Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Desperate to break free… 

I've spent my entire life under my fathers 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 dont inch closer to the breaking point each time I see her. Im ready to step out of line. And even worse? Im living a lie. They say the truth will set you free, but in my case… 

The truth will cost me everything.

eCopy received from author for review + bought a copy as well! 

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Bad Boys vs. Good Boys

It’s a battle as epic as time itself, I think. There’s almost always a bad guy and a good guy. Sometimes it’s not clear which is which, but other times it is crystal clear. In Out Of Line, my new release, there is a little bit of good vs. bad, but it’s not clear-cut, really.

I thought it would be fun to talk a little bit about some of my favorite good guys vs. bad guys. I’ll start with some clear cut examples, then start mixing in somewhere you might not even realize what you’re watching or reading—but it’s definitely good vs. evil.

  1. Sherlock vs. Moriarity. This is quite clear as far as who the bad guy is, but I love this battle. Especially in the BBC Sherlock version. Oh my God, so brilliant.
  2. Harry Potter vs. Voldemort. Once again, clear-cut but oh so fun to watch.
  3. Sherlock vs. Old Sherlock. In this one, I’m referencing Elementary. See? Not really a person, per se, but a battle nonetheless.
  4. Finn vs. Real Finn. This is from Out Of Line. See what I mean? It doesn’t have to be a person.
  5. Harry Potter vs. Malfoy. Yep, even this classifies.
  6. Stefan vs. Damon. We all know who the “better” guy is, but who gets the girl? ;)

Okay, I’ll stop myself here, but I could go on for days and days. What are some of your favorite good vs. bad examples?

Our Review:
This one kind of creeped up on me, to be honest. I didn't feel quite as connected to it at first but the more I read of Finn, the more I wanted to know more. Jen McLaughlin can write a seriously hot Marine/security specialist/surfer boy. Every time she described him I practically melted. He was hot. I'd love to see a picture of the guy she envisioned when she was writing him...and tape it to my mirror. Anyway...he intrigued me not only with his hotness but with his history, something I hope will be further explored in book 2.

I agree! I wasn't 110% sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised that we are informed on what was going on in the first few pages, and that kept me from feeling disdain for what could have been a huge cliche. It was great, as I like stories like this one...and always want to see how the story plays out. Finn is hott (yes, with two T's..double hot!) :) and made it all worthwhile. Though, he frustrated me more than Carrie because he would say No, let's be friends...then turn around and kiss her. If that ain't damned confusing for a young inexperienced girl, I don't know what! 

Carrie was a little harder for me to warm up to initially but when the angsty times came, I totally felt for her. Of course I also wanted to yell at her for being so damned stubborn...but I understood her reticence at opening herself up after feeling so hurt. She's such a sweet girl; a genuinely good person that I found myself rooting for her to get her to take control of her life and do what she wanted to do. I was happy to see that she was beginning to do just that by the end of the book

I liked Carrie for how much she surprised Finn. He had a lot of preconceived notions for how he thought she would be and she blew all those to smithereens, though she wasn't pretentious about it. She had him tied up in all sorts of knots, and it was a very fun story of new love with a bit of a challenging side plot for Finn.

This is the first book in the series and there are many unanswered questions I have about these two so I'll be eager to see what happens in the next installment. Oh my cow. Me too. Things are gonna get cray, what with her insanely overprotective father (he seriously needs a psych eval...it's bizarre!) and Daddy's little girl finding her a hott (two T's again!) older guy to date! 

Shelley: 3 Stars
Courtney: 4 Stars

About the Author

Jen 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 shes 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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