Title: Losing Us
Series: Sex on the Beach
Author: Jen McLaughlin
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: March 2015
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
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…
I will admit I was terrified to start reading this story. I love both Mac and Austin, they are perfect together, so I really, really didn’t want anything to happen to their relationship.
The story takes a look at coping with life in the public eye and the additional pressure it can put on relationships. Mackenzie has been burned by the paparazzi in the past and understandably apprehensive regarding the media and her relationship with Austin. She has tried to guide Austin having spent her life in the public eye, however, Austin doesn’t fully take on board her advice leading to a tenacious situation.
Tension was already high with the sense of foreboding I had before I even started reading, so when events played out at the beginning I felt as if my heart was in a vice. I felt Mackenzie’s actions were completely justified, protecting herself had to be a top priority.
Without trust you have nothing, trust is essentially the core of any relationship but more so if you live your life in the public eye and endure large periods of time apart. I’m not sure I could handle the pressure and moments of insecurity.
Mackenzie projects an image of self-confidence but she has her own insecurities exasperated by the incidents within the plot. Personally, I’m not sure if I could make myself vulnerable again.
I kinda hated Austin at times, his lack of discretion caused a tremendous amount of hurt. Also his constant flirting was unnecessary as much as he tried to justify it. The insight into his upbringing did make me understand him better and aid winning me over. The way he views Mackenzie was equally heart-warming and heart-aching.
While I enjoyed Losing Us I need an epilogue set a few years later in order to fully punt the demons raised in this book to rest