Monday, December 2, 2013

CASTLE HILL by Samantha Young (ARC review)

Braden Carmichael never imagined he’d fall as hard and as fast as he did for Jocelyn Butler. He also could not have anticipated how difficult it would be to convince her to give in to love. But now that he has her, he’s never letting go. He’s got it all planned—the passionate proposal, the dream wedding, the sexy Hawaiian honeymoon—even the perfect family they’ll start.

After trying to flee from her painful past, Joss is finally allowing herself to embrace the future. But when things start moving faster than she anticipated, she finds herself panicking over something Braden can’t understand. After everything they’ve been through, Joss is sure that their love can survive even her worst fears. But, this time, she may push Braden too far—and risk losing everything all over again...

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 for her international bestseller ON DUBLIN STREET. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha’s first adult contemporary romance and has sold in twenty-three countries.

 Ahhh!!! I just can't get enough of these two. Joss and Braden have carved a permanent space within my heart. They represent the dream. True love. Forever love. Imperfect but ever deepening and evolving. Strong through thick and thin.
So we believe with a love this amazing and chemistry off the charts, theirs is a relationship that can survive anything. There's nothing that can break them or come between them. Well, think again- at least momentarily, because despite the romance, the amazingly spectacular events, and their commitments, ALL. HELL. BREAKS. LOOSE.
OMFG! Just when you think it couldn't get anymore touching. More beautiful and dreamy, our dear Sam pulls the pin and throws in a grenade that sends Joss into a tailspin and Braden into a darkness like we've never seen. Fear, anxiety, confusion, and MAJOR miscommunication lead to hurt, anger, and loss of EPIC proportions.
I'm talking near devastation. Emotions and words- or lack of- thrown about. Tossed, shaken and beaten. What was once considered unbreakable? Just. Might. Be. Are you kidding me?!?! Oh. My. GOD. Sam! What have you done to my favorite forever couple? *falls on knees in a puddle of despair* I can't even explain the stomping my heart took on this little stop on the Joss and Braden journey. Seriously. I knew they would some bumps along the way. A few slips, a little stumbling. Both are still dealing with their past wounds and loses. And we find out how much more they each need to heal.
Wow. Just effing WOW. There is so much emotional turmoil there are times you think there is no way these two can work things out. But they've come so far and accomplished so much- together that you can't give up on the dream. And despite her distress and apprehensions, Joss refuses to give up. She's not about to loss all she's fought for. *huge sigh of relief* Unfortunately, Braden has been hurt in a way he never thought possible and isn't giving Joss the opportunity to work things through- let alone talk about them. DAMN YOU, BRADEN. *puts on her armour to do battle for our girl* I'm about to knock this man out.
What causes this devastation? This loss of trust and insurmountable pain? Can they overcome the agony of words left unsaid? Of sides and feelings unshared? Of their darkest and deepest truths? Could this really be the end of what we all thought was the perfect union?

Like I'd let you off that easy and spill it all right here! Ha! You've got to ride this rollercoaster right along with me. Feel the power of their glorious beginning. Celebrate their triumphs. Experience the suffering, the gut wrenching ache and misery. You've got to sit on the front lines and witness it all firsthand. Trust me, it is all well worth it. Every laugh. Every smile. Every shout and slam of a door. Every tear. Every single heartache. EVERY. SINGLE. MOMENT. It's a journey we could only take with Joss and Braden. And it's beautiful. Through and through. 

Oh YES!!! YESSSS!!!! Can I say that I was beyond excited to be able to read MORE of Joss and Braden?? YEP..Totally elated...
These two are one of my all time favorite couples.  Their explosive chemistry creates unbridled passion and some of the most romantic scenes to date.  So being able to drown in the pages of their relationship was pure heaven.
Now, it wasn't all roses and caviar for this couple in Castle Hill.  There are some amazingly beautiful moments in which you think you couldn't love Braden any more than you already do and then there are the moments in which I could slap him silly for his behavior. AHHHH....the tumultuous tribulations of relationships...These two experience so much...
Still dealing with trust issues and miscommunication, this couple fights through these barriers and brings us to our knees with gut-wrenching heartache that literally causes your whole body to feel their pain.
I mean, haven't they been through enough already?? 
I was like UGH...I got so angry at Braden and his pig-headedness and if I could have walked in to that apartment and beat some sense in to him I would have done that.  Does that mean Joss is all innocent in this?? No, but boy did he show his rear in this book and when Joss and Braden finally have that breaking point, I have to say I needed a break too.
When you are so emotionally connected to these characters, their joys and pains are yours too...and from start to finish I was on their emotional rollercoaster with them.
But, I truly loved this novella.  The hot steamy scenes were off the charts and the beautiful heart felt moments took my breath away.
The genius of Samantha Young shines through in Castle Hill and I can't wait to see more of what the future holds for these two awesome characters....

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