Series: On Dublin Street #5
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: October 7th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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…
“Delicate, beautiful, fragile. I want to protect you while at the same time shatter you,” he murmured against my lips, “but only in the best way possible.”
Cole Walker. Excuse me while my heart beats faster and my palms start sweating. Sigh. What can I say? Ever since his introduction in Down London Road I have been eagerly anticipating his novel and it did not disappoint. Echoes of Scotland Street was everything I hoped Cole’s novel to be. Sweet. sexy and packing plenty of heart, the romance between Cole and Shannon is one of my favorites of the series.
“Cole could still end up hurting me, and I had this feeling in my gut that getting hurt by Cole Walker might just break me.”
Shannon’s previous experiences with men leave little to be desired. So when Cole walks into her life all tattooed with bad boy swagger, she is immediately wary of starting anything between them. Sure their chemistry is off the charts hot, but her heart has been hardened one too many times. But Cole is unlike pretty much any man I have read about. While he may where the facade of bad boy he is anything but. Cole is gentle and kind and he’s not the kind of man that sleeps around or spends his time with mean girls. This causes problems as Shannon harshly judges Cole and ultimately makes him pay for her past hurt.
“What are you doing to me, Shannon?” My breathe caught. Finally I whispered, “Exactly what you’re doing to me.”
While there were a few moments that had me shaking my head at Shannon, I really grew to love her as Cole’s romantic interest. The moments between them, including their previous encounter as teenagers, were incredibly sweet and romantic. Plus it doesn’t hurt that while Cole is a gentle and kind man, he can also flip the switch and command your attention with his dirty talk and even more dirty actions. It was also great to reconnect with all the characters from the previous novels, especially Braden and Joss, who hold a special place in my heart. Echoes of Scotland Street was a perfect continuation of the Dublin Street series.