Review: Down London Road (S. Young)

Everyone sees Jo as a bitch on her way to find a sugar daddy. No one knows that she is sacrificing everything to support her little brother until Cam comes along.

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“What I feel for you … It’s all-consuming, he breathed, leaning his forehead against mine again. ‘It’s almost debilitating. It’s too much. It’s … I can’t even describe it, but being with you is … there’s this intensity inside me all the time, this … constant pull, desperation … it’s like you’re branded on me or something. And it bloody well burns.”

This is my kind of audiobook. A lot of misunderstandings and drama. I admit to being a sucker for heartbreaking stories.
We get to know Johanna Walker in the first audiobook On Dublin Street as a girl who is after loaded guys to support her family. In “Down London Road”, we discover the reasons behind her gold-digging ways: Jo’s responsibilities are miles long. In order to support herself, her teenage brother Cole, and an alcoholic mother, she is working two jobs. She also relies on her looks to get rich boyfriends to buy her stuff, which she can sell on eBay later. Despite other people’s perception of her, she isn’t ashamed because she only tries her best to offer her brother the education she lacks. She doesn’t care about other people’s opinions. At least, until Cameron called Cam enters her life. He is the most judgemental person she has ever met, and for some reason, his opinions start to matter more than everyone else’s ever had.

A love “Down London Road”

The couple has a bumpy start. They are instantly attracted to each other. Yet, Cam keeps on misunderstanding Jo’s reasons for having a rich boyfriend and obsessively checking her phone. Jo doesn’t correct his impression of her being a gold-digger, either. This is until he moves into her building. Jo finds it hard to keep her private life secret from her new neighbour. Their blossoming relationship is further complicated by them already having respective partners. There’s so much drama between the two of them and because of Jo’s situation, the story never gets boring.

The narration of “Down London Road”

Elle Newlands Does a good job of telling the whole story in a nice Scottish accent. Since Jo is Scottish, her voice was a nice fit in my opinion. Apart from “Until Fountain Bridge”, I loved that each audiobook in this series is performed by a different narrator. In this way, each heroine gets her own voice.

The heroine in “Down London Road”

Jo is a strong character, determined to make it on her own. For her little brother Cole, she does everything she can working two jobs and dating rich guys. She doesn’t correct people’ misconceptions of herself because she is secretly convinced of her own inferiority with regards to her lack of education. I like her determination, stubbornness, and protectiveness toward Cole. However, I wished she would have taken Cam up on his offer to train her in martial arts so she would have lost a little bit of her angst of being physically intimidated.

Why read “Down London Road”

Here’s a female lead who has gone through a lot, yet never given up, a tattooed hunk of a hero who becomes her standing stone, an unusual relationship between brother and sister, and a lot of witty comments. Not to forget the steamy scenes, of which there are a lot. This is a story of a woman learning to believe in herself and to go after what she wants, in life and in the bedroom. A worthy listen for everyone who loves the misunderstood heroine as I do.

Drop me a comment, if you find this helpful, or even if you didn’t. I’m open for criticism (theoretically).

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