ARC Review: Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young

Posted October 6, 2014 by Annie in Reviews / 6 Comments

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ARC Review: Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young
Echoes from Scotland Street
by Samantha Young

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: Oct 7. 2014
Series: On Dublin Street #5
Published by NAL
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
 

 

“For me, the dialogue really saved this book whereas, ironically enough, the miscommunication between Cole and Shannon affected how much I enjoyed it.” ~ Under the Covers

ECHOES OF SCOTLAND STREET is a book that I was very looking forward to because of Cole Walker. He was such a great presence in the other books in the series so I was eager for him to get his happily ever after.

While I adored Cole more in this book, I don’t think I can say the same for his heroine, Shannon MacLeod. I didn’t hate her but I thought that there were too many flaws in her character that made the book a little more difficult to read. With her judgemental ways and tendency to jump to conclusions about someone else’s character, it really made me see her in a different light right off the bat, especially since her conclusions about Cole weren’t based on anything solid. As she tries to distance herself from him, it just made the conflict of the story seem very weak. One simple clarification could have easily fixed the conflict and as a result, I just didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. When a Contemporary Romance roots itself in those kinds of conflicts, I tend to lose interest quickly unfortunately.

I waited patiently for Shannon to win me over, but I found that she didn’t completely do that by the end of the book. She never quite made me feel like she was good enough for Cole and as a result, I don’t think she ever really grew on me as a heroine.

Samantha Young excels at dialogue and it’s one of the things that really makes the books fun. Cole and his co-workers all have a wonderful dynamic and when you add the previous characters into the mix, you have a great number of characters who you easily come to love. Because of that, readers often have formed attachments to characters like I have with Cole and expect wonderful things for them. I guess because my expectations didn’t line up with what happened with this book, my rating is lower than usual. For me, the dialogue really saved this book whereas, ironically enough, the miscommunication between Cole and Shannon affected how much I enjoyed it.

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About Samantha Young

Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She's been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestseller ON DUBLIN STREET. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha's first adult contemporary romance and has sold in twenty-five countries.

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I read and enjoyed on dublin street but haven’t read anything in this series since. I just wasn’t invested in the other characters enough to continue. :/

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I’m not a fan of miscommunication being dragged out in a book it Annie me to no end…Thanks for the review Annie

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I totally agree with what you said about Samantha Young excelling at dialogue! She is so good at it. Sometimes I read books and think, “People wouldn’t actually say that.” That’s part of what makes her books so enjoyable is the natural dialogue. Great review. I’m looking forward to catching up with this series. 🙂

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Thanks Megan!

Yes, she absolutely excels at it! That’s one of the reasons I keep coming back for more!

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Thanks for the review, I’ve only read the first book in this series but the others are on my wishlist.

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