Release Day Post & Review: Echoes of Scotland Street: Samantha Young

Echoes of Scotland Street
(On Dublin Street #5)

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Release Date Oct. 7, 2014
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Shannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wakeup call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she’s sworn off men—especially those of the bad-boy variety.

Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid—gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man who’s ready to find “the one.” He’s determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude and win her heart.

As Shannon opens up in the face of Cole’s steady devotion, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when Shannon’s past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them—and tear them apart for good…

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"So are you a hero, Cole Walker?"
"What is a hero, really?"
"I suppose it's someone that saves people."

We have followed Jo's brother, Cole Walker since he was a troubled teen with a difficult past in Down London Road. He was damaged by family issues, but was protective and loved his sister fiercely. And he thrived when given true love and support once Cam and the other friends came into their lives. 

Now Cole is all grown up. He manages a tattoo parlor INKarnate and is one of the premiere tattoo artists. He is charismatic, charming, sexy, and of course tatted. He exudes a bad boy image, but deep down he is still a sweet, good guy. I adored him. His sense of humor, protectiveness, and love of his friends and family just made him more lovable. He knew what he was looking for and he was not afraid to go after it. 

Shannon MacLeod has been burned by a string of bad boys that nearly destroyed her and took away those she cared about. She's starting over in a new town, new job, and making new friends. And the last thing she wants is her sexy new boss flirting with her especially since they had a brief shared connection from the past that neither of them ever really forgot. She judges him and swears he is a bad boy and player. And her past ends up rearing its ugly head and causing her to try to avoid temptation and push Cole away. 

There is tons of sexual tension, flirty rapport, and miscommunication. But eventually after tension rises to a boiling point and the situation becomes unbearable, walls finally begin to come down. Together they are compatible, passionate, and share a good rapport. But they could also be a bit volatile and impulsive. Shannon has seriously deep seated trust issues. She is plagued by insecurities, fear, and guilt. She has unresolved issues with her family and past. And Cole cannot deal with people who bring too much negativity into his life. 

Sometimes they both had issues where they did not think they deserved the good in life or they expected something to happen to ruin it all. And they both had triggers. Normally easy-going Cole even had a few triggers that Shannon managed to push. Past hurts definitely affected their present reactions. 

This installment and really the whole series deals with finding support and love and making your own family by choosing to be around those that you love. This is such a tight knit group that just keeps growing. All of the characters we have come to love are in this one and we get to catch up with them and their children in the future. They may taunt and tease each other, but no one better mess with one of their group as they are also quite protective of each other. We also got to meet some new friends...Stu, Rae, Simon and his boyfriend Tony. They had larger than life personalities and were hilarious. They loved to rile each other up but were also supportive. 

It was told entirely in Shannon's point of view, but Cole's personality still shines through. It is about building trust, letting go, forgiveness, and following your own path. It was not an easy road for them. These two suffered trials through both of their lives, but had to heal themselves and find balance and faith before they could really move forward. But without full trust that would never be possible. 

I enjoyed this installment. I got sucked in from the prologue and stayed up late finishing it. There was some angst and drama, but it was not over the top. But they definitely had their share of misunderstandings, avoidance, running, and insecurities. But I will admit that I did find myself frustrated at times especially with Shannon, but Cole had his moments too. 

The next book in the series will be her brother, Logan who we met and learned of his complicated back story. I already like him and am looking forward to him putting his life back together.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

On Dublin Street(#1): Goodreads/Amazon/B&N
Until Fountain Bridge(#1.5): Goodreads
Down London Road(#2): Goodreads/Amazon/B&N
Castle Hill(#2.5): Goodreads/Amazon/B&N/Kim's review
Before Jamaica Lane(#3): Goodreads/Amazon/B&N/Kim's review
Fall from India Place (#4): Goodreads/Amazon/B&N/Kim's review

New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young is a 27 year old book addict who graduated from the University of Edinburgh.  She lives in Scotland.  


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