Posted on December 6, 2016
Nonreview: Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young. Where I incoherently blabber.
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 brokenhearted. 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….
From the first book I’ve read by Samantha Young I knew I found a favorite author. It’s like she writes her love stories just for me and makes me feel all the feels. She adds right amount of sexual chemistry, angst and heartache, and it works for me every single time.
And the romance in this book was so perfect. It was swoony friends-to-lovers story. Olivia and Nate’s easy camaraderie warmed my heart. The sexual chemistry was off charts. I love this trope when inexperienced heroine asks help from an experienced hero, so she can seduce some guy; only she falls in love with her teacher instead.
Nate… He totally won my heart. You know, I have a favorite type of romantic hero – a good-looking charismatic charmer. And Nate was just that.
There are many layers to this book. Nate’s tragic past, Olivia’s loss of her mother, her insecurities, strong family presents (Olivia’s relationship with her dad, Nate’s parents), friendships and more. But I’m in such a swoony place right now that I can’t write a proper review.
I realize that I incoherently blabber only about the romance and don’t say much about the book. I stop my non-review right here, so I can reread my favorite scenes and swoon some more.
Why are you still here? Go and read or reread this book.