Series: On Dublin Street #4
Publication Date: June 3rd 2014
Publisher: NAL Trade
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street and Down London Road returns with a story about letting go of the past and learning to trust in the future…
When Hannah Nichols last saw Marco D’Alessandro, five long years ago, he broke her heart. The bad boy with a hidden sweet side was the only guy Hannah ever loved—and the only man she’s ever been with. After one intense night of giving into temptation, Marco took off, leaving Scotland and Hannah behind. Shattered by the consequences of their night together, Hannah has never truly moved on.
Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco’s life, something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they’re meant to be together...
But just when Marco thinks they’re committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she’s been hiding from him, a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again…
I know I probably sound like a broken record when I say this, but Samantha Young has yet to let me down with her work. Her writing, her storiestheyre amazingand Fall from India Place is no different. Even though we get a bit of Hannah in On Dublin Street, I really, truly fell in love with her in Down London Road. First of all, shes a bookworm and that right there guarantees her my love. Second, shes smart and witty as hell and I couldnt help but be charmed by her. So I was beyond ecstatic to learn that Hannah would be getting her own book! And, I kid you not, I devoured Fall from India Place in one day.
Its been five years since Hannah last saw Marco, and their last encounter didnt end in such a positive noteso when she runs into him out of the blue, Hannah is shocked and more than a little rattled at his sudden reappearance. Not wanting to come off as weak, Hannah puts on her bravest face and acts like theres nothing the matter. Truth is, Marco isnt necessarily Hannahs favorite person, and she wants nothing more than to forget about him. Marcos having none of it, however, and so begins a cat and mouse-like chase between the two.
Samantha Young has the ability to bring her characters to lifewhoever they might be. From the very first moment I met Hannah, I knew I was going to love her. Shes strong and independent, but at the same time theres this vulnerability to herparticularly when it comes to Marco. Hes her kryptonite, and as much as shed love to fall back into his arms, she wont let herself. Hannah spent the majority of her teenage years in love with Marco and when he left, he crushed her. I cant applaud enough the fact that Young makes her hero work for the heroine. Marco fucked up majorly (as we read on, we learn just how majorly). He knows it. She knows it. We know it. And he has to work to earn her forgiveness, her friendship, her love. And with a stubborn woman like Hannah, hes got his work cut out for him.
As the story goes on, we learn in detail about Hannah and Marcos friendship and the terms in which they ended. Flashbacks can be tricky to integrate into a story, but Young does it effortlessly. As much as I want to know about the present of our two characters, I also want to know about their past: how they met, how their friendship developed, etc. Not only to we get to learn more about their relationship, we get to experience all those feelings right alongside Hannah.
When Marco sets his sight on Hannah once again, he knows he has to win her back, so the romancing and all-around sexy times take off from the very beginning. The sexual chemistry is there in every interaction and I loved reading their banter and wit. You can feel the tension and longing and it just makes their reunion that much sexier. It takes a while for Hannah to truly open up again, and once she does is that we get their whole story.
As always, I loved reading a bit more of Joss, Braden, and the whole troop. What I loved the most, though, was getting to know the grown up version of Cole. I cannot express how excited I am to finally read his story in Echoes of Scotland Street. Im eagerly waiting! Regardless, Fall from India Place didnt fail to amaze me. Once again, the setting, the plot, the characters all tell a beautiful story of forgiveness and second chances.