Blog Tour: ARC Review~ Unraveled (Woodlands #3) by Jen Frederick +Dream Cast, Excerpt & Giveaway
Author: Jen Frederick
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
~Jen's Dream Cast~
Sgt. Gray Phillips
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.
Jen Frederick hooked me since her first book in the Woodlands series, and after reading Unraveled, it doesn't seem to be changing anytime soon.
Grayson Phillips is struggling with his future. Should he separate from the Marines and give college a go, or does he re-enlist and continue his grandfather's legacy? Needing a break to clear his head, he decides to visit with his Marine buddies, Noah and Bo (remember them? *swoon*).
Samantha Anderson is a 22 year-old widow who hasn't quite been herself since she lost her marine husband, Will. Her heart hasn't so much as fluttered at another guy. That's okay because Sam doesn't need anyone. She busies herself with her job at the local bar and knitting. Yes, she's a young knitter, don't judge!
Gray has been burned by love in the past, when his ex cheated on him and nearly gave him an STI. Cheaters make him enraged, so when he sees a wedding ring on Sam's finger during their steamy encounter at the bar, he ends it immediately. And he gives her a little piece of his mind too. As much as he wants to forget her, Sam sparks up this foreign feeling in him that he can't seem to ignore.
Sam still can't take her wedding ring off, but Gray is the only man that has gotten her engine running (if ya know what I mean!) She really doesn't want to suffer the loss of another marine, but Gray has awoken her (and her libido). Maybe it is time to move on after all.
"It's not that hookups aren't good but it's like the difference between a nice song and an awesome concert. One is a three-minute interlude. The other is an event. The better you know your partner, the better the sex is."
While it may not have been my favorite book in the Woodlands series, Unraveled was a an incredibly sweet story. I enjoyed seeing both characters go through their own self-discovery and find strength in each other. This book was SO freaking hot! I mean, I had to fan myself every time Gray and Sam were around each other. They really had great chemistry that went beyond sexual though.
It was also great to see characters from the previous books. That's what I love about series. You get to know the characters more and more and you begin to feel a part of their world.
Comedy, romance, really hot car sex (bed sex, bar sex, everywhere a sex sex!)… This is a book you definitely don't want to wait long to read.
*An eARC of this book was provided by the author for an honest review. This has in no way affected my review/opinion.
My Rating: 4.5 kisses
Other books in the Woodlands series
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.
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.
Note: This is a New Adult Contemporary Romance with mature content and sexually explicit scenes. 91,000+ words. Standalone novel.
About the Author
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 email@example.com.