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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) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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Before Jamaica Lane is the brilliant romantic follow-up to On Dublin Street and Down London Road from bestselling author Samantha YoungEdinburgh was going to be a fresh start for Olivia Holloway. Crippled by shyness around the opposite sex, Olivia nevertheless meets gorgeous postgraduate Nate Sawyer and decides it is time to push her fears aside. Before long, Olivia and Nate form a close friendship and she finds herself confessing her deepest secrets, and Nate, being her best friend, offers to teach her the art of flirting. As Olivia and Nate's friendship turns intense it soon blossoms into a passionate love affair. For the first time Olivia opens her heart but what she doesn't realise is that Nate has his own fears and just when she finds herself hopelessly falling for him, Nate's past returns to haunt him. Will Nate have the courage to confide in Olivia, or will he cut and run? And can Olivia face up to her own fears and keep him? Before Jamaica Lane charts the love trials of characters introduced in Samantha Young's bestselling prequel, On Dublin Street, and Down London Road.Praise for Samantha Young:'Scotland's answer to E.L. James' Sunday Post'This steamy romance is mysterious, all-consuming and pretty damn good' Closer'This extraordinary debut combines a true gift for storytelling with a liberal dose of racy encounters. But what really sets it apart is exquisite characterisation, so vivid that the cast seeps into the reader's psyche' Daily RecordSamantha 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. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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Comment dire ... ce 3ème opus de Samatha Young sur la bande de copains qui s'est formée autour du 1er tome On Dublin Street, est aussi délicieux que les 2 précédents. J'ai dévoré ce livre, j'ai vibré avec les personnages, à l'histoire passionnée et tourmentée , avant qu'ils n'atteignent ce "happily ever after" que l'auteure leur offre systématiquement depuis le début de la saga. Voilà en fait le seul reproche que l'on peut trouver à cette lecture : après m'être régalée de On Dublin Street et Down London Road, on retrouve une symétrie dans chacune de ses intrigues ... Mais c'est tellement bon qu'on en redemande encore !
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Il y a de bonnes choses, notamment les scènes de sexe, Samantha Young est vraiment bonne dans cette catégorie, et les personnages sont attachants, là aussi, le livre est réussi et pour ces catégories, il mériterait au moins 4 voir 5 étoiles.
Par contre, j'ai trouvé le premier tiers du roman tellement ennuyeux que j'en ai sauté de grandes parties, on aurait dit qu'elle étalait la confiture et on se demande quand l'histoire va vraiment démarrer.

Autre chose agaçante - ATTENTION SPOILER - Ce que je vais écrire contient des éléments qui révèlent des éléments de la fin du roman et de l'épilogue (non pas que l'intrigue soit digne d'un Dan Brown non plus..).
Deux des personnages féminins tombent enceintes par surprise alors qu'elles sont censées prendre la pilule, et l'annoncent à leur compagnon pour qui c'est la surprise du siècle.
Je m'interroge : comment est-ce possible au 21ème siècle qu'un couple puisse mettre un enfant au monde sans en parler ensemble avant et sans que cela entre dans un projet commun ? Et comment est-ce possible, quand on a 26 ans et qu'on prend la pilule, qu'on puisse découvrir qu'on est enceinte par surprise : oh, mais, ça alors, je me suis levée avec envie de vomir, je me demande bien ce qui m'arrive !!!! Comment ? Docteur, vous voulez dire que quand un homme met sa zigounette dans le ventre d'une femme qui n'est pas sous contraceptif, elle peut tomber enceinte ? Incroyable !
Cela donne au roman un côté "petite maison dans la prairie" qui ne va pas du tout avec les personnages soi-disant modernes et libérés.
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J'ai tout adoré, spécialement l'héroïne. Et j'ai adoré lorsque le héros essaie de retrouver ses faveurs. Bref, à lire absolument. :)
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HASH(0x8b28bbf4) étoiles sur 5 I didn’t care. It was hard to stay interested so I started skimming at half way. 2 décembre 2015
Par Jane - Publié sur Amazon.com
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STORY BRIEF:
Nate and Olivia are good buddies. They play video games and watch movies. She had sex once in high school but never since. She is tongue tied and too shy to talk to guys. She thinks she is unattractive She works in a library and has a crush on Ben who comes there. When drunk one night she tells this to Nate, so he offers to help her. He shows her that her body is desirable. They practice flirting conversation. She asks him to teach her how to kiss. She’s starting to lust for Nate. Then she asks him to have sex with her to teach her. They have sex frequently for several weeks.

I love stories where the guy desires her and wants her. But that is not here. She asks the guy to do things. I want him to want to kiss her, not kiss her because she asked. Subconsciously he’s falling for her but he won’t admit that to himself or to her. So that made it bland for me. I was rooting for Olivia and Ben to get together. Ben liked her. But alas, that doesn’t happen because Olivia wants Nate. She later spends time with Ben but leaves him for Nate.

A few times the author used flashbacks which annoyed me. The story starts with Olivia and Nate with a group of friends. Then Olivia remembers how she met Nate - a flashback. Later she and Nate are walking home after a wedding, then there is a flashback to earlier in the day about how the wedding went. That was jarring and unnecessary - almost as if it was too much trouble to write the story chronologically. A short flashback "tells" what happened instead of "shows."

I don’t like first person books unless the story is really great. This book was first person which made it harder for me to get into.

I enjoyed the first two books in the series more than this (even though they were first person). This is book 3.

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Narrative mode: 1st person Olivia. Story length: 310 pages. Swearing language: strong including religious swear words but not often used. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: more than six. Setting: current day Scotland. Copyright: 2014. Genre: contemporary romance.
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HASH(0x8b28f3a8) étoiles sur 5 Olivia has very little experience with men and has no confidence in herself, 27 mars 2014
Par Dark Faerie Tales - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Olivia has very little experience with men and has no confidence in herself, which makes for trouble when it comes to finding a boyfriend. Wanting to change all that, Olivia turns to her best friend Nate, for help in the arts of seduction. Neither of them was prepared for the consequences of the lessons though.

Opening Sentence: Every time we turned a corner the icy cold wind hammered into us, almost spitefully, like it was mad when a building buffered us.

The Review:

Olivia and Nate have been friends from the moment they met but that is as far as it was ever supposed to go. Nate was the commitment shy type and Olivia was too shy around men. That all changes though when Olivia asks Nate to help her become the confident and sexy woman she has always wanted to be. What first starts out as lessons starts to turn into more until Nate’s commitment problems tears them apart.

I have to say Olivia reminds me of me a little bit. She is a successful woman, with friends and family who love her, but despite all that she is not very confident when it comes to herself and her ability with guys. I’m sure most of us ladies can agree when we look in the mirror there are things we feel like “if only I could change that.” I know I do. This is why I like Olivia because she is not the toothpick heroine from many novels. Instead she is a normal woman with issues with herself. Even so, she is not whiney and annoying. She is smart, funny and has no problem admitting that she is a geek. Also, she is willing to do whatever she needs to make herself feel better about herself and actually be able to be confident around men. Then when Nate tries to get back with her after crushing her feelings, she does not just give in to his sexy Scottish self, instead she stands up for herself and for the fact that she wants a once in a lifetime love that will always last.

I had mixed feelings about Nate. I have a thing for Scottish men. Who doesn’t, just listen to that accent. Also, he was supposed to be the type of man that women drool over and men want to be. The best part about him is that he is loyal to his friends and only wants to see them be happy. So much so that he is willing to sleep with his best friend to boost her self esteem and to become more confident. Then there are the parts I didn’t like about him. I have a dislike for playboys. A guy who will sleep with a different woman every night is usually a disgusting pig who only cares about himself. I understand Nate did this to protect himself, but what about all the women he hurt along the way? Of course the worst thing he ever did was hurt Olivia, who had always cared for him and who was supposed to be his best friend.

I have to admit this is the first book I have read in this series but after reading it I want to go back and read the other three in the series. I enjoyed all the characters in this book and want to read about how they all fell in love. The only thing I didn’t really enjoy about this book was all the sex. I understand it is a romance and it needs to have some sex and I went into this knowing it would happen just by the description. I just personally prefer a book with less sex and more content. That was the one nice thing about Samantha Young’s writing, there is a lot of sex but there is some good content in here also. If there wasn’t, I would never have finished the book or want to read the others. If you don’t like more than one sex scene in a book you may not like this book because the book is probably a quarter sex, whether they are actually doing it or are talking about it. I recommend this book though to those who can handle sex and look past it to the wonderful story in this book.

Notable Scene:

The Only Man in your future is me, Liv. The only kids in your future are mine.” Nate opened my front door, dug into his pocket and produced my key. He held it out to me and I took it tentatively, confused by the action. “I don’t need to break into your life. You’ve put up a locked door between us and I understand why. But I’m going to stand outside it, bugging the absolute s*** out of you.” He smiled wryly. “Until you let me back in.”

FTC Advisory: NAL/Penguin provided me with a copy of Before Jamaica Lane. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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HASH(0x8b2715c4) étoiles sur 5 So sexy! 21 juin 2014
Par featherlashes - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Before Jamaica Lane is the third installment in Samantha Young's On Dublin Street series. When I read the first book On Dublin Street, it blew me away. The other books Until Fountain Bridge and Down London Road were also very good but not as good in my opinion, but this book Before Jamaica Lane shoots right back up there to amazing. Don't get me wrong, Joss and Braden remain my absolute favorite characters in this series but now Liv and Nate come in a close second. Liv and Nate have been best buds for about a year- a male/female platonic relationship that they both enjoy. Liv can hang with the guys but she can't seem to interact with a man she's romantically interested in due to her lack of confidence in her sexuality. Nate has plenty of sexual confidence and experience. Who better to teach Liv how to be confident in this department than her best friend? As the story progresses, the reader really gets to know Liv and Nate's characters, along with their personal histories that have shaped them into their present-day selves. The storyline in this book is pretty predictable, which usually annoys me, but in this book I just didn't care. Liv and Nate are so sexy and amazing together I couldn't put this book down! One thing I enjoy about this series as a whole is in each book that comes out, the reader gets to catch up with the couples that were featured in previous books. That said, there is an important development in Joss and Braden's relationship that you won't want to miss in this book! I loved Before Jamaica Lane and I would highly recommend it to fans of the On Dublin Street series.

The On Dublin Street series includes the following installments as of June 2014:
#1-On Dublin Street
#1.1-An On Dublin Street Christmas
#1.5-Until Fountain Bridge
#2-Down London Road
#2.5-Castle Hill
#3-Before Jamaica Lane
#4-Fall from India Place
#5-Echoes of Scotland Street (not yet released)

My favorite quote:
"It was possible that men, actual men, not adolescent boys and young college boys, might find me attractive-might actually be ok with a woman who was a little overweight, had curves and an ass on her. And here I'd thought Sir Mix-A-Lot wrote "I Like Big Butts' just because it was catchy."
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HASH(0x998f1ce4) étoiles sur 5 Top Pick! - Loved, loved, loved. 8 janvier 2014
Par Smitten by Books - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Honestly, what’s not to love about Before Jamaica Lane?

If you’ve been reading Samantha Young’s On Dublin Street series, you’ll remember that we were introduced to Olivia and Nate in Down London Road (Jo and Cam’s story).

Here’s the quick backstory to how Olivia came to be in Scotland. Olivia’s father was like a father to Jo for the first half of Jo’s life and then went to Arizona when he discovered he had a daughter. That daughter would be Olivia. Her mother dies of cancer and several years later, Olivia and her father go to Scotland, where they both decide to set down roots.

It is through Jo that Olivia meets Nate. Nate is one of Cam’s best buddies, and her attraction to him is immediate. Seriously, Nate is movie-star hot. But he’s a total player. He goes through girls like Kleenex. Plus, the minute he realizes who she is, he stops devouring her with his eyes and shifts their relationship into platonic zone.

Since I’m a total sucker for the friends-to-lover trope, this story totally works for me. They both have this simmering attraction neither will act on—that is until Olivia asks him to help her hook this guy she’s hot for who comes to the library where she works. It starts with a kiss, which of course pretty much rocks both their worlds. Then after Joss and Braden’s wedding (Yay, they get married!), she asks Nate to give her lessons in ‘sex’.

Well you can imagine what happens now. The sex between them is off the charts. Seriously, Ms. Young knows how to write some sizzling hot love scenes. But as you can imagine, what starts out as lessons evolves into something more. Olivia feels it but Nate—hurt by the death of his first love, Alana—won’t allow himself become involved with any woman, which definitely includes Olivia. He even has a tattoo on his chest to memorialize Alana.

Without giving too much away, things come to a head and their “lessons” come to an end. There are hurt feelings and broken hearts. Of course everything works out but I loved the way the denouement played out. I loved that Olivia stood strong even though she desperately wanted to cave. I also grew very fond of Benjamin (the guy from the library she was so hot for). I hope we see or hear from him again in future books.

Can I also say how much I loved catching up with the whole gang. Ellie and Adam, Cam and Jo, Joss and Braden but more importantly, Hannah and Marco. Yes! I wanted to know more about Hannah and Marco when their pairing was introduced in Down London Road. Getting a glimpse into what was going on between them in Before Jamaica Lane only increased my impatience for their story. I was relieved to learn that they will get their own story and Fall From India Place will be coming out in June.

All in all, I adored this book. I fell hard for Nate. I loved the duality of his personality. Playful and laid back, but also passionate and intense. I particularly love him in the scene when he realizes what he’s losing. But then, I’m a sucker for a hero who knows when and how to admit their wrong (some may call it groveling). Olivia is a fantastic heroine. I love how straightforward she is with Nate about her feelings. To me, she’s soft when she needs to be and strong when it’s required of her. Together, Nate and Olivia make a wonderful couple and I can’t wait to discover what happens to them over the next five or so years.

Reviewed by Beverley

Heat Level: Hot/Scorching
Rating: 4.5 Stars Top Pick!
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HASH(0x8b8254d4) étoiles sur 5 3.5 Stars 11 janvier 2014
Par Christine - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
I really liked the story between Nate and Olivia. I love stories that are about best friends turned more. Olivia is insecure and has little to no experience with men. She asks Nate, her best friend and a man who has lot of experience, to teach her about flirting and sex. They make a pact that this will not affect their friendship and that, when all is said and done, they will continue with their friendship like nothing ever happened. Only they did not expect to fall for each other as more than friends.

I am not big when a story revolves or has a lot of sub-stories about the main characters’ friends. This was not that bad, but I did find myself skimming the conversations involving friends and how their relationships were going. It is okay when it is a paragraph or two but friends’ issues were mentioned throughout the book. I wanted to read about Nate and Olivia, not about Joss and Braden. However, I hope Cole gets his story.
If there is a dead significant other than I don’t mind it mentioned and then for the character to move on. Otherwise, it is hard for me to connect with the new relationship. In Before Jamaica Lane, Nate had a girlfriend at 18 that died. Nate is now 28 years old and I have to admit, it kind of bugged me about him. Strangely even though this dead girlfriend was mentioned frequently, I still connected to Nate and Olivia, but I was getting very irate about the whole situation. I was yelling at Nate “NO girl wants to constantly hear about your previous love.” I am so proud of Olivia and this why I admired and loved her so much. She spoke the truth and was not afraid to tell Nate how she felt about his feelings toward this dead girlfriend. Olivia was not weak. I love how she knew what she wanted and was not going to accept anything less.

“I deserve to be loved. All or nothing.”

Bottom line: What I did enjoy about this book was the drama, Nate and his “lessons”, the steam in the story, and last but not least, Olivia. 3.5 Stars

A copy was provided by PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.
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