December 02, 2015

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

Title: Before Jamaice Lane
Author: Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #3
Genre: contemporary romance, new adult
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…

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Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 **manwhore miracle** STARS

“I didn't just want Nate to love me. I wanted him to love me the way I loved him. The kind of love that's so big it would last beyond a lifetime.”

I promised myself I wouldn't review this book. Just some pressure free reading, but then the characters started to come off the page. And before I knew it I was in love with the story, made a little graphic and here I am writing a review. Oh well, stranger things have happened.

Before Jamaica Lane is the third book in Samantha Young’s On Dublin Street series and just like all my friends predicted it was a complete win for me. After loving the first book and being slightly disappointed with the second I was reluctant to go back, but I can honestly say I don't regret picking this series up again. A complete win for me.

This is the story of Olivia and Nate, a friends to lovers contemporary romance, that will melt your heart, make you giggle like a little girl and fall madly in love with Nate in the meantime.

“You're not ready to hear this yet," he concluded. "But I do need you to know that I'm going to fight for you. I'm not making the mistake of walking away from you again. The only man in you future is me, Liv. The only kids in your future are mine.”

Who are Nate and Olivia?

Both characters first appeared in the the second instalment Down London Road. Nate is Cam's best friend and he works as a reviewer for video games and movies. And on top of that he is a manwhore with commitment issues. Just to put it out there, but don't hold it against him. He still needs to realise that his other best friend is the one.

Olivia is sort of a sister for Jo and only recently moved to Scotland with her dad. She is a librarian and the 'other best friend' who will eventually be madly in love with Nate.

Olivia is simply adorable. A quirky, sharp witted gal with an interesting sense of humour, who is incapable to form a single coherent thought when faced with men she is attracted to. Nate is a charmer, warm hearted, a nerd and probably the best friend any girl can have. Romantic interest or not.

I have to say, I love both main characters on their own. Nate and Liv are wonderful, but when they come together magic happens. They click as friends right from the start and rather quickly become inseparable. They have amazing banter and complete each other. But things get really interesting when Liv falls for a guy at work and asks Nate to help her become more confident. Those lessons may or may not turn out different than what she would have thought.

“It occurred to me that more than loss, it was the longing that hurt the most.”

What can I say? Ms. Young created a lovable story about two friends who belong together. The chemistry and connection is undeniable and really captured my attention. The writing is smooth and effortless. The family aspect with all the surrounding characters makes this a well rounded and highly enjoyable read. Not to mention an explosive one when Nate and Liv get into their lessons. Holy hotness batman. And you know it can't all be smooth sailing, right? There are a lot of people involved that could get hurt and things in their past might turn this little game into a powder keg. But that's where the fun begins.

Well, I am convinced to keep going with the series. There are after all some very interesting and still single friends and family member left on the streets of Edinburgh...;D


  1. Hello.
    First of all awesome review. Secondly i have a little question if you don't mind me asking. Your art is lovely and i'm sure you made it on your own. I was wondering if you could tell me what programe your using , is it photoshop or something else. I have seen loads of art for reviews but your one is so beautiful and elegant and I would love to start a blog of my own but i don't have the guts hehe. If i do start one i wanted to make sure i do it right even though my blog is not going to be as amazing as yours i'd be grateful if you could tell me.
    I hope you don't mind me asking.

    Anyway loved the review.
    Keep it up :D.

    Sorry for the double comments.

    1. Hello Claire.

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I make all my art in Photoshop CS4. I've been using it for years and I really love it. But there are some good alternatives online...even free ones. GIMP and the pixlr editor come to mind.
      If you want to start a blog just go for it. There is no handbook how to do it right. Just go with what is fun for yourself and don't stress yourself out. It can be a lot of work. That's why we work together, Sandy and I. Finding a blogging partner really is a good advice I can give.

      I hope you have a great day and please feel free to contact us with questions. There is a mail address on the contact page.


  2. You replied THANK YOU :).

    It means a lot to me. And thank you again.
    As I said before truly remarkable art and review.
    I have read in Dublin street and seeing your review I'm sure to pick up the series again :).

    Hopefully your wide words will sink into my Brain but truly thank you for all your help.

    Well all I can say is congratulations to both of you , you two ladies are doing an exceptional job. Please keep it up.

    Oh dear me if only I was cook enough to have a blog buddy but nonetheless your advice I shall treasure :).
    So thank you again :D.

    Oh wow I promise not to bother you two much with my pesky questions :) if YouTube gives up on me I'll come running to two exceptional bloggers :).

    Have a great day too.
    Your new fan.
    Claire :)