I have read the first two books in the series, and I must say that the Woodlands is one of my personal favorites series.I have been looking forward in reading its third installment. Jen Frederick introduces us to another Marine to capture our hearts and to fall in love with.
Author: Jen Frederick
Genre: New Adult Romance
And I fell in love with another Marine.
Grayson Phillips is not hard to love. He was a bit bitter, in the middle of a crossroad in his life, but he was a great friend, and an amazing brother to his platoon-mates. I wonder what made his ex cheat on him, to have a boyfriend who is as hot, as faithful and as loyal as him is such as luck, because species like him are already endangered. He loved being a Marine, and he likes being with his brothers, but at the same time, he wonders what was it like to go out, be a civilian and live a normal life.
He got forty-five days to make up his mind.
Thank goodness for his father, who had to pull some strings for it to happen. So he packed his bag, went to Woodlands, and be with his friends while he thinks about his future.
Now here comes a young widow, Sam Anderson, who seemed to find a way into his mind. He didn’t believe that women are capable of fidelity when a Marine goes on deployment. Now, more than his future – he’s got to choose: take a risk with Sam or go back to the Marines?
It took a long time before Sam realizes that she had grieved enough. She was made a widow by the love of her life two months after they exchanged their vows. Two years later, everyone is still tiptoeing around her, she still goes to lunch with her husband’s parents, she still wears their rings, and he still has his paraphernalia on the walls of their condo. She had a life filled with grief, guilt, regrets and loneliness. Meeting Gray had allow her to open her life to possibilities and risk. It was her chance to live again, but will she take the risk in giving her heart to another marine who may suffer the same fate as her late husband?
Just like the rest of the Woodlands series, I enjoyed reading this book. I fell in love with both characters, my heart broke for their suffering, and elated when they finally decided to live again. Sam is a brave girl. It takes someone with enough bravery to finally decided to let go of something you hold on dearly, then take a risk with something unfamiliar to you. Gray was suppose to be a fling, a rebound – she never expected to fall in love with him, or for him to break her heart.
Sometimes, Gray frustrates me. Sam was ready to take the leap, why couldn’t he? Not all girls are like his ex girlfriend. A lot of women could be faithful and loyal, and stay true to their man no matter how long, how far they might be from each other. He was keen on guarding his heart, and keeping love away. Maybe that what scared him – the intense emotion brought about by Sam. Crossing my fingers, I was hoping he wasn’t too late…
Ah yes, who can forget his grand gesture?!!! Sam might have made hers first, but I think his efforts won. Awwwww…. A man after my own heart. I didn’t expect it of him, never imagined he would do something like it – but for me, all his mistakes, all his stupid decisions and his fears were instantly erased when he decided what to do for his ‘grand gesture’. I think my smile reached my ears, and I swooned a little. He was a Marine, he was a toughie, he was well respected by his buddies, and yet, he chose to make it for her – with this he owns my heart.
I loved the banters he had with Bo, they made me laugh so hard my eyes watered. They had a good camaraderie, and a blind person would see how much they care for each other. It was nice to see the old gang back in this book. I missed Bo, and yes, Noah too.
I enjoyed reading this novel. I laughed, swooned, cried a little and fell in love. Jen Frederick had me hooked from start to finish. The grand gestures were to die for, and yes, I wish someone would love me THAT much to do something LIKE THAT for me, and the sex? OMG. It was so hot, I can feel my bed on fire. Sam, for all that she has been through, all the pain and the los she experienced – totally deserved it! Totally looking forward for the next book in the series!
★ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.★
Bestselling author 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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* Can be read as Stand-Alone Novels