moonlight on nightingale way, by samantha young

moonlight on nightengale wayingredients:
Drama and humor

If you like a heart-warming story with some lightly veiled humor, plus angst–this one is for you.





Unbeknownst to me, this is actually the 6th book in the On Dublin Street series. I was quite confused at the end of the book when a lot of the characters were being ‘wrapped up’ and I didn’t know why. I am a big fan of Samantha Young’s Hero, so it’s no surprise that I was equally enamored with this book. However, I must suggest reading the first 5 books in the series (something I plan to do). I think you’ll get even more enjoyment from this book if you go in order. But on to the here and now.

Logan was recently released from prison and has moved into the flat next to Grace Farquhar (which is how she introduces herself, first and last name, always). As evidenced by this, Grace is the epitome of British refinement. This, of course, is in direct conflict with Logan’s behavior, which is primarily focused on becoming intimately re-acquainted with the female population of London. However, since they’re neighbors and can’t help but run into one another, often, they have to find some sort of middle ground. Which comes in the form of girl named Maia…

Maia’s presence immediately changes Logan’s behavior and impacts the relationship between him and Grace. What were once tolerable interactions from neighbors becomes a united front for the love and welfare of an adolescent. Which blossoms into a romance that surprisingly, Grace fights against, just as hard a Logan fights for.

difficulty level:
Easy. What an enjoyable book. While clearly characters from the other 5 books are weaved into the storyline, you have enough back story to understand who they are. And while at times you want to choke Grace, it’s short-lived and you simply can’t help but like her at the end of the day. Moonlight on Nightingale Way is a flat-out good story.


hero, by samantha young

heroI’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about Samantha Young’s, On Dublin Street. So, when I saw Hero on the NY Times Bestseller List, I took the opportunity to give it a try. I was not disappointed. On Dublin Street is now on my TBR (to be read) list. But let’s dive in to the book at hand, shall we?

Hero tells the tale of Caine Carraway, a successful business mogul and Alexa Holland, a photographer’s assistant. At their first meeting, Alexa shares a family secret that bonds them together and Caine becomes so furious, he uses his power to have her fired. Alexa’s persistence in explaining herself finally pays off and she soon finds herself with an unlikely employer.

But there are a lot of secrets in Alexa’s family and one, only Caine knows. After the two become and unlikely couple, he shares a revelation that rocks her already very shaky world. And then, he lets her go.

While Alexa is trying to figure out her next move in her unsteady surroundings, she finds herself in a life-threatening situation. Caine swoops in to save her, but is it too late? Who is behind the tragic turn of events in Alexa’s world? Will Caine and Alex have a HEA (happily ever after)?

tara’s take:

I really enjoyed this book. There were more twists and turns that I expected. Caine, quite often, was an arse. But I loved the fact that he stayed true to his ways. He wasn’t an arse one day and a love-sick puppy the next.

By the same token, Alexa did the things all women have been guilty of at one time or another. She over-analyzed. She was emotional. She cried. But she was also strong in her convictions, held her ground and called Caine out on his asinine ways.

While the ending felt a bit rushed, the heart of the story was quite interesting. Though I have to admit some annoyance at Alexa’s grandfather’s role in the whole plot. And while there were twists I didn’t see coming, Young didn’t have to throw in as many curve-balls as she did, but they work. The book could’ve been a bit longer to give more credence to the monkey wrenches Young was throwing in but overall, it works.


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