Monday, January 20, 2014

Review: Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young

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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…
This series in set in Scotland and each book is about a couple within a group of friends.
Olivia and her father have just settled in Scotland after moving from the USA.  She is best friends with Nate, who is absolutely gorgeous inside and out.  They just click.


Nate lost his first love, Alana, to cancer when he was 18 years old.  He has the letter ‘A’ tattooed on his heart as a tribute to the love they shared so that he can keep her forever in his heart – sweet huh?  He hasn’t let anyone else ‘in’ and is a bit of a player, picking up women has never been a problem and the ‘no strings attached’ deal works for him.
Olivia has huge issues with her image and confidence so dating anyone has been completely off her radar until she meets a guy called Benjamin.  She gets all tongue-tied every time he comes into her work and wants to find the kind of confidence that Nate has.
She asks Nate for his help to make her feel sexy, confident and experienced.  This is where their whole ‘friendship’ changes.  They promise each other that he is just helping her out and that this won’t change things between them.  When the lessons move from wardrobe choices to kissing to sex - things begin to heat up more than either of them expected them too.
Can you still be just best friends with someone you are falling for?
I really love this series and inhaled this book.
I give this 5 scorching stars  J
Series reading order:
On Dublin Street #1
Until Fountain Bridge #1.5
Down London Road #2
Castle Hill #2.5
Before Jamaica Lane #3
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 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestseller ON DUBLIN STREET. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha's first adult contemporary romance and has sold in twenty-five countries.

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