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.
Review: Unspoken (Woodlands #2) by Jen Federick
Four Lip Bites
AM is drifting through her college life, being an outsider and fine with that considering she had a tough freshman year at Central. She was the victim of gossip and rumor that wasn't deserved. Instead of really confronting the problems or standing her ground, she ran away figuratively speaking out of self-preservation. Understandable. I may have done the same thing when I was her age.
Now to throw a wrench in her plans of coasting in walks Bo Randolph. He's a tough ex-Marine who fights MMA style in underground unsanctioned fights. You see, he likes to get the shit kicked out of him, because aren't all the hot, sexy ones always a little fucked up? Bo's got issues too.
What's hot is that they become friends first. Albeit with strong sexual chemistry. AM is reluctant to get into a relationship with another Central guy and Bo for the first time in his life wants to become more than just another guy to AM.
The progression of their falling is smooth and I really enjoyed reading it. I did get tired of the work "hookup" Is that what they call dating or kissing or fucking these days? What I didn't get tired of is finding out little nuggets of info from the supporting players in the book like Finn, Adam, and Mal. I can't wait for their books.
I would highly suggest Unspoken (Woodlands #2) to anyone who likes the Alpha male, hot ex-Marine/street fighter with a heart of gold. You definitely get that in this book. And you can get away without reading book one but why would you?
Review: Undeclared (Woodlands #1) By Jen Federick
Four Lip Bites
Grace started sending Noah, a Marine at the time stationed in Afghanistan, letters as part of a school project in high school. The letters started some of the earlier chapters and I really liked getting to see their budding relationship. I really wished there were more letters, maybe before every chapter. I think it would have made the love affair they had before Noah coming to Central more substantial. Over the years, Grace and Noah fell in love via these letters, but Noah sent her a Dear John effectively blowing Grace off and breaking her heart because he didn't want to unload all of his post-service problems on her. Again, understandable. But WHY IN THE FRACK DIDN'T HE JUST TELL HER THAT WAS HIS FEAR IN THE BEGINNING? Okay, I'm done.
Fast forward two years: Grace is attending Central and guess who pops up? Noah, that's who. Cue the love/hate dynamic, some MMA underground fighting and you get one hot story!
My only problems I had with this story was that the drama seemed a little drawn out and something plot points vanished. Like the whole point for Noah to have this big sanctioned fight was to get enough money to buy his yogurt store but after the fight you don't read anything more about the store. In Unspoken, you get a little hint that Noah did indeed get his store, but it wasn't touched on much. I was like: What the? Where to? Huh? Then got over it. Not a big deal.
Noah was also super pushy and I kept telling my book to back off for Grace's shake. I looked a little funny talking to my book. Don't judge.
Overall, I thinking I did like Unspoken better but only because the drama didn't seem so long with Bo and AM. I wanted to shake Noah and Grace and force them to just talk things out. I still loved reading them in Unspoken and will keep my eye out for them in the next Woodlands book.
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