Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare…
Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well—until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.
Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.
But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her… down to the very soul.
This is one of my favorite books and I must have reread it at least 5 times already. I love the main characters (there are very few books that I can say the same) and the setting, Scotland. I love Jocelyn because of how private she is. She’s not introverted, just very cautious whom she shares her feelings with and has a defense wall that is hard for people to break through. I understand and I can relate, not so much regarding her past, but how it shaped her personality portrayed in this book. Only those who are willing to understand her will make an effort to break down that wall and I guess that is why I love this book so much because she has found that someone in Braden who thinks she is worth it. He is patient, supportive, and very understanding towards her needs of wanting to be left alone because sometimes giving your significant other “space” is a kind of respect that is alluded to most young adult in this day and age.
Similar to other young adult books, there are lots of sex scenes. I didn’t mind them but one of my good friends didn’t like it for that reason. I personally think it’s a great add on only because I think it shows how deeply the two characters are connected afterward. This is one of the few books I have read that gives meaning to sex and not just using it a backbone to their relationship.
I cannot finish writing this review without talking about the setting. I can’t pinpoint exactly how this book incept the image of Scotland in my head, (actually i’m quite sure its the combination of reading too many novels from the Highlands and watching Outlander), but I actually wanted to visit Edinburgh after finishing this book. There wasn’t much that was said about the settings except for street names, bars, Edinburgh castle, but I felt I was physically there when I read it. Of course the reality of Edinburgh when I did visit is nothing like the book but one can imagine.
Overall, I loved this book and the 3 epilogues the author released a few years after about their life beyond the HEA, obviously more HEA. We get to see their honeymoon/pregnancy in the 1st epilogue, valentine day a few years into their future, and finally a what if they met when they’re in theirs 30s.