Monday, 10 March 2014

Review + #Giveaway: Sex on the Beach Series

Dear Reader,

Prepare yourself for Sex on the Beach, a trilogy featuring BETWEEN US (Jen McLaughlin), BEYOND ME (Jennifer Probst), and BEFORE YOU (Jenna Bennett). Three separate novellas. Three different authors. One literary world. Read them all, or just read one. It's up to you! No matter which route you choose, these standalone novellas are sure to satisfy your need for sizzling romance and an emotion packed story.

 BEYOND ME by Jennifer Probst
New Adult Contemporary Romance

Spring break in Key West with my besties was supposed to be casual fun. But I never expected to meet James Hunt. Sex and frolic? Yes! A relationship? No. But his hot blue eyes and confident manner drew me in. And when he let me see the man behind the mask, I fell hard, foolishly believing there could be a future for us. Of course I never considered our relationship might be based on lies...or that his betrayal could rock my foundation and make me question everything I believed in...    

The moment I saw Quinn I knew I had to have her. She hooked me with her cool eyes and don’t touch me attitude. I had it all, money, social status, and looks. I could get any girl I wanted...until her. When my friends challenged me with a bet to get her into bed by the end of the week, I couldn’t pass it up. But sex wasn’t supposed to turn into love. She wasn’t supposed to change me, push me, and make me want more for myself. She wasn’t supposed to wreck me in all ways. And now, if I can’t turn my lies into truth, I just might lose her forever...

I chose to read Beyond Me first, for no particular reason, and I'm actually glad I did. Quinn's story kind of started right from the very beginning, whereas the other girls' stories started at a later point in the overall story; not that it makes any major difference to the reading experience, but when I read the other books I felt like I was more in the loop. And trust me, if you read one book, you're going to want to read them all :)

I really enjoyed Quinn's story. It was filled with romance, steamy sexual tension, and even a little heart ache - everything I love about this genre. Quinn was a sweet girl. It was quite obvious that she was out of her element, and I liked that James made her feel comfortable. He didn't push her, rather allowing her to ease into things. I also liked that Quinn stood her ground at the party. Even though she and her friends had made it their mission to have more than a good time on their spring break holiday, she was still pretty level headed.

This story was a little predictable. I knew nothing good could come of the "bet" James had not made with his friends, but it was interesting to see how things played out. I enjoyed this novella. It was a fun, quick read, and the second I realized that the other two novellas in this series were interwoven, I had to jump into the next book. This book, in fact this series, is the perfect spring break read.



Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon's Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at

BEFORE YOU by Jenna Bennett
New Adult Contemporary Romance


It’s all fun and games

I had a simple plan for spring break.

Sun, sand, and a hot guy. Sex on the beach, with no strings attached.

A chance to get rid of this pesky virginity once and for all.

And when I met Tyler McKenna, I thought I had it made.

Until someone gets hurt

But then girls started turning up at Key West landmarks. Girls who looked like me, but with one crucial difference: They’d all been drugged and relieved of their virginity.

The virginity I still have. The virginity Ty refuses to take.

And now I’ve begun to wonder whether there isn’t more to him than meets the eye.

Suddenly, sex on the beach doesn’t sound so good anymore...


I was extremely intrigued to read Cassie's story. Things were pretty vague with her in Beyond Me, and I wanted to know more about her and this mystery man who was making her so miserable.

I loved that this book was so very different from the others. More a mystery thriller than a romance, it was exciting and quite suspenseful. I was on the edge of my seat, wondering who the culprit was, and as the pieces started to fall into place I kind of had an inkling of who it was, but there was always that sense of doubt. I have to admit, I did suspect Ty for a while there. The way he acted towards Cassie was a little strange and raised many questions.

There were a few surprise twists that threw me off guard and that only made this story more enthralling.

I have to admit though, as much as I love a good mystery, I really missed the passion and romance. There was obvious chemistry between Ty and Cassie, but he was always pulling away; with good reason. I just felt that even when things heated up with them, it was lukewarm.

Again, this is the perfect spring break read. Not only is it very informative, and any girl planning on getting a little crazy this spring break should really give this book a read, but it was fun in a cloak and daggers kind of way. It complimented the other stories in this series and really offered something a little different. Very enjoyable.



New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jenna Bennett (Jennie Bentley) writes the Do It Yourself home renovation mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime and the Cutthroat Business mysteries for her own gratification. She also writes a variety of romance for a change of pace. For more information, please visit her website,


 BETWEEN US by Jen McLaughlin
New Adult Contemporary Romance


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...


Jen McLaughlin is one of my favorite authors, so I jumped at the chance to read this series when I knew she was involved. I was excited to read Mackenzie's story, because, not only was she a celebrity trying to hide from the media which I knew could go all kinds of crazy, but she also had set her sights on a real hottie bad boy **sigh**  I'm such a sucker for tattoos.

Because I had read the other two books in this series first I kind of knew what to expect from this story, but I had such an amazing time reading about Mac and Austin's escapades. They were a steaming hot couple who had smoking chemistry. I loved Austin. And Mackenzie was right about him having this bad boy persona, when in fact there was so much more to him. He was kind and sweet.

Of course, with all the secrets and half truths that plagued their relationship there was bound to be some roadblocks along the way. Both characters had strong personalities, and each had so much to hide, so much to hold on to, and I just hoped they'd make it out okay.

This book was another exciting installment in this amazing series of love and friendship. I enjoyed every second of this story. Another hit by Jen McLaughlin.



Jen McLaughlin is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She writes steamy New Adult books for the young and young at heart. Her first release, Out of Line, came out September 2013. She also writes bestselling Contemporary Romance under the pen name Diane Alberts.Since receiving her first contract offer under the pen name Diane Alberts, she has yet to stop writing. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.
Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

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