Review: Out of Line (Out Of Line #1) by Jen McLaughlin

September 26, 2013 Review 1

Review: Out of Line (Out Of Line #1) by Jen McLaughlin

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.

Title: Out of Line
Author: Jen McLaughlin
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Dare to Lie, A Princess in Maine, A Wedding in Maine
Series: Out of Line
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: September 6, 2013
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 250
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Purchase your copy: Amazon
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Stars: five-stars

Lovers of new adult romance will thoroughly enjoy Jen McLaughlin’s Out of Line, the first installment of a new series with the same name. Using first person voice, McLaughlin alternates points of view between Carrie Wallington and Finn Coram.

Finally free from her overprotective father, Carrie excitedly starts her freshman year of college. Carrie is fiercely independent and yet cautious at the same time, which I really liked. Despite her family’s wealth, Carrie is down-to-earth and extremely generous with her money and her time. She donates clothes she no longer needs to classmates and volunteers at a soup kitchen. Carrie’s kindness to those less fortunate than herself, especially at her young age, drew me to her character. At her first college party, Carrie meets Finn. Finn is a tattooed marine who loves to surf, making him a delicious alpha male. Hired by Carrie’s father, Finn’s job is to watch Carrie and to keep her safe, not to fall for her. Their snappy rapid-fire dialogue masterfully develops their relationship and the sexual tension between them. The chemistry between Carrie and Finn is electric, and their bedroom play is passionate and hot. Finn’s feelings toward Carrie are genuine, but he is well aware that Carrie will be heartbroken when she learns the truth. McLaughlin with her powerful storytelling voice organically propels this character-driven romance to a satisfying happy-for-now ending.

I must admit that I really loved reading from Carrie’s and Finn’s points of view. When an author presents a book through the eyes of both characters, I feel you get a better insight to the motivations and thoughts of each character. With engaging characters and a jaw-dropping cliffhanger, Out of Line is a wonderful kickoff to a new series. I know I’m looking for the next installment to see what happens next with this enticing couple.

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Character Interview

Hello, I’m Jen McLaughlin. I thought it would be fun to interview Finn from my latest New Adult book, Out Of Line. Finn is a tattooed, bike riding, surfing Marine.

Jen: Finn, say hi to everyone.

Finn: Hi, everyone.

Jen: blinks Wow, you’re being awfully good today.

Finn: grins I’m wearing my gun. I’m in a good mood.

Jen: That’s right. You’re going back to DC soon, huh? How does that make you feel?

Finn: his smile fades Honestly? I’m not sure yet. It’s been a rough couple of weeks.

Jen: Want to talk about it?

Finn: What’s to say? You’ll all read it soon.

Jen: nods They will, but still. I hate seeing you sad.

Finn: Well, then fix it. You’re the one who does that, right?

Jen: I do…

Finn: leans in Want to tell them what’s happening next with me? You know they want to hear some spoilers.

Jen: You know what? Maybe I will. When book two starts, you’ll see that Finn—

camera dies and silence descends

Jen: Um…we seem to be having some technical difficulties. I’ll be back another day with Carrie. Until then, have any questions for me I might be able to answer that don’t involve spoilers? I’d hate to break something else.

Author Information

Out of LineJen McLaughlin is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She writes steamy New Adult books for the young and young at heart. Her first release, Out of Line, came out September 2013. She also writes bestselling Contemporary Romance under the pen name Diane Alberts.Since receiving her first contract offer under the pen name Diane Alberts, she has yet to stop writing. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.


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One Response to “Review: Out of Line (Out Of Line #1) by Jen McLaughlin”

  1. Crystal Guidroz

    I have been having this book on mt to-read list for awhile now and am super excited to read it 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway!