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3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  297 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Liza is beautiful, fearless, and slays rival media commentators with her firebrand feminist spin. So why is it that this summer, in the Hamptons, Liza is falling into all the old traps and clichés that she cautions other women to avoid?

Kellyanne hoped that this summer would be different. Waiting tables and playing mistress to a rich developer helps her to stay afloat befor...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published May 5th 2008)
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Jennifer
Wow. This book is incredibly raunchy! However, that's what makes it a great summer beach read in the tradition of Judith Krantz and Jackie Collins. Sex (gay AND straight), drugs, rock & roll, reality TV - you name it, this book has it. Definitely not a book for the faint-of-heart.

It's a quick read, and even though the 3 main characters are annoying in the beginning (you wonder how they can be so stupid), you do become invested in the story and in finding out how they are going to fix (or in

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Cheryl
Liza Pike has the perfect life. She is married to sexy, firefighter Justin. Also Liza is a regular on the TV show The Roundtable where she does her best work. She takes on the biggest names in the industry business of entertainment. Liza is a feminist who is huge on women’s rights. Her latest victim is movie director Harrison Beck of “Watch Her Bleed”. Harrison’s latest movie is a slasher movie. Some people applaud Liza’s feminist ways but others aren’t so pleased with her and want to shut her u...more
icedtea
Three women, friends from school, reunite for a summer and converge in a shared house in the Hamptons. Explicit and frank, there is a lot of sex, drugs and rock and roll (well, Billie is a fading rock star…) There was a bit too much celebrity and designer name dropping, but overall I thought it lived up to its billing of a great beach read - the story is strong and it was a page turner.
Melissa
This book is pure, wonderful smut....and I loved every minute of it. I wouldn't recommend it for the easily offended. It gets pretty graphic in some parts. But, if you just want a fun, eye brow raising book to read, this is it.
Christine Gomez
Pure and utter ridiculous scandal and drama! Really contributed nothing to the betterment of my brain, but it was pure emjoyment. Sometimes you just need that!
Mel
Tan Lines was a quick read. A "beach read", I guess. Three drastically different friends(Liza, Billie, and Kellyanne) and their tumultuous lives. I think I had a problem with everyone (other friends, their family, significant others, coworkers, etc., etc. Basically everyone these three women came in contact with) being "hot". It was a little much. I know it's fiction, but still. That wasn't the only unrealistic thing but, it's consistent if nothing else. Liza is a smart, feminazi. She is also an...more
Libraryscat
After reading the first line of J. J. Salem� s novel, Tan Lines, [return][return]There are eight thousand nerve endings in the clitoris, and this son of a bitch couldn� t find any of them. p. 3 [return][return]I knew that the book might not be the pick-of-the-month for the church book club. Even so, if you can get past the sex, drugs, rock and roll, and often funnily foul language � this is a fantastic book. [return][return]Reading Tan Lines reminds me of a few things. First, if you are from the...more
Lauren
I was a little iffy with this one.. I liked the characters, and how they developed. I went from loving them, to wondering why some were doing what they did, to generally feeling sad for two of them in the end. I'm glad at least one had a somewhat happy ending, even if getting there was rough for her. It's a fun trashy read though.

What I definitely didn't like though was the amount of swearing (is it necessary to swear so much? felt like every other line contained at least one curse,) and the cel...more
Kenzie
This book was OK.

I liked how it was written from the perspectives of each of the three characters but there were some parts of the book that i found completely unbelievable!

Is an ok read to pass some time but nothing amazing!
TK
Jul 21, 2008 TK rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like Jackie Collins
Guilty pleasure doesn't come any more decadent than Tan Lines. These women are rich, difficult, beleagured, and addicted. Most of the characters are unlikable. Their luxurious, wealthy lifestyles are eye-popping to the uninitiated. But if you don't have any moral dilemmas over their drug use, infidelity, lying, and naked ambitions, then you certainly aren't going to care about the $2,000 lunches they have out in the Hamptons.

I say all of this as a way to convince you: pure, unfettered escapism i...more
Crystal
This book was overwhelming for me at times. Blame it on my Midwestern upbringing if you must. The characters led very shallow lives and only seemed to be interested in things that offered instant gratification. There was enough foul language and sex to make sailors blush. What bothered me about it all was that it seemed to demean each of the three main female characters instead of empower them. They seemed to have no respect for others, each other, or themselves. I think the author did an excell...more
Tatum C. Rose
I just cannot believe that I owned this book for as long as I did (a couple years probably) before reading it! One of my new favorites! Fits my life just right at the moment, loved every minute of it and I couldn't put it down. I'm sure I will read it at least once more this summer, best beach (or laying nudey in the backyard/riverbank in my case) read ever! Love love loved it! Got me back into chick-lit after I had taken a burnt out vacay in my mind from the genre. Very pleased with this book,...more
Shay Noble
JJ Salem tells the story through three main characters; Liza (a successful and fearless feminist), Kellyanne (an aspiring actress) and Billie (a rock b*tch with a drug issue). I found the character's compelling and endearing and the book provoked my emotions quite a few times throughout the story...something that few books have been able to do. I fell in love with this book. It was a real page-turner and if you're looking for a great chick-lit book with plenty of sex, drama and surprises I'd def...more
Shelby
This book was really good! I got into it and could not put it down! The book was about three girls, Kellyanne, Liza, and Billie who were friends in college and they were well into their 30s in the book and they decided to stay in the Hamptons for the summer. There was a lot of drama, the book never had a dull moment! I love how Kellyanne's southern manners were written in the book. I just loved it! Will be reading The Strip as well! :)
Marie
"This maybe a fun, quick beach read for some. But if you aren't on a sandy location -- it may be a little irritating. I like books that take several different characters and bring them together -- weaving their lives, challenges and adventures together. But it didn't work for me in this case.[return]This book won't change your life -- but if you're looking for a steamy, beach read with lots of current pop-culture references --- you won't be disappointed."
Marie
This maybe a fun, quick beach read for some. But if you aren't on a sandy location -- it may be a little irritating. I like books that take several different characters and bring them together -- weaving their lives, challenges and adventures together. But it didn't work for me in this case.
This book won't change your life -- but if you're looking for a steamy, beach read with lots of current pop-culture references --- you won't be disappointed.
Oleander
I hated this book. The characters were awful, unlikable train wrecks. It was smutty in a bad way. I wanted to wash my brain afterwards.
Redfox5
I loved Tan Lines. A very sexy plot. You know someone is murdered at the start you just don't know who. Tho it becomes pretty obvious who's getting killed soon into the book. It does make a few attemps to throw you off and make it seem like all the girls are heading for destruction. I felt Kellyanne's shame in parts of the book. She did some degrading things. This would be a perfect beach read.
Wendy
I couldn't even finish the book. In just 50 pages, there were three acts of oral sex and at least one other sexual encounter. I'm not a prude or anything, but it was a bit excessive. I even began to think, "Did a woman write this?" Nope! I'm not surprised. It didn't "feel" like a woman's perspective to me. Alas, I did not finish this book and wouldn't really recommend it.
Robin
Jul 23, 2008 Robin rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who are looking for a lightweight beach book
Shelves: fiction, 2008-list
This was the first book so heavily laden with product placement that I honestly was getting distracted by Kellyanne "wearing her white eyelet Juicy Couture string bikini" on a date with a dad of a 4 year old!

Some fairly graphic sex and heavy drug use means I won't be passing this one onto my mom but the readers at my library will probably really like this one!
Kyla Nelson
the ending was abrupt and seemed rushed, but the book was interesting to say the least. i didn't expect this book to be as raunchy as it was.
Molly
I thought this would be a fun, sexy, little romance to bring some cheer to bring an end to winter blahs....it was just a porn. It started off with a woman doing a 19 yr old who was watching porn while doing the act on his computer and the woman then going across the hall to do the guys in there. Not what I expected. Did not finish.
Laurie Stoll
I bought this hard cover book at the dollar store for $1. It was definitely worth reading for a dollar.

The characters were very interesting but I felt like the ending of the story was written in a rush and not very well thought out.
Mandy Skinner
The cover is this book is super cheesy but the book itself was very enjoyable. The plot was very compelling and kept me guessing. There was sex in it but it did not override the story at all. A very good summer read.
Jessica Wilkinson
This book is the trashiest book ever. Raunchy. Excessively. If you just want a quick trashy beach novel, this may be for you. But the ending is as if the author just got sick of writing and wrapped it up with an epilogue. Really.
Shabnam
Horrible beginning, horrible ending, but I must admit (not proudly), pretty enjoyable reading in between. All in all, a fluffy, trashy read, but I'm sure there's tons more out there with a better story.
Mary Lea
This was a trashy beach novel at it's best. I can't wait for the follow up. I read the review in USA Today's beach reads section and it didn't dissapoint. It was almost embarrassingly trashy... almost.
Slim
I could have done without a lots of the cursing and vulgar descriptions but I thought the worst part was the ending. It definitely left something or rather everything to be desired.
Kara Dickinson
I really enjoyed this book when I read it. It's been a while, I will have to do a re-read. I was so excited when I heard his next one was coming out...was not nearly as good as Tan Lines.
Kate
I really enjoyed this book. The beginning too a little while to get going, but once it did it was really awesome. I loved the story and I loved how Salem wrapped it up at the end :)
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J.J. Salem is a USA TODAY bestselling author whose work has been published in several languages.

As a young teenager, J.J. worked odd jobs to splurge on the hardcover edition of Jackie Collins’ HOLLYWOOD WIVES. At 15, his first attempt at something Jackie-ish, a short story called “Tempt Me,” was banned from a high school creative writing contest. In college, he studied Jacqueline Susann’s VALLEY O...more
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