Author: Jen McLaughlin
Series: Out of Line #5
Release Date: January 26, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
More Info: Goodreads
Finding my fiancée naked on my couch might’ve been a good thing, if her ex-boyfriend hadn’t been with her. For the past eight years I’ve been a witness to the power of true love, but after getting burned I’d decided there wasn’t any hope for me finding it for myself. Until I met Noelle Brandt in a hotel bar. Maybe it wasn’t the most romantic meeting, but the moment I met her I knew I had to have her. The more I learn about her, the more I know I’ll do whatever it takes to keep her.
I’d already found the love of my life, but I’d lost that love forever. And I’d been lost ever since. But one night a wounded man makes all of that go away. He makes me laugh, live, and feel alive. When he tells me he has no intention of letting me go, I finally begin to believe in the power of true love again. That is, until I find out who he really is…and by then, it’s far too late to correct the mistakes we’ve already made. By the time we both know the truth, the lines have already been blurred beyond recognition.
Her eyes drifted shut. Warning bells went off in my head. I wasn’t supposed to start anything with her, damn it. She’d been kind, and she deserved kindness in return.
That’s all I had been trying to do. Be kind.
But then she closed her eyes, and lifted up on her toes…and all my good intentions flew out the window. Lowering my head slowly, giving her plenty of time to push me away or turn her head aside, I moved closer until my lips were almost touching hers. “Tell me to stop if you don’t want this.”
“Riley…” She inhaled a shaky breath, her fists tightening on my shirt. “Don’t feel like you have to do this as a thank you.”
“I shouldn’t be doing this, because you deserve better.” I tightened my grip on her and caught her behind her waist, hauling her closer. Her large breasts pushed against my chest, and I groaned. “Never mistake this for what it is: the greedy actions of a greedy man. I want you. I know I shouldn’t take you, but yet…”
“You want to?” she asked, her wet lips begging to be kissed. “I want to, too.”
I dropped my forehead to hers. “Why?”
“I don’t know,” she admitted. She undid another button. “But I do.”
“I didn’t bring you up here for this,” she said breathlessly. “I don’t mind that it’s happening, but I didn’t bring you up here to seduce you.”
“And I didn’t come here to seduce you.” I brushed my lips across hers, barely touching. “Which is why I should stop.”
She tipped her face up, and I kissed her fully, without overthinking it. The second our lips touched, the world as I knew it changed all around me. Yeah, it sounded corny as shit coming from a guy, but it was true.
So fucking true.
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.
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…
Finn survived the ambush and came home to me, but in his head, the battle is still raging. He’s falling apart and I’m trying my best to pick up the pieces of him, to find the us we used to be. I love him as much as I ever did, but love isn’t enough to fix this. I thought telling my father about our relationship would be the hardest thing we’d ever have to face. I was wrong.
Lost in shadows…
All I wanted was to be worthy of Carrie. One mission, just one, and I’d be able to give her the future she deserved. Then everything went wrong, leaving me tainted and broken. Carrie wants me to be who I was, but all that’s left is what they made of me. I’m no good for her. No good for anyone like this. I have to figure out how to move forward. Alone.
Sometimes love isn’t enough…
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The lines we once crossed so easily have widened and torn us apart . . .
Once upon a time I thought Finn and I would live happily ever after, but real life doesn’t always have a happy ending. He’s testing my trust, and I’m losing faith in the man I thought I’d spend the rest of my life with, and there’s nothing I can do to stop it. He’s the one I trusted to keep me safe, but now he’s the source of my greatest pain . . .
Forgiveness is fragile, and some fractures never fully heal . . .
One mistake—a slip in a moment of weakness—might cost me everything I’ve worked so hard for. The thing about trust is that it’s a lot easier to lose than it is to build. Just as I’m about to give up and surrender to the demons from my past, an unexpected threat reminds me what I’m best at: protecting the woman I love. Whether or not she wants me, I will fight for Carrie and our daughter, and I will keep them safe—no matter the cost.
Even if I have to put my life and my heart on the line.