Mar 18, 2014

Down London Road by Samantha Young

First Chapter, First Paragraph is a weekly meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea.

Down London Road by Samantha Young
Paperback published May 9, 2013; Penguin UK
Genre: romance

First paragraph, first chapter:
Edinburgh, Scotland 
I looked upon the piece of art and wondered what the heck I was looking at. To me it was just a bunch of lines and squares in different colors with some shading here and there. It looked familiar. In fact, I thought I had a picture Cole had drawn me when he was three years old tucked away somewhere that bore a remarkable resemblance to it. Although I doubted I could expect anyone to pay three hundred and seventy-five pounds for Cole's drawing. I also doubted the sanity of anyone who would pay three hundred and seventy-five pounds for the piece of canvas that looked like it had been sitting next to a railway at the exact time a train full of paint careened off the rails and crashed.
Book description:

Johanna Walker knows what she wants. And that's a strong, steady, financially secure man who will treat her well and look after her and her little brother, Cole - something her parents have never done. But when she meets the gorgeous Cameron MacCabe, a new bartender at work, Jo can't deny the instant and undeniable attraction she feels. Cam doesn't fit into her strict specifications of her perfect partner at all - but for once she is tempted to let her heart rule her head.

 And as their intense connection grows, Jo has to stop hiding the truth about herself and her family. Is Cam prepared to accept Jo for who she really is? And is Jo willing to let someone into her life for keeps? (publisher)

Would you keep reading, based on the first paragraph and the book synopsis? 


  1. I would keep reading. I like to read romances in between other genres.

  2. I think I'd need to read a little more before deciding... but I do like the setting.

  3. Oh, yes, I'm intrigued now...and I love the cover. Here's MY TUESDAY POST

  4. this sounds interesting but I need to read more before deciding. I like the setting very much!

  5. I like the sound of this one and the intro already has me hooked!

  6. The book description sounds a little cheesy for me, BUT I loved the intro! She's funny and I have felt the exact same way about some pieces of art!
    Here's Mine:

  7. I like the intro. I would keep reading.

  8. The opening made me laugh now (how often did I think that when looking at 'Art'!!) and this book would be right up my street.
    My post is here

  9. Not into romance reads but that intro pulls me in --enjoy

  10. The opening draws me in. . .

  11. Oh yes, I'd keep reading. I like those first paragraphs.

  12. Yes, I'd keep reading.
    I think I have a Samantha Young book on my shelves.


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