Blog Tour and Giveaway: OUT OF MIND: Jen McLaughlin

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Out of Mind 
Out of Line #3
Jen McLaughlin
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Reaching for sunlight...
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…   

OUT OF MIND is now available and for RELEASE WEEK ONLY you can get a signed ebook copy. I've attached a graphic here. The book will be on sale for $2.99.

Finn wasn't really Finn anymore...

The Finn that left on a mission, did not come back the same. This injured Finn is wrestling with pain, flashbacks, and a changed appearance. He is coping in unhealthy ways and  hiding behind walls. The nightmares just will not go away and he is losing control.

Carrie just wants her Finn back, but she is trying hard to support this troubled man resembling him. But there is tension, anxiety, and fear. Their forbidden relationship has been outed to her Dad so they are also under his watchful eye adding more stress.

She was flawless. And then there was me...Beauty and the Beast.

He pushes her away due to his depression, feelings of unworthiness, guilt, and grief. He thinks he is not good enough for her and he hates hurting her. They struggle trying to deal with his changing personality and other family issues. Their relationship strain and other situations finally overwhelm Finn, no matter how hard Carrie digs in and tries to save him. And finally something has to give.

There is no right decision on how to help a person recover from something so horrible. And no matter how much Carrie wants to help, it is ultimately up to Finn to figure out what will make him crawl out of the darkness again.  But if Finn can't love himself, how can he show Carrie love?

Once upon a time, I'd been sure we would get our happy ending. I'd known, deep down to my soul, that we were meant to be together forever. That I was the best man for her, because no one would make her happier than I could, because our love was just that f***ing strong. I'd been certain of it. I couldn't say the same thing anymore. 

This couple has been through so much already, but this situation will test them to the extreme. It makes them question everything. They are conflicted and hurting, and the wall between them is hard to break down. They both have to find their own inner strength to deal with the fall out. And sometimes love just isn't enough to fix everything that is broken. Sometimes choices are made that cannot be taken back. Finn battles to find himself, find hope, his way back to her, and determine if he is worthy of a future with her. Carrie struggles to be with him, love him, and keep him. 

Finn is not the easiest or most popular choice for Carrie. She has other admirers. And her father still has strong opinions as well. I do have to admit that I really liked the easy going, caring friend Riley (even though I am totally Team Finn). And I also liked their other friends Hernandez and Marie who supported them the best that they could and also provided some comic relief. 

My heart literally broke for both Finn and Carrie. My emotions were all over the place at various points. I was frustrated, angry, sad, disappointed, tense, happy, hopeful, smirking, and smiling all at various times along with them. At times it was dark and frustrating, but there were periods of hope and light too. Intermixed with the negative situations, were also times of romance and passion.

This is ultimately the story of one man's journey towards finding himself again, healing, and moving forward. And of his quest to put his life back together. It was difficult, painful, heartbreaking, and challenging. Sometimes you have fight against love and other times you have to fight for it. The story finally gives them resolution and brings them full circle.

This was my favorite of the series and it was the most heart felt and emotional. It was told in both Finn and Carrie's points of view allowing us to see their conflicting thoughts, emotions, and pain. I really think she did their story justice as we have seen them change and mature throughout all three books and they have shown such growth both individually and together. Even though this is the end of this series, perhaps we will see glimpses of them in future books about their friends. 

Thanks to Jen McLaughlin for providing me with a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. 
Out of Line (book 1) 
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Kim's 4 star review

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…

Out of Time (book 2)
Jen McLaughlin
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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 with 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...
Jen McLaughlin  Website/Facebook/Twitter/Goodreads

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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