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I relaxed a little bit, but it didn’t feel right. Something was off, and I’d learned long ago to listen to my gut. If it said something was wrong, something was fucking wrong. “Yeah. Sure.”
She let go of me. “Now go get ready. I want to get out in the ocean.”
I headed for the bathroom, my phone still in my hand. As I brushed my teeth, I jotted off a quick text to Senator Wallington. Carrie’s okay. All is well.
Within a minute I had a reply. Thank you.
That was it. A thank you. There was nothing wrong with the text, per se. But it wasn’t right, damn it. I shook off the feeling that was bugging the fuck out of me, and focused on the date I’d promised Carrie. She had enough to stress about, what with that weird phone call I’d gotten that neither of us could make any sense out of, so I didn’t need to go obsessing about the tone of a text message like some pansy-assed little girl.
I leaned against the door, my eyes on my reflection. The nagging sensation that something was wrong wouldn’t let go. On top of that, I figured out what was bugging me from when we’d talked about our date. I stared at myself, all tattoos, dog tags, muscles, swim trunks and five-o-clock shadow—it hit me. The problem with her wanting a fancy date with flowers and dresses and jewelry and valet parking was I wasn’t fancy.
I could put on an expensive suit and pretend.
I could afford to be that guy, money-wise.
But underneath the suit and the charming smile, I was the tatted-up
Marine that had no place dating the daughter of a prospective President of the United States of America. She was supposed to be with a trust fund baby. One who had money and wealth and recognition.
Me? I so wasn’t that guy. I never would be.
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
After the cliffhanger ending of book one I needed to read this one, as I wanted to know about the phone call that Finn had received, and mainly because I wanted more Finn. ;)
Out of Time picks up where Out of Line ended, Carrie has forgiven Finn for not being honest with her, and they are very much in love. However, the phone call that Finn receives has now added to their worries, and they are still keeping their relationship a secret from everyone in order to protect Finn’s father’s retirement.
Finn and Carrie’s relationship is emotional, sweet, and very passionate. Finn is willing to do anything to make her happy even if it means changing. Carrie loves Finn, he is the only one for her it’s that simple. Carrie doesn’t want or need him to change, and she doesn’t care what her Father may say.
The storyline was definitely steamier and sexier that the last book. Finn and Carrie couldn’t get enough of each other. I loved the romance between the two. Told from Carrie and Finn's POV I was able to read how much they meant to each other, their fears about the phone call, and what it could mean for their future. I really did feel for them at times. I liked Finn’s POV, but I saw a different side to him. While I understood his insecurities and his doubts about not being good enough for Carrie, I wanted to shake him as I found him too negative at times.
Overall I liked this book, it was an easy read, but I felt that the first half of the book was too slow moving for me, and I found that I was getting frustrated at times as some things just took too long to be revealed.
I went into this book not knowing there was going to be a third book, so I must admit when I realised this a few colourful words left my mouth. I will be reading the third book in the series because even though I know that Finn and Carrie have some hurdles to face, and maybe heartbreak I want to see them get the happy ever after they deserve. Plus I still want more Finn.
“She really was the sun to me. The only thing that brought true brightness to my world”
“The fact that he thought he wasn’t good enough for me and my father made my throat tighten. Would I ever be able to convince him I loved him exactly how he was, not as a version of what he could be? That I didn’t want him to change at all?”
“She took my breath away with her beauty, and it would never cease to amaze me how much of an effect she had on me.”
“I will not leave you. And if you leave, I will always be here waiting for you when you get back. Whether it’s in a few days, a week, or a freaking year. I’ll be here. I’ll be yours.” ~ Carrie
“I love you. So damn much it scares the shit out of me. I’ve never been scared of anything before. Guns. Surfing. War. But now I have the biggest fear of all-losing you” ~ Finn
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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