by Jen McLaughlin
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
I was in the mood for a good romance when I began Out of Line by Jen McLaughlin. From the characters to the forbidden romance I became completely caught up in this tale. Wait till you meet Finn! *swoons* Three word review: passionate, romantic and totally hot!
Carrie Wallington is finally out from her parent’s over-protective thumb and enjoying anonymity for the first time. She is attending college off the coast of California and ready to embrace life. Finn Coram is a Marine on an assignment detail and happy to be back at the beach. Finn’s career hinges on this assignment being successful, and he needs to follow the rules. When Finn and Carrie meet, the sparks fly but Finn has a job to do. The tale that unfolds was sweet, filled with secrets and totally kept me on the edge of my seat.
The tale is told from dual POVs and switches with each chapter. It is a concept I have come to love in contemporary romances. Getting inside the character’s head and being privy to what the other does not know makes me connect with them. Carrie is sweet,caring, and determined. She is the type of young woman any parent would be proud of. She is also attracted to edgier men and isn’t looking for a Wall Street suit and tie kind of guy. Her Daddy would be displeased. Finn with his well honed bod, tats and motorcycle thrill her. Finn looks like a bad boy, but there is so much heart to this young man. He is a Marine, discipline is his middle name, but Carrie has him breaking all the rules. I love that he is a romantic and sensitive. I completely melted; seriously we are talking puddle on the floor!
Out of Line is a tale of forbidden love, and Jen McLaughlin weaved some clever twists into this fast paced, smoking hot, tale. The characters were fleshed out, and you felt their emotions. The romance has moments of tenderness, and periods of intense heat that curled my toes. The characters and the relationship felt genuine allowing me to immerse myself in their story. Through her characters, and secondary characters the author touched on social ladders, charity and deception. The tale ebbed and flowed with heated moments and setbacks. My heart traveled right along with it as I experienced the characters emotions. I loved how genuine and raw the emotions felt, the firsts, and the oh-la-la toe moments. We were privy to Finn’s secret from the beginning leaving us to worry how Carrie would react. Of course none of it unfolded as Finn planned. The ending brought things together that is until the author did something evil! In the last few paragraphs she hinted at something. Gah! All I can say is I need book two!
Fans of Beautiful Disaster, Hopeless and Ten Tiny Breathes should enjoy Out of Line. The next book is expected to release in 2014 and I will be stalking the author’s website for deets.