Thursday, July 7, 2016

Swoon Thursday #1 - Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street #3) by Samantha Young

I've been wanting to participate in this for awhile, especially with all the definitely swoon-worthy books I've been reading lately.  Here is how it works:

  • From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering
  • Try to make the swoon excerpt 140 characters (or less), if you are going to tweet about it. Use the hashtag #YABOUND when tweeting
So, this week I'm going to make my swoon from the book that I think will have my forever and ever all time boyfriend, Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street #3) by Samantha Young.  I could go oh so sexy with a swoon moment from him, but I'll go with one from early in the book.

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….

    "Okay.  Next."
I blinked in confusion again.  "Next?"
     "The supposed fat arse?"
The touch of Nate's hand on my ass caused me to jump about ten feet, but he didn't let go, smoothing his hand over my butt and giving it a gentle squeeze.
Whoa, okay, then.
My skin was prickling and there was a suspicious fullness in my breasts and lower belly that I adamantly tried to ignore.
     "Not fat."  Nate leaned close to my ear, speaking in a low voice that did nothing to abate the physical response in my body.  "Curvy.  And I'll let you in on a secret:  There are still men out there that like a woman to be soft under their hands, to have curves, hips, tits, and arse."  He tapped my butt gently with the palm of his hand.  "Its a good arse, babe.  I don't want to hear you refer to it as anything else." 

~p. 66-67

Nate is such a sweetie, starting as Olivia's friend, helping her feel more confident about herself, all the way to where he helps her feel more confident sexually as well!  I love this story, I love Nate.  I love all of Samantha Young's books that I've read so far, but Nate will always be my favorite.