Author: Jen McLaughlin
Series: Out of Line #2
Release Date: December 1, 2013
Genre: New Adult Romance
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Desperate to keep him...
I've finally gotten everything I ever wanted: love, freedom, happiness, and, most importantly, Finn. Our love is everything I expected it to be and more. We've finally found each other, but the world seems determined to tear us apart. We thought my father was the only obstacle between us, but now it's the military. With Finn’s departure looming, we’re squeezing in every moment together before we run out of time.
Trying to make every moment count…
Being Carrie’s bodyguard was one thing. Being her boyfriend is another. Every day she’s mine is a day the sun shines in my life. Yet our time together is running out. Her father will never think a tattooed Marine will be good enough, so I’ll do whatever it takes to be worthy of her love. But the road will take me away from the girl who makes me feel alive--the girl I can't live without.
Time only gets us so far...
She came charging out of the bathroom with jeans and my t-shirt on; her hair in a sloppy ponytail. Hot damn, I didn’t want to let her walk out the door.
But I knew I had to.
She grabbed her bag, slung it over her shoulder, and came my way. “You giving me a ride?”
I raised a brow. “Can you eat and drink coffee on a bike?”
“Then no.” I kissed her quickly, not wanting to hold her up even
more, and handed her the coffee. Her fingers brushed against mine, and I wanted to capture them and hold them close to my chest. Right above my heart. “I called you a cab, and it’s out there waiting for you.”
She grinned at me, her warm eyes shining up at me. “Thanks, love.” “Love?” I scratched my head. “That’s new.”
She shrugged and took the sandwich from me. “I’m trying it on for
size. You have so many nicknames for me, it’s only fair I think of one for you.”
“Hm.” I patted her on the ass, the universal signal to get going. “Well, Ginger, I’ll pick you up after class. Five, right?”
“Yes.” Her cheeks flushed, and her gaze dipped to my mouth. “I have to study afterward with a friend, so make it six?”
“A new one you don’t know.” She kissed me. “A girl. She’s majoring in biology, too, with the end goal of occupational therapy. Just like me.” “Ah. I suppose I’ll share then.” I slapped her ass gently. “Off you go.”
Her eyes darkened. “Do I have to go?”
“You know you do. If your grades fail, then I do, too.”
She huffed. “I had to go and fall for the guy whose job it is to make
sure I don’t fail, didn’t I?”
“Don’t look so sad. If you hurry up and get to class—and behave
yourself all day—maybe I’ll help you study again.”
She perked up at that. “Deal.”
I pulled her in for one last kiss. “I love you, Ginger.”
“I love you, too.”
I watched her climb down the stairs and make her way toward the
yellow taxi. She took a sip of her coffee and slid into the cab, her eyes on me as she pulled away. Once she was out of sight, I sighed and went back inside.
Would I ever be able to convince him I loved him exactly how he was, not as a version of what he could be? That I didn’t want him to change at all?
For me, this book was so much more delicious than the last, and I’m not even a little ashamed to admit that I misted up more than once. There was am honesty about it, a rawness, that really let us get to the heart of the characters. To strip them bare, both literally and figuratively, to see into their soul. Finn OWNED this book, and held NOTHING back. The emotions that we are privy to witness will simply make your heart swoon overtime! There is something about a man in uniform, all strong alpha, ALL male, so strong, commanding, and yet wears his heart on his sleeve, that is just SO mouth-watering to read!
I will not leave you. And if you leave, I will always be here waiting for you when you get back. Whether it’s in a few days, a week, or a freaking year. I’ll be here. I’ll be yours.
Out of Time is definitely more heart-pounding than its predecessor! There were moments when I literally thought my heart would simply stop working. Ah hell, who am I kidding, I was waiting for the other shoe to drop the ENTIRE book! My heart ached for what was inevitably to come. I cannot begin to imagine the emotional turmoil that military members and their families go through, wondering if their loved one is safe, but I CAN empathize. My heart goes out to them, for they truly HAVE strength I could only hope to someday possess.
Even more beautiful than the last, I cannot wait to see where Jen takes us next. Carrie and Finn will stay in my hearts for a long time, especially Finn. 4.5 stars for me!
Other Books in the Series
Book One: Out of Line
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.
She was so beautifully off limits that it hurt.
Do you ever find those books that are just imperfectly perfect? No unnecessary drama, no unbelievably ridiculous would-never-happen-in-the-real-world situations, no miscommunication? Full of real life, full of first love, full of hot, strong 100% maleness? Well, for me, THAT is this book! I was effortlessly drawn into their world from page one. Not only did I feel like I had always lived there, but I never wanted to leave. There wasn’t anything over-the-top that happened, no OMG moments, but like I said, it was perfectly imperfect, and I loved EVERY second!
For that brief second, the time that our mouths hovered close to each other, I knew I hadn’t made a mistake in falling for him. I had fallen hard, and there was no going back.
Carrie is the daughter of a senator (possible president-elect) and attending college across the country on her own…or so she thinks. Finn (a Marine) has been hired to watch over her, without her knowing. Like moths to the flame, they are inexplicably drawn together. What ensues was so delicious; I simply couldn’t put the book down. There isn’t a SINGLE thing I would change. After the past few angsty reads I have had, it was EXACTLY what the doctor ordered. LOVED it! 4.5 stars from me!
She laid her head against my chest, directly over my heart. Did she know she owned it yet?