Out of Line (Out of Line #1) by Jen McLaughlin {Review}

Out of Line by Jen McLaughlin
(Out of Line #1)
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Date of Publishing: 4th September, 2013
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My Rating: ★★

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.



Out of Line is a forbidden romance tale. You know one of those where you really fucking should not fall in love, but you really fucking do.

Yeah. One of those.

What I’ve also discovered is that Out of Line is a kind of book that I just had to finish in one day. It was kind of a small novel—216 pages—and so eh. Why the hell not? Of course, I hadn’t planned on finishing it in one day but I did.

Carrie Wallington is a do-gooder, who has lived inside her (Senator) father’s shadow all her life. And now that she’s in college, she wants to live her life on her own terms and without the constant trail of bodyguards on her back. And so far, it’s been looking good.

Especially since she’s been hanging out with surfer bad-boy Finn Corram since a few weeks and no guards have wrung his neck already.

Finn Corram, on the other hand, was assigned one task. ONE. And he’s managed to botch that up too. Spectacularly.

It was particularly bizarre to read this book. Why? Because I knew what was going to happen all along. In fact, wow, now that I think about it, this has been one of the most predictable NA’s I’ve read this year.

That doesn’t necessarily mean it was a bad book—it only means that it was predictable. So if you’re reading a lot of NA Contemporary Romance, you’re pretty much going to know the entire story beforehand. That being said, Out of Line is kind of cute. Like OMG I know he’s going to push her away and then pull her back and it’s so frikkin cute! type of a cute.

Which brings me to the push and pull in the book. Needless to say, in spite of Finn’s constant bipolar-ism, Carrie managed to keep a symbiotic relationship with him. That, of course, meant nothing, considering they were bound to end up together eventually.

But there was just the small issue of the two of them using petty ways to make each other jealous. It was lame. And effective.

The side characters—the ones that mattered anyway—were kind of non-existent and the ones that were? God, I wished they weren’t. They had absolutely no contribution to ANYTHING and I thought of them as living, breathing fillers.

I’m really not sure about this book. I liked it, but it was mind-numbingly predictable that ugh. I want to pull my hair out and grit my teeth and say NO. I’m not reading the next book.

But that’s not happening, now, is it?

Out Of Line finished at a cliffhanger—not quite but yeah, pretty much—and even though I know exactly what it is—pay a little attention to the book and you will too—I’m still going to read the next book as well.

Coz lately I’m into, I dunno, masochism.


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.

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