genres: Contemporary Romance
A Joss and Braden Novella
Braden Carmichael never imagined he’d fall as hard and as fast as he did for Jocelyn Butler. He also could not have anticipated how difficult it would be to convince her to give in to love. But now that he has her, he’s never letting go. He’s got it all planned—the passionate proposal, the dream wedding, the sexy Hawaiian honeymoon—even the perfect family they’ll start.
After trying to flee from her painful past, Joss is finally allowing herself to embrace the future. But when things start moving faster than she anticipated, she finds herself panicking over something Braden can’t understand. After everything they’ve been through, Joss is sure that their love can survive even her worst fears. But, this time, she may push Braden too far—and risk losing everything all over again…
With On Dublin Street being one of my very favorite contemporary romances because of one of my top book boyfriends ever – BRADEN CARMICHAEL, I knew I had to read this novella ASAP! This book should be read AFTER On Dublin Street,
but you DO NOT need to read the other books in the series before this, they are about companion novels with secondary characters.
We know what happens in the epilogue of ODS and I was so happy with how it ended, but I just can’t say no to more Braden. Castle Hill gives us a front row seat for all of the big moments we didn’t have a chance to see. From the proposal, to the wedding, to the honeymoon, and some after. I really love how this was set up, because there really isn’t any wasted space. There is A LOT packed into this little novella.
“Jocelyn,” his voice was rough, like he was struggling to get the words out. “You’re my best friend. My everything. I love you and I want to be with you always. Marry me. I promise to try not to fuck it up if you promise to try not to fuck it up.”
God, I love him! We get the Braden we know and love, all gorgeous, swoony, confident, sometimes “caveman” bit of him. Him and Joss are as hot as ever and I loved the sexy times (shower scene, anyone?) and the banter between them. I had massive warm and fuzzies while reading this!
“If you’re wondering if I’m sober enough to fuck but drunk enough for it to be especially hot, the answer is yes.”
Braden fought a smile. “Have I ever told you how much I love that filthy mouth of yours?”
There is some trouble in paradise and I have to say I did see it coming. It’s something that I feel like is very realistic to their relationship, but what shocked me was Braden. I never thought I’d see the day where I’d be mad at that man, but here it is. And boy did I feeeel it! It hurt and it drove me a little nuts, but thankfully he is my gorgeous Scot and when he eventually comes to his senses he had me gushing about him all over again. See, I really do have a problem when it comes to him.
The growth in Joss was awesome to see, she has really come full circle and I actually enjoyed being in her head a lot for this one. I felt like the way she talked herself through things made a lot of sense and I could see her growth from On Dublin Street. She can recognize her faults and also see Braden’s side to things and I really empathized with her a lot more than I did before.
I really loved this novella. I got to 87% (which is where it ended on my kindle – Geez, I freaking HATE that!) and I was so sad. I could have kept reading about these two for much longer. I also want more just so I can listen to Braden’s accent on the audio book (yep I read AND listened again)… I never thought a girl doing a guy’s Scottish accent would be hot, but oh, it is. It definitely is. I have no shame, Paula FTW!
Life isn’t perfect, we aren’t perfect, but I’m telling you now, Jocelyn, we’re indestructible.
On Dublin Street (#1)
See our audio book review ➔ HERE