Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street Series #3)

Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street Series #3)

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by Samantha Young
     
 

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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

Overview

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….

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for On Dublin Street:

“This book had some funny dialogue, some amazingly hot sex scenes, and emotional drama. Did I mention the amazing sex scenes?”—Dear Author…

“This is a really sexy book and I loved the heroine’s journey to find herself and grow strong. Highly recommend this one.”—USA Today Happily Ever After

“Young’s voice is riveting, and once I opened the book, I wanted to hang a ‘do not disturb’ sign around my neck until I was finished. This book definitely landed on my 2012 top picks!”—Fiction Vixen Book Reviews

“This book is fun. Sexy. A little dark. While the hero is extremely dominant, he also shows his softer side just when she needs it.”—Smexy Books Romance Reviews

“Every page sizzles when these two get together, but this book is so much more than a hot romp. This book has heart—and lots of it....If you want a book that will lure you in, grab you by the scruff of the neck, and never let you go until you finish reading the last page, then On Dublin Street is the book for you.”—Totally Booked

“Brilliantly written with just the right amount of hotness, sexiness, and romance and everything else in between.”—Once Upon A Twilight

“The chemistry between Jocelyn and Braden was on fire. The characters were believable and more importantly they were lovable…one of the best books I have read in 2012!”—Rainy Day Reads

“This book has it all…romance, fabulously written heat, family, friendship, heartbreak, longing, hope, and an ending that is completely satisfying”—Bookish Temptations

“Lots of heart makes this book an absolute page-turner.”—RT Book Reviews

"Heart-melting romance... exasperation and angst, made for an excellently balanced, all-consuming read." —Maryse's Book Blog

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698137523
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Series:
On Dublin Street Series , #3
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
14,693
File size:
776 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Praise for On Dublin Street:

“This book had some funny dialogue, some amazingly hot sex scenes, and emotional drama. Did I mention the amazing sex scenes?”—Dear Author…

“This is a really sexy book and I loved the heroine’s journey to find herself and grow strong. Highly recommend this one.”—USA Today Happily Ever After

“Young’s voice is riveting, and once I opened the book, I wanted to hang a ‘do not disturb’ sign around my neck until I was finished. This book definitely landed on my 2012 top picks!”—Fiction Vixen Book Reviews

“This book is fun. Sexy. A little dark. While the hero is extremely dominant, he also shows his softer side just when she needs it.”—Smexy Books Romance Reviews

“Every page sizzles when these two get together, but this book is so much more than a hot romp. This book has heart—and lots of it....If you want a book that will lure you in, grab you by the scruff of the neck, and never let you go until you finish reading the last page, then On Dublin Street is the book for you.”—Totally Booked

“Brilliantly written with just the right amount of hotness, sexiness, and romance and everything else in between.”—Once Upon A Twilight

“The chemistry between Jocelyn and Braden was on fire. The characters were believable and more importantly they were lovable…one of the best books I have read in 2012!”—Rainy Day Reads

“This book has it all…romance, fabulously written heat, family, friendship, heartbreak, longing, hope, and an ending that is completely satisfying”—Bookish Temptations

“Lots of heart makes this book an absolute page-turner.”—RT Book Reviews

"Heart-melting romance... exasperation and angst, made for an excellently balanced, all-consuming read." —Maryse's Book Blog

Meet the Author

Samantha Young is a Scottish book addict who graduated from the University of Edinburgh. She is the New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street and Down London Road.


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Before Jamaica Lane 4.6 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 94 reviews.
ldosch More than 1 year ago
Nate and Olivia are good friends who like to hang out, watch movies, crack jokes and just spend their free time together. Olivia spent her most of her teens years caring for her dying mother so she didn’t have that period of her life to experience flirting and boys and sex. Now she is in her mid-20s, inexperienced and uncertain of her own attraction to men. Olivia is a librarian at the college and is attracted to one of the post-grads who comes to her help desk. Every time she sees him she gets tongue-tied. She enlists the help of her womanizing friend Nate to help her learn to flirt, and Nate teaches her to be comfortable with her own attractiveness to men. As the time comes to turn the flirting practice into reality, Olivia realizes how uncomfortable she is with her lack of sexual experience (she only had one lover/one time and it was BAD). She again turns to Nate to show her how to please a man in bed. Although the practice sessions with Nate gives her the experience she desperate wanted, it also solidified her initial attraction to Nate and turns it into love. But Olivia knows the reason behind Nate’s decision not to have relationships with women. He gave his heart to his childhood sweetheart and watched her die of cancer at a young age. He never intends to feel that bond with anyone else. Olivia needs to make a break from her practice session with Nate before she loses her heart completely, but it might already be too late. THOUGHTS: I have loved this series, but I think this might be my favorite couple. Nate and Olivia are just so much fun together and you can see just how perfect they are together as a couple. When they add sex to the relation, their passion for each other burns bright. But you know with Nate’s background, what will unfortunately be coming down the road for them. God, I love a good friends to lovers story, and this one included a bit of a twist. Usually the friends decide to risk the friendship for a romantic relationship. In this story Olivia wants Nate’s help in being more comfortable with men and after becoming more comfortable after a practice kissing session, Olivia makes the leap asking Nate to show her her to please a man in bed. Although they both show some hesitation about ruining the friendship, they are both interested in the prospect of sex, so those concerns take a backseat to lust. Even though their practice sessions last for weeks and they are absolutely perfect together, Nate does eventually freak out about his own feelings for Olivia, and gives her the “you know I don’t do relationships” speech. But watching him try to win Olivia back makes for a great story as well. You have to give kudos to Olivia for having the strength to keep pushing Nate away, even though you know she doesn’t want to, but being with Nate has now given her the self-confidence to know she wants to be someone’s love of their life, and not a settled for second best to the ghost of Nate’s first love. I will definitely be giving this one a re-read when an opportunity arises.
Bitten-By-Love-Reviews More than 1 year ago
Before Jamaica Lane is an engaging story and the fifth book in the On Dublin Street series. Each book is a stand-alone and features a different member in the group. I love the relationship between all the friends. They give each other a hard time, but also have each other’s back. I love both Nate and Olivia. Olivia is a strong, confident woman except when it comes to men. Nate is a  hot guy who is also very nice and is used to women falling all over him. They have an explosive chemistry and Nate has fun teaching Olivia everything he knows. Olivia is a good student and enjoys the lessons, more than she wants to. Can good friends become lovers?   Before Jamaica Lane is an emotional, angsty, passionate, sexy, and captivating read. The ending was perfect and made all the angst and heartache worthwhile. I truly loved so much about this book. I highly recommended this story to anyone looking for a realistic, emotional, and memorable read that's overflowing with heart and soul.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome one of the best of the series ! Keep them coming....... I love love when a manwhore falls......like always Samantha Young makes me want to move to Scotland and become friends with the gang!!!!!
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Before Jamaica Lane is the third book in Samantha Young's highly acclaimed, On Dublin Street series. This is a great best friends turned lovers story that will have readers staying up late to see what happens next. Though this book is essentially a contemporary romance, it also deals with some issues that many women face, like problems with body image and confidence. Young does a masterful job of creating some amazing love scenes while also showing compassion and understanding. A great addition to the series! What I liked: Samantha Young is a writer after my own heart. First, she's from Scotland, always a plus in my book. Secondly, she has a knack for writing a story that could happen to anyone and making it extremely unique and romantic. I have always said that I wanted to marry my best friend, because that is the person who really knows you and not the person you use to impress others. I think Young takes that idea and runs with it in Before Jamaica Lane, creating a couple of friends who don't realize they couldn't do without each other until one of them wants to impress someone else. I loved the way that Nate and Olvia react to each other. They have a very playful banter that is common among friends who know each other well. They can do the simplest of things together like watching a movie and it becomes a good time, because they each know how the other will react. They had a kind of chemistry that can't help but evolve into something else, but they needed a catalyst. Young brilliantly added a new postgrad student who Olivia decides she wants to know better, but her issues with self-confidence are getting in the way. Who better to help her get over them than her best friend...  Olivia was such a great character. She was one of those girls who never found the confidence it took to stand out in a crowd. She is now a librarian, who doesn't know how beautiful she is. I liked the fact that she was very spontaneous, but still reserved. With Nate she was happy and able to voice her opinions and she was confident but not with others, that should have been her first clue. Young writes her as smart and a bit sassy, but scared of failing when it came to men. Nate is a great hero. He's definitely a ladies man, but his are not your typical reasons. Having lost his former love Alana, heartbreak seems to be his nemesis and he never wants to get close enough to anyone else to have it happen to him again. He just can't seem to help himself with Olvia though. She is everything he needs and when his lessons in confidence go a little further than expected, the sparks start flying. What I didn't like: Not too much I didn't like about this one. The characters are well written and the plot is a new twist on the best friends to lovers theme. Young provides not only a primer in flirting with a man, but also a lesson in having the confidence to do anything. A great addition to the series. Bottom Line: This is a sexy contemporary romance series and readers who are looking for a great feel good story will love this one. The nature of the book may not be appropriate for young readers but the rest of us will be sitting back drooling over Nate and wishing Olivia the best chance in the world at love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. This is my favorite one by far in the series. If you enjoyed the others don't pass this one up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed all of Samantha's previous books about Dublin Street,but this is my favorite so far! I love that Liv is a real gal with real hang ups and Nate is a drop dead gorgeous guy who seems to have it all together but both have demons to work through and turn to their best friend for help.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author and this series, but Dublin Street, the first book of the series, was by far the best of all. To my surprise, this one was as good as the first one. It surprised me because Liv and Nate were really tertiary characters (Liv is Jo's cousin and Nate, Cam's friend) and we knew little about them. So I was not particularly excited that this book focused on them. Was I wrong! Great, great story, terrific character development, and a great book where all the characters from previous books merge. Readers new to the series will definitely need to read the previous books first to fully appreciate this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From all of the series and I mean all of them,this is my favorite! Its sexy ,its real,its heart breaking, I think this are most believable characthers she ever wrote, the took my heart and i have read this book 4 times already ,that didnt happen with the other 3 and i loved Branden and Joss, but this one I had write a review I never write for any other book. I' m sure people its going to enjoyed as much as I did!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love this one from the series next to the First one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I think the author did a great job with the timing of it all. In some books I feel like the author is stuck, too much angst, too perfect of a relationship in others, but this was neither. I loved that Olivia became confident in the end and that Nate really found who he was. I would love to see a book from Hannah, as well a Cole. Overall a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this series and really like Samantha Young's writing. She gives her characters a lot of heart and much more depth than the average romance novel characters. Love the setting and plenty of steam! Hope she keeps writing!
LeahLR More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed each of the books. The author is great at character development and a great story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a call in sick/take a vacation day/hide from the world until you finish it book!!! Olivia's insecurities are relatable to all women, as well as her concerns about Nate's feelings about Alana. The sex was HOT yet unpredictable , which was sometimes the best part about it. This was the best in the series so far. Can't wait for the next book in June to find out how Olivia and Nate are and if it's a boy or girl. The narrative made you feel a part of the story which made turning the page an urgency yet the ending was bittersweet because you just don' want it to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Well I'm torn. There were both good and not so good in this book. What I liked: I loved that the author let this couple have so much fun together. Sometimes it's hard to believe a couple can fall in love when all there is is bitterness and arguements. Also, they had tremendous chemistry and the witty dialogue was so refreshing. I loved, LOVED that the heroine didn't just automatically forgive the hero after the terrible hurt he caused like in so many books I've read. She made him feel her pain and even dated someone else to try to move on. It was awesome seeing this man-whore jealous. What I didn't like: That once again the hero had to be a man-whore. The author beat us over the head with it. Mentioning it once would've sufficed. We had to read about him hooking up with many women and to me that's not sexy at all. It really takes away from the romance. I have a difficult time believing that this hero could be faithful to one woman. Another thing that bothered me were all the secondary characters. There were so many. I guess if you've read the others in the series you'd care about them more. I just didn't. And lastly, the proposal sucked.
sherrmit More than 1 year ago
Samantha Young writes about relationships like on other. Highly recommend this one.
MickLovesBooks More than 1 year ago
I am SO in love with this series! I love every single character and I find myself wishing I had a big group of close friends like the group in the series! I absolutely love the storyline of Nate and Olivia! I HIGHLY recommend this entire series!!
BellarosaMI More than 1 year ago
Samantha did not disappoint. I loved this story, as I did the others. I love all the characters. This has just the right amount of emotion. You can feel it with the people in the story. This is a great series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can not wait for the next book!!!! I reread them all the time they never get old!! Please dont make me wait that long for the next!!!! X lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Liv and Nate
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megankylene More than 1 year ago
Before Jamaica Lane has been my favorite behind On Dublin Street so far. Samantha Young writes “falling in love” so well. Nate and Olivia’s story was so sweet yet so very sexy at the same time. I cannot wait to read the next one now! I feel like I need to make a little PSA about these books.  Each book can be read as a standalone, since it deals with a different couple but I would urge you to read them in order. The main characters, in this book especially, aren’t even introduced until middle of Down London Road (book #2), so you may be a bit lost as to who some of these people are. Okay, end of PSA about this series. So we met Olivia in Down London Road. She’s Jo’s American half-sister. She and her father (who was born and bred in Scotland) have just moved back to Edinburgh to be closer to Jo and her little brother. Olivia was a very relatable character. She has insecurities like most women do and lacks self-confidence in many things, including her love life. In a new city, she is essentially starting over with her career. Armed with a degree in library science and her quick wit, Olivia gets a job at the local university’s library. There she meets the man of her dreams, Benjamin, only she’s too chicken to actually carry on a conversation with him. Enter Nate, Cam’s best friend and resident ladies’ man of the group. Nate is known to not stick around one lady too long. He’s the jester of the crowd and the over-confident one. He and Olivia bonded really quickly over their mutual love for all things geeky. The book picks up quite some time after Down London Road ends. Nate and Olivia are best friends and have confided in each about things they haven’t told other people. Olivia decides she wants to learn how to date and seduce a guy so she asks Nate to teach her how to do sexy right. *claps hands* This is a recipe for all kinds of blurred lines.  And boy do things get blurry. I LOVED NATE AND OLIVIA! And I love this type of trope. It’s in the same vein of On Dublin Street and I thought this book was done really well for the most part. Nate and Olivia were friends first and lovers later and I loved seeing the feelings develop between the both of them. My main complaint with this book was that I thought the back and forth between Nate and Olivia went on a bit long towards the end. It was so obvious to the reader that they were head over heels. There was no question, so I tired of their shenanigans. 3.5 stars * I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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TFenty More than 1 year ago
Not as good as On Dublin Street or Down London Road but still enjoyable