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review 2015-02-18 03:22
Castle Hill - Samantha Young
Castle Hill

The Characters

Jocelyn “Joss” Butler Carmichael
Braden Carmichael

The Story

This is a wonderful peek into the life of Joss and Braden. It follows them from their engagement into their early married life. It shows us that even though they got their Happily Ever After not every moment is sunshine and rainbows. They are human. Still growing, learning but doing it together even when times are difficult.

I really do love this couple and I hope we never stop getting to read about their lives.

The Random Thoughts

Braden really has ruined me for all other men.

4 Stars
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text 2015-02-13 15:47
Reading progress update: I've read 12%.
Castle Hill - Samantha Young

I might have just garnered some "are you crazy" looks from my coworkers because of the squeal I just let out. So much for "sneak" reading.

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review 2014-04-21 13:13
Castle Hill (On Dublin Street #2.5)
Castle Hill (On Dublin Street, #2.5) - Samantha Young

Braden Carmichael never imagined he'd fall as hard and as fast as he did for Jocelyn Butler. He also could not have anticipated how difficult it would be to convince her to give in to love. But now that he has her, he's never letting go. He's got it all planned - the passionate proposal, the dream wedding, the sexy Hawaiian honeymoon - even the perfect family they'll start.

After trying to flee from her painful past, Joss is finally allowing herself to embrace the future. But when things start moving faster than she anticipated, she finds herself panicking over something Braden can't understand. After everything they've been through, Joss is sure that their love can survive even her worst fears. But, this time, she may push Braden too far - and risk losing everything all over again...




On Dublin Street was one of my first reads this year and it introduced me to the awesomeness that is Samantha Young. I fell head over heels in love with Joss and Braden and when I heard about this novella that continued their story I just had to read it. I haven't yet read Until Fountain Bridge nor Down London Road but I couldn't help but dive into this one.

Castle Hill really reminded me about how much I love Samantha Young books and it has definitely made me want to read Until Fountain Bridge and Down London Road very very soon. I had completely forgotten how much I loved her book and Castle Hill is fantastic and just dragged me back into this breathtaking romance and storyline.

Joss and Braden will continue to be one of my favourite couples in literature ever and I will always come back and re-read this along with On Dublin Street where their relationship started. If you loved On Dublin Street then Castle Hill is a must read. You don't need to read the other books in the series to read this one as long as you have read Joss and Braden's story you won't be lost.

My only issue is that I wished this novella lasted longer. I just wanted more, it was over far too fast. I cannot wait to read Samantha's other books and I will definitely be reading them soon. I love this series. It's just fantastic and they are really good uplifting quick reads.


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review 2014-04-16 08:49
Too much, simply too much...
Castle Hill: A Joss and Braden Novella (On Dublin Street, #2.5) - Samantha Young

Why does Joss have to have a baby at 24?


What is so bad about just enjoying her relationship with Braden for a while?


This was a little like bending the characters to fit the obligatory "meet, marry and procreate" formula in romance novels.


I don't like that in general, and here it didn't fit the independent heroine's character in my opinion.

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review 2014-04-08 20:31
Für alle Fans von Joss und Braden. Eine heiße und romantische Zusatzgeschichte!
Castle Hill - Stürmische Überraschung (On Dublin Street, #2.5) - Samantha Young

“Castle Hill” ist ein kurzer Zusatzroman zur erotischen Liebesgeschichte “Dublin Street” (eines meiner absoluten Lieblingsbücher) und mit knapp 128 Seiten viel zu kurz. Ich liebe das Protagonistenpaar Jocelyn und Braden und auch diese Geschichte ist wieder prickelnd erotisch und hoffnungslos romantisch. Es gibt viele Momente zum Aufseufzen und Mitträumen, - ich hätte ewig weiterlesen können.

In der Nähe von Braden Carmichael, auch wenn es hier nur eine mentale Verbindung ist, fühlt sich nicht nur Joss wie eine Prinzessin. Ich glaube, in einem Roman bin ich noch nie einem anziehenderen Mann begegnet, – zu toppen ist dieser nur schwerlich. Ok, Travis Maddox aus “Beautiful Disaster” ist genauso heiß. Er und Braden sind meine persönlichen Best-Book-Boyfriends ;-)

Sicherlich kann diese Kurzgeschichte unabhängig zum Hauptroman gelesen werden. Schöner ist es aber, wenn man die Reihenfolge einhält. 

Optimal wäre diese hier:
1. Dublin Street
2. Spin-Off: Fountain Bridge
3. Spin-Off: London Road
4. Castle Hill
5. Spin-Off: Jamaica Lane
(in den Spin-Offs tauchen Joss und Braden als Nebencharaktere auf)

“Dublin Street” inkl. “Castle Hill” ist eine der schönsten erotisch angehauchten Liebesgeschichten überhaupt und einfach Samantha Youngs bestes Werk!

Unbedingt lesen!!!

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