Monday, August 11, 2014

Review: Out of Line (Out of Line #1) by Jen McLaughlin

Title: Out of Line
Series: Out of Line, #1
Author: Jen McLaughlin
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult

Rating: DNF 
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…

The truth will cost me everything.

My Review:

I’m slowly trying to work my way through my TBR pile and I've had Out of Line for forever so I finally decided to start it. It really did seem and feel like something I would really enjoy, it seemed to have all the contemporary elements I love reading about. However, once I started Out of Line I realized this one just wasn't for me.

I also feel like the outcast, once again.  Many seemed to have fully enjoyed this one. But, sadly, I just couldn't get into it. I think it was mostly due to my own personal perspective that I have on the story.

The main thing that just drew me away from the story was the insta-love/ insta-attraction. Nothing wrong with either, but to me it wasn't to my liking. I felt it was a bit too rushed, making it feel forced and unnatural. But again, that is my personal opinion. I do hate I couldn't get into it, but it happens.

The whole insta-love aspect is a delicate element to play it, so if done right immediate love can feel natural, like it was meant to be. But for me it just wasn’t working for this story. That also goes along with the instant attraction between the two main characters. It felt too rushed and a bit unnatural. I couldn't believe it or feel it. 

I was also having a hard time connecting to the characters. I couldn't get an emotional attachment to them or could I feel their personalities. That is another aspect that was pulling me away from the storyline. 

Though I really did want to enjoy this one, I couldn’t get but a few chapters in before I just had to put it down. And though I didn’t enjoy it, that doesn’t mean that others won’t. If you feel like you might really like it, I fully encourage you to pick it up and give it a try!


  1. Awww boo! It always sucks when you think a book is perfect for you and then it turns out it just isn't. Thanks for the honest review Magen!

  2. I'm so sorry this one didn't work for you -- it happens to all of us. I wholeheartedly agree with you about an instant attraction feeling rushed and forced. I've read some that work, but most fall short for me. A lovely, honest review! Heart you big, Magen xo

  3. It's a shame you didn't enjoy this one, because I did. But I can see why you couldn't. Nice honest review girl!

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  4. The insta love doesn't sound like something I would dig but who knows


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