ECHOES OF SCOTLAND STREET: Ink and Accents (Audiobook)

Echoes of Scotland Street

Echoes of Scotland Street CoverAn On Dublin Street Novel #3
Samantha Young
Read by: Elle Newlands

Penguin Audio:  7 Oct 2014
Audiobook Download – Unabridged:
ISBN 9780698188914  9:41:00 Duration

ISBN 9780451471697   336 Pages
Penguin/NAL  7 Oct 2014

Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

Shannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wake-up call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she’s sworn off men—especially those of the bad-boy variety.
Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid—gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man who’s ready to find “the one.” He’s determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude to win her heart.
As Shannon opens up in the face of Cole’s steady devotion, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when Shannon’s past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them—and tear them apart for good.…

square "my take"

I am going through Outlander Withdrawal, so I perked up instantly when I began listening to the charming Scottish accent offered  Elle Newland, the narrator of this sexy and edgy tale about Cole and Shannon. Cole and Shannon are two 24 year-olds in Scotland who essentially fall into each others lives as if fate were seriously involved.  They face a lot of personal issues, well-defined and pretty realistic. Of the two Shannon’s are the more severe; Cole has pretty much pieced himself together with a great support system and with a great rep as a tattooist.

It’s interesting to have a book in Scotland where no one is called a Sassenach and there are no politics involved.

It is i a tattoo studio but doesn’t get into the tattoo technicalities too much.

To be perfectly honest, I don’t entirely get why Shannon thinks of Cole as a “player” — yeah, he’s flirty, but it’s obvious he is essentially a good guy.
I think he was the first  person she could transfer the horror of her recent past. He’s in the wrong place at the wrong time and the flirting is like waving the red cape at a bull. Ole!

They have a lot to work through, individually and if they ever get together, as a couple.

The characters are a mix of typical and atypical.  There’s a gay couple who are very divergent from stereotype — something great I am seeing more and more. But others are the loud and brash female tattoo artist with a heart, and a few others I didn’t know having skipped the earlier books in this series. There is a good mix of social classes in the people in the story.   I like how Shannon is able to grow in the book and start to have a better opinion of herself.

I enjoyed the Scottish accent Elle comes by naturally,  and her American accent is great as well.  The Italian partner of her coworker Simon, Tony is voiced with a total miss on an Italian accent. He comes off as a Slav trying to imitate an Italian.
Elle puts a lot of acting into the narration. While I loved the bright energy she brings to the story, the grunts and moans in the sex scene are grunts and moans.
And, one problem with the large cast of characters from the other two books in the series and this being audio was that it was difficult yo keep track of the different characters: relatives, friends, neighbors, relatives of friends, etc.  This is a problem with audio in general; you cannot flip back and forth without risking losing your place if you hit the wrong button.  And, you can also buy the print copy/e-text as well but it is an extra expense (it is not usually an option the way I get my recordings.
I only have this problem with books that are peopled with many characters.

And it is definitely a book geared toward the “new adult” and at the same time it’s very adult — there’s a lot of hot hooking up from about halfway through on.  And while the sex is hot it is also pretty graphically written and narrated.  If you don’t like a book with graphic sex this is not for you.
I do like those (hence this whole blog,…) and I enjoyed the story listening to it in about one and a half days. If you love books in Scotland and want to go for something contemporary and not involving clans or plaids, then this is a good choice.


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