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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 attract 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.


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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 attract 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.

30 review for Out of Line

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    ***ARC courtesy of Inkslinger in exchange for an honest review.*** Rating 4.75 Do you have get a book & it burns a hole in your e-reader? Yeah, that happened to me today. I was just going to read 1 page - 2 chapters later I was still siting at the edge of my bed. I wasn't supposed to read today - I had crap to do! Then I met Carrie and then followed Finn and I was hooked. Finn is a surfer. Has a motorcycle. He is a Marine. I am not sure I could say this fast enough... This book will be out in a mo ***ARC courtesy of Inkslinger in exchange for an honest review.*** Rating 4.75 Do you have get a book & it burns a hole in your e-reader? Yeah, that happened to me today. I was just going to read 1 page - 2 chapters later I was still siting at the edge of my bed. I wasn't supposed to read today - I had crap to do! Then I met Carrie and then followed Finn and I was hooked. Finn is a surfer. Has a motorcycle. He is a Marine. I am not sure I could say this fast enough... This book will be out in a month (09/10/13)... sorry friends. BUT I hope you enjoy it like I did! Now where is book 2 (no big cliffy - just a continuation of the story).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jana

    Okay, where do I start? All I know is that I mega loved this book. Like loved-it-so-much-had-to-read-it-again love. OUT OF LINE has got to be the best New Adult book I've ever read so far, and that is saying a LOT since I've read a lot of them. Carrie really stood out for me in this book. Gosh I adore this girl to pieces. She's the most caring and thoughtful girl. I mean, who would donate their clothes and give up their time to help others? When she's probably the richest girl and you'd expect h Okay, where do I start? All I know is that I mega loved this book. Like loved-it-so-much-had-to-read-it-again love. OUT OF LINE has got to be the best New Adult book I've ever read so far, and that is saying a LOT since I've read a lot of them. Carrie really stood out for me in this book. Gosh I adore this girl to pieces. She's the most caring and thoughtful girl. I mean, who would donate their clothes and give up their time to help others? When she's probably the richest girl and you'd expect her to be snobby and spoiled, you find out she's the opposite. I loved Carrie. She's not a party girl and really different from her peers. I love how she saw the best in everyone and I can definitely say she's one of my favourite protagonists. Finn. OH MY GOSH FINN. Can I marry him??!? You guys know I have a thing for Marines and surfers, right? Finn can be quite alpha male and possessive (a bit) but he's also so considerate, and sweet and GET READY..he cooks for her! He cooks for her while she study! He's that kind of guy. I loved his POV as we find out how and when he really began to care for Carrie, and as not just an assignment to him. He's so swooony!!! The romance in this was not also just hot and steamy, but there was no insta-love at all (hurrah) and it was at a realistic pace. My favourite scenes in this were not the love scenes (surprise!) but when they just hang around together. They just bring the best out of each other, and while they are really the complete opposites, they do have that chemistry that I love reading about. That said, the love scenes were very beautifully done and in my opinion, it wasn't as explicit or as racy as others, which I liked. :) I know the plot has been done loads before, but it really didn't bother me. To me, it was perfect. The writing and the execution was ah-mazing and I really can't find a fault in the author's writing. Oh, and can I just say that I want to hug the author for creating NA characters that DON'T have a really tramautic/troubled past? Because that, is seriously getting old and OUT OF LINE was a breath of fresh air. So before I get carried away by going on and on about my love for Finn (read this, you'll understand), I just want to say to PLEASE GO BUY AND READ THIS BOOK. It's one of my top reads this year and I've already re-read it. It's that GOOOOOOD.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heidi McLaughlin

    It's been so long since I've sat down to writer a review, but here goes. I've been a fan of Jen's for a very long time, so when she told me about her new adventure I was supportive, but only after I read Out of Line did I become excited. Jen has taken a situation that is relevant in today's world and given us a glimpse of what's its like to be society royalty. What she teaches us is that it doesn't matter who you are, your heart leads you to where you least expect. Out of Line is a sexy, fun and It's been so long since I've sat down to writer a review, but here goes. I've been a fan of Jen's for a very long time, so when she told me about her new adventure I was supportive, but only after I read Out of Line did I become excited. Jen has taken a situation that is relevant in today's world and given us a glimpse of what's its like to be society royalty. What she teaches us is that it doesn't matter who you are, your heart leads you to where you least expect. Out of Line is a sexy, fun and romance filled story that will have you asking for the next one. Here's what you get: surfing, danger and romance not tied up in a sweet little bow. To me that's just about perfect! Bravo Jen on your newest title. I'm happy to be along for the ride.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Tollefson

    1.5 stars There's nothing really wrong with this book... there just wasn't much right with it. For me, anyway. It had all my favorite pet peeves. First of all, I have no idea why it's called Out of Line. It makes no sense. Well, maybe a little bit, but not in any significant, title-worthy way. Of course in these NA romance books you expect some cliches, but this one had ALL of them, and they were extra annoying. Stupid nicknames that seem forced (and I even usually like the nicknames!). Hot vi 1.5 stars There's nothing really wrong with this book... there just wasn't much right with it. For me, anyway. It had all my favorite pet peeves. First of all, I have no idea why it's called Out of Line. It makes no sense. Well, maybe a little bit, but not in any significant, title-worthy way. Of course in these NA romance books you expect some cliches, but this one had ALL of them, and they were extra annoying. Stupid nicknames that seem forced (and I even usually like the nicknames!). Hot virgin, who seems to have never been kissed, with a strict dad. "Bad boy" with tattoos. Bad boy says "fuck" every other word to display his masculinity, while demure virgin girl says things like "heck" and "dang." Mysterious, zappy chemistry: "He closed his fingers around mine. A shot of electricity skittered up my arm, making me jump slightly. What the heck had that been?" That had been my brain cells frying. Behind all these things, the story was just ok. For .99 cents, I suppose I got what I paid for.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Juliana Aceti

    This book was a great surprise,I didn't had high hopes , but turns out that the story is amazing. This book tells us about Carrie, she is the daughter of the senator. he's (not surprisingly) overprotective, so when she decides to go to college her father puts a "bodyguard", the guy is Finn. They met out of the sudden at a college party, and quickly they start to get really close. The friendship grows into something more, but Finn can't afford to lose his job... Finn: Carrie: This book was a great surprise,I didn't had high hopes , but turns out that the story is amazing. This book tells us about Carrie, she is the daughter of the senator. he's (not surprisingly) overprotective, so when she decides to go to college her father puts a "bodyguard", the guy is Finn. They met out of the sudden at a college party, and quickly they start to get really close. The friendship grows into something more, but Finn can't afford to lose his job... Finn: Carrie:

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    Carrie is off to start her new life at college away from her overbearing parents. She is relishing the freedom and keeping her identity secret from everyone because she doesn't need the potential drama. Enter Finn......I really loved Finn! But he was keeping a secret which could and probably would destroy his relationship with Carrie. Great start to a series which I will be continuing. These books are quick reads!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sera ~ Catty Reader

    2.5/5 stars *sigh* This book has me conflicted on so many levels. There were parts I liked and parts I really hated. So no in depth review today, I wouldn't even really know where to begin. Things I liked: - Finn - he was actually the best thing about this book. Quite enjoyable, cute and hot. - Carrie - I liked her when she was sassy, confident and took action without hesitation - They had good chemistry Things I really didn't enjoy: - Finn - (view spoiler)[He knew she was a virgin, still he does a bu 2.5/5 stars *sigh* This book has me conflicted on so many levels. There were parts I liked and parts I really hated. So no in depth review today, I wouldn't even really know where to begin. Things I liked: - Finn - he was actually the best thing about this book. Quite enjoyable, cute and hot. - Carrie - I liked her when she was sassy, confident and took action without hesitation - They had good chemistry Things I really didn't enjoy: - Finn - (view spoiler)[He knew she was a virgin, still he does a bunch of stuff to her while she's a sleep and it just felt really wrong and creepy. Especially that he stopped the second she woke up and he was frustrated that their 'make-out'-session had to stop. I mean seriously!? I can enjoy a bit of angst, but this just felt like abuse (hide spoiler)] - Carrie - I liked her when she was being sassy. But I found myself groaning internally everytime she was her holier than thou self. She serves food at a soup kitchen - which is great, really - but she also hands out all her money to homeless people, she helps every single person, she is nice to every single person. She puts out boxes with her own clothes so that other students can take them and enjoy them. It sounds great and all, but nobody is that much of a saint and it just makes her not very likeable or real. - Unoriginal - It's really a less PG-version of the movie with katie holmes (The first daugther or something?) I don't know, if you forget these things it was a mildly enjoyable book, but really nothing special. I don't think I'll be reading the rest of the series. I wasn't that impressed with this book and I'm not really into army drama and PTSD/addictions. The author wrote three books that ultimately do have an ending, but than decided to write another book after their HEA to introduce even more drama for no good reason. I think I'm better of leaving the rest of this series alone and I can't honestly recommend this book to other readers either. If the synopsis suits you and the things above don't bother you, by all means give it a go and don't let me stop you. Maybe you'll love it. Otherwise, maybe it's best if you ignore this one.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jillian Stein

    my complete review will be out soon... A few times in my life, I’ve voraciously devoured a book and was just about to finish it and stopped. Just stopped reading when I got to the last few chapters. Why? Why the hell would I do that? Well, it’s because I cannot bear the thought of finishing the book and the experience it has brought me. THIS was one of those books. I got to 85% after reading it all day and I just couldn’t go on. I put it down for the next whole day, and when I finally picked it b my complete review will be out soon... A few times in my life, I’ve voraciously devoured a book and was just about to finish it and stopped. Just stopped reading when I got to the last few chapters. Why? Why the hell would I do that? Well, it’s because I cannot bear the thought of finishing the book and the experience it has brought me. THIS was one of those books. I got to 85% after reading it all day and I just couldn’t go on. I put it down for the next whole day, and when I finally picked it back up and I savored every last word. Finn and Carrie’s story was just so amazing. I was hooked after chapter 3 and completely fell in love with Finn. Yes, he’s got a body made for sin and is gorgeous but he’s also honorable and loyal and has such a way about him that I rank him as one of my all-time favorite characters. He had me laughing out loud while reading his internal dialogue and the next minute had my chest physically aching with his growing love for Carrie and his denial that he would ever be good enough for her. He knows it’s his duty to protect Carrie and he knows he can’t have a relationship with her. But hey, they say the road to hell is paved with good intentions, right? He killed me. He’s just one of those guys any gal would love. Carrie was just as amazing a character as Finn. She’s smart and giving and stands up for the underdog in life. She volunteers and helps those in need, but does it anonymously. She’s a girl we would all be lucky to know. She’s also innocent and that adds to her charm. They balance each other out beautifully and I was cheering them on from the very start. The emotional ups and down they weather are intense and real and so very believable. This is a story that will stay with me and one I will be re-reading as soon as I can. Maybe this time I will read it all the way through without stopping……eh, who the hell am I kidding?

  9. 4 out of 5

    ~♡AB♡~

    3.5 stars. Out of Line was a nice short read about a marine tasked to secretly watch over a senators daughter whilst in her first year of college. Quite predictable, a few hot scenes and some sweet moments. Nothing exciting but it held my interest.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Monica Murphy

    Love this cover, love the hero (Finn!), loved the premise & really enjoyed this book. Love this cover, love the hero (Finn!), loved the premise & really enjoyed this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Patrycja

    It's really short book (I've read in two hours) so I don't see the point in doing normal review. What can I say about Out of Line? Well, it's short, sweet and predictable. I suppose this story could be really itintriguing if was longer, had more built up plot. I loved the concept, which unfortunately wasn't used in 100%. Overall 2.5 stars from me.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    I was lucky enough to beta read OUT OF LINE for Jen. Words cannot describe how much I love this book! Super sweet, sexy, witty and Finn. (Oh, Finn, how I love you!)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Asheley

    Boy I devoured this one. I actually ate it up. Quickly too, and now I want more. This excerpt is taken from my full review on Into the Hall of Books. Read more here: http://www.intothehallofbooks.com/201... Carrie Wallington is a college freshman. She's attending college on the West Coast, as far away from her father as she can get. See, her father is a big-time politician in Washington, DC and has spent all of Carrie's life practically smothering her. He's kept her surrounding with guards at all Boy I devoured this one. I actually ate it up. Quickly too, and now I want more. This excerpt is taken from my full review on Into the Hall of Books. Read more here: http://www.intothehallofbooks.com/201... Carrie Wallington is a college freshman. She's attending college on the West Coast, as far away from her father as she can get. See, her father is a big-time politician in Washington, DC and has spent all of Carrie's life practically smothering her. He's kept her surrounding with guards at all times - they've gone everywhere with her, even to the point of watching her sleep. (Creepy, right?) Well, Carrie's had enough, and she's convinced her father to let her go to college on her own, without a guard to protect her. Nobody out here on the West Coast knows who she is and she isn't about to give up her identity. She isn't about to do anything at all to draw attention to herself, to give up the freedom she's finally gotten, because it feels so good to be able to walk down the sidewalk alone, to be able to walk around campus alone, to be able to sit by the ocean alone. Carrie feels like she can finally just breathe. Carrie's at a party one night with her roommate - she didn't really want to go in the first place, but she went because her roommate asked her to. She didn't last very long inside the party, so she stepped outside for fresh air and felt someone lurking in the shadows. Carrie yelled for the person lurking in the shadows to show themselves, and out stepped this hunk of a man - super good-looking - and Carrie was immediately drawn to his body and his face. This is the first time she's been free to really look at a guy, to talk to a guy without a guard right by her, so doggone it - she's going to! But she isn't stupid, and she isn't giving up her identity. She doesn't want any reason for daddy-dearest to send a guard out to protect her. So she talks to this hunk of a man, but she's very careful about it. His name? Finn. Finn Coram is a surfer. He's a Marine. He rides a motorcycle. He's very good-looking. And he seems interested enough in Carrie to have a conversation with her. (She is pleased!) What Carrie doesn't realize is that her Father DID, in fact, hire a guard to follow her around and protect her while she's a student on the West Coast, and she is currently talking to him. Finn works for Carrie's father and as the youngest man on staff, he was the obvious pick to be Carrie's guard because of his ability to blend in among a college crowd. Finn realizes it was probably a mistake to blow his cover to Carrie because he realizes, as he is talking to her, that she isn't at all what he expected. See, Carrie is very likable. She isn't at all the stuck-up, snotty, rich-girl socialite that he thought. He expected a girl that would be shopping and partying all the time. Instead, Carrie spends her time studying and volunteering to help the less fortunate in the communities around her. She donates money and gift cards to needy families. She even donates her designer clothes to the girls in her dorm that need them more than she does. The problem? Finn has begun to spend more time around Carrie because she simply wanted to learn to surf. What started out as simple surfing lessons became hanging out on the weekends while they both were growing increasingly smitten with one another. When Carrie made her growing feelings known to Finn, he kept her at arm's length for a little while - because he had to - but before too long, he couldn't help himself and he let his guard down. He had already fallen for her long ago. To complicate things, there are absolute ramifications for Finn if he blows his cover to Carrie or "touches" her - he signed a contract with her father! And now he's gone and fallen in love with her? Oh dear. Finn knows he needs to tell Carrie the truth about who he is and why he is in California, but he's afraid that when he does, he will lose her forever. ********************************************* Out Of Line by Jen McLaughlin was literally one of the most enjoyable books I've read in a long time. I inhaled it, clicking the pages on my Kindle like a madwoman, because I was absolutely lost in the world of Carrie and Finn. I loved Carrie. I loved Finn. And I loved the two of them together. I have to admit that the story was a little bit predictable a few times, but I didn't even care. I liked it that much. Carrie is a lovely character to read - she is feisty and independent but also vulnerable and flawed. She isn't weak. She isn't whiny. She knows what she wants and she goes after it. I love that she has tried to make a stand against the overbearing nature of her father (even though he only wants to protect her) by attending college as far away from him as she can go - it shows that she means business in the "I'm-growing-up-and-I-need-my-own-space" department. Even way out in California when she thinks she's out from under the watchful eye of her father and his staff, she keeps her head on her shoulders. She doesn't go wild and crazy - she is able to have fun at times but still concerns herself with her studies and, more importantly, with the needs of the people who are less fortunate than she is. Carrie would give anything she had to anybody that needed it. She gives her time, as well, serving organizations that mean something to her. She's just a great female lead to read; a breath of fresh air. (For all of her goodness, she was more stubborn that I wanted to be a time or two in the book, but I chalk that up to being sheltered by her father for far too long. Even when she was stubborn, she was still good-hearted.) And Finn. What a great guy. Serving his country as a Marine and also working hard in an actual real job - this is something that is often missing in New Adult Contemporary Romance these days, but Finn has the "real grown-up guy" thing going on, and he's doing a great job at it. He thinks of others before himself, and that includes his own father, who makes small appearances throughout the story. I couldn't help but feel for Finn and also chuckle for him because of the "mess" he got himself into - he signed a contract to not become involved with Carrie and he goes and falls in love with her? THIS seems like a typical male, but Carrie seems very hard not to love, so I understand why he fell for her. One of the great things about Finn is that he struggled with doing the "right" thing, and with what the right thing was, exactly. Should he honor the contract that he signed and keep away from her even though they both love each other OR should he follow his heart and allow them both to be happy? THAT felt like the theme of the book in a nutshell, and Finn's inner thoughts show his struggle with this, as do his conversations with Carrie (although Carrie doesn't really understand the reasons for his struggle since he isn't allowed to reveal his identity as a guard to her). As you would expect in a situation like this, something is bound to happen and the secret is bound to come out. How and to what degree and to whom - I won't tell! No spoiling here! But when the mess happens, it happens hard. And it is kind of heartbreaking for a while. But you know what? This story is fantastic and I had no idea that there would be a follow-up until THAT ENDING. Speaking of THAT ENDING: I think I have an idea of what is coming up next. And if I'm right, I have NO CLUE how I'll handle it! (Probably just fine if the book is as fun and good as this one.) But I need the next book NOW to see if I'm right and figure it all out. Goodness gracious. I recommend Out Of Line by Jen McLaughlin for fans of New Adult Contemporary Romance, fans of books with a college setting, fans of steamy romance, and great characterization. There is no broody alpha male here and there is no whiny damsel-in-distress here. These are two great people that are in an odd predicament that they have to work though, and this story is just a fun, easy, read that I loved a ton.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Natalee Grimaldi

    Ohhh Finny, Finn, Finnnnn!!! Sexy, broody, tattooed Marine and surfer boy- nuff said, right?! Right! Oh boy, ladies. Do yourselves a favor and read this book, like, now. It would do your ovaries some good, promise. Out of Line is the sweet story of Finn and Carrie, who meet by a chance encounter after a frat party. But is it really by chance? Carrie has always lived under the scrutiny and protection of her senator father. All she really wants is to enjoy college like a normal girl, without any cele Ohhh Finny, Finn, Finnnnn!!! Sexy, broody, tattooed Marine and surfer boy- nuff said, right?! Right! Oh boy, ladies. Do yourselves a favor and read this book, like, now. It would do your ovaries some good, promise. Out of Line is the sweet story of Finn and Carrie, who meet by a chance encounter after a frat party. But is it really by chance? Carrie has always lived under the scrutiny and protection of her senator father. All she really wants is to enjoy college like a normal girl, without any celebrity to her name. When she meets Finn, a local surfer, she starts living life the way she’s always wanted to, including giving love a chance. Thing is, some secrets are more powerful than love. If you’re thinking this story seems a bit trite because the main character is just trying to “spread her wings” so to speak, then stop right there! Carrie is nothing like other heroines who are “good girls” trying to shed their skin. No, no, no. Carrie knows exactly who she is. She’s a good girl, with a moral compass set straight. The only thing that’s stopping her from being comfortable with her life is the constant 24/7 protection from her father. Seriously, though Carrie is awesome. She has a heart of gold, through and through. Then there’s Finn. Dear lord almighty in book heaven, thank you for giving us Finn Coram! I don’t normally dig half-naked couples on book covers because I think they’re overused, BUT even though I really like this cover- I wish it showed Finn in all his glory. The way he’s described in the book will make your panties melt. Guaranteed. I mean, seriously. Somebody needs to invent a contraption where you input all of Finn’s characteristics, and out he pops up. Mouthwateringly delicious. AND, under all his sexiness he’s just an all-around good guy who’s just trying to fix his wrongs. I loved the progression of this story line. It was seamless and flowed really well. It’s written in alternating, first-person POVs between Finn and Carrie. The only reason I nixed half a star was because I thought Carrie, during the critical scenes, holds on to her pride to long and it kind of got annoying. Especially because she was so level-headed through out the book. I do realize her stance though, as well as reasoning, but it was a bit prolonged. Or maybe I just wanted more sexy time with Finn. Which leads me to my next topic. Sex. Chemistry. Sexual Tension. Love. Passion. Mix all those together, and you get a mega ovarian combustion. I’m talking boiling hot over here. Those two are meant to be. No doubt about it. Last thing, there’s a cliffhanger. Good thing is that technically the book ends with a happy ending. But that cliffhanger will leave you chewing your nails off! Anyway, loved it! Couldn’t have asked for a more well-rounded and truly wonderful story.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews

    3.5 Stars Source: eARC for Honest Review from Author This book was like reading a paper version of a mix of movies of Chasing Liberty and the First Daughter. For Carrie she is super sheltered and finally is free to do what she wants. (Or so she thinks) She randomly meets a boy named Finn who is a hot surfer/marine (or so she thinks) Carrie and Finn are instant friends but while he is fighting his attraction to Carrie she is making his life difficult. I might be inexperienced, but even I knew what a 3.5 Stars Source: eARC for Honest Review from Author This book was like reading a paper version of a mix of movies of Chasing Liberty and the First Daughter. For Carrie she is super sheltered and finally is free to do what she wants. (Or so she thinks) She randomly meets a boy named Finn who is a hot surfer/marine (or so she thinks) Carrie and Finn are instant friends but while he is fighting his attraction to Carrie she is making his life difficult. I might be inexperienced, but even I knew what a good kiss felt like. And. This. Was. It. For Finn he thought this job was going to be easy but with Carrie it is anything but. Finn can no longer fight the pull but he chooses not to tell the truth until it's too late. For Carrie she feels betrayed once again in her life and pushes Finn away not trusting his true feelings. However, she still doesn't want to let go and needs him in her life she just doesn't know the extent of it. They try to have a symbiotic professional relationship but it proves to difficult. Emotions are high and feelings are on the line but love is strong force. "You're mine now. Don't forget it." I was surprised about the amount of predictability from the beginning of the book but it still was sweet read but it was also left with a pseudo cliff hanger. Grrrrr! So much for predictibility :) which has now hooked me to find out what happens next. For more reviews, visit Live Read and Breathe Like us on Facebook Live Read and Breathe Facebook Follow along with Twitter Live Read and Breathe Twitter

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

    This wasn't even worth .99 cents in the end. It sounded so promising too. It was too much instant attraction between Carrie and Finn. They only knew one another for a day and he kisses her. THEY DON'T KNOW EACH OTHER, WHAT ARE THEY DOING? Anyways, it was far too dramatic the I want you but I can't have you storyline. See, Finn works for Carrie's father. Finn is Carrie's bodyguard, though she doesn't know it. To her, she meets this surfer guy who's willing to teach her to surf, and take her on rid This wasn't even worth .99 cents in the end. It sounded so promising too. It was too much instant attraction between Carrie and Finn. They only knew one another for a day and he kisses her. THEY DON'T KNOW EACH OTHER, WHAT ARE THEY DOING? Anyways, it was far too dramatic the I want you but I can't have you storyline. See, Finn works for Carrie's father. Finn is Carrie's bodyguard, though she doesn't know it. To her, she meets this surfer guy who's willing to teach her to surf, and take her on rides on his motorcycle and who is everything that her father wouldn't want her to be around. But in actuality, Finn is a Marine, who is hired by Carrie's father to watch out for her during her first year of college. Of course, this means Carrie is 100% off limits to him. Y'all know where this is going right? Anyways, there is a lot of kissing and then regretting the kissing, and telling Carrie that it can't happen again. Though, IT KEEPS HAPPENING. But to make this short, eventually Finn decides to hell with it, he wants to be with her, she wants to be with him, it's all good. Except. (You know what I'm about to say ) She doesn't know that he was hired to follow her around. Naturally, she finds out right after they have had sex, and everything appears to be going well for them. Cue the dramatics. There are tears, and yelling, and cussing, and more tears. To sum this up, there's a lot of stupid stuff that goes on, until Finn thinks he has to tell Carrie he loves her, and then Carrie forgives Finn and all is dandy. Though, her father is under the impression that Finn is doing what he's being paid for. Well, just wait till that bomb drops..... In 2014. That's right, there is a book #2! Which is great for actual fans of this book, and characters, and all that they entail. For me, I'm done, I can't read a second book about these two characters lives because I will blow my brains out. The storyline felt so overused and repetitive. I'm over it. I can't, but hey if you enjoy the instant attraction, no real relationship, where nothing surprising happens, then hey, this is your book. And get it while it's still just a buck because otherwise you may regret it. Plus, you get the added bonus of getting a digital signed copy. (Still not worth it though) I previously left out the fact that this isn't just from Finn's POV, I kind of made it sound like it in this review, but it's alternating POV so we get both Carrie's way of things and Finn's. To me, this didn't add anything to the storyline like other books though.

  17. 4 out of 5

    DJ

    The last book of the year [2016] and first book of the year [2017]. A really good sold four-star New Adult romance. It was a definite rated-R movie, not bordering any NC-17 territories. Carrie is a college freshman at a university in San Diego, CA. She also happens to be a Senator's daughter. And this Senator is over-protective of his little girl, sending security guards after her at every turn. Finn just so happens to be the man groomed/chosen/hand-picked for the position. As a twenty-three year The last book of the year [2016] and first book of the year [2017]. A really good sold four-star New Adult romance. It was a definite rated-R movie, not bordering any NC-17 territories. Carrie is a college freshman at a university in San Diego, CA. She also happens to be a Senator's daughter. And this Senator is over-protective of his little girl, sending security guards after her at every turn. Finn just so happens to be the man groomed/chosen/hand-picked for the position. As a twenty-three year old Marine, he has the muscle and brawn to keep Carrie safe. He also falls for her, which goes against everything her father made him promise not to do, even having him sign contracts saying he'd keep away. And that's the problem. He wants to break all those rules. Because he falls for Carrie. Hard. And she falls for him. Even harder. The story had those tensions...Can we? Should we? But I love you. But we can't. Oh, yeah, and there's this guy...for lack of a better term, Cody...Cory? Something like that. Perfect type of high drama in a romance. Perfect amount of sweet to balance that out. Because when it was good between them, it wasn't just sex. It was doing things like surfing and helping the homeless...and it was great. I would even venture to say this one could be a stand-alone as it wraps up nicely. But once you're in, you can't get out without knowing the rest. As far as endings go, it was perfect yet worrisome yet...I sort of cheated and looked for the next book to read the description...and I'm so....leaving it blank as not to spoil anything...and I have that one on my TBR list for sure. Book three as well. Overall, a good story. Staring some Tom-Welling-inspired (Smallville on the WB) thoughts of Finn. *A DECEMBER 2016* & *STARTING OFF THE YEAR WITH A BANG ~ JANUARY 2017* Read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Auhmanduh

    3.5 stars This book had so.much.potential. With all the new adult books out this was actually a change of pace! I LIKED the plot and I enjoyed the lead characters. Carrie: Carrie was smart, she knew what she wanted and she wasn't dealing with anyone's bullcrap. She was humble, genuine and had some.common.sense, so Jen McLaughlin Finn, he.was.fabulous. surfer/marine/alpha/bad ass. It was his duty to protect her, to protect his father. I really liked what she did with him. so, again, Jen where it fel 3.5 stars This book had so.much.potential. With all the new adult books out this was actually a change of pace! I LIKED the plot and I enjoyed the lead characters. Carrie: Carrie was smart, she knew what she wanted and she wasn't dealing with anyone's bullcrap. She was humble, genuine and had some.common.sense, so Jen McLaughlin Finn, he.was.fabulous. surfer/marine/alpha/bad ass. It was his duty to protect her, to protect his father. I really liked what she did with him. so, again, Jen where it fell short was it wasn't that exciting, it was sort of boring. It is a short read and then even then it ends with a small cliffy... literally sigh, I will be reading the next one, I just HOPE it's more action packed.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anncleire

    Release day-blitz September 10th on my blog http://pleaseanotherbook.tumblr.com/p... Blog tour on my blog October 1th Review + Except http://pleaseanotherbook.tumblr.com/p... Inizial review! “ Incredbly sexy and absolutly passionate, this book will brings you to your knees and will hook you up from the first page. Both pov of the main characters let you enjoy the story to a unique level and Ms McLaughlin can really keep up the emotional intensity and the irony of the characters. While you’re cracking Release day-blitz September 10th on my blog http://pleaseanotherbook.tumblr.com/p... Blog tour on my blog October 1th Review + Except http://pleaseanotherbook.tumblr.com/p... Inizial review! “ Incredbly sexy and absolutly passionate, this book will brings you to your knees and will hook you up from the first page. Both pov of the main characters let you enjoy the story to a unique level and Ms McLaughlin can really keep up the emotional intensity and the irony of the characters. While you’re cracking up for a joke you have to deal with guilt and lies and the real possibility that love is not enough. But we have a super sexy Marine/surfer with tattoo and a body to die for and a heroine that is a really strong girl, with her head clear of all stupid stuff and with a very big heart. She has all, and she wants to help people who doesn’t have nothing. This is a book about generosity, friendship and love. But it is also about redemption, real feelings and romance. The kind of book you want to bring to bed with you and read when you are lonely and want a really good story to keep you company. The kind of book you keep to think about even days after you finish it. With characters so special that you want to keep reading about them, over and over again. Luckly Ms Laughlin is writing a short novella, so we can keep reading about them” XD

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sofia Lazaridou

    I changed my original 4.5 rating to 4 because while I was writing the review I came up with two problems instead of the 1 I originally had and I couldn't rate it with 4.25 or something similar. Half star was lost in the end when I found out that there is a book #2, coming on 2014. The end isn't cliffy but some things have yet to happen and I was left with a feeling of unfulfillment. The good thing is that I can see why a second book will be out. Finn and Carrie have some serious problems waiting I changed my original 4.5 rating to 4 because while I was writing the review I came up with two problems instead of the 1 I originally had and I couldn't rate it with 4.25 or something similar. Half star was lost in the end when I found out that there is a book #2, coming on 2014. The end isn't cliffy but some things have yet to happen and I was left with a feeling of unfulfillment. The good thing is that I can see why a second book will be out. Finn and Carrie have some serious problems waiting for them. I was really happy when Finn's secret was revealed (to the reader, not Carrie) so quickly in the book. I am sure if the average reader would have liked it (or him) if s/he found out the same time as Carrie did. Why the other half star was cut off? Because of Carrie. In the begging she seemed so smart and was close to the truth but when the revelation came she was acting like the thought hadn't crossed her mind at all. Out of line was an enjoyable read and a great NA debut for Alberts.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stacie

    5 HOT & LOVING STARS! What are you waiting for??? Go buy this book right now! It has trouble, sex, love, and a sexy bad boy. It's a good read that'll have you smile the whole time and wishing you had a Finn of your own with those steamy sex scenes ;) GO READ THIS BOOK NOW!!!!! :) OMG, how many ways can I say how much I loved, LOVED this book?!!!! I loved everything about this book. Carrie has always been the good girl. Good grades, never dating bad boys(but that's because her dads a little over-pro 5 HOT & LOVING STARS! What are you waiting for??? Go buy this book right now! It has trouble, sex, love, and a sexy bad boy. It's a good read that'll have you smile the whole time and wishing you had a Finn of your own with those steamy sex scenes ;) GO READ THIS BOOK NOW!!!!! :) OMG, how many ways can I say how much I loved, LOVED this book?!!!! I loved everything about this book. Carrie has always been the good girl. Good grades, never dating bad boys(but that's because her dads a little over-protective. Ok ALOT over-protective.) With her dad as a politician, he has security that he hires to watch over Carrie. And that is where Finn comes in. Mmmm Finn. He just screams bad boy! Tattoos, muscles, surfer, and a Marine, you know he's HOT! With him being hired to watch over Carrie, he's not supposed to be spotted by her. But of course she see's him and....you'll just have to read this amazing book to find out the rest :) Can't wait for the second book!:)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bella

    4.5 Stars. This book was soooo good!! Totally sucked me in! I LOVED that we got alternating POV from Carrie and Finn. I loved that they developed a friendship first (no I love you within 2 hours of meeting). I loved that Carrie was feisty and independent. I loved that Finn was a protector. Fin was H.O.T!!! He surfs. Rides a motorcycle. And has tattoos - need I say more? Carrie + Finn = HOTNESS!!! Yowza. I was hoping that we would get to see Carrie stand up to her father. But the book ends at a gr 4.5 Stars. This book was soooo good!! Totally sucked me in! I LOVED that we got alternating POV from Carrie and Finn. I loved that they developed a friendship first (no I love you within 2 hours of meeting). I loved that Carrie was feisty and independent. I loved that Finn was a protector. Fin was H.O.T!!! He surfs. Rides a motorcycle. And has tattoos - need I say more? Carrie + Finn = HOTNESS!!! Yowza. I was hoping that we would get to see Carrie stand up to her father. But the book ends at a great spot and it's pretty clear that there will be another book. And I will read it as soon as possible. Highly recommend this one!! Such a cute story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    amanda s.

    2.5 stars, good but not exactly my favorite. I'm so disappointed. Because I love the basic plot and I love the promise of drama. But the execution.. Definitely disappointing. Carrie's what you call goodie-two-shoes. She's way too kind and to me she ended up stupid. I don't like her character. Finn, he's a normal guy. But the one that really rub me off the wrong way is Carrie. That's why I'm not mad at Cory for calling her a "tease". Because to me, she is. Overall great plot but bad execution. No 2.5 stars, good but not exactly my favorite. I'm so disappointed. Because I love the basic plot and I love the promise of drama. But the execution.. Definitely disappointing. Carrie's what you call goodie-two-shoes. She's way too kind and to me she ended up stupid. I don't like her character. Finn, he's a normal guy. But the one that really rub me off the wrong way is Carrie. That's why I'm not mad at Cory for calling her a "tease". Because to me, she is. Overall great plot but bad execution. Not sure if I want to read the sequel.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nazarea

    So this book had a Marine in it. Which is a win, since I love the military. But beyond that--I really love the characters. The way they both grew and changed--I loved everything about them, even when I wanted to smack Finn upside the head. And that--Finn. My goodness, you guys. I pretty much loved everything about this book. I can't wait for book two. Literally. Can't. Wait.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kellie Maddox-Ward

    Man I got sucker punched again! There's going to be a book 2! Why is everyone doing this to me? Proper review to come shortly

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Okay I really liked it, it is definitely more of a fluff read than one with much depth. The story was original, and the writing was solid. more review to come.

  27. 4 out of 5

    BookHookup

    This book was originally reviewed on The Book Hookup. **I received a copy of this book for the blog tour,but that did not influence the review** First Thoughts: 4.5 stars LET THE FLAILING BEGIN! Oh, I loved this story and all the feels it gave me. I might be in love… Plot, Pacing and Style: Here is the quick and dirty without spoiling: good girl goes to college and falls for bad boy she isn’t supposed to, and their chemistry is undeniable. You’ve read this storyline? Maybe, but when it’s done right This book was originally reviewed on The Book Hookup. **I received a copy of this book for the blog tour,but that did not influence the review** First Thoughts: 4.5 stars LET THE FLAILING BEGIN! Oh, I loved this story and all the feels it gave me. I might be in love… Plot, Pacing and Style: Here is the quick and dirty without spoiling: good girl goes to college and falls for bad boy she isn’t supposed to, and their chemistry is undeniable. You’ve read this storyline? Maybe, but when it’s done right it never, ever, ever gets old. Plus there’s a few other things in this gem that kept the journey of Carrie and Finn totally interesting. Ms. McLaughlin has a way with words that made my heart flutter and stomach do flips. I love alternating POVs, and this one was as good as I had hoped. I’d be lying if I said it was pretty awesome be in Finn’s head and hear his not so G-rated thoughts. ;) The MCs: Carrie was a straight A student who did everything to please her parents. Even though she started college away from her parents, her instinct was to do the right thing. But that was before she met Finn. All her original plans went right out the window. I wish towards the end she was a little more forgiving and not so bitchy, but I knew it was an act so I forgave her. ;) Now let’s talk about Finn…..a very hot surfer with tattoos who rides a motorcycle and was in the marines!!! Need I say more?!? Well I’m still going to. :) He has some secrets, and I would love to know what they are. Maybe in the next book we’ll find out more. He is crazy about Carrie and wants to do the right thing by her, even if it means giving her up. I felt sad that he sold himself short and didn’t think he was good enough for her. To me, he was a man anyone would want. He may have had some tattoos and a motorcycle, but he also had discipline from the marines as well as his security job. Romance /Chemistry: RAWR. 10 cold showers. I wished there had been more of a slow burn, but what the heck, when it works it works I guess! Title/Cover: Perfect and perfect. The title was spot on. I still want to know what happens when the truth is revealed to even more people!!! The cover is perfect, sweet and romantic. Twists and Turns: The story was predictable yet delicious so when Carrie found out what Finn was keeping from her and the hurt began I was not surprised. I was also not surprised that they could not stay away from each other. But, whoa, did not see that coming at the end. What was it? Well I can’t tell you! But I need to know Ending: What? you left me with that???? I need the next book now please. Gripes/suggestions: I am glutton for punishment but I love a slower burn. I loved the immediate chemstry between Finn and Carrie, but when there is a slow burn of the sexy times it makes me crazy. In a good way. I love it. They admitted they liked each other and pretty much feasted on one another. Don’t get me wrong, it was delicious, but I wish there had been a bigger build up. Final Thoughts/Rec It? YES. A I sure? Positive as a proton yes. (teehee).

  28. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    4.5 stars I adored this book. I did not want to put it down until I finish it. Another late night reading and early morning finishing it off.. This is a great story about Carrie who is a college freshman at 19 year old. Her dad is a big time Senator in Washington D.C.. After taking a year off Carrie goes away to San Diego to college to get away from her dad's overbearing control. She loves her family. At the same time she wants to make her own way in the world. While Carrie is at a party she meets 4.5 stars I adored this book. I did not want to put it down until I finish it. Another late night reading and early morning finishing it off.. This is a great story about Carrie who is a college freshman at 19 year old. Her dad is a big time Senator in Washington D.C.. After taking a year off Carrie goes away to San Diego to college to get away from her dad's overbearing control. She loves her family. At the same time she wants to make her own way in the world. While Carrie is at a party she meets Finn. Holy hot Finn. Surfer. Marine. Bodyguard. Finn is hired by Carrie's dad to be her bodyguard/security. Finn is suppose to just shadow Carrie. He is not suppose to make his presence known to her. But as soon as he sees her at the party he approaches her. Finn. oh Finn made my heart rate go up and down. He is taken immediately with Carrie. He come up with a cute nickname for her (I adore that). He calls her Ginger, because she has red hair. Finn tried so hard (at first) to stay away from Carrie. Then he tried to be "friends". Poor Carrie is just as taken with Finn as he is with her. She does not help him out at all with their mutual attraction. There are many time times they kiss and then he starts mumbling and swearing at himself because he knows this is not part of his job description. In fact, one of the reasons he is doing this job is because he was promised that his father would get a sizable retirement package if his assignment with Carrie went well. Finn does not want to hinder his father's retirement. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but there is plenty of fighting, making up. jealousy, trust issues and so on. Carrie is strong, independent and head strong. Finn is protective of her, jealous and caring. These 2 butt heads but when they see eye to eye it is fantastic. I loved this book. The only warning I am giving (cause it kinda irked me) was that the book suddenly & abruptly ended! I went to turn the page and all I got was "book 2 coming 2014". WHAT!?!?!?!?!?! no way! I will be reading Book 2. I wish it was sooner!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Such a predictable story right from the start. Wanna know why? Because the book tells you the secret right at the beginning!! I wondered what I had to look forward to. I mean I pegged the rest of the story after the second chapter! Finn was hired by the Senator to pose as a college student to keep on eye out on his daughter Carrie. Once she finds out, what do you think will happen? Come. On. Carrie and Finn had such a back and forth annoying relationship. I want you. I don't. I want you. I shoul Such a predictable story right from the start. Wanna know why? Because the book tells you the secret right at the beginning!! I wondered what I had to look forward to. I mean I pegged the rest of the story after the second chapter! Finn was hired by the Senator to pose as a college student to keep on eye out on his daughter Carrie. Once she finds out, what do you think will happen? Come. On. Carrie and Finn had such a back and forth annoying relationship. I want you. I don't. I want you. I shouldn't. I want you. I can't have you. Just fuck already! The story did go as I thought and then I get to the ending and it's to be continued... How great.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rana Joiner

    Loved the story. Great book. What really fucking sucks is when authors don't bother to tell you that there will be more books and that this is apparently a series since the end isn't the end. That is just fucking annoying. And since there is no mention that the next book is even started, (at least from what I tried to find out) byy the time is comes out I will have probably read so many books that this one will be forgotten and then probably won't really give a shit about the next one.

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