Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 24, 2017
They meet on vacation.
And agree to fake name each other.
One is lying about everything.
The other is telling the truth.
They’re about to embark on a sexcation.
But what happens when it’s over?
I am a huge fan of Heidi McLaughlin. I love her Boys of Summer Series and Beaumont Series with all of my heart and I was hoping this book would be as good as those series but unfortunately that was not the case. At times it didn’t even feel like I was reading a Heidi McLaughlin book. Sexcation was definitely not my cup of tea.
“The definition of sexcation: when you go on vacation and have copious amounts of sex with strangers.”
Stories where the main characters have to fake a relationship are my favorite. I love when characters start falling in love so slowly that they don’t even notice until they’re so freaking head over heels.
Sexcation is one of those fake relationship stories. But it is missing the slowly falling in love part.
Since the beginning Jackson and Jade catch the lust-at-first-sight bug. I have nothing against lust-at-first-sight but what I can’t stand is when the hooking up happens way to early into the story and then the next day all of a sudden the characters are so in love, as if they meet a million years ago and not a day ago. And, unfortunately for me, that is exactly what happened with Jackson and Jade. I couldn’t stand reading their insta love that I almost gave up on reading this book but I kept going because, come on, it’s a Heidi McLauglin book. I had to!
I also was not a fan of Jackson and Jade. I tried really hard to connect with them but it never happened.
Jade had me extremely confused. When she first met Jackson she seemed confident. However, as I kept reading she turned into this super shy person that I couldn’t stand. She was a pain in the arse when it came to her feelings towards Jackson, she kept holding back whilst Jackson showed her how much she meant to him over and over. I didn’t like Jade’s character at all.
The hooking up scenes are another factor that made this book less enjoyable for me. I found most scenes to be too raunchy—I hate this word but it describes perfectly what I felt, I’m so sorry. I usually don’t have problems with those type of scenes but this time I skipped pretty much every scene that crossed my path. I feel like this time the main focus was the sex and not the actual story.
So all in all, I loved the concept of Sexcation. I think it had a lot of potential and I think it could have been a bit better developed. But it just didn’t work for me. I’m going to have to back to my Heidi McLaughlin favorites to remind myself how much I love her writing and how amazing her books can be.
I recommend this book to people who need a sexy read in their life and who don’t mind insta love. It might not be my cup of tea but maybe it’ll be your favorite summer read.
If you’re not a fan of sexy reads or insta love then I highly recommend you check out the Beaumont Series by Heidi McLaughlin because it is a whole another world, it is a seconds chance romance featuring a swoony rock star and it is absolutely unputdownable.
“Heidi McLaughlin does it again with this delightfully sexy read. Sexcation lines its chapters with rich character development, sex that doesn’t have you skipping pages, witty banter/plot and belly laughs for days. These characters have jumped from the story and straight into my heart. 5 sweet yet sinful stars!” – K.Pinson, Author of Between the Raindrops
“With a sexy, British-accented hero & a tropical setting that had me longing for the beach, Sexcation is the perfect fictional getaway.” – USA Today Best Selling Author, Cindi Madsen
“A sexy vacation romance perfect for your next summer read!” – Sarah Robinson, Best Selling Author of NUDES
“A book that kept a smile on face the whole time. I fell in love from the first word and couldn’t stop reading till the end.” – Natasha Madison, Best Selling Author
“The sexy as sin vacation we all dream about! Heidi McLaughlin does it again with Sexcation, a steamy read turned epic romance that will leave you rooting for that happy ending. Five sizzling stars!” – Best Selling Author, Amy Briggs
I laugh and find myself tempted by her hand, which sits on the metal table. After our impromptu snogging session, Jade put on a nice little sundress which has my imagination running wild and some strappy sandals. Her toes are painted a turquoise blue. I found it a little weird at first; normally I see reds or pinks on toes, but rarely a blue colour. I quite like it. I like it a lot. In fact, I’ve yet to find something about this woman I don’t like.
“And yet, you didn’t. I came over and kissed you. You could’ve punched me, kicked me in the nuts, or groped me. I’m grateful you let me kiss you the way I did.”
She blushes again. “Why did you? I’m sure there are other, more beautiful women at the resort that would’ve been happy to oblige you.”
“But then I wouldn’t be here with my pretend wife, trying to get to know more about her.”
Her eyes don’t waver from mine as she takes a sip of her cocktail. “Do you really want to get to know me?”
“The fake you, yes. I don’t want to get cornered by one of the triplets and not know my facts.”
“Are they in fact, triplets?”
I shake my head. “I haven’t got a bloody clue, to be honest with you. Fake tits all look the same at the end of the day.”
Her mouth falls open into a sexy little O and images of other ways I can make that happen pop straight into mind. “I named them Muffy, Tuffy, and Buffy. The names seemed fitting,” she says with a shrug.
I crack the fuck up. “Then that is what we’ll call them until they leave.”
“Do you know when that is? Or what room they’re in?”
I lean over the table and pick her hand up. “They leave after us, and no, I don’t, thank goodness. I don’t care either. I made you a promise and I always keep my promises.” I bring her hand to my lips and let them linger against her skin until a passer-by makes a comment about us being in love.
Not love, lust though, and I couldn’t be happier that I chose her to be my distraction this week. When I finally let go of her hand, she picks up her drink and finishes it.
“Want another one?” I ask, already standing by the time she nods. I lean down and kiss the top of her head, inhaling the scent of her shampoo. The smell of grapefruit assaults my senses, making my heart race. I groan as I walk into the restaurant. I could’ve easily waited for the waitress to come back to us, but I needed to step away from Jade for a minute. She’s fucking deadly with her innocent façade and I have a strong reason to believe I’m going to fall victim to her and love every minute of it.
When I walk out, there’s a bloke talking to her as if it’s an everyday occurrence. I have never been jealous of any man until now. The pure rage I feel, watching him talk to my pretend wife almost takes over my body, yet I find the will to let it go. Who am I to stand in the way of her potential hook-ups?
Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup and a Highland West/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL and her brother, Racicot.
When she’s isn’t writing one of the many stories planned for release, you’ll find her sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games.
Heidi’s first novel, Forever My Girl, will be in theaters on October 27, 2017, starring Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe.