Thursday, April 28, 2016

Undeclared by Jen Frederick [Review]

 Undeclared by Jen Frederick
Undeclared (Woodlands #1) by Jen Frederick
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: February 14, 2016

Woodlands
1. Undeclared - Paperback | Kindle
1.5. Undressed
2. Unspoken
3. Unraveled
4. Unrequited

Jen Frederick
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
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.
Thoughts on Undeclared: I like the idea of this book, but I was a little wary of the age issue when I first started reading it. Grace is 14 when she first starts writing to Noah. He's only 18, so it's not a huge gap, but... FOURTEEN. Over the four years they're writing, she falls for him. Hard. Like, to the point she doesn't really even look at other men. Because, you know, no one can stand up to the picture she's drawn of him from his letters.

Honestly, her initial age could have been a major squick factor for me. Except, the first letter to him (shown to us in the first chapter) is so excruciatingly formal that it was okay. For her, it really did start as just an assignment. For him, her letters were something to break up the endless waiting between patrols.

Somewhere along the way, it turned into more (obviously), but it really didn't start that way.

Okay, so the age issue ended up not being a factor. Sweet. Moving along. Noah handled his rejection of Grace two years ago like a dunderhead. He had A LOT of making up to do to get back on Grace's good side. I can't say I really liked Grace's cousin at first, but she grew on me. Noah's friends, on the other hand, made me laugh. I think I'm going to like watching each of them fall.

Enjoyable and sexy, I have the next couple books queued up to read. *thumbs up*

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