Early Review: One King’s Way by Samantha Young

One King's WayOne King’s Way by Samantha Young
Book #6.5 in On Dublin Street
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2015
ARC provided by Penguin and Netgalley

Synopsis from Goodreads: When he’s not working at the club, Craig Lanaghan looks out for his mother and little sisters. So when it comes to women, all he wants is a good time. But once Rain Alexander walks into his life, there’s no denying that this woman could be worth much more than a one-night stand….

Rain’s lifelong regret is having left her sister Darcy alone years ago with a guardian who turned out to be abusive. So when Darcy’s boyfriend publicly humiliates her in a cruel way, Rain’s overprotective instincts kick in and she follows him to Club 39—where she meets a guy who just might be her perfect match.

The chemistry between Rain and Craig is explosive, but Rain is out for revenge, and refuses to be sidetracked by flirtation. As things between them heat up, she’ll have to make a heartbreaking choice between giving in to the man of her dreams or putting her sister’s happiness first….

Angie’s Review – 2.25 Skulls – D

We were first introduced to Craig in On Dublin Street, and I have to admit, his ‘Do you want to shag me in the men’s toilets?’ line had me falling for him hook, line, and sinker. Craig was such a flirty playboy that I couldn’t wait to see what kind of a woman reeled him in. Aside from On Dublin Street, this series has been a miss for me, and I’m sad to say that this book was no exception.

It’s easy for me to sum up what I enjoyed about this book: Craig. He had to step up and be the man of the house after his father passed away, and it was a role that Craig took very seriously. I loved his commitment to his mother and sisters. He seemed to genuinely care for the people he worked with, and it was interesting to see how his perception of Joss and Braden had changed over time. But you know what I really missed? Seeing Craig flirt. It’s something that constantly plagues our insecure heroine, ‘Oh, Craig is such a flirt,’ or ‘Look, Craig is flirting again, and it’s in front of me,’ but that’s all we get. We are rarely given glimpses of Craig’s playboy ways in action, and since it was such a bone of contention for the relationship in the book (and the backbone of his character in On Dublin Street,) I expected to see more of it.

Rain was a miss all the way around for me. Aside from her unique style, there’s nothing that makes her interesting. I don’t necessarily need a heroine to be extraordinary, but I at least need her to be extraordinary in her hero’s eyes; I didn’t get that here. And the whole revenge plot was too foolish for me. It was out of character for her and just seemed like a way to get her to Club 39, and that could have been done simply by going out for drinks with some girlfriends. It made her seem a little unstable to me, and I was glad she was called out on it.

The end of this book was incredibly unsatisfying. Rain was quick to leave Craig after promising they’d be together, and I felt like he was the one making all the sacrifices for their relationship. She wasn’t willing to give up anything to be with him, and it just didn’t feel like love to me. Where was the compromise here? Rain wasn’t a worthy enough heroine for Craig in my opinion.

I keep saying that it’s time for me to let this author go, but when you love a book as much as I loved On Dublin Street, it’s hard to accept that the magic is gone. But for me, I really think it is with this author.

4.5 stars for Craig + 0 stars for Rain = 2.25 stars for One King’s Way.

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  + ¼

Series Reading Order
1. On Dublin Street
1.5. Until Fountain Bridge
2. Down London Road
2.5. Castle Hill
3. Before Jamaica Lane
4. Fall From India Place
5. Echoes of Scotland Street
6. Moonlight on Nightingale Way
6.5. One King’s Way

Thank you to PENGUIN and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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