Release Reviews: Unwritten: Jen Frederick

Unwritten (Woodlands #5)
Jen Frederick
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Release Date March 6, 2017

After years of trying to hit it big with his band, Adam Rees’ dream is finally about to come true. A new lead singer brings with him a hot tour invite, but with a catch—his sister has to come with them. Despite an off-limits edict, Adam is instantly attracted the smart and beautiful Landry. But if he wants to claim his woman, it might be at the expense of all his ambitions.

Landry Olsen has had success at every stage of her life, except when it comes to men. She’s put her heart on the shelf, but one look at Adam and she’s a goner. The hot rocker heats her from the inside out, and she wants him as much as he wants her. The only thing standing in their way of their happiness is Landry's brother—she ruined his musical hopes before, and she won't do it again. Even if it means saying no to the one guy who makes her believe in love again.

There’s no fruit more tempting than the forbidden kind… 

I have enjoyed this series and have been looking forward to Adam's book. He is a musician that is finally finding his stride and is ready to go on tour with his new band. But his new lead singer, Davis, can't come on tour unless his sister, Landry, comes with them. For Adam that could be either the best or worst idea since he has been attracted to Landry since he first saw her. She's got a crush on him too. But her brother has already made all of the guys promise to stay away from her and also make Landry promise not to get involved with any of his band. So she is off limits and they are stuck in a tour bus together while they pretend they are not interested in each other.

Adam is charismatic, talented, but controlling and stubborn. He wants to do things his way. So when Landry and the band challenges that, it causes tension. Landry is more a shy, awkward, geek that does not see her own appeal. And her past has traumatized her.

But the more they are together, the more sexual tension, repressed feelings, jealousy, and anger rears its ugly head. Even as they finally admit what they want to each other, Landry still wants to keep them a secret from her brother and the band to avoid conflict.

So it is a precarious situation that could unravel at any time. Not to the mention the really good reason that Landry had to go on tour with them in the first place. Adam has to figure out what is best for him, Landry, and the band.

I had a bit of a disconnect with this couple and story. I am not exactly sure why. The fact that previous playboy Adam took one look at Landry and basically saw "forever" was a bit much. It was definitely a slow build and took quite a while for them to progress past their insta-attraction. And then the whole hiding thing further hindered them. It was a bit hard to get invested in their feelings when they were hiding them so much.

It was told in dual points of view which I did like. I enjoyed the cameos of the other characters from previous books: Bo, Ann Marie, Noah, Grace, Finn, and Mal. And I liked the band Davis, Rudd, and Ian (and his wife, Berry).

It was a love-on-the-road-fledgling-rock-band read with an off-limits-friend's-little-sister component. there was also a bit of suspense due to Landry's past. It was enjoyable enough, but was not that angsty or romantic. It did not have quite the emotional hook or turmoil that some of the other books in this series has had. But I do like the dynamics of the group of characters. Their banter and humor is fun.  Mal still needs his story and now she has opened the door for a spin off with Davis or Rudd. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Adam Reeves is finally getting his band off the ground. Now that they have a lead singer with a unique voice, they have the opportunity to tour and get more exposure. The only catch is the lead singer, Davis, won’t go on tour unless his sister, Landry, comes with them. This isn’t a hardship for Adam, he’s been interested in Landry since he laid eyes on her, except that Davis has made Landry off limits to the band.

Landry isn’t thrilled to be tagging along with her brother, but her options are limited and she doesn’t want to keep him from his dream. She can work from anywhere, so the only thing keeping her from being excited about getting away from home for a bit is the attraction she feels towards Adam, an attraction that she doesn’t want to feel.

Close quarters and secrets keep these two in a tug of war between their chemistry and their intentions from almost the moment the bus pulls out of the lot.

Even though the attraction between them is instant, this really is more of a slow build, at times frustratingly slow. They both acknowledge they are interested, but for multiple reasons continue to deny the attraction publicly. The amount of time they spend together by the time things start to turn physical means they know a lot about each other (as do the readers) before the sexy times start to heat up. They start things in secret, but when everyone is in close quarters all the time, how long can they keep things under wraps?
It was a lot of fun to see cameos from the other Woodlands couples, and really get to know Adam’s band as they travel together. There is a lot of time spent on the bus, and a lot of time to get to know these men. This feels like a great starting point for a spin-off with stories for the other members of the band, but it also fits with the Woodlands series nicely.
While this isn’t my favorite of the Woodlands books, it was definitely a needed story. As Adam has been watching his roommates fall in love, he has realized that love isn’t something that holds anyone back when both parties are true. He wants what his friends have, but hasn’t found the one he wants to give up the fun of variety for until now.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Unwritten is  Book #5 in the Woodland series.
Each book is a standalone and can be read separately.

#1 - Undeclared (Noah and Grace)
#1.5 - Undressed (Noah and Grace)
#2 - Unspoken (Bo and AnnMarie)
#3 - Unraveled (Gray and Samantha)
#4 - Unrequited (Finn and Winter)

Undeclared  (Woodlands #1)
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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.

Undressed (novella 1.5)
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Noah and Grace's happy ever after hits a stumbling block in the form of one shady professor threatening Noah's scholarship eligibility. Noah is given the choice of throwing his New Year's MMA fight for a big payoff or accepting that the true meaning of love isn't measured by the thickness of his wallet but the depth of Grace's big heart.

Grace and Noah's story begged for a peak inside their Happy Ever After. Originally published in the anthology Snow Kissed, this holiday novella speaks to the great gifts one person can give to another -- unconditional love.

Unspoken (Woodlands #2)
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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.

Bonus Content: Upon reaching the USA Today Bestselling milestone, I wrote a 10,000 word epilogue as a thank you to the readers who loved and supported Unspoken.  I posted it for free on my blog but at the urging of readers, I have added it to the original version. 

Unraveled (Woodlands #3)
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Kim and Rachel's 4 star reviews

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?

Unrequited (Woodlands #4)

Winter Donovan loves two things: her sister and her sister's ex boyfriend. She's spent her whole life doing the right thing except that one time, that night when Finn O'Malley looked hollowed out by his father's death. Then she did something very wrong that felt terribly right.

Finn can't stop thinking about Winter and the night and he'll do anything to make her a permanent part of his life, even if it means separating Winter from the only family she has. 

Their love was supposed to be unrequited but one grief stricken guy and one girl with too big of a heart results in disastrous consequences.

Jen Frederick

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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