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Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young

After On Dublin Street and Down London Road (plus two novellas), we get Before Jamaica Lane. This series that started as a self-published, typo ridden novel (which was AMAZING, btw), turned out to be one of my favorite New Adult contemporary series of mine.

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…


I fell in love with Joss and Braden with the first novel, On Dublin Street, and then right after loved the rest of the gang. Such an eclectic group of friends that formed their own family and accepted into their folds Joss and later on Olivia.

And Olivia is the protagonist of Before Jamaica Lane. When Olivia and her father, Mick, came to Scotland after Cam contacted Mick about his best friend’s daughter, Jo (Down London Road), and then decided to stay and start fresh there, Olivia and Nate, Cam’s best friend, connected, clicked, whatever you want to call it.

9 months later, Olivia, a librarian at the university, has a crush on Benjamin, a handsome postgrad, but can’t seem to find her sane voice around him. On the night of Joss and Braden’s wedding, she drunkenly confesses her sexual inexperience to Nate and asks him for help.

Nate is adorably hot. He’s handsome, he knows it and he uses it to his own advantage with the ladies. But through all that, he’s loyal to a fault and puts his friends and loved ones before himself. And the way he is with Olivia is absolutely one of my favorite aspects of the book.

You can imagine how that goes. Amazingly well, to be honest. They are already best friends, and once things progress, they confess their attraction to one another.  So I wasn’t surprised reading it and still enjoyed it a lot. 

I love how we still get a dose of the other couples, we learn how things progress for them in a way that fills that world beautifully. I also like how the timeline lines up perfectly with the novellas’.

So yes, the story is mostly predictable, but it’s still fresh somehow. The writing consistent and flowing, the story arc is paced and the HEA is there at the end. Before Jamaica Lane is a perfect balance of romance, drama, flirt and fun.

My rating: 4.5star


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