Review: Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young

Posted October 7, 2014 by Erin in Reviews / 0 Comments

Echoes of Scotland Street Review: Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Youngby Samantha Young
on October 7, 2014
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four-stars
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Series: On Dublin Street #5
Pages: 331

From the New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street comes a seductive story of forgiving the past and making up for lost time.…

Shannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wake-up call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she’s sworn off men—especially those of the bad-boy variety.

Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid—gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man who’s ready to find “the one.” He’s determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude to win her heart.

As Shannon opens up in the face of Cole’s steady devotion, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when Shannon’s past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them—and tear them apart for good.…

Erin’s Review

Echoes of Scotland Street is set some years down the road from the last book in this series. Cole Walker is no longer a boy! HOLY MOLY…he is now all grown up and sexy tattoo artist. Cole ends up maturing into a great guy. He had such a hard time as a kid and didn’t let that ruin him, in his adult life.

Shannon MacLeod is running away from her past and ends up getting a job in the tattoo parlor Cole works at. Shannon has a horrible history with bad boys, so much that it caused a huge rift in her family. We watch her work through those demons and try to heal, with the help of Cole.

“Gives my clients chocolate when they’re faint, can handle Rae better than most people, feels sorry for strange dogs, is gorgeous but doesn’t know it, and has shit hot taste in music.” His voice lowered to an unbelievably sexy rumble. “Are you perfect, Shannon MacLeod?”

The funny thing about Shannon and Cole is the met for a very brief moment, in their teenage years. Shannon tries to play it off that she doesn’t remember, but Cole could never forget her and her sexy red hair!

“You’re naked on your hands and knees, and your hair is spilling down your shoulders, the ends touching my ink on your lower back. Some of your hair wrapped lightly around my hand as I fuck you from behind.” His eyes flashed. “Hard.”

I connected to Cole the most in this book. I loved seeing him as a man and having the bad boy image, but being a great guy under all that ink. Shannon was just ok, for me. Some where along the way, I just lost the connection. She was very harsh at times and maybe I just felt protective of Cole, LOL!

One of my favorite moments was getting a peak at our past couples and what they are all up to now. Let me just say Braden with some salt & pepper hair, EEEEPP!

Samantha Young has this great way of writing, very real and relatable characters. We get the slow build and the tension of the girl playing hard to get, which I love. If you are a fan of this series, I would recommend this book to you.

Sarah’s Review

Echoes of Scotland Street is the fifth book in the On Dublin Street series by Samantha Young. I love this series, and eagerly await each release.

I was so excited to find out that this book would be about Cole Walker, who we meet as the 14 year old brother of Jo in Down London Road. Even back then, I just knew there was something magical about Cole. Let me tell you, grown up Cole is delicious. He had me swooning immediately. Cole now works as a tattoo artist, and manages the tattoo shop where the heroine, Shannon MacLeod, gets a job as the receptionist. With a new job in a new city, Shannon is determined to leave her life full of awful relationships and bad boys behind.

Cole and Shannon’s journey is based on letting go of past hurts, so that they don’t rule the future. Trust is not an easy thing between these two, especially for Shannon, and causes their road to happiness together to be quite a bumpy one.

Cole really made this book for me. I just loved him! He’s sweet, thoughtful and swoony, yet is still a strong alpha male. Covered in tattoos, he is basically the perfect package.

I really appreciate that Samantha Young writes such interesting, endearing characters with real issues. There isn’t any unnecessary drama just to add more angst; these characters deal with real problems, heartache, and personal demons.

I also have to mention how much I enjoy the family aspect of this series, and was so happy getting to see all my favorite characters from past books. I love how they’re all connected and layered into each other’s lives.

Fans of the On Dublin Street series won’t be disappointed with this latest addition. Can’t wait for Logan’s book!

Bethany’s 3.5 Star Review

Cole Walker, Jo’s younger brother, was only a child when we first met him in On Dublin Street. Now he is a talented tattoo artist and all grown up in Echoes of Scotland Street. Shannon MacLeod is new in town, starting a new job, and carrying a large chip on her shoulder. After a brief encounter when Cole and Shannon were only teenagers, the stars align and they cross paths again nine years later.

I found this book  quite enjoyable. It was a sweet and heart warming story. I think fans of the series will enjoy it as well. Cole is a sexy and confident man with a bit of a dirty mouth.

“Delicate, beautiful, fragile. I want to protect you while at the same time I want to shatter you,” he murmured against my lips, “but only in the best way possible.”

I liked the character development in this novel. The author did a good job of giving the reader Shannon’s background throughout the book exactly when it was needed to move along the present situations in the story line. I do wish there was a little more angst/conflict to give the book more depth, but overall a very “feel-good read”.

I look forward to reading the next book in the series about Logan, Shannon’s older brother. We got to see a little bit of him in this book and I am very intrigued! It was also nice seeing characters from previous installments of the series and catching a glimpse of where they are now.

 

The ON DUBLIN STREET series:

About Samantha Young

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 series and has sold in twenty-seven 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

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