Title: Before Jamaica Lane
Author: Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #3
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….
On to book 3 in the Edinburgh romantic same-old same-old predictable series, but still hooked me to finish reading it within 2 days. This is my guilty pleasure if you can call it that.
Now we follow Olivia and Nate. The librarian vs. the player.
What. Could. Possibly. Happen. Here.?
This book follows the classic, yet ever-enticing plot of girl asking guy to help her get better at flirting and sure, let’s throw in some sex education as well, because when has that plan ever backfired..
And of course they have to keep it a secret from all their friends and just act like the bestest of friends like they were before this sexy sex ed began. Like that ever works..
Once again in this series we’re dealing with a person (Nate) who is a serious commitment-phobe, because nothing in life has to be easy, especially not the love life.
It was, however, entertaining to read about Olivia’s journey and how she handled all this new knowledge and putting it to the test when she started out as the innocent librarian vs. Nate the player. Classic pairing of opposites attract if I do say so myself. Nothing new, but something us readers do love.
The book didn’t do all that much for me, but was entertaining to read and I was invested in the characters from previous books so that definitely helped a lot.
What is your favourite trope in romance books? I have to say hate-to-love is probably my favourite. I love a good tension between two people that builds and builds until it explodes.