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Undeclared (The Woodlands Book 1) Kindle Edition
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.
From Obsession with Books
"I loved this book and can't wait to read the next installment in the Woodlands series, the characters, storyline and gushing romance were all wonderfully written and Jen Frederick's writing is extremely engaging - she is definitely an author to remember and this is a book I'm more than happy to add to my favourites list!"
From Craves the Angst
"Noah Jackson was perfect in every way! He was compassionate, considerate and sexy as hell! His old school values mixed with his slight debauchery made him a perfect alpha male and you can't help but adore every part of his character."
From Nocturnal Book Reviews
"Undeclared was genuinely a lovely debut book. I was craving something comforting when I started reading it, and what I got was a big fluffy pillow of a sweet love story...Wonderful, lovely book, and I wholly recommend you read it."
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- ASIN : B00CKEG8S2
- Publisher : JenFrederick (1 May 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 3187 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 341 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 128,906 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I still think the timescale is skewed, either that or Grace started writing to Noah when she was in Freshman Year (or 9th Grade) in order for 4 years writing and 2 years not writing to take her to the second year of university. And yes it matters, perhaps Jen could let me know?
Jen Frederick had me torn in three. The long-time feminist in me wanted to rant about possessive and over-protective men, then the socially just me said everyone deserves a second chance and we shouldn’t judge, finally the romantic in me shouted just shut up and kiss already!!
Reconciling these three has been hilariously difficult. I read some reviewers comments about Noah’s behviour, and I had to think long and hard about my own attitude towards it. Yes, there are some ‘feminist flaws’ in this tale, but it’s a love story. There are ‘feminist flaws’ in most romances, it is the nature of the genre. Readers who don’t like how Noah behaved should read something else. If we can only read politically correct books, then the entire romantic fiction business will collapse in a heartbeat. (Or is heartbeat too romantic a word? Should I say in one beat of the blood pumping cardiac muscle?) Men won’t be able to read their spy, special forces, action adventure thrillers, and girls and boys can’t have Disney. We can’t live without Disney, so sod that!
The point is that none of these books are real life, and they’re not meant to be. They reflect an idealised or romantic view of real life, so I don’t understand why reviewers whinged about Grace and Noah’s behaviour. Can’t they use their imagination? Einstein said that it was more important than knowledge, and that it could take you anywhere and everywhere. I don’t always want to read or be educated about the real-world issues when what I need is escape from them, and I know an huge number of readers feel the same..
Noah – there must be some leeway given to this character. He is a young marine who has been deployed in one of the most dangerous areas of the world and who comes back damaged and dysfunctional. Let me also say that on the whole, military men are not necessarily possessive as such, but they can be protective when it comes to the females of the species. While it raises our feminist hackles, we need to understand the world they have been trained and programmed into. They experience the awful depths that humanity can sink to. They see the world at its cruellest, its deadliest, its bloodiest, and its most violent. Noah saw the place Grace came from, her spacious, gated home and beautful surrounding, and felt inadequate and unworthy of her. He had to sort himself out before he could feel able to present himself to her. Maybe he goes about it the wrong way, but nevertheless, Noah does get the help he needs, works, trains, and studies hard, and gets himself to university.
Grace – what Grace hasn’t had is that overused word ‘closure’. Four years of letter writing, and getting closer to Noah, each sharing confidences and dreams, and then nothing. No real explanation, just a brush off. She’s not coasting, she lost, and has had a massive dent to her ego and her confidence. Let’s also put this into perspective. She’s hasn’t been ‘coasting’ for many years; she is not Miss Haversham in the 21st century. It’s more like a grieving process. The fact this was a relationship by letter is irrelevant, they’ve both invested four years of their time, sentiments, and emotions. So how long does it take to get over any kind of meaningful relationship?
They each know what they had and lost, they each know what they want. I found some of the scenes around other men hilarious; Noah might as well have pee’d on her leg and marked his territory. Excellent writing that momentarily had my feminist hackles standing upright, but at the same time it’s just bloody funny! Grace is not a pushover; she knows what is happening and in her own way calls Noah on his behaviour. He has a tense, uneasy quality that shows itself most around other men and his MMA bouts, but Grace is the one that softens his hard edges and he knows it.
The dilemma over the Vegas meet is a tricky one. I know others have called the character out over her actions, but to be fair to Grace, the opportunity was impossible to turn down.
Writing from a dual point of view is interesting and engaging, though I would have liked some more depth to both Grace and Noah’s thinking.
The characters around them are funny, annoying, and all points in-between. They are generally well-drawn, but Bo could have had more character development. Then again, he’s in the next book, so perhaps the author was holding back a little.
I really enjoyed reading Undeclared; it is sweet, funny, and heart-warmingly romantic, but with a slightly edgy quality. Any criticism is because I liked it so much and wanted it to be ‘more’. I look forward to reading the next one, but in the meantime, I’ll check some of the author’s other books, and you should too.
When this popped up as free, I grabbed it straight away. Having read the Hitman series this author co wrote, and loved it, I was excited to try something else by her.
Now, I tend to avoid NA, as I prefer my main characters older, not college aged, but I was intrigued enough by the blurb to try it.
I have to admit, with the way it was written, with them meeting back up after having wrote to each other for years, then not hearing from each other, made me struggle to understand their connection. Their history was given through their letters, but again, these started with their earlier letters, so for me, the heartache the heroine felt, then their feelings for each other, felt too deep for what we knew up to that point.
But, in saying that, I still enjoyed it. Noah, not the usual type of hero I read about, but he was very endearing. And I really enjoyed their story and build up to a relationship and being together.
I would definitely continue with the series, even though as I say, I usually avoid NA.
Genre : - Cont NA/YA Romance
Series : - Book 1 in the series.
Love triangle? - No
Cheating? - No
HEA? - Yes
Would I read more by this author/or in this series? - Yes
Rating 4 stars
Parts were very good and just needed a little more development for me? Just seemed rushed at times
This book had a bit of everything, and I loved it. Noah is an amazing character. Grace has her own issues but they are surrounded by other great characters. The plot and story are good, lots of angst, lots of love and romance, the sex is hot, and I enjoyed the character banter. The writing is good, and I enjoyed reading some of the letters between the characters. Overall a really good read that kept me reading, and although each book in this series will continue character stories they are also standalone.