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Product Details

  • Series: Dublin Street
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; Reprint edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451466683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451466686
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (329 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for On Dublin Street:

“This book had some funny dialogue, some amazingly hot sex scenes, and emotional drama. Did I mention the amazing sex scenes?”—Dear Author…

“This is a really sexy book and I loved the heroine’s journey to find herself and grow strong. Highly recommend this one.”—USA Today Happily Ever After

“Young’s voice is riveting, and once I opened the book, I wanted to hang a ‘do not disturb’ sign around my neck until I was finished. This book definitely landed on my 2012 top picks!”—Fiction Vixen Book Reviews

“This book is fun. Sexy. A little dark. While the hero is extremely dominant, he also shows his softer side just when she needs it.”—Smexy Books Romance Reviews

“Every page sizzles when these two get together, but this book is so much more than a hot romp. This book has heart—and lots of it....If you want a book that will lure you in, grab you by the scruff of the neck, and never let you go until you finish reading the last page, then On Dublin Street is the book for you.”—Totally Booked

“Brilliantly written with just the right amount of hotness, sexiness, and romance and everything else in between.”—Once Upon A Twilight

“The chemistry between Jocelyn and Braden was on fire. The characters were believable and more importantly they were lovable…one of the best books I have read in 2012!”—Rainy Day Reads

“This book has it all…romance, fabulously written heat, family, friendship, heartbreak, longing, hope, and an ending that is completely satisfying”—Bookish Temptations

“Lots of heart makes this book an absolute page-turner.”—RT Book Reviews

"Heart-melting romance... exasperation and angst, made for an excellently balanced, all-consuming read." —Maryse's Book Blog

About the Author

Samantha Young is a Scottish book addict who graduated from the University of Edinburgh. She is the New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street and Down London Road.

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Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She's been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestselling novel ON DUBLIN STREET. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha's first adult contemporary romance and has sold in twenty-five countries.

For more info visit Samantha's official website at http://www.samanthayoungbooks.com

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Books123 on January 8, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I know this book is part of the Dublin Street series, therefore, I can't stop thinking about how great On Dublin Street was...and how this book could not hold up upon comparison. Before Jamaica Lane is a sweet story of besties Olivia and Nate. Olivia had major self esteem and body image issues when it came to the opposite sex and therefore enlisted the help of her best friend Nate. No surprise there, drama unfolded from that point on. The plot was very predictable, and even thought the writing was funny (actually the whole book was humorous), i didn't feel all the crazy emotions or any type of attachment to the characters of this volume. I feel like all the writings of Young's subsequent books post on Dublin Street a little rushed. I just read it yesterday, and it is already evaporating from my mind.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christine - SheReadsALot on January 10, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ashuri Chan on January 8, 2014
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I feel like it could have been better. Some scenes seemed rushed than most. I flat out did not like most of the sex scenes, those were rushed the most. She might as well have just said he threw me on the couch and we screwed and then watched a movie.

To be honest though this book....story really didn't seem like it focused on the two main characters. We heard more about Hannah's upcoming story and Joss and Braden's novalla story more than Nate and Olivia's actual story. And I STILL could not understand why, after reading this book, that was in Olivia's POV, why did she still feel the need to visit Joss after the trip? I didn't get it.

She hung out more with Jo and Cam than she did with Ellie and Joss. The characters felt disconnected in the sense they all were a group of friends. I can see how Olivia would be connected and close with Jo and Cam but I don't think the author did a good job when trying to put her together with Ellie and Joss. I sure as heck didn't see what was mentioned in Down London Road about how Olivia and Ellie pretty much clicked because of their love for romance. All she did was ignore Ellie and Joss when they tried to call her.

Speaking of call, is it just me or did just about everyone in the book come off as more of being nosy than they were concerned? That's how it came off, not friends being worried about a friend....if you can even call them friends.

As far as Nate and Olivia goes I thought their friendship was cute and if we are going to put a label on the lessons that was going on, it was obviously a friends with benefits type thing because there was hardly any scene about her using the lessons on Ben. No he became important when everything for Nate and Olivia fell apart. I couldn't really......

It could have better.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Season on January 7, 2014
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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.
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