Fractured Lines (Out of Line #4)

Fractured Lines (Out of Line #4)

by Jen McLaughlin


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The lines we once crossed so easily have widened and torn us apart...

Once upon a time I thought Finn and I would live happily ever after, but real life doesn't always have a happy ending. He's testing my trust, and I'm losing faith in the man I thought I'd spend the rest of my life with, and there's nothing I can do to stop it. He's the one I trusted to keep me safe, but now he's the source of my greatest pain...

Forgiveness is fragile, and some fractures never fully heal...

One mistake—a slip in a moment of weakness—might cost me everything I've worked so hard for. The thing about trust is that it's a lot easier to lose than it is to build. Just as I'm about to give up and surrender to the demons from my past, an unexpected threat reminds me what I'm best at: protecting the woman I love. Whether or not she wants me, I will fight for Carrie and our daughter, and I will keep them safe—no matter the cost.

Even if I have to put my life and my heart on the line.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989668491
Publisher: EverAfter Romance
Publication date: 10/08/2014
Series: Out of Line Series , #4
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 704,144
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of steamy new adult books for the young and young at heart. Under the penname Diane Alberts, she writes bestselling contemporary romance, including the Take a Chance series and the Honor Guard series. Jen lives in Pennsylvania.

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Fractured Lines (an Out of Line novel) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
We all love when our characters get what we assume will be a happily ever after (HEA), but sometimes what happens after the HEA isn't all sunshine, rainbows and kittens. No matter how much a couple loves each other, previous issues have a way of resurfacing and causing trouble a second time around. This is what we find with Finn and Carrie in Fractured Lines. I should probably be mad at Jen for putting one of my favorite bookish couples through another relationship test, but the truth is, I was so excited to get more of them – and the book was so beautifully-written – so I'm happy she extended their story. Carrie and Finn aren't in a good place at the beginning of Fractured Lines. They're married and have a young daughter. Finn had been in a car accident and was dealing with pain from it, and some of his old habits begin to surface, unbeknownst to Carrie. Ultimately, he won't admit he's addicted to painkillers and Carrie can't put herself and their daughter at risk, so she asks him to leave until he can get himself together. Fractured Lines was difficult to read at times because of the emotions. I'm so invested in these characters that it hurt me when they were hurting. And both of them were hurting in this book. Carrie was trying to come to terms with the fact that the life she thought she had with Finn might be a lie and could be over. She was wrestling with herself because she wanted to help put him back together, but knew she couldn't. It was something he had to do on his own. Finn felt abandoned by Carrie, yet determined to prove to her that he could change. He could battle his demons and win – and he would for her and their family. One of my favorite parts about this book is the way Carrie's dad has evolved. Where, in the past, he was one of their biggest obstacles, in Fractured Lines he's actually one of their biggest allies. I loved this transformation and his support of them and desire to get them back together. It definitely gave me the warm fuzzies. Of course, the situation with Daddy Dearest also brought an unexpected outside force into the situation to complicate it further. I won't get into all that because you have to experience the suspense (and emotions that go along with it) on your own. Be prepared. Have tissues. And maybe wine or another adult beverage of your choice. I'm so glad Jen decided to write this novel about Finn and Carrie. It was real, raw and full of feels. As much as I hated that they were going through yet another struggle to save their relationship, I loved getting more of their story. Fractured Lines was a gorgeous (and often seriously sexy) look at what happens after the HEA we're all so anxious for our favorite characters to find. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
JTaliaferro More than 1 year ago
I haven't read any of Jen's books previously so I was worried knowing this was a standalone of a line of her books. I am telling you there was absolutely no reason to worry. In fact, I read this book in one sitting because I couldn't put it down and now need to read the rest! I loved this story. It was real. It was not a sappy romance or all about sex. It was like a real life marital struggle that you get to witness. Jen had amazing character development in this story and even though it was set in the present, you were still able to walk away from the book knowing the history too. The storyline was like a typical marital situation and was funny to read at some points and frustrating at others because you could tell it was about communication or lack of. Then again, isn't that one of the number one problems in marriage anyways? The irony, is Carrie is a therapist. You read her struggles on balancing work, family, and Finn's struggles. Finn comes across like the typical male that just doesn't want to deal with the situation and thinking it'll all be better if not there or if handled his way. I highly recommend this book and it can be read as a stand alone with out giving away ties to the others in the series, which is a major bonus for me.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've really enjoyed this series. Carrie and Finn's needed a wonderful ending.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this part of Carrie & Finns story, just as much as I enjoyed all of the others. This story expressed more of their struggles. But their Love for one another pulled them through. Love Conquers All!!! Cant wait to read Riley's story next.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars  I loved Finn and Carrie's story in the Out of Line series and was excited that Jen McLaughlin decided to write an adult story about them a number of years down the road.  Knowing that there was going to be some serious drama, I was also a bit fearful because I thought, if either one of them cheats on the other it is going to upset me really bad, because their's was one of those relationships that despite it all, would last a lifetime.  Without revealing too much, I can tell fans of the series there is no cheating (clapping loudly at this point).  There are, however, some very hard and heartbreaking obstacles that these two have to face that threaten to tear them apart for good, and also some very dangerous ones.  I still loved both Finn and Carrie's characters.  The passion and chemistry between them is as strong as ever, despite all they are going through.  Finn is still his hot sexy self, so get ready to swoon girls.  Jen McLaughlin has done an excellent job of taking the reader inside the minds of the characters, connecting you to them as they each face their own issues, concerns, and even judgments about each other.  Then, through a turn of events, you get to experience what it is like when they each see and feel things from the other's perspective up close and personal, all the while providing her readers with a gripping story that will captivate you from beginning to end.  Fractured Lines is a wonderful addition to the Out of Line series and I thoroughly enjoyed it and most definitely would recommend it. 
RoxyKade More than 1 year ago
Carrie and Finn. I have been with them every step of the way and to me they are NOT just characters in a book. So, when I saw them so broken and everything falling apart around them, my heart shattered. I wanted to rush in and make things right. To fix Finn and take away all of Carrie's hurt, but all I could do was hope that the love that these two amazing people shared would be enough to pull them from their abyss of misery. But, of course, the road to forgiveness and acceptance is filled with obstacles that not even love can overcome.     I was quite surprised by Senator Wallington's attitude change. It was great to see that he wanted Carrie and Finn to be together. He wanted them to work things out. And there was a glimmer of hope that all would be fine when they finally connected again, even if it may not have been the best thing for Finn's recovery at the time. I truly believed that Finn wasn't kidding himself when he said all he needed was Carrie - that she was able to heal him - and it was obvious that being together made him better. It was just so damn difficult because when trust is broken, it's one of the most difficult things to fix.     I wasn't sure if I wanted to slap Carrie or hug her. I could understand how hurt and angry she was, and she had more than herself to look out for, but I just hated that she had to "punish" Finn to make things right. I could see that she hated it too, and when things got even more complicated I was on the brink of giving up on that hope I was holding onto so tightly.   One of the biggest problems between Carrie and Finn was that she wasn't able to fully understand what he was going through, and him not confiding in her from the beginning made things even worse. And as tragic as the events of this book became, I was glad that Carrie and Finn were able to find each other again, and that, in a way, something as terrible as PTSD brought them closer.   This story was a little different to the Out of Line series, and I enjoyed seeing these characters in a more adult role, with greater responsibilities and concerns. But I also loved the little touches that McLaughlin brought to this standalone which connected with some of my favorite things about the series. I wonderful story filled with hope and heart. I loved it!  
HNichols More than 1 year ago
So, if you’ve read the Out Of Line series then you know Carrie and Finn and everything they’ve gone through to be together and you also probably had a few mild heart attacks along the way. But this isn’t Carrie in Finn in college. This is Carrie and Finn, all grown up, married with a kid. “The thing about trust is that it's a lot easier to lose than it is to build.”—Finn Truth Finn. Truth. Finn is struggling. He slips up and hates himself for it. Hates what could have happened but also hates that Carrie might see him as weak. Carrie feels for him but she has a kid to worry about and as Finn says once that trust is gone it’s very difficult to go forward and get that back. The thing about Fractured Lines is that Jen McLaughlin writes Finn’s PTSD in such an authentic way that the reader can’t blame Carrie for her reactions but can’t blame Finn for what’s happening either. The back and forth between them could have become monotonous but it doesn’t because it’s real. People say things they don’t mean. People lose trust, have to gain it back. But this book might be one of the best examples of how sometimes stuff just happens and it’s no one’s fauly. Finn isn’t being weak. Carrie isn’t being a whiney harpy. It’s life. When Finn “slips up” Carrie goes into Mom-mode. She loves Finn, doesn’t want to lose him but has to protect her family, her daughter who has no one else to do it. But it takes a lot of work to get things that you want most back. Fractured Lines made me laugh, “that V that makes smart girls dumb.” Epic truth right there. It has it’s steamy which you expect from Jen McLaughlin. I mean Finn reading to you from a hot romance novel then doing exactly what he read is one of the most “yes, please” situations out there. But it also makes you feel. Even when I saw things coming, I felt horrible when they actually happened. What I loved most was that while drama was happening, changes needed to be made and help needed to be found, Finn and Carrie always thought of it in terms of us. It wasn’t Finn. And. Carrie. It was Finn and Carrie. They wanted to make things better together. Even when they say they want to give up, they don’t really want to give up. I think my favorite scene in the entire book was between Finn and Riley. Finn needed Riley in that moment and Riley knew exactly what to say to force Finn to get his head out of his ass to get his family back where they needed to be. And yes. At one point there was an odd burning sensation in the back of my eyes. I’m not a crier. Very few books have made me cry in my life so I know it wasn’t the start of that. It’s been determined that I suffer from allergies and needed to take a benedryl.  Yeah, someone could say that Carrie and Finn already had their HEA, which is true, they got that in the last book. But the thing about life is that Happily Ever After doesn’t usually come easily. Sometimes you have to fight tooth and nail to keep your HEA. To keep your love going. And this is especially true with someone dealing with PTSD. PTSD can be a lifelong struggle. You don’t go in “get fixed” and everything is sunshine and unicorn babies from there on out. Anything can bring it back. Fractured Lines did a great job giving all the feels. All of them.  
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
Fractured Lines by Jen McLaughlin is the fourth book in her Out of line series. While it can be read as a standalone, if you are patient you should read the series in order. These characters are so awesome you'll want to meet them at their beginning. Jen McLaughlin has done it again. I mean what could Finn and Carries possible still have to go through? They've been through enough right? Well, apparently, they are still being tested. We are three years down the road from where we left them and we jump right into what happens after the Happily Ever After. NEWSFLASH***** The HEA is only ever temporary - a high moment that surpasses other high moments in life, but ultimately it does end (or go back to a normal moment) otherwise, if it were always so good, we wouldn't appreciate it would we? It's not so much that the plot is original, it's not, every story is just another story from another time told again since the beginning of time. These two are in love, one does something to hurt the other, they fight. He has regret, she has doubts, danger lurks, yet they keep on trying for another HEA moment. It's the manner in which Jen takes these characters through these moments, her style, the flow of the story that will leave you turning pages, ignoring your family, and finding a room with no TV or human distraction. I devour her books and have not been disappointed yet.
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JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend that you read the series in order to fully understand Finn and Carrie's behavior in this book. It broke my heart to see Finn in so much pain, both physically and emotionally. I understand why Carrie reacted the way she did based on previous experiences, but I was not happy they way she treated Finn. I absolutely hated her for being upset with Finn for keeping secrets, yet she is keeping a huge secret from him. I'm so happy that after some tough situations, they were able to find their way back to each other. Thanks Jen for giving us a bit more of Finn, (and Carrie of course)! Looking forward to the next book about their friend Riley!