Friday, July 25, 2014
Review: Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street #3) by Samantha Lane
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 third installment in this successful series is the tale Nate and Olivia's friends-to-lovers romance. A happily ever after was never in doubt but the emotional journey there seen through the eyes of Olivia leaves the reader hanging onto every word and desiring to find out what happens next. While the storyline is seemingly familiar in this day and age of new adult publishing, the strength of the characters in this series and the flow of the narration gives the novel that extra stand-out spark. Nate's broken past and his denial of love for Olivia was realistically depicted against a backdrop of family and romantic drama amongst the other secondary characters. All the heartache, friendship, humour and romance reverberates through the reader as the author brings the loveable characters from 'On Dublin Street' back to life once again. Very nice to read on a lazy afternoon when you crave a romantic storyline that is not too heavy, not too light, but just right.