October 15, 2014

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway // Fractured Lines by Jen McLaughlin



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.


This is a first in the Out of Line series that I've read, but you can read this one as a standalone.

This is definitely a first where I've read about a couple dealing with the after shocks of a traumatic event and dealing with PTSD. There's one thing to hear about the various stories with the men and women in the armed forces and then reading a book like this. To be honest, I have no idea how the reality is for someone with PTSD, but I'd like to think that Jen McLaughlin did a great job painting a picture for me. As I was reading this book, it all felt so real and completely heartbreaking to see what they had to go through separately and together.

After an accident that sent him back to that dark place that he hoped to never visit again, he had a slip that could have ruined his marriage and family, forever. Carrie tries her best to keep it all together, but wanting to help him, love him, and trust him, all at the same time. But little by little you see how hard it comes for her to fully trust him. Finn thinks he doesn't need to seek help, so he piles on the lies, which just makes matters worse. Emotions are at an ultimate high and things are said that shouldn't have been said. After everything they gone through, can they get through this? Will they be able to gain each other's trust again? Can Finn get the help he needs to be there for his wife and daughter? Will love prevail?

It's been a while where a book constantly pulled on my heart. The many moments where Finn and Carrie are yelling at each other, shouting low blow, after low blow; I have no idea how my heart managed to take it all. There's just so much pain between the both of them, but there's love that runs so deep that is nearly impenetrable.

There were so many moments that really stuck with me and one of them was when Finn had a conversation with Riley.

People grow up. They change. You just have to try to change together.
I've been married for a very short time and I can tell you that the people we were when we first said our vows are nearly different now. We've gone through so many changes as time has goes by. No matter what kind of hardship you face, it'll change you in some shape or form, sometimes for better or worse. And with Finn and Carrie, they are in some hard times, nearly losing each other, but something so pivotal brought them back together again. And they worked through every single thing. They suffered through loss time and time again, but they had the will to carry on together. They never gave up and I love that about them. They were so many times they could have taken the easy way out, but they didn't. Reading the news, you constantly hear about divorce after divorce after divorce. Everyone has their own suffering and we will never know what kind of pain they go through. In Fractured Lines we get to witness that pain and we feel it right with them.

Jen, I commend you for capturing such a heartbreaking, but loving story, but also showing what it feels like to really keep things together and staying afloat, when the easy way out is so tempting. All love suffers loss, but in the end, love did indeed prevail. Phenomenal job!


Meet the Author

Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy New Adult books. Under her pen name Diane Alberts, she is a multi-published, bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, released September 6 2013, and hit the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. 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. 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, and a cat. 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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