Fractured Lines by Jen McLaughlin
(Out of Line #4)
Date of Publishing: October 14th, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating: ★★★
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.
I love romance novels – probably more than I love reading any other genre of books. I’m one of those girls who keep re-reading the end of romance novels to see how the boy finally gets the girl. I’m one of those girls who love the angst the characters go through and eventually, their personal epiphanies as they realise that they’d be so much less miserable if they were with their significant others.
But with Jen McLaughlin’s Fractured Lines, I found myself sighing and sniffling every time the characters floundered and fell. There was hope for them—so much hope—but there was also a sense of loss of trust in each other.
Finn and Carrie are in love, but there’s too much shit happening to them, all at once, that they’re finding too difficult to deal with. An ex-marine with PTSD refusing to seek help, and his wife of eight years (who is a shrink) who cannot help but treat him as one of her patients.
Or so Finn thinks.
Fractured Lines is a manic fest of angst – on crack! There were moments I truly felt like this was the end for Finn and Carrie but they’d pull through and I’d be relieved. Temporarily, of course because it seemed like trouble found these two at every turn.
Finn was selfish and a liar but he was also vulnerable because of his recent trauma and almost obsessively in love with Carrie. She was both his weakness and his salvation.
With Finn’s PTSD and his stubborn refusal to seek help, there was a point in the book where I actually wondered why Carrie even bothered with him anymore. Sure they were crazy in love with each other but Carrie was a mother and Finn had been careless with their child.
The last 20% was as stressful as it was heartbreaking. Too many chances of an end and after an unexpected death scare, my heart was in my throat and I couldn’t breathe—I was so scared.
And the end? Fucking worth the pseudo air-hunger.
Finn and Carrie were a kind of couple that revolved around each like the Earth and the Moon—too close and yet, too far. Fractured Lines was literary brilliance and it can make you feel everything these characters go through—love, pain and of course, the theme of this book – hope.
Note: Fractured Lines is #4 in the Out of Line series but can be read as a standalone.
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About the Author
Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy New Adult books. Under her pen name Diane Alberts, she is a multi-published, bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, released September 6 2013, and hit the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. 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. 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, and a cat. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.
*I was provided a free ecopy of this book in exchange of an honest review. This did not in any way, however, influence the content of this review.*