Before Jamaica Lane : On Dublin Street

  • by Samantha Young
  • Narrated by Angelica Lee
  • Series: On Dublin Street
  • 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Samantha Young’s Before Jamaica Lane, the latest novel from the best-selling author of On Dublin Street. Read by the actress Angelica Lee.
Edinburgh was going to be a fresh start for Olivia Holloway. Crippled by shyness around the opposite sex, Olivia nevertheless meets gorgeous postgraduate Nate Sawyer and decides it is time to push her fears aside. Before long, Olivia and Nate form a close friendship and she finds herself confessing her deepest secrets, and Nate, being her best friend, offers to teach her the art of flirting.
As Olivia and Nate’s friendship turns intense it soon blossoms into a passionate love affair. For the first time Olivia opens her heart but what she doesn’t realise is that Nate has his own fears and just when she finds herself hopelessly falling for him, Nate’s past returns to haunt him. Will Nate have the courage to confide in Olivia, or will he cut and run? And can Olivia face up to her own fears and keep him?
Before Jamaica Lane charts the love trials of characters introduced in Samantha Young’s best-selling prequel, On Dublin Street, and Down London Road.
Samantha Young is a 27-year-old Scottish book addict who graduated from the University of Edinburgh. She currently lives in Scotland. Her previous novels, On Dublin Street, Down London Road and the novella, Until Fountain Bridge, are also published by Penguin.


What the Critics Say

“Scotland’s answer to E.L. James” (Sunday Post)


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Good story but bad Scottish accent.

Another good story from this author but the narration was spoiled by bad Scottish accents.
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- Jen

Read the series, but give this one a miss

Like the previous books in this series, the quality of the writing and narration is very good, although the narrator does sometimes forget to pause between scene changes, which can be disconcerting. However, overall I have to admit to disappointment. I gave the previous books in this series five stars, so my expectations were high, but I simply did not like the plotline. A stunningly beautiful woman would not suffer from crippling shyness just because she missed out on her teenage social life, nursing her sick mother. Furthermore, being able to “turn heads” as she entered a bar is confidence building, not shyness-inducing. The plot gets even more unbelievable when she decides she needs lessons in flirting from her incredibly handsome man-whore best friend. As he is the ultimate “player” and only ever indulges in bar pick ups and one night stands, the only lessons he seemed to give were in how to make a cheap bar hook-up.

Things get really weird when the h then decides she needs to “learn” how to have sex. This results in a lot of sex that was not particularly good. Mostly it involved stripping naked, five minutes of foreplay and then it was over after she achieved, naturally, multiple orgasms with ease. The sex was strangely emotionless and discussed like it was something you needed to learn – like driving a car. The h inevitably falls in love during these sex “lessons”, but we learn that the H is emotionally closed off since the death of his teenage girlfriend, and does not want any relationship. Apparently a rational, intelligent man, with a loving and supportive family, is still grieving his teenage girlfriend ten years after her death. He merrily slept with multiple women, but rejected them if they showed emotion or caring. Accordingly he also rejected the h when she confessed to loving him. His behaviour was self-indulgent, with a thoughtless insensitivity to how his actions could hurt others. As he had a great group of friends, I could not understand why they had not called him out on his crappy behaviour towards women years earlier.

Of course he comes to the realisation that he does love the h, and has to fight to get her back. I was relieved that the h did not forgive him easily, and that she also managed to resist his seduction attempt by telling him that sex was not love. The ending was long and pointless and pretty much all about lots of sex which strangely involved language more suitable for a crudely scripted porn film. Particularly annoying was her endless agonising over how to tell him she was pregnant. They had been in a steady, stable and happy relationship for over a year. So why are we given this pointless inner monologue over whether or not he will be happy about the pregnancy?

On a side note, am I the only one getting sick of the man-whore attitude in a lot of romance books these days. It seems to be ok for a man to indulge in multiple cheap one-night-stands prior to him “falling in love”. This is usually written as a sign of his irresistible attractiveness. But it’s not. It’s just cheap and tacky behaviour and shows a level of immaturity that is not appealing, and a callous disregard for women.

In summary (yeah, I know that I do tend to go on and on in my reviews!), this is not a bad book, just disappointing. Samantha Young is a brilliant, eloquent writer and skilfully moves a story along. I just feel that the plot outline for this one was all wrong, and I remain unconvinced about the longevity of this relationship.
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- Susan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-01-2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Limited