I've finally gotten everything I ever wanted: love, freedom, happiness, and, most importantly, Finn. Our love is everything I expected it to be and more. We've finally found each other, but the world seems determined to tear us apart. We thought my father was the only obstacle between us, but now it's the military. With Finn’s departure looming, we’re squeezing in every moment together before we run out of time.
Trying to make every moment count…
Being Carrie’s bodyguard was one thing. Being her boyfriend is another. Every day she’s mine is a day the sun shines in my life. Yet our time together is running out. Her father will never think a tattooed Marine will be good enough, so I’ll do whatever it takes to be worthy of her love. But the road will take me away from the girl who makes me feel alive--the girl I can't live without.
Time only gets us so far...
Carrie was a lot more confident in this book, having Finn in her life has certainly changed her for the better. When that one phone call sets all theses different things in motion, I couldn't help but feel for Carrie because I'm sure I would have been a wreck. She tries really hard to make the best of a bad situation, and I liked how her new found confidence helped her deal. I'll admit I had a lot more respect for her character when she stands up to her parents a little, but I really just wanted her to say 'screw it' and let it all hang out. Her relationship with Finn was as cute as ever, and definitely a little more spicy *wink*, I enjoyed watching their relationship grow stronger through not just their love but battling through all the little hurdles. The question is will they survive the biggest hurdle of all?
The fact that he thought he wasn’t good enough for me and my father made my throat tighten. Would I ever be able to convince him I loved him exactly how he was, not as a version of what he could be? That I didn’t want him to change at all?
It was a risk I was willing to take for Finn.
It was interesting seeing the other side of Finn's life as a marine, and that sense of foreboding seemed to increase as things progressed. I would have liked to see more between him and his father, clearly something is very wrong with the picture we're given so we're not just wondering about Carrie and Finn, but part of us is desperately wondering what the bloody hell is going on with Finn's dad. I really hope I'm wrong, because I'm definitely thinking the worst. The lengths Finn goes to in order to make sure his love for Carrie is unquestionable, made me smile and feel sad all at the same time (yes I know that doesn't make sense). It all just seemed so unfair, and lord knows he's done more than enough as it is, so I respected him all the more for willing to go through with it. I just wish they could catch a freaking break.
She really liked me just like I was, and that fucking amazed me.
“Then you’ll have this every year. Anything you want, it’s yours.”
Then maybe— just maybe…
We’d even get our happily ever after.
The ending was yet again another cliffhanger, but way more captivating than the last. It does not end well, and I'll admit I screamed 'Noooooo!' when it ended. Jen certainly knows how to keep you hooked for more. So where does my rating stand? 3.8 engaging stars. I stand by what I said in my review for Out of Line, this has a lot of potential and with the way it ended I think the best is yet to come. So I for one, cannot wait. This book will have you swooning, grinning, screaming and a little emotional.