Synopsis: Four years ago, Jocelyn Butler left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Edinburgh. Burying the grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without any real attachments has worked well for her so far but when Joss moves into a fantastic apartment on Dublin Street, her carefully guarded world is shaken to its core by her new roommate’s sexy older brother.
Braden Carmichael is a man who always gets what he wants. And what he wants is Jocelyn in his bed. Knowing how skittish Joss is concerning any kind of relationship, Braden proposes a sexual arrangement that should satisfy the intense attraction between them without it developing into anything ‘more’. An intrigued Jocelyn agrees, completely unprepared for the Scotsman and his single-minded determination to strip the stubborn young woman bare…to the very soul.
"I didn't want tomorrow. I knew what was waiting for me in tomorrow, and what was waiting was an inevitable mess. Everything was a lot nicer in the present."
Oh wow. This is the best adult novel I've read so far. I'm pretty sure this book doesn't sell just because of sex but because of the story itself.
Jocelyn (because she's a woman in my eyes too) was a dynamic character. She's been through hell and back and she obviously wants to stay away from attachments in any form. The way she was written was not like some damsel-in-distress. Jocelyn was strong and determined to do things her own way.
Braden, though described as controlling and sometimes gave the impression, wasn't that controlling that seems popular now with the heroes of adult novels. I didn't even felt like he was 30. He was fun to read and quite easy to get but definitely not boring.
Other characters, especially Ellie were lovable! Each characters were given roles that made the story better than it would have been if the only characters emphasized were Jocelyn and Braden.
I love how they didn't jumped into each other at the first few chapters. It made their relationship more genuine and had made it believable. The drama also helped in developing the plot. I personally liked how Jocelyn's conversation with her therapist was inserted every time she felt confusion.
All in all, it was cute, angsty, sad, steamy and sweet. I would definitely love to read more of Samantha Young's books because of this.