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Down London Road - Samantha Young This is the story of Johanna Walker. Jo is Joss co-worker and best friend. She is exceptionally beautiful, hard worker and loyal. She takes care of her younger brother and there’s nothing she wouldn't do to keep him happy, even put her own happiness aside. Unfortunately, she doesn’t think that much about herself.

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With a tragic past that includes an abusive father that always said that she was completely worthless and an alcoholic mother that only leaves the house to buy drink and only leaves her room to insult her and her brother, Jo lives a very complicated life and to worsen she believes that everything that her parents said to her is completely true.
But since she can’t think only in herself, and believe me: she never does, she had to work two jobs to make ends meet and as she knows that she's pretty, only date rich guys that can help her save money to send Cole (the brother) to college. She doesn't care about her own life or happiness… as long Cole has a good life.

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She doesn’t believe she deserves love, the real one full of passion and goose bumps. She is looking for a safe relationship with a man that can be good for her and Cole. She thinks she found that with Malcolm. Their relationship, even with the lack of passion and attraction and even when she can’t be herself because she’s afraid of upset Malcolm, is everything she thinks she needs. Until she finds Cameron (a sexy tattooed dark haired and blue eye guy. Yes, He.Is.Hot!) in a party where she is with Malcolm and he is with her girlfriend and everything she believes goes blurry.

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Cameron has problems of his own and initially thinks the worst of Jo, that she is a dumb gold digger and treats really bad despite their obvious attraction. Until they start working together and living in the same building and he starts to know the real Jo and her real life, and he begins to understand why she does the things she does and everything starts to change for him too.
As more they know each other, more difficult becomes to deny their feelings. But she needs to provide for her family and she’s afraid of put her feelings first for the first time. But anyway, they eventually stop pretending and embrace what they are feeling.

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This book starts a little slow (okay, A LOT slow) and a little boring, but when they finally stop being idiots and admit the truth, it starts to get really good. Their love is delightful to see and it’s great to see Jo finally being happy and Cam treats her really well and makes her believe in herself and also treats Cole really well. Her romance story is beautiful.

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Joss and Braden also appear and they’re better than ever (I didn’t remember that they were so great) and Joss is probably one of the bests parts of the book. She becomes a great friend. All the older characters are here so we don’t miss them and new really good ones appear.
There’s the right dose of drama, a great dose of romance and the steam that Samantha Young knows how to do so well.
If you liked the first book, On Dublin Street, you're going to like this as well! ;)