Friday, January 10, 2014

Book Review: Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street #3) by: Samantha Young

Release Date: January 7, 2014 from NAL
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"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…"

My Thoughts:

Will there ever come a day when I don’t love a Samantha Young book? The answer to that question remains to be seen because it hasn’t happened yet. Before Jamaica Lane was another fantastic addition to this series. This is easily one of my favorite series and with each addition that fact is just cemented more and more.

Olivia was a heroine I took an immediate liking to. She is insecure and inexperienced but still strong and smart and witty. I loved her comebacks and snarky responses. I loved that deep inside she was a geek and she embraced that inner geek. That is something I could definitely relate to. I wish she hadn’t been so stubborn, but in the end I think it was a good thing for her and Nate. 

I’m just gonna say it: Nate is incredible. He is so funny and sweet and you will fall hard for him. He sees a beautiful woman in Olivia and he makes her see it as well. He is funny and charming and has adorable dimples. Nate has had a tough past and it has shaped the man he has become. I loved watching Olivia slowly break down his walls. 

Nate and Olivia play a very dangerous game and you know from the beginning that it is going to blow up in their faces sooner or later. Nate is helping Olivia gain confidence and experience. What neither of them realize is that these “lessons” may bring suppressed feelings to the surface; feelings on both sides. Nate doesn’t see it, but Olivia can help him as much as he is helping her. 

I am a big fan of the best friends to lover’s trope, so naturally when Samantha tackled it, I absolutely adored it. The relationship between Nate and Olivia was really beautiful. They knew each other’s flaws and faults, they knew each other better than anyone else and because of that their relationship is gorgeous. They can be comfortable with one another from the beginning and I feel like their relationship is deeper because of that.

Of course I loved seeing my favorite characters again. Joss, Braden *swoons*, Jo, Cam, Ellie, Adam, Cole, and Hannah. I love seeing how their lives are progressing and catching up with them again. I’m also really really excited for Hannah and Marco’s story now. There is definitely an epic love story there to be told. 

As expected, Samantha delivered a wonderful novel in Before Jamaica Lane. It was steamy, sexy, swoony, sweet, and heartbreaking. Everything I have come to expect from Samantha, but it still managed to surprise me. Another one I highly recommend.


  1. Ohmygoood, NATE! I love him to death. I can't get enough of him. His parents are also wonderful! Nate and Olivia combined = hilarious. I also loved the part where it shows an outside perspective of the few things that happened in Castle Hill - Joss and Braden! ;)

  2. I just finished this book yesterday then had to go back and reread all my favorite parts! I 100% agree with everything in your review! It was a great book and this series is AMAZING! It was actually my favorite of the series since On Dublin Street! I LOVED Nate! He's pretty unbelievable! "The only kids in your future are mine!" I died, completely died at that part! Anyways, I'll stop rambling! Great review!

    1. Ramble away! I could go on and on about this series forever! I think I liked Cam a bit more than Nate (and Braden just forever holds my heart)... but that may just be the tattoos! Really I love all her guys and I am not waiting impatiently to meet Marco and love him too! Samantha just creates wonderful guys

  3. I love the inexperienced but witty and strong heroine, so I think I would like her too.

  4. I still don't think I'll be reading this series anytime soon although I love stalking reviews just to sort of touch base where the story's at. I heard this is too sexy to refuse

  5. I still have to read book 2 but, Teresa, I am soooo in love with this series its not even funny! Braden was just...*swoons*! Enough said. I can't wait to get around to this one. I also love the best friends to lovers romance dynamic and I just know I'm going to love it. AND NATE HAS DIMPLES!!! Why on earth wouldn't I read this!? lol ;p I'm glad you enjoyed this one as well. I can't wait to meet both Nate and Olivia! :p

    ~ Maida xoxo

  6. "Will there ever come a day when I don’t love a Samantha Young book?"
    The answer to that question is NO, Teresa.

    I totally love your review! Olivia was completely endearing and Nate was UNFFF.

  7. Yet I haven't read a Samantha Young book. What is wrong with this picture? Apparently everything is.

  8. Fantastic review, Teresa!! I love how much you love this book. And I can't wait to read it!! :)

  9. I really love how much you love this series! That tells me right there Samantha is a truly talented author and I think it's awesome you get to see her previous characters show up in the later novels!

  10. I still really need to read the second book! But I'm soooo glad this one was AMAZING! I also am all for "best friends to lover’s,"and I like how these two characters sound, a lot! Also love that the original characters are in this one as well :D I will get to the rest of this series, one day!!

    Loved your review!

  11. Yes, yes, YES!!! This book was perfection! I loved Nate and Olivia, and the fabulous Ms. Young fed our Braden brains while delivering another top notch story!! Beautiful review, Wifey! Thank you SO much for introducing me to this series. It is by far one of my favorites, and I could read about these characters forever!! Loved every word of this review! *smoosh*

  12. This sounds like such a great book! I love a strong and snarky heroine! Nate sounds like a great guy! The fact that he could make Olivia see herself as beautiful is amazing! The friends to lovers trop is one of my favs as well, and it's always fu when you get to have the other characters from previous books in a series reappear!

    Awesome Review Teresa!!!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape


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