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Blurred Lines

(Out of Line #5)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  585 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Once burned…

Finding my fiancée naked on my couch might’ve been a good thing, if her ex-boyfriend hadn’t been with her. For the past eight years I’ve been a witness to the power of true love, but after getting burned I’d decided there wasn’t any hope for me finding it for myself. Until I met Noelle Brandt in a hotel bar. Maybe it wasn’t the most romantic meeting, but the m
Kindle Edition, 180 pages
Published January 23rd 2015 by Jen McLaughlin
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Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Jen McLaughlin Fans, Romance
3 Writing What You Know Stars * * *

I think all authors at one time or another have been given the advice to "write what you know" is something universal. Jen McLaughlin has taken that adage and run with it for her 5th installment of this series. I say that because our main character Noelle is a Erotic Romance writer attending a writers convention for authors, bloggers and reviewers. Yes, we are in her element so in that sense it is art intimidating life. We are given details from an author
Arabella ~♡AB♡~
★★★ 3 Stars ★★★

This was a great quickie! This is Riley's story, if you have read the first 4 in this series you will know that he is the best friend of Carrie & Finn. I have only read book 1 but the blurb sounded good so I thought I'd give it a go. It can be read as a stand-alone.

Riley finds his fiancée and a naked man on his couch, he soon realises that he is more worried about his couch than the fact that he has been cheated on and promptly goes to a local hotel to get drunk. It is here he
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by author in exchange of honest review

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Blurred Lines by Jen McLaughlin was one sweet and sexy read. In this short book, Ms. McLaughlin was able to showcase the lines of love, passion, desire, bond, and connections that begins to get blurred. These new feelings begins to get blurred when two strangers embark on a relationship of instant connection. And when these two feel that spark there is no stopping a love that makes you feel alive and free.


Riley has always lived an
Cocktails and Books
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Blurred Lines by Jen McLaughlin is the fifth installment of the Out of Line Series. I absolutely loved the opener of this book. Riley Stapleton is the only child of a senator. He's in his 30s, a successful lawyer, and engaged to be married. Riley pulls up to his house and he knows his fiancee Sarah is inside with another man on his custom couch after they just mailed out their wedding invites. Riley is furious but resigned. He thought Sarah was a safe choice..clearly not. They were set up by Ril ...more
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Blurred Lines is the fifth book in the Out of Line series, and is one that I somehow skipped, and found myself jumping straight into book 5.5 when I received it for review. After realising my mistake it was too late to stop reading and go back, so Blurred Lines just sat and waited to be read. This one was a book I did initially struggle to read, I think because the previous books I already had a connection with the characters, so going into this was like starting a new series. Once I was a few c ...more
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Blurred Lines is a hauntingly spell-binding and profoundly passionate love story that once it takes root in your heart, you will never think of love the same way again. There is something to be said for living your life as if there is no tomorrow. While some may view it as impetuous or foolish, I see it as bravely taking hold of your life and capturing the blessings that would we otherwise turn away from or not even see in the first place. What would our life look like if we would truly and cour ...more
Danielle from Short and Sassy
I am such a HUGE fan of the Out of Line Series. With that being said, I fell in love with this book from page one. Even though this story does not revolve around Carrie and Finn, I still over every second of it (and the fact that they made appearances in this book made me giddy).

Riley finally gets his own story, and what a story it is! We are down the road a bit. Riley is making his way in the world. Still the good guy doing what his parents want from him. He has a good career and marrying the
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books, 2015
Blurred Lines follows the story of Riley and Noelle. Riley has spent his entire life doing what was always expected of him. Even being engaged to someone he doesn't love. However the last thing that he expects is to walk in on his fiancee having sex with her ex on their couch! Most people would be devastated, but for Riley, it doesn't even bother him. One fateful night, Riley meets Noelle at a hotel bar. He knew from the moment he saw her that he had to meet her.....

Noelle lost the love of her l
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was meh... ok, I guess. I wasn't too keen on Riley, found him too wishy washy in his decision making. For with how short the book was, the protags annoyed me to some extent, not to mention the fact that thsi book dealt with one of my hated taboo subjects. After a bit I wanted to stop reading but I plodded through.
❤️Melanie G.
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fun, witty, sexy and loving story. This was a easy quick read that you get caught up in while reading.
Maria C
It was okay but I got bored and skipped to the end.
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Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
3.5 stars**
Jana (My Messy Chapters)
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
4.5 stars!
Kristin ~ Book Lovers Obsession
Blurred Lines is the 5th book in the Out of Line series and follows Riley Stapleton and Noelle Brandt.

Noelle is a romance writer and Riley we know from Carrie and Finn's books as the son of Senator Stapleton and the man that arranged to marry Carrie before she fell in love with Finn.

After finding his fiance on his couch with another man, Riley heads to the bar to lick his wounds and finds Noelle.

Can a chance meeting in a packed bar end in true love? Can a few crazy days mean as much as many y
T. Rosado
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fave-author, romance, 2018
4 Stars

Not my favorite in the series, but I still enjoyed reading about Riley getting his happy ending. Some may not like the insta-love aspects, but it worked for me and didn't detract from my enjoyment. Out of Line was my first Jen McLaughlin book with the second book, Out of Time, being my absolute favorite in the series. I'm loving the fact that I'm still getting to enjoy stories within this world.
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Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

I can honestly say that I have been waiting for Riley's story since his character was introduced! While he wasn't meant for Carrie, I absolutely loved him and needed to know him better! Jen McLaughlin did such a fantastic job with Riley's story in Blurred Lines, that I honestly think that this might be my favorite in the entire series! While I loved Finn and Carrie, Riley is just such a special character. If you haven't read any of this series
Veronica of V's Reads
This is the first book in the Out Of Line series that I have read, but it's a standalone, in my opinion.

I'm gonna say, there are elements of this story that I usually dislike: drunken meet-cute, instalove, republicans... But somehow, this book took me past all of the cliches. I really enjoyed it!

Riley Stapleton is the only child of a senator--he's 30's, attractive, a successful lawyer, and engaged to be married. Then he comes home to find his fiancé, Sarah, giving her ex-BF an oral happy endin
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
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What an amazing roller coaster that grabs you from page one to the last. Seriously, I absolutely loved Blurred Lines. If sleep wasn't an issue, I would have spent all night with Riley. This story was absolutely amazing and probably my favorite in Out of Line series. So, be prepared to hear me say how much I LOVED this story and why.

Love the start of the book where Riley catches his fiancée sleeping with her ex. He's calm through the whole thing, while I'm getting riled
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it

My Golden Reads Review of Blurred Lines

Blurred Lines by Jen McLaughlin is a sweet, fun, and quick read. This is the first book I’ve read by Jen McLaughlin and although this is the fifth story in the series, you do not need to read the previous books to read Blurred Lines. I didn’t feel that I was missing out about any information on the characters.

I wanted to read this book the moment I read the synopsis.

Once burned…

Finding my fiancée naked on my couch might’ve been a good thing, if her ex-boyfr
Talking Books
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Blurred Lines by Jen McLaughlin had what was probably the best two chapter introductions from any book that this reader has read. This book has the most sizzling smexy scenes - By. Far. And the sweetest, smexiest, devilish characters you could ever want to read about!

You could be forgiven for getting absolutely and totally absorbed in this book from the first page. This reader sympathises. ;) Right from the beginning chapter the drama, tension and shenanigans of Riley's chaotic introduction were
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As a fan of the Out of Line series, I was really excited to get Riley's story! Now, if I'm being honest, I didn't always like Riley early on in the series. How could I? He was trying to get between Carrie and Finn and I just can't abide that. But, I also knew there was more to him than met the eye and I couldn't wait to see him get his happily ever after.

Blurred Lines is one of those books I devoured in one sitting. It was easy to swoon over Ril
Jamie  Zishka
Jan 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Blurred Lines is the 5th book in the Out Of Lines series but it can be read as a stand-alone. This story is about how to let go of the past but unfortunately that past always comes with consequences. I would give this book a 3.5 stars and would recommend it to others. This book was a little insta love for me and that is why I couldn't rate it higher, but it had a pretty good story line just felt the "love" could have waited a bit longer but the story was a short tale and everything went by quick ...more
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have been following the OUT OF LINE Series and I am a huge fan of Jen McLaughlin. #TeamFinn all the way.

Riley was a supporting character in the series and I am so excited to see he got his own book. I knew he was a good guy but one can only wonder what his life would be like. Here he is at 31 and ready to get married. But... as luck would have it he walks into his house only to catch his fiancee naked and pleasing another man. Yup, but was he mad? hell no! He was pissed they were naked on his
Lynn Reynolds
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-reading
I received this book for review from InkSlinger PR and from the author. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.

Riley gets quite the surprise when he gets home. Noelle Brandt knows how to relax and have a good time. Their first meeting is quite interesting. And from then on be prepared to get comfortable because this is a read that will be hard to put down.

You will notice that they both seem to have a certain amount of vulnerability that makes them relatable to the r
Lauren - SERIESous Books
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I was really looking forward to this book. I couldn't wait to see how Riley would get his happy ending.

But I have have some mixed feelings on it.

I'm not a fan of love-at-first-sight romances; I don't like how everything progresses because of some unexplained "feeling"/"connection". As a reader, I like my relationships to be spelled out for me; show me why the
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for an honest review.

I was told that this book is a standalone and it is but I noticed that it is #5 in the series so if you want an intro into these characters, I would suggest getting all the other books.

I laughed at the opening scene.
Riley catches his fiance(more like business arrangement) cheating on him on the couch that he picked out.
He was more upset about the couch than the fiance.
He gets drunk at a hotel bar.
Enter Noelle.
Noelle is in town for a romance writer
Roxanne Kade
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Out of Line Series has to be one of my favorite ever, and I was so glad to read Riley’s story. Carrie and Finn were amazing characters who found their happily ever after, and it was about time Riley found his. I will admit, though, that I didn’t like him all that much in the earlier books in the series, but, My.God. This book changed my mind completely.
Charming, sexy and sweet, Riley seemed to be perfect. He had his flaws, but they stemmed more from his desire to please his family and fit a
Lisa Mccrey
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**I received this book as an ARC for exchange for my honest review***

Loved this terribly short read, only 190 pages! That’s right I am complaining that I wanted this story to last longer! It was your typical recipe of 1 cup woman who lost love + 1 cup man who sworn off love = Instalove Romance Novel, however repetitive the recipe is if the baker sucks then so does the end product and this “baker” didn’t suck. She actually did a great job.

The opening paragraph had me hooked and didn’t let go. I w
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it

3.5 happy Stars in my Sky!

Blurred Lines is a short and sweet story about moving on from the past and finding new ways to be happy. As part of the Out of Line series the book tells Riley's and Noelle's story and works as a standalone. Riley is Carrie and Finn's friend (from the previous books) who seems to be determined to please everybody but himself. He's trapped in a cycle of fulfilling expectation and putting his happiness aside - until he meets Noelle.

As you can probably tell from the blurb
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Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of sexy books with Penguin Random House. Under her pen name, Diane Alberts, she is also a USA TODAY bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, hit the New York Times, USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. J ...more

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Out of Line (7 books)
  • Out of Line (Out of Line, #1)
  • Out of Time (Out of Line, #2)
  • Out of Mind (Out of Line, #3)
  • Fractured Lines (Out of Line, #4)
  • On the Line (Out of Line, #6)
  • Undercover (Out of Line #7)