Release Review: One King's Way: Samantha Young

One King's Way (On Dublin Street #6.5)
Samantha Young
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Expected November 3, 2015

The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street returns to the bar where it all began with Braden and Joss for a white-hot new novella full of passion and drama.

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…. 

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Rain Alexander was focused on a revenge game after someone was cruel to her sister. But Club 39 Bartender Craig Lanaghan became a distraction--unexpected, initially unwanted, intriguing, and persistent.

Craig has a man whore reputation is King of one night stands and does not do relationships. He flirts well and gets a lot of opportunity to do so at his job. He is charismatic, honest, upfront, and protective. His family is full of women so he understands them, but he has never found one that interested him enough to go back for more.

Rain is more serious and brutally honest. She is emotionally high maintenance and starved for real affection.  She does not like to compromise. She expects nothing less than epic romance and complete attention from a relationship. Craig is a distraction she doesn't need, but finds out it is one she desires. But she is torn because she also feels a strong need to  help protect her sister and needs to focus.

They have chemistry in spades and find a connection. Craig finds the one girl he is interested in more with is both stubborn and resistant. It the romantic vs. the realist. But soon she even finds him hard to resist. But with it comes her high expectations and it is a whole new world for Craig. And Rain is not used to trusting people.

Can a self confirmed bachelor change his ways and turn into a swoon worthy hero? And what will happen if she has to choose between her sister's needs and being with Craig?

We get to visit with old friends Braden, Joss, Ellie, Adam, and Jo as they hang around Club 39. And we meet her sister Darcy and some of her new friends. There is an antagonist that fueled part of the side story, but I was not a big fan of that part of the plot line.

This was short, sweet, sexy, and fun. It moved fast and had insta-lust and skirted really close to insta-love, but I know some of it had to do with it being novella length.  But the characters were well developed, had a spark, and funny rapport. It was told in both points of view letting us get their full opinions, fears, and feelings. I loved Craig even when he could be a bit clueless at times. Sometimes Rain's uncompromising ways frustrated me, but I still liked them together. It is always fun being back in the setting and with characters from previous books in a series. 

ARC provided by publisher 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

Moonlight on Nightingale Way(#6): Goodreads/Amazon/B&N/Kim's review

Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She's been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance 2012 for her international bestselling novel ON DUBLIN STREET and Best Romance 2014 for BEFORE JAMAICA LANE. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha's first adult contemporary romance series and has sold in twenty-eight countries.


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