Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Review of: OUT OF TIME

I had the pleasure of reviewing "Out of Time" by Jen McLaughlin and while this was supposed to be an "unbiased" review, but it can't be because Jen's alter writing ego, Diane Alberts is one of my favorite authors. I just devour all of her Adult Contemporary Romance novels, so when I discovered that she had a New Adult series, I knew that I had to get my hands on it.

"Out of Time" is the second book in the three-book series. Although it can standalone, I would strongly recommend reading the first book, "Out of Line" because you are missing out "how" the hero and heroine got together. The first book is a fast and easy read, that is as enjoyable as the second book.

The book opens with Carrie Wallington, daughter of a senator falling in love with the bodyguard that her father assigned to protect her, Finn Coram. Carrie is a typical college girl that is tired of being under her father's thumb and even though she's in love, they must keep their relationship a secret from her father and basically the world. Carrie is from a well-to-do family and Finn's father works for Carrie's father's security team. Finn, also a marine decides that the best way to have Carrie's father accept him and to feel worthy of Carrie, is to go on a special marine mission. (I picture him as a tattooed Channing Tatum.)

Although the lead up to when Finn leaves is a little slow, their relationship grows and you can really sympathizes and feel for the characters.  I predicted the ending a few chapters into the read, but it is a heart-wrenching, edge of your seat read (I won't give out the details - read it yourself!)

The relationship is steamy and while Carrie is the daughter of the senator, she is not one of those stuffy heroines. She's daring and adventures, and really a nice person with a big heart. Finn is not defined by his rougher background, but he believes that he's not good enough for Carrie. He is one of those tough, sexy marines that has a secret soft spot that he shares only with his woman. The characters are multi-dimensional and feel very real.

I love the gritty writing style that transfer over from Alberts/McLaughlin's adult to new adult genre writing. As a writer, I study her writing because it is very appealing and just a great read. This was a great book (series) and I look forward to the next one as she left us hanging on for more!

This book would get a five star rating ***** from me, because I devoured it!

* I received ARC from the publisher for an honest review. *

All information regarding the blogtour and Jen McLaughlin/Diane Alberts writing, please  visit her website at:
Jen is giving away 4 $10 Amazon Gift Cards and an amazing grand prize! The grand prize winner will get to help name a character in book 3 of the series, and will get their name in the acknowledgement section of the book! Contest is international.
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If the book happens to hit the top 10 on amazon during the blog tour, there just might be another special surprise in the works for the fans! ;)

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 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 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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