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

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…
Olivia and Nate clicked from the moment they met. Even though Olivia has always had a bit of a crush on him (who could blame her), they are just friends, best friends. These two geeks found each other in gaming, movies and weird humour. The things that come out of these people's mouth had me cracking up.

Now Olivia has moved to Scotland for a fresh start after her mother died. Because she has always taken care of her mother when she was in her teens and early twenties, Olivia missed the whole awkward romance and seduction game with the opposite sex. So she doesn't have a lot of experience and causes extreme shyness around hot guys.

Nate is an exception. He is gorgeous, smart, funny and a man-whore. Olivia isn't imune to his panty's dropping charm, but because she's been friend-zoned she can act normal around him. Even more so they know secrets about each other that no one else knows. They are really close.

It is obvious Nate has no problems with the ladies as he very often demonstrates. Pretty much every girl he sets out to seduce goes home with him. There is a reason why he behaves that way and nearly broke my heart when I read it. Let's just say he lost his first love.

Now Nate has a lot of experience and Olivia next to none, a plan forms. Olivia asks for his help to overcome her shyness. He agrees on the term that there be no confusion and no feelings can be developed. It's a friend helping out another friend, nothing more. Which just makes you want to smack him and you know it is going to end badly.

From flirting, to kissing and onto other things, it all turns out pretty intense. And let's be honest, even though Nate warned her, Olivia's feelings for him grow. They are practically in a relationship, the only difference is that nobody knows about it. Meanwhile Olivia is giving her whole heart, but Nate is being stubborn. He warned her and he claims he can't change how he feels for her, which is just friends.

So much angst and drama, without it being too overwhelming, I love it! These two are smoking together. Those smexy scenes are to die for. The tension between these two just builds and builds until you are ready to explode and then she makes you wait a bit more.

Nate is a good guy 75% of this book, but it's those other 25% when he's not that it counts. What he puts poor Olivia through, I wanted to smack him so badly and Olivia was so in her right. She just wants to be someone's big love, which every woman deserves to be.

Samantha Young has done it again. I love her books so much. She has written a heartfelt love story, that will make you laugh, cry, yell, sigh and blush. Before Jamaica Lane has it all. The ending is predictable, but the journey and characters is what makes it rememberable.

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