Between Us by Jen McLaughlin
Series: Sex on the Beach
Publication Date: March 4th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Iâ€™m just a girlâ€¦
Iâ€™m a famous country star whoâ€™s spent her life cultivating a good girl persona to avoid bad press, but Iâ€™ve reached my limit. Iâ€™m going away for spring break with my two best friends from college, and weâ€™ve vowed to spend the vacation seeking out fun in the sunâ€”along with some hot, no-strings-attached sex. The only thing I needed was the perfect guy, and then I met Austin Murphy. He might be totally wrong for me, but the tattooed bad boy is hard to resist. When Iâ€™m in his arms, everything just feels right.
And Iâ€™m just a guyâ€¦
Iâ€™m just a bartender who lives in Key West, stuck in an endless cycle of boredom. But then Mackenzie Forbes, Americaâ€™s Sweetheart herself, comes up to me and looks at me with those bright green eyesâ€¦and everything changes. She acts like sheâ€™s just a normal girl and Iâ€™m just a normal guy, but that couldnâ€™t be further from the truth. My past isnâ€™t pretty, you know. I did what I had to do to survive, and sheâ€™d run if she learned the truth about my darkness. But with her, Iâ€™m finally realizing what itâ€™s like to be alive. To laugh, live, and be happy.
All good things must come to an endâ€¦
I really enjoyed this novella. Between Us, the first in the Sex on the Beach series features country super star, Mackenzie Forbes and tattooed bad boy Austin Murphy. *sigh* Theres something about a tattooed bad boy that just screams, Corrupt me! And corrupt he does. Corrupt he does. *wink wink*Â
Mackenzie is looking for a hot spring break fling and to finally get rid of that pesky little thing called virginityall the while being incognito. She doesnt want anyone to recognize her and rat her out to the paparazzi, so when it appears that Austin doesnt know who she is, shes thrilled to take him on a wild ride. Mackenzie may seem like the wild child, but theres a vulnerability to her that you get to see as the story progresses. Shes been hurt before and shes not looking to get hurt again, which is why shell only allow herself a fling. Easier said than done.
Austin Murphys been taking care of his little sister for some time now. Long gone are his bad boy days. Still, when Americas sweetheart is ready to drag him away to have her wicked way with him, he doesnt protest. Austin is more than happy to have a week of hot, no-strings-attached sex with Mackenzie, but as he gets to know her, he unconsciously starts to want a little bit moreand thats not okay in his book. Austin has his fair share of baggage and hes not looking to include any more to that load.
Mackenzie and Austin together were pretty hot on andÂ off the sheets. Even though they both know their relationship is only for a week, they start to peel each others layers little by little. Between Us is a small novella, so things move pretty fast relationship-wise, but still you get to see and feel the sincerity of their relationship. Im always bothered when characters in a book proclaim their everlasting love after five minutes of meeting. Its completely unrealistic! But McLaughlin manages to pull it offeven with the short amount of time Mackenzie and Austin are given. Â As unlikely as it may seem, the country pop star and tattooed bad boy work to unravel each other and the result is unlike theyd ever seen or felt before.
If youre looking for that perfect pool-side read, then the Sex on the Beach series is just for you. Short, steamy, and utterly captivating, Between Us is one to look out for.
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