Sun-Kissed (Au Pairs Series #3)

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In the Hamptons for their third summer, Mara, Eliza, and Jacqui do their best not to get burned on the beach—or in love—in Book 3 of the Beach Lane series.

It’s another summer in the Hamptons for Mara, Eliza, and Jacqui—and babysitting is officially on the back burner.

Mara is the new It Girl of the Hamptons, writing a column about the local nightlife. She has a pass to every hot club, but all her boyfriend ...

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Overview

In the Hamptons for their third summer, Mara, Eliza, and Jacqui do their best not to get burned on the beach—or in love—in Book 3 of the Beach Lane series.

It’s another summer in the Hamptons for Mara, Eliza, and Jacqui—and babysitting is officially on the back burner.

Mara is the new It Girl of the Hamptons, writing a column about the local nightlife. She has a pass to every hot club, but all her boyfriend Ryan wants to do is stay home and cuddle.

Eliza is in relationship bliss with Jeremy, but her hectic fashion internship is limiting their time together. Can they make it work?

Jacqui has decided to forego the no boys rules, especially when three dot.com billionaires move in next door and vie for her affection.

The girls seem to have it all this summer. But as all good Hamptons girls know, looks can be deceiving…and sometimes when the sun shines, it scorches.

The Beach Lane series is created by Alloy Entertainment, producer of bestselling teen and middle grade series including The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, and Pretty Little Liars.

Originally published as part of the Au Pairs series.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lisa Colozza Cocca
Mara, Eliza, and Jacqui are back in the Hamptons. It is the summer after high school graduation and though two of the girls don't know where they will be in September, all three girls manage to snag enviable jobs for the summer. Mara will be reporting on the endless social life of the Hamptons for a local newspaper. Eliza has an internship with a fashion designer. Jacqui is back working as an au pair for a wealthy family. Despite their hectic jobs, the girls manage to take part in the indulgences of a summer on the beach: smoking, under-age drinking, and hooking up with boyfriends and new acquaintances. The girls all face problems, such as dealing with boyfriends that don't understand your work hours and a trio of guys who find out Jacqui has been hooking up with all of them. Mara makes an important decision at the end of the summer, but the process isn't showed in the book. This contemporary novel is told through the third person point of view. It is a light and frivolous beach read that is sure to be devoured by fans of the series. Reviewer: Lisa Colozza Cocca
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442474116
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Series: Au Pairs Series , #3
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 152,507
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of many books including the Beach Lane series, the Blue Bloods series, which has three million copies in print, and the Witches of East End series, which is now an hourlong drama on the Lifetime Network. Frozen, the first book in her new fantasy series, Heart of Dread, is cowritten with her husband. She is a former journalist and has written for Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Marie Claire, and Allure. Melissa attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco, which served as an inspiration for the school in The Ashley Project. She currently lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with her family.

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Sun-Kissed


  • AS THE PILOT CIRCLED LAGUARDIA Airport, Mara waters switched off her iPod mini and put away the Dartmouth College catalog she’d been reading. She looked out of the tiny airplane window down at the Manhattan skyline—a luminous vision of steel and glass obscured by a late-afternoon haze. She’d made the forty-minute shuttle trip from Boston to New York several times now and was familiar with the commute. It was a pleasant enough journey that included stacks of complimentary magazines at the terminal and the company of crisp-looking professionals in worsted wool suits or crumpled corporate khakis, twinkling Bluetooth headsets discreetly curled behind their ears.

It was the first week of June, and barely forty-eight hours ago, she had officially graduated from high school. The ceremony itself had been a relatively straightforward affair, with a dull speech from the myopic valedictorian and the halfhearted singing of the class song (Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway”—chosen by the administration after the class’s real choice, Green Day’s “American Idiot,” was banned). The only excitement had come when a member of the marching band flashed the stage, showing he was wearing nothing underneath his gown as he accepted his diploma. (His brightly uniformed colleagues quickly struck up a sassy bump-and-grind version of “The Strip.”)

Mara had won the English prize, along with a two-thousand-dollar college scholarship. Her mother cried and her father took way too many pictures with his new digital camera while her sisters cheered from the stands. To the hearty beat of “Pomp and Circumstance,” she’d joined the three hundred other Fighting Tigers in tossing their cardboard hats into the air. Afterward, over watery punch and stale Mint Milano cookies at the gym, she’d watched as her classmates exchanged new college e-mail addresses and promised to visit each other the next fall.

If only she had been able to do the same.

Mara frowned at the Dartmouth catalog, feeling envious of the cable-knit-clad coeds photographed studying on the lawn. Wait-listed. That was what the one-page letter inside the slim white envelope had said. Not “yes” or “no”, but “maybe”.

She could find out she’d been accepted in a week or even a few days before school started. Or she could never be accepted at all. Luckily, she’d been offered a place at Columbia with a generous financial aid package, and she’d put down a deposit to hold her place just in case Dartmouth didn’t come through.

So now her whole summer stretched out in front of her, filled with anxiety and dread, since she didn’t know where she would be in the fall. It was just so unfair. Dartmouth was her first choice, her only choice—as far as she was concerned. Ryan, after all, was going to be a junior there.

Ryan. When she thought of his name, she couldn’t help but smile. Ryan Perry. Her boyfriend. It had finally happened—the two of them together at last. They’d met two years ago when Mara was working as an au pair for his younger siblings, and they had immediately hit it off. But other things and other people quickly got in the way. That first summer, Mara still had been with Jim Mizekowski, her high school steady. Mara finally gave Jim the boot the week before she was leaving, and she and Ryan had spent a blissful week together in the Hamptons. But later that winter, Mara broke up with Ryan after feeling totally insecure about the whole background-incompatibility thing—Ryan being one of those boys born to everything, while Mara was a girl who had to work hard for everything in her life.

So they’d spent the second summer apart as well. Mara had found solace in the arms of Garrett Reynolds, the rich, tomcatting heir-next-door, while Ryan sought comfort even closer to home—hooking up with Eliza, one of Mara’s best friends. But that was all in the past now. Garrett was forgotten and Eliza forgiven. Over the past year Mara had often visited Ryan in New York and New Hampshire, and Ryan had finally made the trek to Sturbridge.

All her fears about what he would think—that her house was too shabby, her parents too weird, her sisters too loud—had been immediately dismissed once Ryan arrived. He’d bonded with her dad over football and polished off a record four helpings of her mother’s chicken-fried steak. Megan pumped him for celebrity tidbits from New York (“Your friend did a body shot off Lindsay Lohan? Are you serious?”) while Maureen declared Ryan was a great name for a boy as she patted her pregnant belly. And he hadn’t said a word about the unfinished bathroom with the piece of cloth nailed to the window that substituted as a curtain or the fact that her parents kept the house at a chilly fifty-eight degrees in the middle of winter to save on heating bills.

This summer was going to be the best one yet—she didn’t have to au pair anymore since she’d gotten a job as an intern at Hamptons magazine through a connection of Anna Perry’s. It was a standard entry-level post—fetching, faxing, and answering phone calls for the editor in chief, but it tantalizingly promised a few—underline few—writing opportunities. “We need someone to caption all the party pictures,” her boss had told her. Mara got the impression the job required the ability to accurately distinguish one Fekkai-blond socialite from the other rather than real writing talent, but at least it was a first step on the journalism ladder.

It didn’t pay as much as the nannying gig (irony of ironies), and she would miss the kids and the girls—Jacqui was the only one left working for the Perrys, since Eliza had something else planned, as usual. But the best part of the job was that she would be free to live with Ryan on his dad’s yacht. They were going to live together, like a real couple. It was going to be the most romantic summer ever.

Mara sighed, dreaming of sailing on the bay, Ryan at the helm while she lounged on the deck, suntanning. The two of them kissing while the sun set behind them.

The plane glided into the gate, and Mara turned on her phone, which immediately buzzed with Ryan’s signature callback ring tone: John Carpenter’s Halloween theme. Doo-do-do-do doo-do-do-do . . .

She smiled as she flipped open her phone. So what if she was wait-listed? She was still spending her third summer in the Hamptons with the boy she loved, who was waiting outside the terminal for her arrival.

And no one could take that away from her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2008

    couldn't put it down

    I'm a total book worm and I picked up the first Au Pair book out of pure curiosity... and I instantly fell in love. I love all the different characters and how they all weave into the perfect little family, well sometimes perfect. I cannot wait to read the fourth book so we can see what happens with all our favorite au pairs... lets all hope that ryan and mara can work it out =) i highlyyyy recommend reading this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2006

    totally amazing

    I absolutly LOVE these books. my best friend told me about it and I totally had to go get them and they are so amazing! i'm addicted to them and I'm starting sun-kissed right now and can't wait for the other one already!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2006

    I love these books!!!!

    These r the best books ever!! I liked the first two better but i hope that somehow ryan and mara get back together..I hope that theres another one and it comes out fast!!!!! :)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2006

    I Love all the Girls!

    I can't wait to go out and get this book! I love all the Au Pairs books and cant wait to get started on this one! All the juicy scandals and hookups...ohhh i love it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2006

    LOVE IT

    I've read all of the au pairs books, and i can't WAIT for sun-kissed to come out. Its all about the Hamptons!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2006

    Sink Or Swim Ms Cruz?

    Not as great as the first two but still the same elements.I am intrested to see how she completes the series she shouldn't prolong it like gossip girls which is dragged on and on. Keeping my fingers crossed for mara and ryan!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    Horrible

    This book vas very bad, innapropriate, and had too many bad messages in it. I totally reccomend it for ages 1-10.
    Heerrreeeeeeeeeesey!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Awwesome

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  • Posted February 17, 2010

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    Fun

    I really liked this book too. I am officially hooked on this au pair series. Each book can be read alone or as part of the series which I really like. It seems like too many YAF Series books have very little content and way too much cliff-hanger. These do not. Yay again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2008

    loved it

    i loved this book anyone who likes to read about friends and boys will love this novel i think i might just be in love with ryan perry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2008

    I loved it!

    This book was so good. The entire series is great, but this is the best yet. This is a great teen read. I love how everything is so unexpected. I got my friend to read them and she loves them too. =]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2007

    A reviewer

    I loved this book its very unexpected plot twist and climax. I have this book to many times each time its better and better. Its a perfect book. Its to good to be true. Its a good sequel to skinny dipping #2. I would definitely recommend reading this book.I don't know what I would do without this novel and the other Au Pairs books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2007

    it was good

    i luv this series. it was good but im just hoping if shes gonna make a fourth because this sreies is awesome and i can't stop reading these books and i luv them so much i read them in 2 days also i reread my fav parts lol :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2006

    I love these books!

    The Au Pair series is my favorite summer series! I read both books in about 3 days. I can't wait to get my hands on this one. I love the girls and adventures and everything that happens. This is definatly a page turner.

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