Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Blog Tour: Out of Mind by Jen McLaughlin - Review and Giveaway

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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My Thougts:  I fell in love with Finn and Carrie in Out of Line and have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of their journey in Out of Time, and now in the last installment, Out of Mind.  Out of Mind picks up where Out of Time leaves off.  Finn is broken, wounded, and bruised inside and out, emotionally and physically, forever scarred by the events that took place while he was overseas. Carrie and Finn's relationship is out in the open now, so they no longer harbor the burden of having to keep things a secret.  While her dad, "The Senator," isn't thrilled about it, he is accepting, especially after what happened to Finn.  As if he hasn't suffered enough loss, Finn loses someone else close to him state-side, which causes things to spiral downward even further. Carrie and Finn's relationship, which seemed unbreakable, now suffers the hardest test that the two of them will face, a test that just might destroy them both and everything they have together.

As I said above, I just love Finn and Carrie.  Finn's situation was heartbreaking in this book and I just wanted to reach in a hug him, and I also wanted to reach in a shake him a few times as well. Jen McLaughlin did an excellent job of portraying this wounded warrior and his struggle with PTSD, which was heartbreaking.  Carrie's character also goes through so much as she tries to be supportive, yet nurse her own broken heart, and McLaughlin further demonstrates most excellently the effects of PTSD on the loved ones of the person suffering from the disorder.  Finn goes through a very dark time, struggling between what is best and what he wants, and is trying as best he can to put himself back together after he hits rock bottom.  The romance is hot, as is trademark for Jen McLaughlin, and the story itself was a beautiful ending to this couple's journey. I kept flipping the pages waiting to see what was going to happen next.  If you are a fan of contemporary romance, then I most definitely would recommend checking out this series.
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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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  1. So glad to see you loved this! Great review Ellen. :)

  2. This series really looks good. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I think I'm like, I enjoy Jen's books, but I don't really love them like that, lol. This one does sounds appealing though.

  4. This series really sounds good. Glad you enjoyed.

  5. Wow! This book sounds amazing! I really want to read it...the love expressed and the courage that will be revealed :) I am so happy to have discovered this book, thank you!


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