Author: Samantha Young
Reviewed by: Judith
Basic Plot: Jocelyn flees to Scotland, her mother’s homeland, after a series of tragic events leaves her devastated. Without family or friends, she builds a new life for herself in her adopted country and manages to eke out a happy existence over four long years. When her best friend relocates to London, Jocelyn moves in with whimsical Ellie and takes on far more than she bargained for. She and Ellie’s half-brother, Braden Carmichael, who is a constant in their apartment, have a sizzling attraction that Jocelyn tries her hardest to ignore. But when Braden sets his sights on her, the skittish Jocelyn gives in to the passion but only for 3 months. Braden must prove to her in that time that they are a perfect fit or risk losing the woman he loves.
Why you should read this: The sexual tension between Jocelyn and Braden is amazing! Holy heat! You can feel their attraction to one another and the constant battle they face in trying to fight it. When they finally give in, their moments together are intense and oh so sexy leaving you feeling hot and bothered; Braden is one hot male lead: he’s sexy, raunchy, a dirty-talker, doesn’t put up with any of Jocelyn’s crap, is successful, and proves that when he’s dating a woman, he will never cheat on her. All in all, he’s the boyfriend we all want but rarely find; Modern day Scotland is a fun setting and one that is often overlooked in romance. Usually we read about it as a historical setting so it is refreshing to see it in the present. Samantha Young doesn’t make the characters talk in dialect either so the setting doesn’t detract from the characters.
What you might hate: Jocelyn has so many issues that she can drive you batty! She is so self-absorbed that she doesn’t see anything beyond herself and acts like a bratty child. For example, when Ellie confides in her and basically tells her that she needs to lean on her for support, Jocelyn runs in the other direction instead of rising to the occasion. It’s beyond disappointing in a character. Plus the way she treats Braden is horrible–acting like he’s a cheap one-night stand again and again starts to grate on the nerves, especially when he’s such a sweet and hunky character.
Rating: 4/5. Hot sexual tension, gorgeous leading man, and a lushly written book. Buy it! The sex scenes alone are worth it and you’ll find yourself rooting for this couple even with all of Jocelyn’s neurotic behavior. And did you get a load of that hot cover? Wowza!