Title: Unspoken (Woodlands, #2)
Author: Jen Frederick
Release date: Sept. 12, 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours
Whore. Slut. Typhoid Mary.
I've been called all these at Central College. One drunken night, one act of irresponsible behavior, and my reputation was ruined. Guys labeled me as easy and girls shied away. To cope, I stayed away from Central social life and away from Central men, so why is it that my new biology lab partner is so irresistible to me?
He's everything I shouldn't want. A former Marine involved in illegal fighting with a quick trigger temper and an easy smile for all the women. His fists aren't the danger to me, though, it's his charm. He's sliding his way into my heart and I'm afraid that he's going to be the one to break me.
Impulsive. Unthinking. Hot tempered.
I allow instinct to rule my behavior. If it feels good, do it, has been my motto because if I spend too much time thinking, I'll begin to remember exactly where I came from. At Central College, I've got fighting and I've got women and I thought I was satisfied until I met her.
She's everything I didn't realize I wanted and the more time I spend with her, the more I want her. But she's been hurt too much in the past and I don't want to be the one to break her. I know I should walk away, but I just can't.
For four years, Grace Sullivan wrote to a Marine she never met, and fell in love. But when his deployment ended, so did the letters. Ever since that day, Grace has been coasting, academically and emotionally. The one thing she's decided? No way is Noah Jackson - or any man - ever going to break her heart again.
Noah has always known exactly what he wants out of life. Success. Stability. Control. That's why he joined the Marines and that's why he's fighting his way - literally - through college. Now that he's got the rest of his life on track, he has one last conquest: Grace Sullivan. But since he was the one who stopped writing, he knows that winning her back will be his biggest battle yet.
For four years, Grace Sullivan corresponded and fell in love with a Marine she never literally met. She thought he felt the same until she received a Dear John later at the end of his deployment. She was aghast, lost, and heartbroken. Now, two years later, her major is still UNDECLARED, her insecurities are still eating her and she’s still not dating. One thing is she’s really sure of – she was not going to let any man, especially Noah Jackson break her heart once again. This was her favorite mantra, until the lens of her cam caught Noah.
Noah Jackson has a direction. He didn’t want to be like his father who wasted his life the moment his mother died. His life was well-planned and all he wanted was success, stability and control. This is why he joined the marines and wanted to be in the UFC. But he’s got one more thing in his list: Grace Sullivan, and he knew it would take more than one big gesture to win this battle.
How will you react when you are really ready to move on and suddenly, the reason for your heartbreak comes into your life and ask you to be friends? Gah! IKR?! Noah may not be the best in strategy and his brains may be a little putty when Grace is around, but he tries. He thought the best way to be back in Grace’s graces was to start off as a non-threatening friend. But the emotional and sexual tension is just so thick between the two of them, he was not sure how much longer can he pretend that he was okay with being FRIENDS with her.
I love Noah (apart from breaking Grace’s heart) – he was a real southern boy with manners – opens her door, walks her home, etc. Plus he’s hot and SMART. I love smart boys with directions in life. They’re rare speacies. He wanted to be better for Grace and would do anything for her, including blowing his eyes out of its sockets. He has his personal reasons why he chose to be away for two years rather than confronting Grace, it may sound lame at first, but as the story went on, you’ll understand too. Grace, on the other hand, was unsure of herself, doesn’t have any directions in life, was having panic attacks, is currently having her heart mended and does not take risks. HOW CAN I POSSIBLY LOVE HER? That’s what I thought at first, but as the story went on, you will feel her character change, getting stronger, braver, pulling her act together and finally taking some risks, including the risk she once took, Noah.
The secondary characters: Bo and Lana – they’re our main character’s best friends and the life of the book. They may be a little different from Noah and Grace, but both of them loved our main characters and are willing to stand by them whatever the circumstances are. Lana was a psych major offering Grace free unsolicited ‘therapeutic’ advice – she was her bigger cheerleader and supporter, her assistant during her shoots, and definitely her biggest fan. She may give words of wisdom every now and then but she didn’t push it and just wanted Grace to have her happy ending. Bo, on the other hand, thought that no one is good enough for Noah. Even Grace who have sent him letters, kept his best friend sane during the war and gave the troops care packages. But I still love him though – he was quite a manwhore but he was fun. We’ll know more about him in Unspoken, the second book in the series.
Combine two of my favorite plots: second chances and a marine – I get one amazing book. I totally enjoyed reading this novel, I fell in love, broke my heart, and pinned for the characters. Undeclared is not just a love story, it’s about living life and taking risks.
*ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.
Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She's been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at email@example.com.
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