Friday 16 May 2014

Blog Tour - Out of Mind by Jen McLaughlin

 Title: Out of Mind
Series: Out of Line #3
Author: Jen McLaughlin
Release Date: April 29, 2014 

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…

#1 Out of Line

 #2 Out of Time


4.5 Mind Capturing Stars by Finn Coram
Jen McLaughlin has truly saved the best for last. Out of Mind picks up right where book 2, Out of Time, left off. Filled with angst, concern, sadness for what is in store for not only Finn but for Carrie and Finn as a couple. Well Mrs. McLaughlin will definitely test out your emotions in this story. The backdrop to this book, a wounded solider returning from battle, broken physically, mentally and emotionally and struggling to cope with the events he has endured is devastatingly realistic. Finn’s attempt to transition back into his everyday routine is the farthest from easy. His injuries stem deeper than the surface.

My heart continued to crack for this man. It seemed as if life was holding a rain cloud above him and the clouds refused to dissipate. During these trying times Carries demonstrates such patience, compassion and maturity. Some parts were a tad frustrating, she tended to walk on eggshells around Finn when he needed to be called out at some points.  I was surprised yet relieved by the support her father offers over the course of the book. He truly has the best intentions for his daughter and doesn’t wish her heartbreak. Unfortunately, Finn becomes so lost in his pity/insecurities that his and Carrie’s relationship is put to the ultimate test. Can love that has lost course be found again?

Past characters pose additional obstacles to Finn and Carrie; one in particular, Riley, damn that man cannot be any more perfect. All you want to do is shout at your kindle screen ”Ehh ehh find another friend buddy, leave Carrie alone!” but at the same time you can’t help but aww at his actions towards Carrie. As much as I’d love to have two men like Finn and Riley surrounding me, boy did I NOT envy Carrie. She is one strong heroine. She has her moments when she allows the vulnerability of all the events with Finn, with Riley and with Cory to consume her, nonetheless she fights back every time to stay true to her character—feisty, driven and passionate.

This book is by far my favorite. Jen McLaughlin introduces some dark concepts into this book, addiction, PTSD… but does a phenomenal job portraying the toll they take on individuals and loved ones and the process of overcoming them. We see so much growth in both Finn and Carrie. I had thought I already had a good feel for these two but Mrs. McLaughlin strips these characters bare to start this book off. Serving up two broken individuals, each trying to fight to save one another, than each other. Then we see over the course of the book they pick up the pieces and rediscover themselves; will this redefinition help lead them back to one another, or are the pieces too jagged to fit back together? I was biting my nails up until 90% into the book. It was hard to feel a sense of relief when all I was showered with was a sense of bittersweetness. I was so happy to see the direction Jen took this series and so proud of these characters but not ready to see them go. Finn Coram Addiction cannot be cured with just 3 books!!!! Are there some long lost Coram brothers that maybe want to surface?
~ Review by Tori

So, this is a tough review for me to write as “Out of Mind” is the third and final book in Jen McLaughlin’s “Out of Line” series. I LOVED the first two books, and anxiously awaited a resolution to the very tumultuous ending of “Out of Time” – and I have to say “Out of Mind” did not disappoint! It is hard for me to review the book without giving away spoilers, and for those of you who have not yet had the pleasure to meet Carrie and Finn, what are you waiting for?! So this review will not discuss the plot twists and turns, only to say that I was on the edge of my seat the entire book. I could not put my kindle down, I had to know what was going to happen next and what a wild ride!

Like the first two books, “Out of Mind” focuses on the relationship between Carrie and Finn – and oh the angst! The couple has a huge obstacle to overcome and the accompanying drama is painful, emotional, deep and very real. Both Carrie and Finn react in ways that are realistic and true to character, and Jen’s compelling writing makes you feel it all right along with them. I love Carrie – she is such a smart, strong and willful woman who doesn’t take any shit. Definitely someone I can relate to and admire. Finn is her perfect compliment, though he struggles throughout the book to find himself and come to terms with what has happened. Throughout the book his inner strength shines through the trauma and corresponding weaknesses, as he fights to do what is right. It also doesn’t hurt that he is totally sexy, and the things he says – wow! Half swoon, half kiss me now. I am sad to see the end of Carrie and Finn’s story, though Jen left room for other books with different characters. Personally, I am dying to see what happens with Marie – please, Jen, give Marie her own book!

4 big stars! “Out of Mind” is a must read for fans of Jen McLaughlin, and is a wonderful end to the series.

~ Review by Alicia


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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