Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street, #3) by Samantha Young

Posted December 20, 2015 by sweptawaybyromance in Uncategorized / 2 Comments

What it’s about
One simple lesson in seduction between two friends can turn into so much more… 
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 broken-hearted. 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…

Crista’s Review
4.5 Stars!
In my opinion, there is very little that this author can do wrong. This series continues to be one of the best contemporary series being written today. The characters and couples from the previous books continue to play pivotal roles in each subsequent book, and I am in love!
In this book, Jo’s sister Olivia get’s her chance at love. The theme of this book is a tough one for me to rate because it contains both my favorite and least favorite plot lines. My favorite is the “friends-to-lovers theme and my least favorite is the “I think I’m fat” and “I have a horrible body image complex” heroine. This book has both things going on, and in the hands of a less talented writer, this may have been a DNF for me. In the hands of Samantha Young, I can confidently say that I loved this book.
Olivia is a librarian who is sick and tired of getting tongue tied and nervous around men who she is interested in. She believes that she is overweight and has significant body image issues. Her best friend Nate is a hot, sexy, womanizing man who vows to help Olivia overcome her fears and insecurities. They begin a series of “lessons” in which Nate coaches Olivia on the art of flirtation and ultimately seduction. He begins to challenge Olivia’s firmly held beliefs about her unattractiveness and weight. Gradually Nate’s “coaching” takes on a far more serious tone as they continue to explore one another in a physical way.
The “lessons” take a drastic turn when they become sexual. It becomes obvious that Olivia and Nate are no longer teacher/student, but are actively engaged in a full-fledged relationship.
Nate has deep-seated commitment issues, and these issues threaten the very framework of this unintended relationship.
I loved this book for so many reasons. First and foremost, these two characters genuinely liked one another and were perfectly matched. Their friendship was so very sweet, and when it developed into a romantic relationship, it was only made sweeter. Between Olivia’s insecurities and Nate’s commitment-phobia, I was terrified that these two would find a way to destroy their relationship, but the ending is a sweet and satisfying as the rest of the book.
If you are looking for drool-worthy heroes and heroines that you will genuinely like, look no further. These books are amazing and so well worth your time!
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Anna (herding cats-burning soup)

Oh! I need to get on these earlier ones. I started at the end of the series and really enjoyed it. Glad to hear this one is so good!

Dorsey Shewey
3 years 8 months ago

Fantastic review Crista!! I thoroughly enjoyed this one too!!