Saturday, January 25, 2014

Blog Tour + Giveaway + Review: Unraveled (The Woodlands #3) by Jen Frederick

Title: Unraveled
Series: The Woodlands #3
Author: Jen Frederick
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: 
Review Source: eARC provided by Author for review

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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?
Note: Although these books are part of a series, they do not need to be read in order

WOW!  I am just absolutely blown away.  It's been a while since I read a book and sat down immediately to write the review, but I'm just that freaking excited about this story and how it made me feel.  

Let's start with Grayson Phillips, oh Grayson, how I love thee!  I really liked Noah and Bo in the other two Woodlands novels but Gray blew me away.  For a Marine who has sworn off relationships he sure has the wind sucked out of those sails when he meets Samantha Anderson.  He's funny, charming, sexy and attentive. He's been dedicated so long to "Semper Fi (Always Faithful)" and being a Devil Dog that he doesn't know anything else.  He's a third Generation Marine and at a precipice in his life, stay in or get out and do something else with your life.  Take that and now add to it a man who pays attention to every little thing about you, ever movement your body makes when you're in the bedroom, catalogs what makes you tick.  That's Gray in a nut shell.  He's fierce and protective and loving and just toe curling.  Sure I wanted to get a couple slaps in to knock some sense into him toward the end but overall he was just perfect as the Hero!

Now we move to Samantha Anderson or "Will's Widow" as she's been known for so long by so many people in their small town.  Her life has been defined for over two years by the death of her husband who lost his life serving in the Army.  Ever since his death, she's been aimless, knitting her way through her problems and going through the stages of grief.  But she doesn't fully go through them until Grayson Phillips rescues her from an uncomfortable conversation with an old friend.  She's sworn off relationships too but mostly because she's still carrying around the ghost of her dead husband and he's more than just on her ring finger, he's all over her condo, two years after his death.  

Their first encounter together is intense and sexy as hell and then infuriating all at once because of a misunderstanding.  But these two were just plain meant for one another. For a knitter with no life, trying to use Grayson as her "rebound" guy to finally get back in the game of life and love, she can't shake him no matter how temporary their time will be together. For the first time in his life since joining the Corps and having his heart rammed down his throat by the one girl he thought he loved, Gray may just be ready to fall and throw all his "no relationships while enlisted" nonsense out the window.

I loved the humor in this one.  Grayson and Samantha crack me up!  Like Grayson coming up items she likes him him or thinks are hot that he can add to his boyfriend resume.  Their adventurous dates are anything but ordinary but were intense and fun and sometimes frightening.  Their whole relationship is anything but usual and that's what made their story so much fun to read.  

Samantha and her Mom talking about her HOT night with Gray:
"Yes, Theresa wasn't too drunk to remember seeing you being led away by a man god-I think that was the phrase that Theresa used-and then watched as you..." Mom paused and tapped her chin, clearly searching for the most embarrassing way to put it. "Oh yes, acted out the first scenes in a porno."
Gray and Samantha talking about the boyfriend resume: 
"I think it's one of the very first things you should put on your boyfriend resume, I iron. Right after I am shit hot in the kitchen.  You make a mean omlet." 
"What about shit hot in the bedroom?"
"You don't need to put that on your resume.  Everything about you telegraphs that." 
Noah to Gray:
"You love her enough, you never stop fighting for her.  Never stop showing her how much she matters.  You give it your all and even if she doesn't accept it, you lived up to your own standards and you can walk away with no regrets.  But I'm telling you, Gray, that if you love her, she's going to love you back. I know it."
Just a few short quotes that I highlighted that give you an overview of this amazing story and how much I loved every word written!  Jen, you knocked this one out of the park!  I can't wait to see which friend is up next!  Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your tour!

His tongue and mouth left mine to leave a hot, wet path from my mouth, across my jaw line, and down to my neck. My leg lifted of its own accord and he took it as a sign to hitch me up higher until both my legs either dangled off the floor or wrapped around him. I chose to wrap my legs around him and was rewarded with a thick hard column pressing into my sex. We both groaned at the contact and I could feel his sound against my neck. The reverberations sent minor shocks throughout my nervous system. Holding me up against the wall, he began thrusting against me rhythmically, every impact of his hips making me hotter and wetter than I remembered I could get.

I gripped him tighter with my legs and dug my hands into his hair, using every bit of his body as leverage. He held me up with ease, as if I were a feather. One hand was under my right butt cheek and the other was exploring my left side, pulling out my T-shirt, only to find the tank underneath. Needing his mouth back, I tugged on his hair and he took the hint immediately. He fastened his lips over mine and we devoured each other, still rubbing our lower bodies against each other as the bass from the dance floor pounded the floor boards.

Whimpering, I begged in moans and small cries for more. A familiar but almost forgotten tension was winding its way from between my legs outward. All thoughts of storage rooms and hallways and strangers were lost in a swirl of bright lights that were bursting behind my eyelids.
“I got you, baby,” he growled against my mouth. “Just let go.” And so I did. I closed my eyes and let those long dormant feelings wash over me, spreading from the inside of my legs to the nerve endings in my toes and fingertips and the very top of my head. All the while, he kept grinding and grinding and grinding against me, whispering in my ear how I was the hottest thing he’d ever held, how he couldn’t wait to taste, how he’d die if he couldn’t be inside me tonight.

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


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