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Before Jamaica Lane

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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio (16 Jan. 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1405918179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405918176
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)

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Scotland's answer to E.L. James (Sunday Post)

This steamy romance is mysterious, all-consuming and pretty damn good (Closer) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Samantha Young is a 27-year-old Scottish book addict who graduated from the University of Edinburgh. She currently lives in Scotland. Her previous novels, On Dublin Street, Down London Road and the novella Until Fountain Bridge, are also published by Penguin. Discover more about Samantha online: samanthayoungbooks.com; ondublinstreet.com; twitter.com/SYoungSFAuthor; facebook.com/OnDublinStreet. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Och, she's done it again (I'm part Scot, couldn't resist) and whilst I found it quite predictable in comparison to On Dublin Street and Down London Road, Before Jamaica Lane was still a great read and I loved Olivia and Nate. Liv's sweet, kind and fun and her vulnerablities are realistic ones; they aren't as deep or painful as Joss or Jo's and this made for a refreshing addition to the series. As for Nate, you can't not fall in love with him. He may be a player, but get to know him and there's plenty more to him.

With our favourite characters all playing an important part, it has emotion, passion and intimacy but ultimately my heart went out to both Liv and Nate as their story is one that you become completely invested in. The thing I do love about Samantha Young's writing is how she encompasses the real in these books; You can't beat a good escape from reality but I also equally like realistic elements every now and then. From losing virginity to flatulance these bring that. Let's be right, how many of us have lived the perfect romantic dream of flowers, candles and losing your virginity to the love of your life and the man you marry?

A worthy addition to the series and Hannah's story has been set up nicely.
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I loved On Dublin Street, wasn't so keen on Down Dublin Rd but I'm right back in the game for Before Jamaica Lane, I love series' that work through a group of characters, it's like curling up for a pj & dvd day with people you feel you know.
I wasn't sure what I thought of Liv to begin with - I thought she was a bit odd, all gangly & awkward - ya know, the girl we all love but don't want to be!! However, as the story developed I realised that her opinion of herself was not necessarily what others saw - her confession to Nate after Joss & Braydens wedding and their conversation about it the following day broke my heart (I actually shed a tear or twenty). Liv is smart and completely switched on, she was dealt some rough cards during her childhood and missed out on the lessons of refinement that most people suffer through their teenage years and she's been beating herself up ever since, never quite getting where she wants to be.
Nate had similar teenage experiences and this in the main seems to bond them as firm friends, though he is the complete opposite to Liv on the social scale with his man whoring ways, they trust each other and are able to be themselves in each others company. Nates a good guy, he's loyal & despite his whoring around he's honest and upfront with women, I didn't get the impression that he was particularly arrogant or overly cocky.
When Liv & Nate decide to cross the proverbial line (uh oh) under the guise of "lessons" for Livs confidence - it's playing with fire and as we all know what happens when you play with fire!!!!!
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Wow oh wow I am so in love with this tight group of friends and their stories. I did not think that other previous books could be bested but this has to he the best of the series. The emotions, drama and sensitivity shown in this alongside the smoking hot love scenes kept me reading start to finish. Absolutely fabulous.
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So well written, Samantha Young is just great at writing a story building on a romance and making you fall in love with the characters. Olivia has an outgoing personality but is painfully shy around the opposite sex. She is interested and develops a crush on a post-grad student so she asks her best friend Nate to help her go get what she wants.

Nate is reluctant at first to help but agrees, afterall who is better at teaching her what a man wants than him, someone who is a man whore, afraid of commitment.

Overall this is a sweet romance, one that has a few hiccups along the way but, like most of Samantha Young's books, will leave you wanting more!
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Samantha Young writes better when she's not obviously trying to cater for the American audience. Although this book does revolve around an American import, Liv, it's not forced and Young's affection for Edinburgh is obvious. Characters from other books appear here, so it feels familiar and Young doesn't spend too long filling in missing details. The only reason I've deducted a star is the whole premise of asking your best friend to teach you how to have sex is so ludicrous that it makes the rest of the story seem weak, which is a shame.
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This is a brilliant follow up to On Dublin Street and Down London Road. It follows the same group of friends but focuses on Olivia. A new character introduced with Jo's story.

Olivia is so shy she feels unable to speak to anyone of the opposite sex who she finds attractive. Team that with an interesting back story and a hot best friend Nate you find yourself with a funny sexy story that always leaves you wanting more.

Samantha Young is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. Highly recommend any book she write but this series is amazing.
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