16 March 2014

Unraveled by Jen Frederick - Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

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

Twenty-five-year-old Sgt. Gray Phillips is at a crossroads in his life: stay in the Marine Corps or get out and learn to be a civilian? He’s got forty-five days of leave to make up his mind but the people in his life aren’t making the decision any easier. His dad wants him to get out; his grandfather wants him to stay in. And his growing feelings for Sam Anderson are wreaking havoc with his heart…and his mind. He believes relationships get ruined when a Marine goes on deployment. So now he’s got an even harder decision to make: take a chance on Sam or leave love behind and give his all to the Marines.

Twenty-two year old Samantha Anderson lost her husband to an IED in Afghanistan just two months after their vows. Two years later, Sam is full of regrets—that she didn’t move with her husband to Alaska; that she allowed her friends to drift away; that she hasn’t taken many chances in life. Now, she’s met Gray and taking a risk on this Marine could be her one opportunity to feel alive and in love again. But how can she risk her heart on another military man who could share the same tragic fate as her husband?
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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.★

THIS WAS ONLY TEMPORARY, I reminded myself, as Samantha so sweetly kissed me back. I'm only here for a short time I reminded myself but as I felt her tongue stroke the side of my tongue, as she nipped her teeth against my lip, I wanted to just drown in the sensation. Her scent filled my head and the air around us shrank until all I knew was her small body sitting so close to mine. I moved my hand from her shoulder to cup her neck and angled her face for deeper penetration. I licked every inch inside of her mouth until the taste of her was all that I knew on my tongue.

And all that time I stared in to her green eyes and not once did she look like she was anywhere but right here with me. I saw my reflection there. Her heartbeat was made wild by my kisses.

And temporary was the farthest thing from my mind.


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 jensfrederick@gmail.com.

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★Woodlands Series* Reading Order &Purchase Links★
Undeclared (Grace & Noah) My Review  |  Amazon |  B&N
Undressed (in Snow Kissed Anthology: Grace &Noah 1.5) Amazon |  B&N
Unspoken (Bo & AM) - My Review  | Amazon |  B&N
Unraveled (Gray & Samantha) - Amazon  |  B&N  |  iBooks  |  Smashwords
* Can be read as Stand-Alone Novels

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