Review ~ Out of Mind by Jen McLaughlin

Title: Out of Mind
Author: Jen McLaughlin
Series: Out of Line #3
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: April 29th 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…
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What an emotionally charged book! Going into it I knew Out of Mind was going to be hard, but it continued to get harder before it got better. I will admit that I shed a few tears – especially during Chapter 8 – because it was just gut wrenching!

Things didn't go as planned at the end of Out of Time, so it was always going to be a challenge for Carrie and Finn. Finn fell really hard in this book and it was heart breaking to see the struggles he had to endure. Carrie wanted to be the person to help him out of this slump, but it was hard to do that for him without him breaking further. It was a difficult time for not only them, but their family and friends as well. Although they weren't able to get through it like they would've hoped, they did work hard to be better people.

This final book had everything I love in a good contemporary/romance read: passion, heart break, and characters who I love. It has the right mix of suspense and plot twists that kept me guessing. There are some great side characters that I like (Hernandez, Marie and Riley) and I am dying to see more of them. They have big influences on both Carrie and Finn’s lives and deserve their own books.  

I love how Jen has me so captivated by her stories. She builds realistic worlds, with characters that I love and they do things that happen in real life. Her writing style has me hooked from beginning to end, and the epilogue in this one was perfect. I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!

Complimentary copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

Jen McLaughlinJen 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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Other Posts featuring Jen McLaughlin

Out of Line series
Review ~ Out of Line #1
Review ~ Out of Time #2
Excerpt ~ Out of Mind #3


  1. The emotion, heartbreak and passion sound amazing, I really should start this series.

  2. Finn and Carrie's story seems to have all the elements I love, too, Naomi. I have the first in the series waiting on my kindle. I'll have to be introduced to this story that's gonna break my heart soon. Thanks for the lovely review, girl!

  3. Thanks Chanzie! It was a touching one in the end and I loved Finn and Carrie... this book put my emotions through the wringer!!

  4. It has been a beautiful and intense series!

  5. I know you will love this one! It has that sad element you like in your reads! I'm excited to see your thoughts!

  6. Haha!! Funny how that happens! The books have been fantastic!!

  7. This sounds like one that I really need to get! Great review Naomi! I want it now...

  8. I hope you get it! It was a fab trilogy. Pretty emotional ride!

  9. Just read Falling for the Groomsman by this author and really enjoyed it. Gonna need to read more. Looks like this series needs to be added to the list.

  10. Oh yeah, i really liked this series! She is a great author!

  11. I don't like looking at the cover. Dude looks like my ex. lol. These books sound so good though.


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