Title: Echoes of Scotland Street
Series: On Dublin Street #5
Author: Samantha Young
Publication Date: 7 Oct 2014
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
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…
Cole has been one of my favorite supporting characters through the series, we’ve been lucky enough to see him mature into adulthood. He is one of the lovelies guys in the book kingdom 😉 Can you tell how excited I was to finally read Cole’s story. SWOON
The prologue takes an immediate turn in the imagination toward fate and destiny alongside a soul-mate connection. I especially adored how the ending mirrored the beginning bring a fullness to the story.
Told from Shannon’s point of view, she’s certainly been through the wringer where romance is concerned. You can certainly understand why she doesn’t feel as if she can trust another man again, top that with being ostracized from her family; Shannon is in a very bad place at the start of the book. Revelations are told in a flashback style and when all the details are revealed it alters your perspective regarding Shannon’s barriers.
The attraction and chemistry between Cole and Shannon is electrifying although Shannon desperately tries to fight it. Shannon has always looked for the best in people but following her disastrous relationship history she is more than a little afraid to take a chance. Throw in Cole’s tattooed, confident, hotness easily mistaken for player bad boy. Although Shannon really doesn’t give him a chance, you empathize with her. As Shannon’s barriers come down the sizzle factor between her and Cole increases.
Cole has is own baggage that causes some serious mis-communication. Yet I never once questioned the strength of his relationship with Shannon. The peripheral characters as always add a deeper connection to the story as a whole. I love the portrayal of the close knit family and friends in this series. I want to belong to them 🙂 The progression of each relationship within the series never ceases to amaze me with each new book.
I found Echoes of Scotland Street to be the least angst filled of the series so far and utterly, utterly romantic.