Unraveled by Jen Frederick
Series: Woodlands #3
Also in this series: Undeclared, Unraveled, Unspoken, Unrequited
Publication Date: January 20th 2014
Genres: New Adult
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From the USA Today Bestselling Author Jen Frederick comes another sexy romance in the Woodlands series.
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?
Unraveled is the third book in the Woodlands series and it was another enjoyable story. I’ve been reading a lot of Frederick books lately and I’m really enjoying everything that I’m reading so I’m hoping she doesn’t ever stop writing fantastic books.
This book follows Noah and Bo’s Marine brother Gray as he figures out his life and where his life goes from here. He’s at a crossroads and he’s trying to figure out if he’s going to stay in the Marines and re-enlist or get out and figure something else out. He’s got some leave time so he takes off for the Woodlands to think things through. He wasn’t expecting Sam Anderson though.
Sam Anderson lost her husband to the war two years ago and she wants to move on with her life. She’s done waiting for Will to come home, she’s done playing the grieving widow so when she meets Gray Phillips, she starts to feel again. She feels alive and the more time she spends with him, the more she comes into her own.
I enjoyed Gray’s character before Unraveled so I was pretty excited to finally dig into his own book. I was not disappointed in his story. There were times when I wanted to kick him in the nuts for being a jackass. He wasn’t the perfect hero who did all of the right things and made all the right decisions but I didn’t even care, when all was said and done, I adored him. He was a great hero to Sam and he more than made up for his boneheadedness. I loved that he had Bo and Noah to steer him in the right direction where his relationship with Sam was concerned. I will say that after I read the first love scene between Gray and Sam, I texted Ames and told her that I wanted to bang Gray because ….HOT DAMN! He put it down for Sam. Haha.
There were times when I wanted to shake some sense into Sam as well but I think overall, their imperfections made me like them both even more. Their stories and their romance was fun and perfect for what I was in the mood for. I loved, loved, LOVED the way that Gray was trying to win Sam back and I just love how their love for each other came around. It was a fun romance with an emotional pull as well and I enjoyed it.
I definitely recommend.
4 out of 5