Title: Out of Line
Author: Jen McLaughlin
Series: Out of Line #1
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Desperate to break free…
I’ve spent my entire life under my father’s thumb, but now I’m finally free to make my own choices. When my roommate dragged me to my first college party, I met Finn Coram and my life turned inside out. He knows how to break the rules and is everything I never knew I wanted. A Marine by day and surfer by night, he pushes me away even as our attraction brings us closer. Now I am finally free to do whatever I want. I know what I want. I choose Finn.
Trying to play by the rules…
I always follow orders. My job, my life, depends on it. I thought this job would be easy, all the rules were made crystal clear, but when I met Carrie Wallington, everything got muddy. She’s a rule I know I shouldn’t break, but damn if I don’t inch closer to the breaking point each time I see her. I’m ready to step out of line. And even worse? I’m living a lie. They say the truth will set you free, but in my case…
The truth will cost me everything.
Out of Line is a light, fun college read that will take you on a journey of innocence, deception, and forgiveness. While the storyline isn’t anything we haven’t seen before, Finn and Carrie are a unique pair that had me rooting for them right from the start. Carrie is nothing like the bratty, entitled girl Finn expects and Carrie has no idea who Finn really is. One thing is certain, Carrie is off limits and Finn has a job to do. Amongst the insecurities and uncertainties that the first taste of independence can bring, Carrie has to decide whether she’s willing to risk her heart or play it safe.
“Her small hand rested on my chest, right above my heart. She liked putting it there, as if she knew she owned it and was re-staking her claim.”
Finn’s secret creates an immediate tension that Jen McLaughlin maintains expertly throughout the story. The chemistry she cultivated between Carrie and Finn is absolutely sizzling. I waited patiently while they fought their obvious lust, enjoying the witty banter and fun flirtations that flew between them. Jen certainly knows how to create that intense build-up between her characters. Despite her obvious innocence, Carrie was bold and willing to ask for what she wanted from Finn. Her inexperienced nature was never used as a shield from life, if anything, it propelled her to live her life more fully.
“I love you, will always love you. I’m sorry I killed us before we even had a chance.”
Finn is a yummy alpha who falls hard and fast for Carrie. His laidback nature and his protective instincts made for a swoon-worthy BBF that I was more than ready to adore. Obviously, this story just screams heartbreak. How could it not? Jen McLaughlin definitely had me on an emotional rollercoaster with Out of Line. The characters experienced many ups and downs together and I felt as if I was right there with them. Carrie and Finn are definitely a couple I’ll be keeping an eye on. I’m excited to see where their story goes next.
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Check out the rest of the Out of Line series:
Out of Time (Out of Line #2)
Out of Mind (Out of Line #3)
Fractured Lines (Out of Line #4)
Blurred Lines (Out of Line #5)
Out of Line Series Box Set (includes books 1-3):