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Before Jamaica Lane

(On Dublin Street #3)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  38,642 ratings  ·  2,879 reviews
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 neve
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by NAL
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Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Before Jamaica Lane is the third installment in the ODS series. I love Samantha Youngs writing, and with the exception of On Dublin Street, this is my favorite book of hers yet! It was a wonderful combination of funny, steamy, swoony, sweet and ansgty. A beautiful friends to lovers story!

Olivia has been to Scotland for a while now. She’s settling in. She has a job she loves as a librarian, her father, her ‘family’ which consists of Jo and Cole, and her friends. Nate has become one of her very be
This audiobook has been sitting on my shelf for at least a year. After being disappointed by the second book in this series, I figured that this series had lost it's luster for me. If it weren't for the fact that I've made it a personal mission to listen to all the books sitting on my Audible shelf, I probably would have continued to ignore this one. Lucky for me, I didn't. This story was fantastic!

'Before Jamaica Lane' tells the story of Olivia and Nate. Close friends, they never explored their
mel ☽
reread #idfk i reread this too many times5 stars

this is my favorite friends to lovers book of ALL. TIME. also, this is the best book in the series imo. like, Joss and Braden who?? i can't think of any other friends to lovers books that would top this cuz this is s u p e r i o r. like the 5-star michelin steak, only the 1% can afford it kind of superior.

even though my reading taste has changed a lot, i still love this book and this is my go-to reread if i read something with shitty grovelling
Blacky *Romance Addict*

I am a huge sucker for the best friends to lovers thing, and this one worked for me splendidly :D

It was so sweet and swoony, even angsty at some points and *sigh*, I just loved it <3

4.5 Stars


An excellent friends to lovers story! I loved every minute of this book. Both Olivia and Nate were wonderful characters and their story was fun, sexy and sweet.

"It’s a manwhore miracle"

Olivia is lacking confidence in dating, men and sex. Nate lost his first love at 17, and has embraced the manwhore life style. Nate has tons of experience and Olivia has none, so Nate becomes Olivia's teacher.


The lines begin to blur for these best friends, can their friendship survive these lessons
5 STARS! ★★★★★

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

I can't remember the last time a book has made me feel the way I did after this one. It involves a) asking myself where has this book been all my life b) kicking myself very hard for not reading this sooner c) wanting to stay in this fictional world forever d) wishing that I could have this kind of all-consuming love in my life.

I've read On Dublin Street a year ago and while it still remains as one
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
5 stars!!!


I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS BOOK!!! It was fun, steamy, had a swoony, to-die for hero, a lovable heroine, and oh my god, the HUMOR!! I had a goofy grin on my face the entire time I read this gem of a story. Samantha Young’s writing is crazy addicting, and she combines just the right amount of angst, humor, and romance to create these passionate, all-consuming stories that hit the right spot. And I have to say, even though On Dublin Street will probably always be my favorite and have a spec
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

"You're the first person I though of"
"The only one I wanted here with me."

Wow I loved it!!!I didn't like the previous book and I wasn't sure for this one! But after I read some of the reviews I decided to read it!! And I wasn't disappointed!! This was really good!! I loved the story and the characters!!! There were so many emotional scenes. I really wanted to cry!!
I didn't want this book to end!! I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite books from this
A fantastic book to begin the year!
You should definitely read this book.
What held me captive was Nate and Olivia. The moment they were introduced in Down London Road you know they will just "click" as a couple and eager to want to have their own book, I'm happy that they got one and it was awesome.
The highlight in the story was their engaging relationship.
Their chemistry together made the sexy scenes explosive.
How they connect emotionally because of their past intertwined them and made their bon
4,5 Seductive Stars!!

This starts when Olivia asks Nate to give her seduction lessons.
After all, Nate is a sexy-as-sin playboy who jumps from one-night-stand to another and Olivia is a shy girl that doesn’t know exactly how to connect with the opposite gender.
Since they are best-friends and geeks-soul-mates they believe that it will not going to interfere with their friendship. (Yeah, right.)


So, since you all see where this is going, I’ll be short. Obviously their agreement starts to change th
Geri Reads
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-my-loves
5 stars!!

WARNING: This review may contain slight spoilers and copious amount of sentences starting with "I loved..."

I've always been a sucker for books with a friends-to-lovers theme and Before Jamaica Lane is one of the better ones out in the sea of books with similar tropes. Yes, the recurring themes in this book has been done a number of times but what set this apart from other books is the connection and the chemistry between the two main characters.

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We met Olivia and Nate during Cam and
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 bo

Title: Before Jamaica Lane
Series: On Dublin Street #3
Author: Samantha Young
Release Date: January 7th, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Cliffhanger: No
HEA: (view spoiler)

Samantha Young once again done a very well job. I can only congratulate her writing this wonderful mix of fluffy, fuzzy emotions, angst, hot sex and heartwarming romance. Before Jamaica Lane is a cute story that I highly recommend to every fan of ‘best friends to lovers’ kind of stories. Why? Because it made me laugh,
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
4.5 Stars

Lines were being blurred, and other lines were actually being crossed. There were a whole lot of lines and none of them were of a solid consistency.

I only have one question after finishing this book: WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE?! I have no idea why I didn't continue with this series after reading On Dublin Street when it just came out. I'll blame my mile long TBR. But after hearing all about Nate from gushing GR friends, I figured it was way past time we get introduced.
Rachel Reads Ravenously
Reread May 2020: still holds up

**5 stars!**

“You'll end up living a lonely life if you're waiting around for perfect.”

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So, it's no secret that I absolutely adore Samantha Young's books. There seems to be the perfect balance of angst, happy, and emotional in her writing formula that just works for me as a reader. Ever since I read On Dublin Street, I've been not so subtlety shoving her books down my friends' throats for them to read.

Before Jamaica Lane is the story of library assistan
4.5 Stars

"You have next to no experience and I have too much.”
My mouth twisted with annoyance. “It’s not really a good time to brag about that shit, Nathaniel.”
He grinned at me. “I’m not bragging. I’m helping.”
“Helping you.”
“Helping me how?”
“Helping you get laid.”

That’s it Nate. Take one for the team! Olivia and Nathaniel have been best friends for nine months, ever since meeting through the rest of the Dublin Street crowd. Olivia’s been insanely attracted to Nate from the beginning, b
The Burning Rose (Jess)
5/5 stars.
Aw Liv and Nate are so cute. Review to come.
• Lisa •
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"One simple lesson in seduction between two friends can turn into so much more."


I loved everything, and I mean everything about this perfectly romantic novel. I've been told over and over again that I would love this story, and to those of you who knew me enough well of course you were completely correct. I didn't want this book to ever end. This story came complete with the perfect heroine, an outrageously gorgeous hero and a story line that left me weak at the knees, br
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Nate and Olivia are best friends but can their friendship survive being lovers as well?


• Olivia...I think we can all relate to her in one way or another. I loved her humor and especially her growth.

• Nate...Wow, he really won me over. I liked him before but I guess I never caught on to how yummy he is! His growth was a little harder to read.

• The lessons...OMG, where was my Nate when I needed him? Scratch that...all girls need a Nate!

• Olivia's lingerie.

• Liv and Nate's
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

Before Jamaica Lane
is a best-friends-that-turn-into-something more type of romance, albeit, VERY reluctantly and with some heartache along the way. This was such an addictive read I read it in one day, but I can’t say I’m surprised with this story coming from one of my favorite romance authors: Samantha Young.

Olivia has moved to Scotland with her father for a fresh start and to be closer to her father’s sort of adopted daughter, Jo. Olivia is ready for the move after caring for her mo
4 Stars

Overall Opinion: I liked this one. I like the friends-to-more type stories, and this didn't disappoint. I was frustrated with the H, but he made up for it in the end with some good grovel -- which I've found is necessary for me to like a character again. We all make mistakes and have our own baggage we bring into relationships, but I think it is crucial that we acknowledge our mistakes and grow from them. I feel like both of these characters did that, and they ended up being better indi
Jennifer Kyle
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

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Wow Samantha Young has a fantastic sense of humor! This book had fun banter, one HOT couple, and a terrific group of great friends. What a good read!

Olivia was a lovable heroine who I found to be very relatable. I LOVED her sense of humor, her insecurities and her courage to ask for MORE!!

Nate and Olivia have a terrific friendship and these two would be a perfect couple…

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"Nate, your commitment phobia is showing again." He turned to me in mock horror.

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The On Dublin Street series has been all over the place for my star ratings:

»On Dublin Street was definitely ★ ★ ★ ★ ★. I loved that book.
»Down London Road was ★ ★. I felt bored through the majority of the book.
»Before Jamaica Lane is ★ ★ ★.

I spent the first 19% of the book trying to keep tracking of all the characters. It felt like character chaos. I made cliff notes (see below) so I could refer to them as I was reading. I suppose that is expected when you read book 1 in 2012, book 2 in 201
Jacqueline's Reads
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 4-star-books

4 Stars

I loved On Dublin Street, it was a six star read for me, so I was pretty excited for Down London Road. So, I was pretty shocked on how disappointed I was with Down London Road, considering how much I loved book 1. Now, it’s Before Jamaica Lane and I really, had no expectations.

Before Jamaica Lane is pretty much an adorable read, from start to finish. Samantha Young is getting back to her roots and I think she’s writing more romance than angst, and I’m very grateful for that. Although
Ramona Popescu
The Dublin Street books are one of my favorites book of all time! I connected at such a deep level with all the characters and loved spending my time with them. I managed to enter their big family and soon I felt part of them, without ever wanting to leave.
Samantha Young did a great job in creating such great and strong heroes, that surely leave a mark on her readers.

In "Before Jamaica Lane" we get to read the story of Liv, Jo's sister and Nate, Cam's best friend. Since the second book, we got

All my friends loved this book. The friends-to-lover and learning-seduction troupes are my favorites! What could go wrong? As it turns out, everything.

I really didn't like the way it was written. I think the language may have hindered me from enjoying what could have been a good story. I don't care for 1-POV past tense. I really missed Nate's perspective. But worse than that, it was written in tell-not-show mood. The author wrote stuff like "I felt so attracted" instead of writing about the actu
Rachel E. Carter
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-paperback
Loved it. I don't write long reviews for contemporary books, and especially NA, simply because I never have much to say but I will highlight: THE FEELS. I am extremely picky with tropes and I DNF or dislike most NA books I read (some I never even bother to put on GR because I DNF within first three chapters) and this one was perfect. Best friend Nate (love that name!) helps the MC become confident enough to ask out this guy/get his notice by teaching her things. The way the romance was portrayed ...more
Spoilers ahead, 2.5 just too messy for me stars

Normally this is a book I wouldn't touch. Friends to lovers is a really tough trope for me ESPECIALLY if they have feelings for each other yet the H continues to sleep around. However a few gr buddies said he had to really work for it for her to give him a chance but I'm honestly not seeing stomach is actually rolling at how much of a manwhore he is. So far I've got

1) They become friends because of mutual friends, she's attracted to him fro

Actually, I love this whole freaking series
. On Dublin Street remains one of my all-time fave reads, and Samantha Young just keeps adding to the awesome by introducing new characters and building on the fantastic bunch of family and friends that she set up in the very beginning. I love that each new book provides us with not only new characters to love, but the characters from previous books are always closely hanging around, so we also get the continuation of their
December 2016 Re-Read:
I think whoever uploads digital content for my local library has been on vacation because the selection of new content is just sad. What to do, what to do. Re-reading tried and true favorites was my solution. Before Jamaica Lane was the first to come to mind. It's just as good as the two other times I've read it ♥

March 2015 Re-Read:
So a week or so ago I was in a reading slump and decided to re-read one of my personal favorites, which just happens to be the first in this ser
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Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She's been nominated for several Goodreads Choice Awards. Samantha writes adult contemporary and paranormal romance, YA urban fantasy and YA contemporary fiction and is currently published in 31 countries.
She resides in Scotland.


Other books in the series

On Dublin Street (6 books)
  • On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street, #1)
  • Down London Road (On Dublin Street, #2)
  • Fall from India Place (On Dublin Street, #4)
  • Echoes of Scotland Street (On Dublin Street, #5)
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