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Tan Lines

Tan Lines

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by J. J. Salem

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During one unforgettable season at a Hamptons summer share, three women's journeys unfold thrill by thrill and shock by shock, in this addictive story about the illusions of glamour, the dark side of success and the elusiveness of love.
Liza Pike--She's the It Girl for topical feminist spin--beautiful, successful, and ferociously fearless. But as the media


During one unforgettable season at a Hamptons summer share, three women's journeys unfold thrill by thrill and shock by shock, in this addictive story about the illusions of glamour, the dark side of success and the elusiveness of love.
Liza Pike--She's the It Girl for topical feminist spin--beautiful, successful, and ferociously fearless. But as the media props her up to be the millennium's new Gloria Steinem, she's falling into all the old traps she cautions other women to avoid...
Kellyanne Downey--She's been holding out for her big break as an actress while enduring a series of dead end jobs and playing mistress to a rich developer. But now she's wondering why the phenomenal looks that were supposed to take her all the way are leading her to the edge of nowhere...
Billie Shelton--She's the indie-rock bitch goddess with an appetite for self-destruction. Men are candy, drugs are fuel, girlfriends are disposable commodities, and in her world, looking out for number one is the only way to live...
Tan Lines portrays the passions, triumphs, and heartbreaks of modern women with a sly intelligence and wickedly sharp prose that will hook you to the last page.

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Publishers Weekly

Salem's debut is another in the long line of slick commercial thrillers that cast a trio of powerful female protagonists into their own personal hell as each encounters a pitfall sure to upset the balance of their everyday, fast-paced lives. With all of these intriguing female leads running around, Christopher Lane is a strange choice for narrating duties. As strong voiced and commanding as Lane is, his talents just aren't suited for this particular tale; a strong female narrator would surely have captured the very essence of each well-crafted and endlessly flawed character. The final result is surely less thrilling than Salem would have liked. A St. Martin's Press hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 7).(July)

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Library Journal

The sexy feminist, the too-pretty actress who can't get a break, and the fading rock star-this unlikely trio rents a summer home in the Hamptons, NY. The prolog tips us off to a murder, a baby, and a meltdown, and it's difficult not to dread the ensuing plotline. Plenty of scorching sex and tabloid-style name-dropping keep the stereotypical characters busy. Purchase accordingly. [See Prepub Alert, LJ3/15/08.]

—Teresa Jacobsen

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Page Six sizzled with hot items about a grisly murder, a premature birth, and a public meltdown.

Faye Hudson of North Bay Lane in East Hampton devoured the main gossip headlines, amazed that all of them involved the three girls who signed last year’s summer share lease on the very property she called home nine months of the year.

Liza Pike, Kellyanne Downey, and Billie Shelton.

Faye rarely remembered the young singles who made their invasion of the Hamptons a summer ritual, hitting the streets and beaches like locusts on crops. Year after year, a new set would come and go. The names and faces were sketchy, as the previous season’s residents often blurred into the next. Usually, they were just cash to her, a way to finance her de cadent summers in the south of France. But this last group had been different. Sin by sin, their sordid lives were played out in the traditional columns and online gossip sites. Scandal. It seemed to be the new generation’s proof of life.

Tossing the New York Post aside, Faye pushed through the French doors and stepped out onto the balcony. She would read the rest later. The sun shone a bright, mellow glow, every Hollywood lighting director’s dream. Eastern Long Island was magical that way.

The clatter of men at work boomed louder and louder from the living room. They were replacing the hardwood floors, stripping the walls, carting away the furniture. Thank God. She could not look at those ghastly bloodstains one more day.

But it would take more than an extreme home make over to get the place in proper shape for the rental season. Once upon a time, her house had been Pottery Barn perfect. Now she wondered if anyone would show an interest in occupying it this year, even at a drastically cut rate.

These days, her home radiated a certain Amityville quality. People cruised by slowly in their cars, windows down, fingers pointing, no doubt re-creating the brutal scene in their voyeur is tic minds. Fifteen stab wounds. And they said she had put up a ferocious fight.

Faye banished the image from her mind as a slight mist began to form in her eyes. The newspaper beckoned. She stepped back inside to consume all the details. It was a heady realization to vividly recall the way those girls had been in the beginning, before everything had gone so wrong. No one ever could have imagined that it would all come down to this.

Suddenly, last summer…

Excerpted from Tan Lines by J. J. Salem

Copyright © 2008 by J. J. Salem

Published in 2008 by St. Martin’s Press

All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher

Meet the Author

J.J. Salem is a USA Today bestselling author whose work has been published in several languages. He lives in the Southeast.

J.J. Salem is a USA Today bestselling author whose work has been published in several languages. His books include The Strip and Tan Lines. He lives in the Southeast.

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Tan Lines 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
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Lemer11 More than 1 year ago
Never read anything quite like this. Very "raw", but loved the twists and turns of the story, all the way to the surprise ending. Loved all the references to the celebrity lifestyle, too. Love reading stories of empowered women, but these three were a little out of control!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book to read on the beach if you're expecting constant interruptions, silly at times, but entertaining throughout.
EB60 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book very much until it's lackluster ending. It was almost as if the author tired of writing and just quit.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is deffinately not what it looks like on the cover. It is a great read, I could hardly put it down.
drbcabarete More than 1 year ago
What one thinks one is to get, one doesn't. This is a difficult piece to read and not that pleasant. Silly in many ways and ugly. The characters are one sided and innane. Other than the scenery of the location it has very little. Don't waste your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As someone who writes all day long myself, it was a bit of a shocker to discover I disliked this book so much that I ended up recycling it. If I had been home - I would have returned it to the store. NOT a nice summer read, or even a trashy one. It makes you wonder what the author and editors were thinking when they publish a book that mimics the horrible premise of the book - with no characters being redeemed and the strong, healthy woman in the book being brutally murdered, another descending into the hold of addiction and yet another being raped and humiliated until her "keeper" dies. Whew. It doesn't get better as it goes along...I know, I kept thinking it might. Nope.
DebDD More than 1 year ago
If you like Jackie Collins you will like this author also.
FlaChick More than 1 year ago
I really loved the charaters and the story. However, I could have done without the expicit sex and drug scenes. To me, the author seemed to go overboard with this. This was a great story without all the graphic sex. That's just over kill in my opinion. To tell the truth, I didn't realize this was written by a man until half way through the book. I looked inside the back cover. I should have known with the sex talk that women just don't think or write like that. Don't try so hard next time. A good story doesn't need it.
emmi331 More than 1 year ago
Posted May 11, 2009, 2:44 PM EST: Can't get to the beach this summer? Not to worry - grab a cold lemonade and this book, then settle into a lounge chair on your deck or patio and it will be almost the same! In the tradition of those great beach books by Jacqueline Suzanne and Sydney Sheldon, Tan Lines delivers for sheer entertainment value. Three young women's lives converge during one hot (in more ways than one) summer in the Hamptons. All of them have issues with men. This book gets a couple of extra points for having one character who's a feminist writer condemning the ongoing degradation of women. Then the point is proven as we watch the three women degrading themselves in various ways. Plenty of naughty sex, lots of scandal, and a great beach setting keep the action going. Mr. Salem also seems to know the name of every clothing and accessory designer in the business, as their names come up in any situation involving getting dressed - or undressed. I give the book five stars not for being great literature - which it isn't - but for delivering exactly what the cover promises.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Great read!! Finished within two days. Could not put the book down, it leaves you wanting more...can't wait for the next one from JJ Salem!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What Can I say?... Except for READ THIS BOOK! Do your self a favor and pick it up today b/c you won¿t be sorry. J. J. Did a GREAT job and I can¿t wait to read his next novel. Hurry up J. J.! This was so indulgent and an easy, but highly interesting read. Here is the 1st line of his book (just to give you a taste): ¿There are eight thousand nerve endings in the clitoris, and this son of a bitch couldn¿t find any of them.¿ Ha! I read that in BN and I had to pick it up.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the Hamptons, the three women arrive for a summer of renewal as none are happy at the moment. Political expert Liza Pike is thinking of divorcing her post 9/11 firefighting spouse Justin, but is thinking of future children with or without him. Depressed former actress Kellyanne Downey is tired of being the mistress of affluent businessman Walter Isherwood, who treats her with possessive scorn. Finally indie rocker Billie Shelton thinks her career is over and perhaps her life with it.--------------- This trio meets at a rental they share for the summer. However, whether their TAN LINES predict a happy ending seems unlikely as the most wonderful summer of their lives includes a fifteen stabbing killing, a premature baby, and a public humiliation just another day at the beach in Long island.-------------- TAN LINES is a delightful contemporary fiction tale starring three wonderful females who ¿bond¿ suddenly last summer at the Hamptons. Each comes out there for renewal and escape from the testosterone scum in their lives, but sometimes you get what you wish for. The descriptions by the lead trio make the tale as verbal slicing and dicing especially of their respective significant other is fun to follow while everything goes wrong.----------- Harriet Klausner