Sunday, September 15, 2013


Unspoken (Woodlands, #2)Series: Woodlands #2
Category/Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Pear Tree LLC
Publication Date: 9/16/13
Format: eARC
Source: Received from author for review
Rating: 5 stars

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.
Welp, now that I've read the second Woodlands series book, I think I can officially say that I am a fan of both this series and author Jen Frederick. My favorite type of series is the companions, with each story focusing on a different member of a group of friends or family.  In this series, we get the guys of the Woodlands. The first book, Undeclared, was Noah Jackson's book. Unspoken is his best friend Bo Randolph's story.

If you've read Undeclared, then you've met Bo Randolph. And if you've met Bo Randolph, then you know why I wanted to read this as soon as possible. Bo is a blond-haired, sexy, charming former Marine. He's a good time guy who's always up for a fight or a f--- (you know what I'm saying). But the thing is, Bo is a good guy. A good friend. Best of all, he's more than good to the girl he cares about.

Not only does Unspoken have a worthy guy, but also a heroine who does my heart good. AnnMarie, AM, is a girl that I, like way too many women I'm afraid, could identify with. She's a girl who has been labeled, mistreated, harassed for one event during her first semester in college. She's become withdrawn from university society in an effort to protect herself, the campus ghost. Some might say AM's reaction to the bullying is weak, but I say she's not. That however she handles her feelings and fears is okay and part of a process. Unspoken is not only a love story, or Bo's story, but also AM's journey past the people who've persecuted her, and reclaiming her life and voice.

I absolutely loved AM and Bo together. I like how they started out as friends and had a natural chemistry that was both fun, antagonistic, teasing, and suggestive. I love that their relationship didn't revolve around the physical, though they definitely did have that going for them. It was a layered and beautiful relationship that did revolve around trust and friendship and becoming stronger together. A team.

Undeclared deals with several heavy issues: bullying, society's unbalanced treatment between the genders in regards to sexuality, physical and emotional abuse and how it affects a victim's decisions throughout their lives. It also deals with trust and the safety you can find in someone that loves you in your entirety.

Author Jen Frederick has really hit on something special with  the Woodlands series. Her stories are fun, funny, steamy, and thoughtful. Each story delivers enough of the other Woodlands guys to have you itching for more. And now, Frederick and this series have a permanent spot  on my "Highly-Anticipated" list.

Favorite Quotes:

    "I can't believe you're my lab partner. Would you just stand up an let me out?" She threw her backpack over her shoulder and gestured for me to move, but I couldn't. I had a little wood in my pants and I needed her to be about fifteen degrees less cute in order for me to be able to obey her commands.    ~ eARC, 6%

  "His breath was warm and his voice, deep and strong, raised the hair on my neck. "We'll have to test the hypothesis. I'll ask again when it's over."
  As he drew back, it felt like his lips dragged across the top of my lobe, and a shiver shook me from head to toe. He removed himself slowly, one arm pushing upward and off the barrel. I looked at him and bit my lip, trying to suppress any dumb statements. He grinned and brought his thumb up to draw my lower lip out of my teeth and rubbed his thumb over the abused area. My lip plumped up under his ministrations.    ~eARC, 26%

  "I like to think we have a more elevated form of bacchanalia," Finn quipped. "You should come see for yourself."
  "What special events occur if I do?" I smiled. The banter with Finn was easy and nonthreatening.
  "Me, of course. Once you've seen my delectable form in my natural habitat, every other guy will look dull and unformed to you." Bo's hand appeared heavily on Finn's shoulder. "Especially this guy."
  "Are you poaching on my territory?" Bo squeezed Finn's shoulder.
  Finn leaned toward me. "Bo's still stuck on level three of the evolutionary scale."   ~eARC, 30%

  "Now whenever you feel alone, know that I've got your back. No matter who's against you, know that a thousand others wait to avenge you."
  "But I'm not a Marine," I whispered back, my voice catching on the tears threatening to spill out.
  "You're a fighter, Sunshine. Plus, you belong to this Marine."  ~eARC, 80%

Woodlands Series
Undeclared (Woodlands, #1)Unspoken (Woodlands, #2)
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My Review of Undeclared

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  1. Another series that I haven't heard of. It seems like a great read and I think I want to meet Bo. I'm so glad you enjoyed this book. Great review :)

  2. If that cover didnt already have me sold then your review finished the job. This sounds like an emotional read and one that touches on issues that need to be touched on. Great review Andrea.

  3. This sounds fantastic!! I am a big fan of companion novels series too. I love getting to know different characters better. This sounds very emotional and intense. I will have to check out this series soon!!

  4. A worthy guy and a great heroine, how can you beat that :)

  5. Hahaha, I think our reviews say about the same things...mind reader! I loved AM & Bo so so so much! I think I almost like him more than Noah!

  6. It sounds like you really connected with AM & Bo, which screams to me great character building. Oh and I also love companion books, I love that that is a trend right now!

  7. LOL I just put this on my amazon wishlist a few minutes ago! :)

    This is a great review, Andrea. I'm completely on-board where a worthy hero and a heroine I can relate to are present. And it seems you were really affected by Bo & AM's story. I love the quotes you shared but I have to tell you, that last one gave me chills!

    Thanks for sharing, Andrea!

  8. I loved this book so much too. Bo and AM were fabulous together and I loved how their relationship was slow. Also, it was great how there wasn't unnecessary drama between them.
    I also liked the topics of the book!
    Great review, Andrea! :)

  9. Ahhhh I LOOOOVE that last quote! I really loved this book and I can't for the life of me think why I gave it 4.5 stars...
    I love Bo and especially AM. I love the bullying aspect. I loved that AM didn't play any of those petty girl games. And that mayonnaise test cracked me up because it's so true! I need to buy book one because I really want to read that one too. So looking forward to the next book in this series!

  10. Glad you liked this one, I want to read this series

  11. Just finished this one last night! Love Bo.

  12. I am a total sucker for these type of books, as I get emotional invested, I am off to check if I own book one..I will bump it up my list if I do and buy it if I don't..LOL

  13. Yes! Like you, I'm a super fan of companion novel series. I love the fact that we can revel in a particular story world without it getting played out by focusing on the same characters. Oh, I like all the issues this book addresses, which I don't read enough of. I haven't heard of this series, but you've caught my eye! Great review!

    AKA Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

  14. This sounds like a smart read. I love books that incorporate real issues, it gets readers thinking and unconsciously weighing in on stuff that matters. I love the last quote.

  15. Thus series sounds really good! I can't wait to check this out!! Awesome Review! I love issue books, and stories where the couple start out as friend! Thanks for sharing :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  16. Hi tour twin! :D I'm so glad we both loved the crap out of this book! I adored Bo and that last quote? SIGH. I was all kinds of swooning! And I loved AM's character. She was really awesome and I loved how those two really built each other up. Great review Andrea!

  17. Oh, I so need this series. I've had a couple bad books lately and need something good. You have convinced me about this one.

  18. This sounds like a series I would really enjoy! I'm going to keep it in mind for when I'm ready to add more to the pile.

  19. I really am becoming more and more interested in companion series. It's nice to know you'll get a new perspective for each novel. Sounds like a great book - I'm happy to hear the romance was nice.

  20. I hope you all don't mind me intruding for a second. Thanks, Andrea, for your marvelous review. I feel like you really get my books and it's so wonderful to make that connection. You, as well Jessica and Neredya.

    Neredya, your four and a half star review was perfect. Don't doubt your gut. It gives me something to strive for! I want every book to be better than the last one.

    Thanks everyone and I hope, if you do get the chance to read Unspoken, you love it as much as I loved writing it.

    *sneaks back out*

  21. I have read so many glowing review for this book, and this series. I can't wait to get time to start it.


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