Monday, 9 September 2013

ARC Review: Unspoken (Woodlands #2) by Jen Frederick


Author: Jen Frederick
Series: Woodlands
Pages: 260
Publisher: Pear Tree LLC
Release date: 16th September 2013

Synopsis: (Goodreads)

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: 5 out of 5 stars

You can read the first chapter here, second chapter here.

I absolutely adored Undeclared by Jen Frederick so when I was offered an opportunity to read an advance copy of Unspoken, I jumped at the chance and literally devoured this book in one sitting.

Unspoken is Beauregard ‘Bo’ Randolph’s story; a former Marine and Noah from Undeclared’s best friend. He partakes in illegal fighting, has a hair trigger temper and a bit of a reputation for being a womaniser. Bo was a witty, confident, and charming character who I completely adored, his impulsive and protective nature I found quite endearing.

AnneMarie ‘AM’ West has the worst ever reputation after sleeping with a sleazebag on the lacrosse team, she has been labelled and judged so keeps a low profile to avoid the names and the stares; I honestly felt so sorry for her! But I admired her for her strength, courage and resolve.

AM and Bo are in the same Biology class and it’s here where they begin to form a friendship and a trust as they are lab partners and boy oh boy did I love the chemistry and the banter between them, she was so hesitant and he was so cheeky, protective and persistent with her; I loved them together and there were a few one liners that had me giggling out loud.

What I enjoyed most about Unspoken is that even though both Bo and AM undergo great emotional and personal growth, they never stop being true to themselves and to each other. Of course it doesn’t come easily but they are a couple you couldn’t help but root for. The romance is so sweet and slow to develop which I liked. It’s a wonderful tale of two broken but resilient individuals who complement each other well. 

The secondary characters are all written well, Ellie is an awesome best friend and I am so excited for Finn’s book (January 2014), I’m intrigued by Gray and it was also nice seeing what Grace and Noah are now up to.

Jen’s writing is fluid and engaging and I was captivated by the natural dialogue and the believable characters’ interactions; it was a book I found really difficult to put down and the overall message and the subject matter I think was dealt with extremely well.

Overall, Jen Frederick has done it again with a wonderfully amazing, true-to-life story that draws you in from the very beginning and doesn’t let go. A fabulous sequel!

Thank-you kindly to Jen Frederick for the opportunity to read and review an early copy of Unspoken, it was truly wonderful and greatly appreciated.


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  1. I read this a few weeks ago and absolutely loved it too. I loved how authentic the characters were and the romance was just perfect. Not only did they have great chemistry together, but it also developed slowly as you mentioned. Plus, I loved how once they got together there was no unnecessary drama that cropped up to hinder their relationship.
    I can't wait to read more from this author and I'm glad you enjoyed this one too, Sharon!
    Lovely review! :)

    1. Thanks Nick :) I'm so pleased to see you loved this as well, it was nice to read an NA novel without all of the unnecessary angst and the characters were awesome.

  2. I am going to have to get both of these for sure. I have been reading reviews for Unspoken, which have all been good. I know if you rated it 5 stars then it has to be good. Adding them to my list now. Wonderful review.

    1. This series is amazing Ellen! I hope you get a chance to read them.

  3. I read this one because of your review of book one. I really really loved it and want to go back and read book 1 now. Is it about Noah? So happy you liked this one too. I loved the characters so much!

    1. Aww, thanks Nereyda xx I'm so pleased to see you enjoyed it :) book one is Noah's story and he is just as fabulous! Jen writes the best characters.

  4. Sharon, I really want to read this after reading your review, the characters sound wonderful, and I already feel sorry for AM and Bo just sounds naughty and nice :)

    1. I hope you get a chance to read this series Kimba! The characters and their stories are fabulous.

  5. I really am curious about this and I think I would enjoy it, but right now I am so burned out on these emotional, dramatic NA reads that I just can't do another one. I will add it to the TBR though and keep it in mind :)

    1. I have to agree Heidi, I'm burnt out on NA as well but I absolutely adore this series and author so it was a must read for me :-)

  6. Oh yay! I'm such a huge fan of this series and loved Unspoken. Bo and AM were amazing and their story was awesome. I have no doubt this series will contribute to rock. Great review!

  7. I can't believe I hadn't heard of this series before now. The writing looks awesome, Great review! Thanks for introducing me to a new author.
    - Kimberly @ Turning the Pages


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