Fall from India Place
NAL / June 3, 2014 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital
When Hannah Nichols last saw Marco D’Alessandro five long years ago, he broke her heart. The bad boy with a hidden sweet side was the only guy Hannah ever loved—and the only man she’s ever been with. After one intense night of giving in to temptation, Marco took off, leaving Scotland and Hannah behind. Shattered by the consequences of their night together, Hannah has never truly moved on.
Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco’s life—something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they’re meant to be together....
But just when Marco thinks they’re committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she’s been hiding from him—a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again....
Welcome to On Dublin Street: The Next Generation. Okay, that’s not what it’s really called, but the latest book in Samantha Young’s On Dublin Street Series, Fall from India Place, felt like a fabulous family reunion. India Place, however, offers us a new chapter to the Dublin Street series as it ushers in a new generation of Edinburgh residents for us to love. On top of a grown up Hannah and Marco, we now see a grown up Cole—who is working in a tattoo parlor in Scotland. You’ll get a lot of time to catch up with Nate and Olivia, Jo and Cam, and Joss and Braden, but because we’ve had so much time with Hannah, Young has to treat her story a little different. We’ve seen their courtship as teenagers, but now they need to make a relationship work as adults.
The last we saw of Hannah, Marco had just broken her heart and four years later, it has a lot of mending to do. But Marco isn’t the scared boy who thinks Hannah is too good for him, now he’s a man (in all the best, not-skeevy ways) and he’s willing to go the distance for his relationship with Hannah to work.
He set the beer down, his entire focus on me. “I want you to know that being with you that night was one of the best nights of my life.”
I froze at that shocking confession, only for anger to quickly unfreeze me. “Don’t you dare try to sweet-talk me with bullshit and pretty words. I just want the truth, Marco.”
His features hardened. “That is the truth. You can be pissed off at me all you want, but don’t question what I tell you tonight because I’ve never lied to you.”
“For all I know.”
“No, you do know. I’ve never lied to you, Hannah. Not once.”
“Well, if that night was so amazing how come you couldn’t get out there fast enough afterward? How come you left me lying there in that skeezy flat, feeling used and absolutely worthless?”
Looking pained by my question, Marco suddenly drew a hand down his face.
“I hate myself for making you feel that way,” he whispered. “I’m sorry.”
The pair still has a lot of baggage though. First loves are complicated, and to make the transition after years where resentment and self-flagellation have built it, it’ll be an uphill battle. But Marco has certain in his arsenal, and experiences he’s more than willing to employ.
“You’re crazy. You know that, right?” Joss said casually before taking a sip of a fresh cup of coffee.
“For giving up on a man who looks at you the way Marco does. I thought Braden could be all brooding and possessive with a single look, but Marco is in his own league.”
My heart skipped a beat, causing an unpleasant flutter in my throat. “What?”
Liv nodded her agreement. “Hannah, the look on his face when you were talking to Dylan…oh, my God, he couldn’t take his eyes off you.”
“It was hot,” Joss added. “Possessive. Hot.”
“Tender, too. Sweet. Kind of adoring.” Liv sighed.
Joss smirked. “Best. Look. Ever.”
Young explores first loves and how those experiences build our future relationships and gives us a side of Dublin Street we haven’t seen before. India Place is another very solid installment in the On Dublin Street series that left me begging to be adopted into this family, and desperate for Cole’s story.
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Jennifer Proffitt is a Midwest transplant to New York City. She spends most of her time reading and writing about romance, but you can follow her other adventures on Twitter @JennProffitt. She works for Heroes and Heartbreakers.