Monday, January 6, 2014

Review: Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young

Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin street #3)
by Samantha Young
Publication Date:  1/7/14
Publisher:  NAL/Penguin
Source:  ARC
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…

Goodreads  |  Amazon  |  Barnes and Noble  |  Kobo  |  iBookstore

My Thoughts:  I fell in love with this series when I read the first book, On Dublin Street, which is Joss and Braden's story.  I have loved all of the installments so far, but Joss and Braden have always been my favorites.  I have to say that Oliva and Nate fall in right behind them as a close second.  I think Olivia might even been  my favorite female MC so far.  I just loved everything about her.  Her personality and inner rants were so funny, and Nate, well he's so bad, Hollywood hot, he's cocky, funny, and I alternated between wanting to devour him, laugh with him, and kick him.  I absolutely adore friends to lovers stories, and Nate and Olivia have one of the best friendships I've ever read in a book.  They totally get each other and have the best time together.  The attraction is definitely an ever present undercurrent from the time they meet, though they both choose to ignore it.  Their banter, their humor, their chemistry, and the romance were so amazing and I loved every minute of it.   I can honestly say that the combination of humor and hottness in this book proved Before Jamaica Lane to be one of the most enjoyable stories I've read in a long time.  

When Olivia gets drunk of her "arse" at a wedding.  Her BFF and partner in crime Nate, who looks and carries himself like a Hollywood Hottie you'd die for, yet is a raging man-whore who is totally drool-worthy and one of the best friend's ever, takes his best friend Olivia, who he affectionately has always referred to as "Babe," home and puts her to bed.  After spilling her guts and insecurities to him, Olivia is mortified, and even in her mortification, she has an awesome sense of humor.  Nate thoroughly enjoys Olivia.  He laughs at her and with her, but never in a condescending way, and he decides to help her with her "problem."  When their "lessons" get a little heated and Olivia wants to take the instruction to a new level, Nate can't help but say yes.  Talk about hot - OMG, Samantha Young delivers the the steam in this novel.  Olivia and Nate have so much in common, including ghosts in their past, something Nate hasn't been able to let go of or move on from, which causes problems that prove to possibly be irreconcilable between them.  Will Nate come to his senses, and when and if he does, will it be enough for Olivia?  I love the way Nate helps Olivia to overcome her self-esteem issues and see herself for the beautiful person she is, but he may have just done his job to well, because Olivia now has the confidence she lacked and isn't willing to settle for being second best to anyone.  Nate has a lot to prove, and he is determined to do just that.

Nate and Olivia's story is a phenomenal addition to the On Dublin Street Series and one you won't want to miss.  The romance is great, the humor makes the book, and the characters are so likable and really get under your skin.  That isn't to say there aren't heartbreaking moments, because there are, but they are also necessary.  I loved both characters, I got aggravated with both characters, but I totally got where they were both coming from and loved where Samantha Young took each of them and their story.  Before Jamaica Lane is intense, hot, and funny.....kind of like watching a Football Bowl Game just for book lovers.  I also loved how the characters in the past novels are part of the book and how we get to see what is going on in their lives as well.  Before Jamaica Lane is a must read for fans for the series and for contemporary romance fans in general.  It's great and I highly recommend it.
A few of my favorite quotes:
"There's a guy at the library.  A student.  Post-grad.  I like him, but I sound like Rain Man every time I try to talk to him."  Nate made a choking noise in the back of his throat.  "Are you laughing?"  He cleared it and answered shakily, "Never."  He was so laughing.  

I wasn't just hungover.  I was hung-the-f***over......
"You look like **it," he observed, looking way too sober and happy for someone who had been drinking the night before.....He held up a bag.  "I brought you aspirin, energy juice, and donuts."  
I grunted and turned toward the bathroom.  Seeing the crazy-haired lady with the globs of mascara around her eyes, pasty pallor, and lipstick smeared across her mouth, I gave a little shriek.  "You okay?" Nate asked warily.  My fingers shook with hangover as I leaned across my sink.  "I look like the bride of Frankenstein with a massive hangover."
"I'd be hungover too if I'd just had to f**k Frankenstein."  
Despite myself I giggled and then groaned when the sound ricocheted painfully through my noggin, as my dad called it.  

"My mom always said if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."
"My mum always said if you can't say something nice, say something memorable."

"Don't hide from me."  He bent his head to whisper over my lips.  "Ever."

After I took my seat I looked around at Ellie, Jo, Joss, Braden, Adam, and Cam, and I had to bite my lip to stifle my laughter.  They were staring at Nate as if they'd never seen him before.   "It's a man-whore miracle," Joss breathed, her eyes wide.  

Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She's been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestselling novel ON DUBLIN STREET. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha's first adult contemporary romance and has been sold in twenty five countries. For more info on Samantha's adult fiction visit

TWITTER: @SYoungSFauthor


  1. I have seen nothing but great reviews for this one. I so need to read the first book and give this author a try!

    Great review!

    1. Thanks! I absolutely loved this book. It is so good.

  2. Ohmygosh I loved this one too! This is one of my very favorite series. Loved Olivia and Nate. Great review!

  3. I just got On Dublin Street so I'm excited to start this series!

    1. I hope you like it Candace. On Dublin Street has some pretty intense sexual scenes so just prepare yourself. I loved it though.

  4. I CAN'T WAIT!!! I've read On Dublin Street and I liked it but Before Jamaica Lane is so far my most anticipated in the series. Also, this cover this the best! NATE...

    1. This is so good. It is my favorite cover of the all to. I can't wait for you to read it. I hope you love it :)

  5. I heard the On Dublin Street Audio and really liked it! I have this one on my TBR too :)

    1. This one is so good Nereyda. I hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to check it out.

  6. Another one to add to my wishlist, it sounds awesome!

  7. Amazing review!!! I'm waiting for my copy to arrive in the mail but I can't wait to read this, glad to hear you enjoyed this :)

    1. Thanks, and I hope you love it as much as I did.

  8. Eeep! Can't wait to read this one!


Thanks for your comments. I love hearing from you!

Entangled Teen Weekly

What Kind of Reviewer are You? Click on the banner to visit Ashley @ the Book Nook to find out.