Book review: Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young

8 Oct

scotland streetShannon 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 – one who’s determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude and win her heart.

As Shannon begins to open up, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when her past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them – and tear them apart for good . . .

Echoes on Scotland Street is the fifth in Samantha Young’s On Dublin Street Series and another brilliant New Adult romance read from this author. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the other books in the series; each story stands alone perfectly well but if you are a fan then you’ll be delighted to know that this book focuses on the grown up Cole Walker!

Having really enjoyed the previous book in the series, Fall From India Place, I was eager to find out what happened next to Hannah and Marco and I wasn’t disappointed. I love how Samantha Young has woven her characters into a great big connected family and cleverly puts in updates about them whilst bringing new readers along with what’s happened so far in the story.

In this book we meet Shannon, who has moved to Edinburgh to escape a particularly nasty ex-boyfriend; the latest in a series of bad relationship choices. I liked Shannon from the start and although she’s been hurt she comes across as strong and able to handle herself. With her red curls I imagined her as a modern day version of Merida from Brave! As I found out more about Shannon’s past I was willing her to succeed in her new life. Samantha Young is brilliant at creating characters that you care about and I think Cole and Shannon are my favourite pairing yet!

Cole is without a doubt going to be heading to the top of many readers ‘hot book boyfriends’ lists. Without giving the story away, I loved the way that Samantha Young set up the relationship between him and Shannon and she certainly knows how to build the tension.

The book tackles a number of themes surrounding abusive relationships and does this well, giving a clear message that the emotional outfall is as bad as the physical. Trust is a key theme throughout the book and I thought it was built well into the story.

Echoes of Scotland Street has plenty lighter moments and humour too. One of my favourite characters was Shannon’s colleague and flat mate Rae – a no nonsense, tell it like it is, feisty tattoo artist who is not afraid to speak her mind. I loved her quips and the banter between all of the staff at the tattoo studio.

As you can probably tell, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am already looking forward to the next book in the series which will be out in summer 2015!

5/5

Echoes of Scotland Street is released today in ebook formats and will be published in paperback in January 2015.

I’d like to thank the publisher for providing me with a review copy of this book.

Find out more about Samantha Young and her writing at: http://authorsamanthayoung.com/

 

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