Audio Review: Moonlight on Nightingale Way by Samantha Young

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Title: Moonlight on Nightingale Way (On Dublin Street #6)
Author: Samantha Young
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Elle Newlands
Length: 10 hours 51 mins, 352 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis

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.

Grace Review
Story: 4.5 stars

This may have been one of my favorite books of the series.  It’s about acceptance and change, making someone else a priority, and building a better life.  Logan and Grace progress thru a series of stages – hated neighbor, friendly supporter, wall fucker – forming a bond so strong, not even bad family members can break them.

Raised by parents who seemed to think breaking down their only daughter, would make her stronger, Grace has escaped to a new life, a better life.  She’s a bit of a people pleaser, but finds herself constantly battling her neighbor, who seems to bed a lot of screamers.  I could totally relate to her anger.  Despite their constant bickering, it becomes clear that Grace’s feelings for Logan run deeper.  He may not be “her type” but that doesn’t stop her from fantasying about him, which humorously, pisses her off.

While the two neighbors initially start off with minor run-ins, they are drawn together when Logan gets a visit he never saw coming.  Grace’s people pleaser instincts take over and she offers more than any normal neighbor would, in order to help Logan.  I absolutely adored Mia and how she makes she an impact on both Logan and Grace’s lives.  Although Logan is resistant at first, Grace helps him to see how he can make a difference in another’s life and he doesn’t hold back to try and make her happy.

There were times I felt like Grace might have over-stepped her bounds as a neighbor, taking on a co-parenting role, but neither Logan nor Mia seemed to mind.  In fact they seemed to expect it of her, so I guess I can give it a pass.  And I adored how Mia would get upset when there was mention of Grace or Logan seeing someone romantically.  It was so obvious what she wanted – it just took time for Grace and Logan to get on that page.

The females in this series often have frustrated me, they make a lot of bad decisions based on insecurities.  Grace has insecurities in spade, and when you get a glimpse of how her home life was, I understood how she must have felt and what a struggle it was to have confidence in herself.  But her character shows a lot of growth in this book, particularly when confronting her father.  I wanted to give her a high five and a hug.

This story had a lot of emotional weight to it, not just with Grace’s family struggle.  Both Mia and Logan had a lot of adjustments to do, and each provide tear jerker moments with a view into their past.  It was heartbreaking to see where Mia grew up and how little care she was given by her drug addict Mother.  Seeing into that nasty world, only motivated Logan and Grace more to do better.  On top of his new responsibilities, Logan also still struggled from the time he spent in prison, causing him nightmares.  The scene where he opened up to his time there, was so sad.  And I wanted to doll out more virtual hugs.

Just like the previous books in this series, all of the prior characters play a role, and with some meddling, they help bring Grace and Logan closer together.  It seems they have all learned from their moments of stupidity and don’t want to see history repeating itself.  While Logan was a bit of a tool at times, both offer little resistance, bringing the sweet and sexy that I craved.

Performance: 5+++ stars
Whenever someone asks me for an audio recommendation, this is one of the first series’ I mention.  It is far and away one of the best audio performances I’ve heard.

First, you have a narrator that can nail multiple accents – Scottish, English, American.  Switching fluidly from accent to accent.  And the male Scottish accents!  Is it wrong to swoon over a female speaking a male accent?  *shrugs*

Second, this narrator is the queen bee of the audio orgasm.  Holy hell Batman, I was blushing like a teenager!  She seriously gives it her all with this performance – I had to wonder what inspired her . . . *smirks*

There really no other worlds than to simply say this narrator is A-MAZ-ING!!!

Overall: 4.5 stars
GAH!!!  The end of a series is so hard, you don’t want to say goodbye to the characters you have come to know.  But the author gives the reader a proper send off, with an epilogue told by the heroine of each book in the series, 6 epilogues really.  It’s beyond sweet and left me grinning from ear to ear.

– Grace

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