Saturday, July 23, 2016

Review: Castle Hill by Samantha Young

Castle Hill: Jocelyn Butler and Braden Carmichael

(On Dublin Street #3.5)

Castle Hill (On Dublin Street, #3.5)


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…

Castle Hill by Samantha Young takes us back to Joss and Braden as a sneak peek into their lives post On Dublin Street. It is a novella but it packs quite a lot in, in few pages. The proposal is pretty much perfect for these two and then we fast forward to the wedding and on to the Honeymoon. As with On Dublin Street, Castle Hill is quite steamy, Joss and Braden certainly don’t lack anything in the chemistry department. Emotionally, they are doing a lot better. Joss has come a long way with dealing with her abandonment issues. She does still have her moments, but she has gotten a lot better at working them through, which is really nice to see. For all the sexy times we see in this book, it is still emotionally charged. Joss has become better at expressing her feeling to Braden so we get some definite “Aw” moments… Braden is just as sweet as always, at least in the beginning.. This wouldn’t be Joss and Braden if there isn’t at least a little conflict. There is a misunderstanding of epic proportions, which leaves Joss emotionally battered. You may even tear up a little bit at some point in this story. Although, it's pretty short, under 100 pages I think there is a lot to love about this book. To be honest I wasn’t even going to read this book, I didn’t think I had time but then I decided eh why not, it’s a novella. If I hadn’t read this novella I would have missed out. I think I even liked it more than I liked On Dublin Street, which is saying something because I quite liked On Dublin Street. If you read On Dublin Street, you definitely must read Castle Hill. If you haven’t read this series at all, if I were you, I’d give it a whirl. It’s pretty good.

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