In Review: Losing Us (Sex on the Beach) by Jen McLaughlin

Posted March 8, 2015 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Losing Us (Sex on the Beach) by Jen McLaughlinLosing Us by Jen McLaughlin
Series: Sex on the Beach
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 129 pages
How I got it: From the author
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When it all comes crashing down...

Everything I thought I had with Austin Murphy—safety, stability, the normalcy I crave but my celebrity lifestyle rarely allows—was ripped away in one night. I wanted to surprise him, but the joke was on me. Now I don't know if I ever really knew him at all.

Someone has to pick up the pieces...

Mackenzie Forbes was everything I ever wanted and the one person I didn't deserve. When a past mistake costs me the girl I love, I'll do everything I can to get her back. We both have demanding careers and family secrets darkening our pasts, but I need Mackenzie in my future.

Sometimes everything you have to give just isn't enough...


in review my thoughts

I fell in love with Austin and Mackenzie last year in Between Us, so I was beyond thrilled to learn there would be a second part to their story. After reading the blurb I was more than a little anxious about it because I only wanted sunshine and happiness for these two. That just wasn’t to be, however. They needed to go through another rough patch to prove what they had was real and worth it.

Losing Us was pretty much made of feels. I was absolutely hooked from the very first pages when Mackenzie surprises Austin at his show and winds up getting a most unwelcome surprise of her own. Of course, there’s more to what was going on than met the eye, but that didn’t stop it from being pretty darn painful for Mac (and me, for that matter). Because the book was written in alternating perspectives, I always knew the whole story. I knew Austin wasn’t a bad guy, but I wanted him to find a way to prove it to Mac.

This was a quick read, but an emotional one for me. It hurt to watch these characters go through more drama together. There were quite a few challenges in store for them in this short book. I wanted to shake Mac. Her shields were up so tight she wouldn’t give Austin a chance to bust through them. I know she didn’t want to get hurt again, but I needed them to work things out.

What I think this book did so very well was show that everything isn’t all happiness once a couple gets together. Real life seeps in after awhile. There will be challenges and miscommunication. But it’s all in how you work through it that shows if the love is meant to last. Neither Austin nor Mac were without fault. They both made mistakes in this book. But, I loved how they came back together and how it worked out in the end. I was with them the whole time and felt all the emotions. I had to break out the wine before it was all said and done. That’s the mark of a good, feel-filled book.

I can’t wait to read the other novellas in this series! I’m so glad these authors wrote sequels this year.

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


About 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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