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*****Spoilers from this point on******
*****You've been warned*****
I loved the way "Between Us" ended with Mac and Austin saying "I love you" and taking about their future. I loved that they got their happily ever after. I wish their story had ended there. I never thought there would be a sequel to their story since it felt pretty encapsulated to me. Despite the title, I was hoping this book would be about them on tour. I thought they would be happy, or at least together. Sure, they can be fighting because I get a continuation of their story means conflict of some kind, but I was just expecting so much more.
In this book they break up in the first chapter, and spend the rest of the book alternating between miserable and trying to get a reaction out of the other. One thing I loved about the first book was it was a lighthearted read, sure there was the darkness in Austin's past and their breakup but none of that seemed overdone or overdramatized. This entire book is filed with unneeded drama. The characters that I loved from the first book are completely changed. And worst of all when Austin and Mac break up, Mackenzie stops talking to Rachel. Sure she apologizes at the end, but to me it rang false. Where's the relationship between these two that had then making movie plans at the end of the last book? And the "apology video" Austin made at the end had got to be the cheesiest thing I've ever read-- and not in a good way. What happened to Mackenzie's no phones in the bedroom rule? What happened to her fire, and attitude? After she breaks up with Austin (for a really stupid reason that I still don't fully understand. I totally expected for them to be okay once she realized he didn't cheat on her, and then they'd move on to the next issue, fighting but still together and working it out) Mackenzie shuts down and becomes a very pathetic version of herself. I did not need or want to see this version of them.
Even though they got their happy ending again at the end, it rang false to me. After they broke up in the first book they promised to always talk to each other, and that's not what happened in this book. I still love "Between Us" but I'm going to try my best to forget that this book exists. (Which sounds harsh, but I really feel this sequel was unnecessary. Especially since they spent the whole book apart when they were together for at least 85 percent off the first book. My favorite parts in "Between Us" are when they're together; talking, teasing each other, baring their souls. It all felt realistic. Maybe 5 percent off this book is them together as a couple sharing these moments and it all seemed fake.)
Ok. End of rant. My apologies to whoever read this entire review because I probably repeated myself but I guess that's what happens when you write a review at 3 a.m. I also apologize for any typos that probably appear somewhere, I typed this out on my phone and autocorrect is not my friend.
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.
LOSING US by Jen McLaughlin is the follow up to Between Us. I loved, loved, loved following Austin and Mackenzie fall in love in Key West last year. Their spring break romance made me so giddy with joy. They had so much chemistry it was off the charts.
Now a year later the couple is facing some major problems. It is not easy being a celebrity. While Mackenzie is kind of used to it, Austin is not. Their fame could be the things that tears them apart.
Mackenzie come to surprise Austin and finds more than she could even imagine. Austin is backstage with a groupie who seems to imply they have had a hook up before. The groupie knows things, intimate things that no one should know about. She mentions how Austin feels trapped and not happy. Mackenzie is devastated. She can't believe what she is hearing.
Mackenzie makes things easier for Austin. She breaks up with him so he can be free to be with others and not tied down to her. Now that Austin's own career is taking off, she doesn't want him to feel like he is stuck with her when he can be out and free to experience his new found fame.
This story is a heartbreaking tale of when love doesn't seem to be enough. It broke my heart the turmoil that Austin and Mackenzie were going through. You never want to see a couple you love break up. You always want the HEA no matter what!!
Can love be enough to have things work out between Austin and Mackenzie??