Between Us: Sex on the Beach

Between Us: Sex on the Beach

by Jen McLaughlin

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I'm just a girl...

I'm a famous country star who's spent her life cultivating a good girl persona to avoid bad press, but I've reached my limit. I'm going away for spring break with my two best friends from college, and we've vowed to spend the vacation seeking out fun in the sun--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 I'm in his arms, everything just feels right.

And I'm just a guy...

I'm just a bartender who lives in Key West, stuck in an endless cycle of boredom. But then Mackenzie Forbes, America's Sweetheart herself, comes up to me and looks at me with those bright green eyes...and everything changes. She acts like she's just a normal girl and I'm just a normal guy, but that couldn't be further from the truth. My past isn't pretty, you know. I did what I had to do to survive, and she'd run if she learned the truth about my darkness. But with her, I'm finally realizing what it's like to be alive. To laugh, live, and be happy.

All good things must come to an end...

* * *This is a New Adult book. It is not intended for readers under the age of seventeen. * * *

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149304059
Publisher: Jen McLaughlin
Publication date: 03/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 143
Sales rank: 117,052
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jen McLaughlin is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She writes steamy, bestselling New Adult books for the young and young at heart. Her first release, Out Of Line, came out September 10, 2013. It hit both lists within the first week of release. She also writes bestselling Contemporary Romance under the pen name Diane Alberts. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

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Between Us: Sex on the Beach 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 123 reviews.
sharonc06 More than 1 year ago
Between Us by Jen McLaughlin is one of three book in the Sex on the Beach  Series.   Mackenzie Forbes has taken her two friends to Key West for Spring Break.  She want all of them to have fun and a fling.   Austin Murphy is the tattooed bartender she meets.  Mackenzie is a famous country singer who is looking to have a little vacation from bad press she has received..  Austin doesn't have pretty past and is hoping to keep it in the past.  I love how Jen McLaughlin tells the story for both Mackenzie and Austin points of view.  You can to see both characters hopes and fears.  As the story goes on you can't to see how there relationship builds.  This book was hard to put down.  I highly recommend this book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mackenzie knows what she wants and that girl goes for it! Her and Austin live in two separate worlds, and baby - LOOK OUT - it's a magical tsunami when they collide! I loved being along for the ride. 4 Stars for me!
michellecm More than 1 year ago
Loved this short, sweet, fun, book! I've enjoyed other books by Jen Mclaughlin, and this one did not disappoint....except maybe that it was too short! I could have read more about Mackenzie (a famous country singer)and Austin (a sexy tattooed, bartender/almost famous musician! Both characters agree to a "Spring Break" only fling and quickly find that a week is not enough. This book is one of 3 short novellas by 3 different authors (the other two authors are Jennifer Probst and Jenna Bennett)that follows 3 close friends Break vacation to Key West. While I thought it unlikely that love at first sight could be pulled off in novella, Jen did a fantastic job! I'm looking forward to reading the other 2 novellas in the Sex on the Beach series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Liked this a lot. Is it the best? No. But it's a short, fun read (130 pages). The only thing I didn't like was the hero, ergo 4 stars. Sure, he sounded hot. But he was arrogant and he seemed really harsh to me. Words affect people and most of the time I didn't like what came out of his mouth. Not the dirty talk. THAT I can get on board with. He just seemed to have a huge chip on his shoulder. No matter, I will still read again. I highly recommed Quinn's story if you haven't read it yet, Cassie's not so much (lacking romance).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is book one in the sex on the beach series. three books by three different authors they were ok not what I would have expected from Jen McLaughlin or Jennifer Probst and well I really don't know Jenna Bennett's work I have read all three books and I got them for .99cents each they are all short less than 150 pages and so not worth 2.99 each
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Between Us was everything I wanted in a sexy and romantic novella. I love this Sex on the Beach series and I hope these writers will consider writing a follow-up novella series following these characters. Not that the stories weren't complete as they are, but darn it, I want more of these characters.  Mackenzie just wants to escape the limelight, get laid and have a good time while on spring break with her friends. A country singer with a reputation that's far from truthful, she just wants to live a little. When she meets Austin, she thinks he will be the perfect fling. What she doesn't expect is that she will connect with him in another way, as well.  Austin, the bartender with a past, lives in Key West. He has a lot of secrets and manages to keep most of them by not getting close with others. When he hooks up with Mackenzie, he expects it to be just another fling. He's no stranger to them, after all. He doesn't do relationships. But, after spending some time with Mackenzie, he realizes that maybe this time he wants to.  I adored both Mackenzie and Austin. They were easy to like and connect with and I found myself completely invested in their story. I loved the chemistry between them. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't all perfect. Their fling was probably as un-fling like as possible, but that's what I loved about it. They were both keeping secrets and both had serious trust issues that led to some big disagreements. (It also led to me yelling at them to trust each other and be honest!) But there was no denying the attraction and the feelings they felt for each other, regardless how hard they each tried.  Between Us made me feel all the feels. This novella had depth, and so did the characters. It also had some seriously romantic and super sexy moments. It, too, fit in so nicely with the other books in the Sex on the Beach series. If you like sweet and sexy new adult romances, I really can't recommend this novella, or this series, highly enough.  I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
shirley_frances More than 1 year ago
This was such a great story to get into! It was fun, light on the angst and packed-full of hotness and romance. I enjoyed the way Jen McLaughlin went about telling this story. From the beginning, I was intrigued by Mac's situation and her quest to have the time of her life in Key West. She was fun, caring and flirty, which complemented Austin's sexiness and protective side well. I loved that she was feisty and confident, while Austin was both caring and understanding of Mac's situation. I think they brought the best out of each other which made me cheer them on as the story moved along. Of course their chemistry was off-the-charts HOT, but for me what made this story worth it was the amount of moments that they spent just sharing their lives with each other. Through flirtatious banter, honest interactions and tender moments, the author made sure that Mac and Austin's initial connection deepened. I liked that they kept trying to keep their emotions out of the equation and that love ultimately kicked them in the ass. Like I said, this was not an overwhelming angsty story, but it did have some emotional moments, which coupled with the sizzling chemistry Mac and Austin shared made this a very enjoyable read for me. *I received an ARC copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion as a participant of this event.
Allyson0 More than 1 year ago
I have now read all three books in this Series, and loved each one! Each book tells a story filled with, romance and trials to overcome. Each story is touching and a great read! This was Mac's and Austin's Story. Mac was a big time country singer, that needed a break. In order to do that, her and her two best friends went to Key West for Spring Break with certain goals in mind, relaxation, un-attached sex and fun. I really liked Mac's Character, she was funny, caring, compassionate, supportive, and very down to earth even though famous. Mac's childhood wasn't the easiest, and as she got older people wanted to use her. Those facts caused her to have trust issues. Austin was an a bartender, completely different from guys Mac had dealt with in the past. Austin had his own demons and hellish past. Austin was sexy, stubborn, strong, protective, an alpha male but was also sweet, considering and caring. The banner between the two had me laughing at times. The chemistry was through the roof though. I highly recommend this book. It was a fun, steamy, heartwarming read. I can't wait for Jen McLaughlin' s next book. I was given an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, All thoughts and Opinions are my own.
BJsBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Mackenzie is a 21-year-old country music superstar. And even though there were nasty rumors in the news about her - she's still a virgin. That's why she and her 2 best friends want to spend spring break in Florida - to have fun and even more important, to lose their virginities! Mac changes her hair color, puts on a huge hat and goes looking for a guy - and she finds her 'victim' in a bar. He's all tattoed bad boy. And she starts flirting and propositioning him! He's very interested, but because of who she is, he's not sure he needs all the problems that come with being with a superstar. But he can't resist her - and being a bad boy gentleman - he takes her to her hotel-room and leaves her there. Because she's pretty drunk, and he doesn't want her to be regretting anything in the morning. That's how it starts with Mac & Austin. ♥ They spend a wonderful time together - but she IS a superstar - and that soon starts making problems. .... And not only her being famous is a problem - Austin has some secrets of his own that could destroy those new feelings they both start to have for each other... Add some lies & or lies of omission and it's all getting really complicated... Will they be able to overcome all those issues and live Happily Ever After??? YOU HAVE TO READ IT TO FIND OUT!!!¿ I really enjoyed the story! Austin is such a hot and sweet guy. With a sad and violent past, but now he's a responsible adult who's trying to do the right thing for everybody. Mac is so sweet and innocent, she's just a good person and I think those 2 are the perfect couple - they belong together. This was a really great & hot & sexy 'smelling-of-ocean-and-sunscreen-and-male-bodywash' New Adult Romance! I LOVED IT!!!
Shel-1985 More than 1 year ago
 I love how down to earth and real these characters are. Mackenzie is a sweet country girl trying to have some fun with friends on spring break, and Austin is a local bad boy wanting to help her out with that. It all about fun and letting loose until the real world comes crashing down around them. I highly recommend this book, it's also a series of three books by three different authors called Sex on the Beach, a most read!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This is part of the Sex on the Beach trilogy about three college friends away on spring break. This is the story of Austin local bad boy and Mackenzie famous country star. The couldn't be more wrong for each other. Both have secrets and no time in their lives for love but sometimes things just happen! A fast paced fun sexy read I though was incredible. Highly recommended.
chucha_13 More than 1 year ago
Mackenzie Forbes just wanted to be NORMAL.  But how can you be when you’re considered to be America’s sweetheart and have all the paparazzi chasing after you wherever you go, trying to get you into compromising, or humiliating scenarios just for money? It’s no question why TRUST was an issue for Mackenzie. She had been betrayed several times, even by someone she trusted the most. So, armed with subtle disguise, she is off with two of her college best friends on a spring break. She wanted to enjoy the sun, the beach, the party and probably some no-strings attached sex without the media trying to expose her. She wanted the perfect guy – she wanted Austin Murphy. But Austin was far from perfect - “I don’t tell people about myself, and I don’t bond. I don’t ever want more than a quick f**k and a goodbye.” Tattooed, bad boy with a lot of secrets hidden beneath him – he may not be the perfect guy, but he was perfect for her.  Austin Murphy didn’t have the perfect past, heck, his present and his future was even uncertain. He had a lot of issues and responsibilities on his shoulders. But when Mackenzie Forbes sat in front of him, his dull, boring life suddenly became different. She tried to act like she was just a nobody, but he thought differently. Even in disguise, she still stood out. It was all for the spring break – there was an expiration date. They were perfect for each other. Mackenzie was comfortable with him, he was creeping into her heart, and it was something both of them didn’t see coming. But when trust was questioned, betrayal was accused and the dark past were uncovered - what happens next?  You get to fall in love with these two amazing characters who shared almost the same painful past. Mackenzie just wanted to experience normalcy in her life for once, she deserved it after everything that she had been through. She just wanted someone who wouldn’t sell her to the tabloids. Austin – he had a dark past he wasn’t really proud of – but what he’s doing right now made up for every past mistake he has done. He would put everything, and anything, (even Mackenzie) behind his responsibility, and it was noble of him.  BETWEEN US is a short and sexy read. I loved the characters, and enjoyed the fast-paced plot. I did not dare put it down, I was hooked to my Kindle until the last page, with my heart on my throat, wondering when this was all going – hoping that both of them would get their HEA. The anticipation, and sleeping in the wee hours of the morning was totally worth it.  ¿ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.¿
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That sounds great but where is res one?
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This book won't load. I've tried deleting it and reloading and still nothing. Anyone else having this problem?
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I take mine off.
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Walks in.
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Loved it!!
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ANYDAY!!! im 14, medium length light brown hair, blue eyes, and will f**k you anytime ( as long as you wear a condom;)im hot, horny, and will do anything you want me to!:) we could meet up, make out, and have s.ex!!! But thats only if youre interested;) you can suck my boobies all you want!!;);) just respond back:)
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He walks in LIKE A BOSS