Book Review: Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young

Posted January 7, 2014 in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review: Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha YoungBefore Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young
Also by this author: Echoes of Scotland Street
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Published by NAL on January 7, 2014
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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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....

Literary's Views

I loved the adventure of Olivia and Nate’s evolution of their relationship from friends to lovers. In the beginning they really did feel like friends, going through situations that friends go through. They had this nice chemistry and I loved the added conflict as they began to explore their feeling more.

The lessons in seduction that Nate began teaching to Olivia was blazing from the start. There was a bit of a love triangle with Olivia having feelings for Nate that she suppressed but then developing feeling for another guy, which started the whole lessons in seduction in the first place. But the focus was on Olivia and Nate so it wasn’t really a problem for me. It was fun reading Olivia and Nate try and carry on the lessons in seduction without catching feelings which from the beginning I knew wouldn’t work, the sexual tension between them kept growing until their plan crumbled.

Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young was filled with heart, passion, intensity, conflict and emotion that I totally felt. I was easily invested with these characters and how their story would turn out. They both had issues that challenged them as characters as well as their relationship adding conflict and drama to the story.

5 Stars

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