Review: Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young01:17
Author: Samantha Young
Date of publication: 7 Oct 2014
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My rating: 3.5 Stars
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 wakeup 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 and 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…
This is book 5 in On Dublin Street series. I’ve read all the books, except book 2, and I’d recommend that you read them in order, though they can be appreciated as standalones as well.
I was rather disappointed with Hannah and Marco's story in the Before Jamaica lane this made anxious about Cole’s story. I liked it better but still it’s not one of my favourites in the series.
This was a very sweet, NA romance between a supposedly bad boy hero and a heroine who has sworn off of dangerous men.
Cole, whom we met first as a kid in the beginning of the series has grown up to be a fine young man. He is a famous tattoo artist, rough looking, covered in tattooes himself, yet his appearance is totally misleading. He hides a heart of gold and he was the perfect gentleman with everybody. I felt his goodness a bit overdone, too perfect made him bland and far too unrealistic. Still, he was great with his friends and family, and that made him pretty adorable and irresistible.
My main issue in the story was
Shannon. She was just
shallow and judgemental, quick to dismiss Cole as someone unworthy of her
time/attention just because of his looks. Even when they overcame their initial
misunderstanding, she kept making wrong decisions and some stupid choices
which hurt the people who loved her. She did try
to make up for her wrongdoings, yet I wasn’t conviced she deserved Cole.
We see a lot of the previous couples, all with children now. Unlike in the previous novel, here their presence was not overwhelming, but warm and nice. There was the usual craziness surrounding them, together with some touching family moments.
Overall, it was a nice installment in the series, but there was too much artificial drama and angst. All the happy times and the hot chemistry between Cole and Shannon led to just a 3.5 star rating for me.
Shannon’s brother, Logan, in this story and he will be the hero
in the next instalment of the series. The blurb for his story is really
intriguing and I can’t wait to read it next year.