Published by Penguin on May 7th 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
Johanna Walker is used to taking charge. But she’s about to meet someone who will make her lose control....It has always been up to Johanna to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. With an absent father and a useless mother, she’s been making decisions based on what’s best for Cole for as long as she can remember. She even determines what men to date by how much they can provide for her brother and her, not on whatever sparks may—or may not—fly.But with Cameron MacCabe, the attraction is undeniable. The sexy new bartender at work gives her butterflies every time she looks at him. And for once, Jo is tempted to put her needs first. Cam is just as obsessed with getting to know Jo, but her walls are too solid to let him get close enough to even try.Then Cam moves into the flat below Jo’s, and their blistering connection becomes impossible to ignore. Especially since Cam is determined to uncover all of Jo’s secrets…even if it means taking apart her defenses piece by piece.
Johanna has always had the responsibility to take care of her family, her alcoholic mother and her teenage brother. She can’t turn to the government for help, because they may take her brother away. So she is working two jobs, and relies on a boyfriend with big money pockets, to help support her family life. She has yet to find a man that she could love and have a spark with until she meets Cameron MacCabe. Cameron has recently lost his job as a graphic designer, and is looking for a job, has a girlfriend but is drawn to Johanna. He can’t seem to figure her out and he is determined to discover her secrets. To Cameron she is a gold digger, and to Johanna Cameron is a self-absorbed judgmental ass. Yeah at first there are sparks…but not ones of passion, but when Cameron moves in the same apartment complex, she is in trouble. Cameron soon discovers who Johanna really is, and learns more of her than anyone, can Johanna trust him with everything…
Cameron MacCabe, was lucky, he grew up with loving parents, but in his teen years he went off the deep end when he learned that he was adopted. Cameron loves art and design, has a rebellious side, tattooed and sexy as sin. What I found most attractive about this character was seeing the different depths to him. Cameron doesn’t have a high opinion of Johanna, he makes assumptions with her, and what was most endearing about his character, was seeing how he admits when he is wrong and attempts to make it up to Johanna. His character is very carefree, engaging, and easy to like. He is a family man, adored his parents, and makes a strong attachment to Johanna’s brother (which was so sweet to see)
Johanna is quite a spirited heroine at times, especially when it comes to Cameron. Johanna is dedication and loyal to her family, and she will do anything for them no matter the cost to herself. I really enjoyed her character from the very beginning of the story. I admired her strength and to deal with her past. What I liked most about her character, is seeing her relationships with her brother and her friends. What I found unique with Johanna is her strength and passion, she is a fighter most especially for her brother. And I had quite a bit of fun seeing her grow and stand for love too.
Plot and Story Line
Down London Road is a story that is just as good as the first book!! I had so much fun with this one. It does have a angst romantic feel to it, but in all honesty, This is a mix of Contemporary and New Adult, but you don’t really see the difference, its a subtle change and the flow of the story is smooth enough that you don’t get confused. This is Johanna’s story, and in the frist book I remember admiring her character quite a bit, she adds a bit of zest and boy did she really make this story spectacular. Both of the main characters did, but we see more of Johanna’s life and day-to-day goings, and so we see what she has to struggle with on a daily basis. The author does a wonderful job of having the reader so enthralled by the story that you get involved in each of the characters, and the emotions conveyed are so vividly real at times. There is one issue that I had with this story, I am not big on cheating AT ALL!! Well both Johanna and Cameron upon meeting each other both have people they are in relationships with, but they don’t act on what they are feeling until they end the relationships they are in currently. So I was alright with this circumstance and the author spins the story in such a way that become endeared instantly to their situation. We do have a villain in the story, and it adds a twist to the complexities of their relationship, and we get a ex involved in the mix, as well as the matchmaking of Jocelyn and Braden. We see a level of falling in love that isn’t easy, and many stumbling blocks this pair have to get through before they reach their happy ending. But I promise it does happen. Down London Road is a romance that I had quite a fun time with, with the angsty bantering, the fun-loving side characters, and the sensual relationship that forms between Johanna and Cameron.
I just adore this cover, its so sweet and charming and has a romantic feel to it. I love the golden rich colors.
Down London Road is a wonderful addition to the series, it has a sense of charm, a tender love story, characters that overcome their weaknesses and transition them into strengths, a fun loving and sexy romance!! Samantha Young is a author to remember.