Monday, June 30, 2014

Fall From India Place (On Dublin Street, #4) by Samantha Young

Source:  Received a paperback copy from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Fall From India Place (On Dublin Street, #4) by Samantha Young

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….

My Thoughts

3 stars - Not a good stand along read

I haven't read the first three books in this series.  I normally like to read them in order but a lot of companion series' read fine as stand alone.  I wouldn't recommend it for this series.

I think the easiest way for me to explain my experience reading this book is to just tell you what worked for me and what didn't.

What worked for me...

I was totally a fan of the way the relationship between Hannah and Marco developed over years.  It was clear they were soul mates but they were also best friends.

Marco is a brooding and troubled guy but he also has the sweetest heart.  Some of the things he endured were hard to find out about but it didn't break him.  He kept going.  He kept trying.  And he walked Hannah home to protector her and then he became her friend.

I love that while Marco kept a part of himself hidden from Hannah when they were young, he took the wall down around his heart when they find each other again.  He pursues her and he stubbornly doesn't give up.

I love Dillon. 

The setting in Scotland was interesting and I really enjoyed that.  I snickered at some of the vocabulary and loved the writing.

These two are very sexy together.  It's clear they resisted each other for a long time and that's really clear.  They devour each other... a lot.

What didn't work for me...

Hannah. I loved her as young girl.  She's determined and persistent.  I get why she changed and she needed to change after what she went through but she was just too stubborn.  The last 75 pages or so, I just didn't care anymore.  I was mad at her and felt like she deserved what she got at that point.  Making a guy make-up for his mistakes and earn his second chance is one thing but I thought this was cruel and unusual treatment for Marco.  He did take it like a trooper and I loved him more for it.  He's the reason I finished the book.  I needed to know how things ended for him.

Hannah's family.  I get that there's a need for her supporting cast but at every single family event the story included details about people I just didn't know.  And I admit that if I had read the first three books I probably would have been more interested in those parts.

This book is very predictable.  I had the major events figured out before I was a third of the way through.  I usually don't mind figuring out a story ahead of time but I don't remember the last time I had it down so early in the book. 

Who should read this...

If you've read the first three, then this will be a great addition for you (though you may be able to predict it even faster than I did).  I would not recommend reading it stand along.

The Series...

 About the Author...

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.


  1. Hannah drove me crazy too! I love the girl but I needed her to stop being so horrible to Marco... I liked all the details about the secondary characters, but that is probably because I have read the first three books and loved catching up with them again. Sorry this one didn't work out for you!

  2. I'd probably be in the same boat as you since I've only read the first book. It sucks that you can't read it as a stand alone since I was planning on jumping in on this one.
    Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous

  3. Oh! You should definitely read the first books! I really loved them all, especially Before Jamaica Lane and Until Fountain Bridge. I think you would definitely enjoy those more.