Release Review: Moonlight on Nightingale Way: Samantha Young

Moonlight on Nightingale Way
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Expected June 2, 2015

Logan from Echoes of Scotland Street is back with his own smoldering story, as the New York Times bestselling On Dublin Street series returns…

Logan spent two years paying for the mistakes he made. Now, he’s ready to start over. He has a great apartment, a good job, and plenty of women to distract him from his past. And one woman who is driving him to distraction…

Grace escaped her manipulative family by moving to a new city. Her new life, made to suit her own needs, is almost perfect. All she needs to do is find her Mr. Right—or at least figure out a way to ignore her irresistible yet annoying womanizer of a neighbor.

Grace is determined to have nothing to do with Logan until a life-changing surprise slowly begins turning the wild heartbreaker into exactly the kind of strong, stable man she’s been searching for. Only just when she begins to give into his charms, her own messy past threatens to derail everything they’ve worked to build…

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"Logan MacLeod is the least likely candidate for boyfriendhood of any man in the entire world."

We met Logan MacLeod in Echoes of Scotland Street when his sister Shannon fell for Cole. Now Logan is moving on with his life after serving time for protecting his sister. He has a new life, new job, new apartment, and is making up for lost time. But he is now riling up his new neighbor, Grace Farquhar. She is usually reserved, hates confrontation and has a need for people to like her. But Logan's noisy friends and arrogance irritates her more than anyone ever has and makes her act completely out of character. Every interaction with Logan pisses her off, and she does the same to him. He thinks she is judgmental and stand offish. She couldn't be more different than the parade of cheap one night stands that he brings home that keep Grace from getting any sleep due to thin bedroom walls. 

But when Logan finds himself facing a  life-changing situation, Grace ends up as his back up. And soon she is entangled in his life. But they are not that adept at interpersonal communication and sharing. As they get closer as friends, it just takes one impulsive move to put them at odds again. They both have insecurities and fears that haunt them and their pasts have marked them. She can't handle rejection and he does not feel deserving so it is a vicious cycle of hurt feelings and misconceptions. And even if they are hurt, they cannot truly avoid each other due to their close living situation, shared friends, and commitments. And they have a lot of well meaning friends that want to help fix their problems. Not to mention they each have other "family" issues that still need to be dealt with.

I really liked both Logan and Grace. Sure he was broody, cocky, sarcastic and a player. He had been through Hell and was just getting his life back and was living it to the fullest. But he got news that changed his focus and made him look at his priorities. The more we got to know him, the more we could see his vulnerability, big heart, self doubts, and protectiveness of those he cared about. But sometimes his protectiveness only caused more issues.

And Grace had broken away from her toxic, negative family to try to be her own person and live on her own terms. She was smart, independent, funny, compassionate, but kind of stuck in a rut. She was sensitive and was used to being let down by others, so trust was something that she took very seriously.

I really liked them together. The more time they spent together, the more they could let their guards down and be who they really wanted to be. He brought her out of her comfort zone and she grounded him and wanted to make him believe in himself. They had good chemistry and were compatible despite their differences. But for both of them trust was a big issue and their own personal demons and insecurities often held them back or reared their ugly head. They had a lot to fight against and to fight for.

Logan was adopted by the "tribe" through Cole and Shannon, so all of our old friends from this series are back: Braden, Joss, Ellie, Adam, Cam, Jo, Nate, Olivia, Hannah, Marco,  Elodie, and Clark. And Grace has her own adopted family of friends Aidan, Chloe and Juno.  The new character Maia really brought a new perspective to the whole situation as well. She added humor and spark, but  was a mirror of how family can both break people down or help support them. Despite their difficult family and parental situations, these people have made their own family that are there for each other and just keep adopting more strays. They truly show that love makes a family and not blood.

This is the last of the series and Samantha Young graced us with an extended series epilogue in multiple points of view bringing this series to a close and giving us a little piece of happiness from all of the couples. I really enjoyed this installment. I have come to love these characters and I was invested in this couple and their situation from the beginning. It had some twists and surprises that I was not expecting that gave the story more depth. It was an emotional, sweet, humorous, romantic, inspiring story of hope and second chances. 

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/Amazon/B&N

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

Echoes of Scotland Street(#5): 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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