Out Of Mind (Out Of Line #3) by Jen McLaughlinOut Of Mind by Jen McLaughlin
Published April 2014
Series: Out Of Line #3
Genres: New Adult
two-half-stars
Format: eBook
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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…

Finn Coram is finally back from deployment, but he will never be the same again. He saw his friends die before his eyes in Afghanistan, and his mental scars go even deeper than his physical scars. He is staying at his girlfriend’s Carrie Wallington house, during his recovery, but he is constantly plagues by nightmares and self-doubts. Will his relationship with Carrie ever be the same again?

While the previous books in this series were “okay”, I really couldn’t connect with the end of this trilogy. I found the plot quite interesting: a PTSD affected soldier who feels ugly from his inner and outer scars and suddenly questions whether he’ll ever be enough for the person he loves (and for said person’s parents). And while his girlfriend loves him with all her heart, he refuses to see it and drunks and drugs himself into oblivion and aggressiveness.

Then, there are other obstacles, such as the fact that Finn might have competition in the form of a wealthy senator’s son, which Carrie’s parents would be much more approving of.

Really, it was a pretty interesting plot, even though the steamy scenes were definitely missing. But the reason why this doesn’t deserve more than 2 stars is because the story just felt rushed in the end. An important an weighing situation cures itself very easily and some unnecessary drama clouds the storyline at the very end.

Finn’s character makes and important leap and change in attitude, while Carrie’s character doesn’t really undergo any evolution, which should have been the case to make the story more realistic. She just doesn’t overcome the heartbreak and forgives to easily, when the “winning her back” scenes should have been more emphasised.

The epilogue was nice, and even if it was a bit cheesy, it helped round up the story a bit. Yet I felt the story was missing that kind of something that made it really mindblowing.