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Tan Lines by J.J. Salem
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Tan Lines

by J.J. Salem

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A decadent rock star, feminist commentator, and sugar daddy's mistress share a place in the Hamptons and... things happen. Unabashedly trashy, and I loved it. The author's next book was supposed to be "Bikini Wax" but he just came out with "The Strip," so I'm not sure if the title changed. ( )
  ennie | Nov 25, 2011 |
A fast read about wealth, fame, sex, booze, drugs, and the pursuit of happiness. Three women, Billie (rock star), kellyanne (actress) and Liza (talk-show feminist) share a summer in the upscale Hamptons. It's a trashy read and moves interestingly enough through the story. Toward the end it began to lose my interest, or I should say, earn my scorn. The women never seemed to learn anything of value - - Billie continues on with her dangerous drug life, Kellyanne rather amazingly ends up with a nice man and his child even though she doesn't seem to get any smarter. The exception is perhaps Liza, and I would have liked a good ending for her. But no . . . ( )
  gerconk | May 22, 2010 |
review can be found on my blog
http://bethshobbies.blogspot.com/ ( )
  bgale11 | Feb 25, 2009 |
Tan Lines comes with an endorsement blurb on the front from Jackie Collins and dedications inside to Harold Robins, Sidney Sheldon and a few others. If you’ve read any books by the above authors then you will enjoy this novel. UK Elle calls it “Sexy beach trash of the highest order”.
Tan Lines led off its publicity with a YouTube videotaping people’s reactions to the opening line. I too was intrigued by the first line, but by the end of the first chapter, I found myself chapter hopping. J.J. Salem seems to want to shock the reader with as much lurid sexual detail as possible. For this reader, the characters were shallow – but maybe that was the intention - and the plot skimpy. I grew tired of the drinking and doping, the celebrity and product references.
But on the other hand, if you’re looking for a raunchy read at the beach, this one might heat up your summer. But it just didn’t float my boat. ( )
  Twink | Aug 10, 2008 |
I have to admit, I was a little weary of this book when I first picked it up--how enjoyable would a book that actually labeled itself as a "beach read" really be? In my experience, beach reads can either turn out to be insipid pieces of fluff or fast moving enthralling stories. I hoped for the later--and dreaded the former--as I picked it up and jumped right in.

Tan Lines follows three unlikely friends (Liza, Kellyanne and Billie) vacationing together in a Hampton's beach house. Although their stories can be a little extreme at times, it does not stop you from becoming interested in their lives--a must-have for a beach read to be anything other than a time-killer. I would describe this book as trashy, but absorbing. ( )
  stephivist | Aug 9, 2008 |
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During one unforgettable season at a Hamptons summer share, three women's journeys unfold thrill by thrill and shock by shock, in this addictive story about the illusions of glamour, the dark side of success and the elusiveness of love.
Liza Pike--She's the It Girl for topical feminist spin--beautiful, successful, and ferociously fearless.  But as the media props her up to be the millennium's new Gloria Steinem, she's falling into all the old traps she cautions other women to avoid...
Kellyanne Downey--She's been holding out for her big break as an actress while enduring a series of dead end jobs and playing mistress to a rich developer.  But now she's wondering why the phenomenal looks that were supposed to take her all the way are leading her to the edge of nowhere... 
Billie Shelton--She's the indie-rock bitch goddess with an appetite for self-destruction.  Men are candy, drugs are fuel, girlfriends are disposable commodities, and in her world, looking out for number one is the only way to live...
Tan Lines portrays the passions, triumphs, and heartbreaks of modern women with a sly intelligence and wickedly sharp prose that will hook you to the last page.

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Liza struggles to reach the top of the feminist media world in spite of herself, while Kellyanne becomes increasingly dismayed by her dwindling prospects for stardom, and Billie questions her fast-paced lifestyle in the indie-rock profession.

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