In Review: Before You (Sex on the Beach) by Jenna Bennett

Posted March 9, 2014 by Kim in 3 Stars, In Review / 6 Comments

In Review: Before You (Sex on the Beach) by Jenna BennettBefore You by Jenna Bennett
Series: Sex on the Beach
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 150 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My rating:

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…


In Review My Thoughts

Before I start this review, I have to be up front and say I don’t read a lot of mystery books. I used to read mysteries almost exclusively while I was growing up, but I’ve moved away from that in recent years. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy a book with a hint of mystery – I often really do. While Before You can’t fully be described as a mystery, I found that the mystery aspects of the book outweighed the romance and I was a little disappointed.

I liked Cassie. She was real. She didn’t play into all the stereotypes and I found her interesting. Ty was sexy and swoony and keeping a secret. A secret I predicted. Cassie and Ty had good chemistry, but I didn’t find that it leapt off the pages. That may be because their fling moved at a glacial pace. It’s a fling! Get it on already. 😉

All that said, Before You was a very good book. I just wanted more romance. Not sex, necessarily, but sweet romance, flirting… whatever. The characters were likable and I was surprised by the reveal of the person responsible for the attacks. I didn’t really see that coming. It was a well-written book and a quick read. It’s the first of Jenna Bennett’s books that I’ve read, but it won’t be the last.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 


About Jenna Bennett

Jenna Bennett writes the USA Today bestselling Cutthroat Business mysteries featuring Southern Belle and new-minted real estate agent Savannah Martin in Nashville, Tennessee.

As Jennie Bentley, she writes the New York Times bestselling Do-It-Yourself Home Renovation mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime, featuring designer and amateur sleuth Avery Baker and her boyfriend, handyman Derek Ellis, who renovate houses in Waterfield, Maine.

She also writes a variety of romance for a change of pace.


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6 responses to “In Review: Before You (Sex on the Beach) by Jenna Bennett

  1. I used to read tons of mysteries too. I don’t read them as much as anymore. I have noticed that I usually don’t like romance mysteries, because they usually don’t have enough flirting and love in them.

    • Kim

      That was definitely the case with this one. It wasn’t that it was a bad book, but compared to the other two SOTB books, which were absolutely aaaaaaahmazing, it just fell short for me. I wanted more fun, flirty, sexiness.