Title: Before Jamaica Lane
Author: Samantha Young
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Series: On Dublin Street (Book #3)
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
Format: Paperback, 432 Pages
ISBN-10: 0451466683 (NAL/Penguin)
ISBN-13: 978-0451466686 (NAL/Penguin)
Reviewed by: Candy
The follow-up to the runaway bestsellers ON DUBLIN STREET and DOWN LONDON ROAD
Despite her outgoing demeanor, Olivia is painfully insecure around the opposite sex—usually, she can’t get up the nerve to approach guys she’s interested in. But moving to Edinburgh has given her a new start, and, after she develops a crush on a sexy postgrad, she decides it’s time to push past her fears and go after what she wants.
Nate Sawyer is a gorgeous player who never commits, but to his close friends, he’s as loyal as they come. So when Olivia turns to him with her relationship woes, he offers to instruct her in the art of flirting and to help her become more sexually confident.
The friendly education in seduction soon grows into an intense and hot romance. But then Nate’s past and commitment issues rear their ugly heads, and Olivia is left brokenhearted. When Nate realizes he’s made the biggest mistake of his life, he will have to work harder than he ever has before to entice his best friend into falling back in love with him—or he may lose her forever?.
Quick & Dirty: Olivia has very little experience with men and has no confidence in herself, which makes for trouble when it comes to finding a boyfriend. Wanting to change all that, Olivia turns to her best friend Nate, for help in the arts of seduction. Neither of them was prepared for the consequences of the lessons though.
Opening Sentence: Every time we turned a corner the icy cold wind hammered into us, almost spitefully, like it was mad when a building buffered us.
Olivia and Nate have been friends from the moment they met but that is as far as it was ever supposed to go. Nate was the commitment shy type and Olivia was too shy around men. That all changes though when Olivia asks Nate to help her become the confident and sexy woman she has always wanted to be. What first starts out as lessons starts to turn into more until Nate’s commitment problems tears them apart.
I have to say Olivia reminds me of me a little bit. She is a successful woman, with friends and family who love her, but despite all that she is not very confident when it comes to herself and her ability with guys. I’m sure most of us ladies can agree when we look in the mirror there are things we feel like “if only I could change that.” I know I do. This is why I like Olivia because she is not the toothpick heroine from many novels. Instead she is a normal woman with issues with herself. Even so, she is not whiney and annoying. She is smart, funny and has no problem admitting that she is a geek. Also, she is willing to do whatever she needs to make herself feel better about herself and actually be able to be confident around men. Then when Nate tries to get back with her after crushing her feelings, she does not just give in to his sexy Scottish self, instead she stands up for herself and for the fact that she wants a once in a lifetime love that will always last.
I had mixed feelings about Nate. I have a thing for Scottish men. Who doesn’t, just listen to that accent. Also, he was supposed to be the type of man that women drool over and men want to be. The best part about him is that he is loyal to his friends and only wants to see them be happy. So much so that he is willing to sleep with his best friend to boost her self esteem and to become more confident. Then there are the parts I didn’t like about him. I have a dislike for playboys. A guy who will sleep with a different woman every night is usually a disgusting pig who only cares about himself. I understand Nate did this to protect himself, but what about all the women he hurt along the way? Of course the worst thing he ever did was hurt Olivia, who had always cared for him and who was supposed to be his best friend.
I have to admit this is the first book I have read in this series but after reading it I want to go back and read the other three in the series. I enjoyed all the characters in this book and want to read about how they all fell in love. The only thing I didn’t really enjoy about this book was all the sex. I understand it is a romance and it needs to have some sex and I went into this knowing it would happen just by the description. I just personally prefer a book with less sex and more content. That was the one nice thing about Samantha Young’s writing, there is a lot of sex but there is some good content in here also. If there wasn’t, I would never have finished the book or want to read the others. If you don’t like more than one sex scene in a book you may not like this book because the book is probably a quarter sex, whether they are actually doing it or are talking about it. I recommend this book though to those who can handle sex and look past it to the wonderful story in this book.
The Only Man in your future is me, Liv. The only kids in your future are mine.” Nate opened my front door, dug into his pocket and produced my key. He held it out to me and I took it tentatively, confused by the action. “I don’t need to break into your life. You’ve put up a locked door between us and I understand why. But I’m going to stand outside it, bugging the absolute shit out of you.” He smiled wryly. “Until you let me back in.”
On Dublin Street:
2.5 Castle Hill
4. Fall From India Place (June 3, 2014)
FTC Advisory: NAL/Penguin provided me with a copy of Before Jamaica Lane. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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