Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Blog Tour: Out of Line by Jen McLaughlin

Welcome to our stop on the Out of Line blog tour!  As well as Heather's review, we get to share with you one of Jen's Top Fives ... and it's her top five TV villains to watch.

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.

Top Five Villains to Watch

As I visit a handful of blogs, talking about my newest release, Out Of Line, I was thinking about villains. A lot of movies, books, and shows have them…but what makes a good villain? What makes you come back, week after week, wanting to watch them? To get that answer, I complied my favorite villains on television.

  1. The Evil Queen on Once Upon a Time. I love how well-fleshed out she is. She does bad things, but she cares at the same time. You never know what she’ll no next.
  2. Klaus on Vampire Diaries. I mean, who doesn’t love him? He’s evil. Very, very evil—but yet you see the way he looks at Caroline, and you root for him to win her. He’s fun to love and hate, all at once.
  3. Moriarity on BBC Sherlock. Man, he’s crazy and evil—but he was fun to watch, right?
  4. Amanda on Nikita. She’s pure evil, I’m thinking, but there might be some good buried within her somewhere. Maaaybe….
  5. And last, but not least, Rumplestiltskin on Once Upon a Time. Again, a well-fleshed out character that you get to see all sides of.

So, who are some of your favorite villains to watch? Do they match up with mine?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

I'm going to start with Finn. Delicious Finn with the surfer body, longer wavy hair and guess what? He's a marine. Swoon. I loved his Alpha male attitude he tries to portray when we first meet him. It isn't long after that we see another side; a softer one. A side that is soley reserved for Carrie, the Senator's daughter whom he's sworn to protect. Something in Carrie softens him and everything he thought the daughter would be like he soon learns was completely judgmental and he couldn't have been any more wrong.

Carrie sees herself as geeky and awkward and describes herself as so. I would actually describe her as quirky, funny, sweet, compassionate, caring and selfless. So many books have the main character that comes from a well to do family spoiled rotten. Carrie was completely different and it was wonderful to find a character that was opposite then what one might have assumed she would be like.

Hats off to the Author for grabbing in from page one and sucking me into the entirety of the story. It was a quick read that had me wanting more. I guess it's a good thing there will be. I'm not ready to let go of Finn just yet, that's for sure.

4 out of 5 stars

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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This is a truly unique giveaway prize!  The lucky winner will receive 30 pages of the original manuscript, which include editing marks and special never-before-seen notes from Jen! You will have all the deets on what Jen changed, deleted scenes, and special extras. 

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