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Between Us

(Mackenzie and Austin #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,896 ratings  ·  146 reviews
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 th
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Published March 4th 2014 by Smashwords Edition (first published February 28th 2014)
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Feb 26, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 Country Star, Spring Break, Wish Fulfillment Stars
*** 1/2

Between Us by Jen McLaughlin is part of the Sex on the Beach group of quick novels which all reference each other. They follow 3 best friends; women who are in college, all searching to have some fun during Spring Break in Key West. Each of these novells can be read alone, in different order or in the order with this being the first.

In this novella, we have a couple of situations to address. The first being a massive country star who s
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So this was really a cute story. It was a quick read and quite entertaining. Was it predictable? Yes. Do we care? No.

I won't lie, when I first started this book, I really thought that Mackenzie would get on my nerves and I was surprised that she didn't. I really liked her personality; she was so full of life. I was also expecting something wilder because of the title, but it wasn't and I was quite happy with it. She wanted some fun, but she didn't need
***4 Sweet Austin Stars***


Sex on the Beach series consist of 3 novellas that ties together with 3 best friends vacationing to the Key West on Spring Break. Between Us by Jen McLaughin focuses on Mackenzie Forbes, a famous country singer also known as "America's Sweetheart."

Mackenzie and her two best friends are off to the Key West for some casual fun and no-strings attached sex. Well for Mackenzie, this trip is not all about the beach and sun but also she wants to cash in her V-card. She jus
Olivia Hou
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have to say, I'm not the biggest fan of books that JUST focus on romance. It's boring and there's really no point in reading if the two characters are just going to have a fight, get mad and tell you how they feel broken, then kiss and make up. But Between Us is nothing like that. I received the book for an ARC review and here it is:

Between Us features a county rockstar, Mackenzie Forbes who's trying to lose her virginity while on vacation with her two best friends. She meets Austin, a guy wh
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An incognito singing sensation. A tattooed bad-boy. And a week long holiday romance that neither will forget. If you have a couple of hours and have a penchant for NA, then this is definitely the book to fill your time with. It flows well, has a simple yet captivating storyline and I lost myself in this hot holiday fling. Jen McLaughlin has a gift in bringing you strong characters who you simply can't not fall in love with.

This was the first of the three Sex on the Beach books I have read (whil
Heidi McLaughlin
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The perfect Sunday morning read. Sweet, sassy & totally sexy. Mackenzie and Austin will burn up the pages, steam your window and melt your kindle.
Nov 30, 2022 rated it really liked it
This was a cute little read. I enjoyed both MC's and their little whirlwind romance. I like that there is a book for each best friend and how they all connect through the different books, the different perspectives. ...more
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
*Thank you to the author for providing the ebook in exchange for an honest review.

If you’re looking for a quick, fun read with just the right amount of drama and a whole lot of sexiness on the side, then don’t miss out on Jen McLaughlin’s BETWEEN US. It’s part of the three book novella series called SEX ON THE BEACH. Each novella is a standalone but all three books are set in the same world and are centered on the spring break escapades of three friends.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

If you’re looki
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Between Us by Jen McLaughlin is part of the Sex on the Beach multi-author series, the stories are linked by three main characters who have all gone on holiday together for spring break and who are looking for a little romance to go along with their sun, sand and cocktails. The characters spend most of their time apart going off and having their own adventures but they do meet up occasionally so you'll get glimpses of all three of them in each story. The books can be read in any order an
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak

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 o
Maria's Book Blog
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Between Us by Jen McLaughlin is a great fast-paced, fun novella that you can finish in one sitting…which I did.

While I couldn't exactly get on board with the idea of Mackenzie and her friends going on vacation together and then splitting up to go their separate ways to "get laid", I went along with the story anyway. Honestly, I just kept thinking "How is that safe?!". Maybe that's just the parent in me talking. At the same time I admired their freedom and youthful mentality, I mean you only liv
Samantha ♔ Sam's Book Basket
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
☆☆☆ 4 STARS!!! ☆☆☆

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AAAH!!! A simple and sweet story about a young, famous country artist with a guy who wants to keep his past and secrets buried. The characters were captivating and I especially loved the storyline and angst! Although it was slightly too fast, but this is a novella so it's understandable. I was definitely so into the storyline and the characters!

Mackenzie is definitely one of my
Allison Rivera
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-releases, arc
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Between Us is a novella that is part of the Sex on the Beach series and while I haven't read the other two I've got to say that since reading this one I'm curious as to what happens in the other two!

So we have Mackenzie who is full of surprises. She's super famous and is trying to have a low key vacation while having some no strings attached fun. So she meets Austin and he decides to jump in and be part of her plans. From the beginning you see sparks fly between th
Sofia Lazaridou
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-releases, arc
Between us is the only book in the series that is more focused on the romance side of the story than on any other side. That wasn't a bad thing. To make things even Before You had very little romance. Quinn and Cassy's stories are barely mentioned in this book. Mac's world is only intertwined with the other girls world just enough to give a glimpse of what's going on and to make the reader curious.

Having read all the three books I am imagining Jenna Bennett and Jennifer Probst chatting about the
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
Mackenzie is a famous singer. Her and her 2 best friends decide to take a trip to Key West for spring break. Mackenzie wants a week full of fun in the sun and no strings attached sex.

What she gets is tattooed bad boy, bartender Austin. Can he give her the no strings attached sex she seeks or will it turn into more? Will his past get in the way of the future he could possibly have with Mackenzie?

This was a short novella. It was sweet and definitely sexy, as most of Jen's books are. Mackenzie gut
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 A
Feb 19, 2014 rated it liked it
A short book with a spring break romance in Key West between a hottie bartender and a Taylor Swift type country music star. "Taylor" is determined to lose her innocence during the week and then get back to touring. The hottie bartender takes care of the innocence part and then they both start developing feelings (of course).

There was a lot of break-up and I forgive you moments, too many for my taste. And the hottie bartender thought of himself as being a bad person which, when we found out his w
Jan 29, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
Sweet little novella with a bad boy/good girl feel. Something to pick up inbetween books maybe.
Tessa Teevan
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book!! Loved every single thing about it! Review to come :)
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Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, rprc2014
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I love how these three amazing authors: Diane Alberts, Jennifer Probst and Jenna Bennett joined forces to write such amazing Spring Break stories. I really like the idea of havi
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
My Thoughts:

Between Us by, Jen McLaughlin, was such a great Novella! At first when I began reading it, I had some concerns. The two main characters, MacKenzie (Mac) and Austin jumped right into sex right away, and while the sex was hot, and continued quite frequently, I was sad to see that I didn't really feel any connection to the character's whatsoever, because the characters hadn't been developed. Then, I thought, "Well this is a novella, she probably doesn't have the time needed to develop t
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
*received an ARC for an honest review*

This is the second novella in this series that I've read and the first time I've read anything from this author. After "Between Us" I think I may need to check out some of Jen's other books.

Mackenzie "Mac" Forbes is a country superstar and America's Sweetheart. After some failed attempts at trusting the wrong men - who essentially feed their stories to the vultures (ie paparazzi) - her and her two best friends, Cassie and Quinn, head to Key West for Spring B
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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!
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, new-adult, reviewed
I really enjoyed this novella. Between Us, the first in the Sex on the Beach series features country super star, Mackenzie Forbes and tattooed bad boy Austin Murphy. *sigh* There's something about a tattooed bad boy that just screams, "Corrupt me!" And corrupt he does. Corrupt he does. *wink wink*

Mackenzie is looking for a hot spring break fling and to finally get rid of that pesky little thing called virginity--all the while being incognito. She doesn't want anyone to recognize her and rat her
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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 reputa
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
sweet & sexy exactly what I've come to expect from Jen swoony romantic goodness

I loved this idea as soon as I saw the information about the trilogy. Three authors each take one of the main female characters and creates a story around them and their setting of a spring break holiday to Key West. I’m going to review the three books in the order I think they should be read in – starting with Between Us.

I am already a huge fan of Jen McLaughlin’s writing so I was delighted to receive more of the won
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours, e-arc
4.5 Stars
Jen McLaughlin/Diane Alberts has become one of my favorite authors, and when I saw she had written Between Us, of course I couldn't wait to read it. On top of that, to find out it is part of the "Sex on the Beach" trilogy, I mean the title alone had me completely sucked in. I haven't always been a fan of novellas, but over the past year or so, I've really come to enjoy them, especially Jen McLaughlin's novellas. She has proven herself to be so talented in writing a story that has substa
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This story has it all... country music star undercover, bad boy hunk and Spring Break!

This is Key West during Spring Break. Mackenzie is America's Sweetheart. She is so young and yet she has lived a full life by the time she is 20 years old. She is estranged from her mother, her father died two years ago in a car crash, and all she wants is to have one week of fun by just being a normal girl.

She sees Austin at Captain Crow's bar on the second night in Key West. Right away, she knows Austin is th
Sarah - Books to Breathe
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Her nails dug into the back of my neck, stinging, and she wrapper her legs around my waist. There was no more hesitance or nervousness.
There was just us.

This was a quick read, but I devoured every single morsel of it. Jen captured my heart in her Out of Line series, and she brought that magic with her to this novella. Though it be small, it packs a punch! Though I would love to read another book about this couple, I am perfectly content w
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Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of sexy books with Penguin Random House. Under her pen name, Diane Alberts, she is also a USA TODAY bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, hit the New York Times, USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. J ...more

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