Sunday, December 22, 2013


Out of Time by Jen McLaughlin
December 2013


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...


“The sun’s finally shining.”
I was completely invested in Carrie and Finn since Out of Line so I was eager to see what up next for them. Jen instantly had me hooked from the beginning of the story till the very end; I was not able to put the book down. This book will have you on a very emotional roller coaster ride.  I laughed, I cried, I swooned, and damn those sex scenes were HOT!

Finn and Carrie have finally stopped fighting their feelings for one another. Their love for one another was just too strong that nothing could keep them apart. Finn would continue to be her bodyguard, while taking on the new role of her boyfriend. They just would not disclose their relationship to their families. Carrie’s father will not hesitate to end their relationship once he finds out about them and who knows what he could do with Finn’s future. It is much safer to keep it a secret until they formulate a solid proof plan. Since Finn and Carrie were in California and her family was on the other side of the country, it was easy for them to be caught up in their own little world.

The more time they spend together, the deeper they both fell for one another. It’s as if they depend of each other to live. Finn adores Carrie and will do anything and everything in his power to keep her safe and make her happy. With a fresh start in this relationship, they have promised to be completely open and honest with one another, no more secrets.
“I’m scared your father is going to shove me out of your life when he finds out about us. That he’s going to make you see I’m not good enough for you or your world. But most of all? I’m scared you’ll realize it all on your own without him there to tell you.” ~ Finn
They both come from different worlds. Finn feels that Carrie deserves to be with someone of her status, someone better than him, someone more suitable, and someone her father would approve of. His insecurities are getting the best of him and he is scared out of his mind that one day he might possibly lose her. That one day she will finally realize that he cannot give her everything that she needs and will leave him and break his heart. He has always watched her in her element through the shadows, but a date gone wrong proves he can’t even pretend to try for one night. It isn’t who he is.

Carrie loves Finn for who he is. Status means nothing to her. She has never felt more alive or more whole than when she is with him. He makes her feel these things no one else has ever made her felt. They are it for each other. Carrie cannot and will not lose Finn. She is willing to fight her father and give it all up for her love for Finn.

Finn gets a weird feeling in his gut that something is wrong. Carrie’s father is not being his normal self and isn’t checking in as frequently. This is completely raising flags for Finn. Does he know about their relationship? Did he send someone else to watch over them? He also gets a call that he needs to see his commanding officer on a weekend that he doesn’t need to report. All of these things are putting him pretty much off edge. He doesn’t know how to react towards them and he’s taking his frustration out on Carrie. A number of different scenarios are running through his head and overall, he’s scared that he could lose Carrie as the end result.

As it turns out, Finns gets reassigned by his commanding officer in another country for a few months. This may be a good way to change Finn’s Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) because Carrie’s father would approve of him a little more once this mission is complete. They need to sacrifice being apart but it will be good for their relationship in the end. As much as they promised no more secrets, Finn is not allowed to forfeit any details about this mission to Carrie and it is killing him on the inside.
“I’m going to tell you this once and once only: 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.” ~ Carrie
Their time is very limited, so they spend every moment with one another creating as many memories as they possibly can. Not knowing what the future has in store for them, Carrie is determined to prove to Finn that she will not go anywhere. She will wait as long as she needs to for Finn. Finn breaks my heart when he creates on their last night together, their special Christmas. You know he’s hurting on the inside because he doesn’t want to leave her, but he’s trying really hard to be strong for her. He went all out. Got a tree to decorate, he cooked dinner, Christmas music, movie, they decorated, mistletoe and surprised her with a very special gift. It truly was a night to remember.

Will their love be strong enough to withstand the distance? Will Carrie be able to wait for Finn? Can Finn make it out of his mission safely? Will Carrie’s father find out about their relationship? Was Finn leaving for the mission the right thing to do for the both of them? What does the future hold for them now that Finn has left? 

Carrie and Finn will tug at your heart, I know it did mines. The situations that the two were faced with, at such a young age broke my heart. They should be living life and not dealing with these issues. But yet, some of these situations are what people go through on a daily basis. I’ve been rooting for these two since day one and they deserve their happy ending, no one or nothing should be standing in their way. I love the fact that Carrie has opened up more since the first book, she has grown a lot. And Finn has change since he has fell in love with Carrie I didn’t like the big cliffhanger that she leaves you at though. That was not very nice. I can’t wait for the next book of the series. Great job Jen.

I received an ARC for my honest review.

This review was done by Jenn. 


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 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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