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From the USA TodayBestelling Author of Unspoken comes a sexy new love story. 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 grandfatFrom the USA TodayBestelling Author of Unspoken comes a sexy new love story. 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?...

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Unraveled Reviews

  • ✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ ✝✝
    2019-05-18 05:39

    I am such a sucker for this series. Been a favourite. I definitely feel in love with Bo in Unspoken. That boy will still my favourite <3Sgt Gary Philips will not disappoint you either. These bunch of military mens, Noah, Bo and Gary was all scrumptious, muscular, talented and caring!Gary is on leave and runs into Samantha at the bar she works. They have sparks, but Sam has big no to all military men, as she lost her military husband and is trying to survive it. And Gary, other the hand, says no to relationship.How will their world collide together?" I need you bad, Sam. Once we're inside, I'm going to strip off these shorts and stick my head between your legs and lap up all the juice your body just made for me" Oooooo yeah, they are steamy! I love love Jen's writing. Been a fan since I picked her first book. She writes brilliant books. If I see her name, I will just pick up!I love how Sam and Gary's relationship grew, slow and nice. Nothing rush. How they are trying to resist each other. It was so well-written. It was nice seeing Bo, Noah too in the story. So, pick it up to read how Sam & Gary will survive their attraction.Will I Recommend?YES YES YESFall in love with them!Read my review of Unspoken here:http://blimeyifancyreading.com/2013/0...**ARC provided for tour**

  • Michelle
    2019-05-05 04:40

    ARC provided by author in exchange of honest review****4 Gray Semper Fi Stars***First and foremost, I must say WOW!!! This third installment of the series left me wanting more of Grayson Phillips of the US Marine Corps and I didn’t want this book to end since Ms. Frederick was able to incorporate our favorite couples of the Woodland series into the storyline. So if you read the first two books, you will be treated to snippets of Noah, Grace, Bo, AnnMarie, and of course the other fellow Woodland roommates. What I love about this series is that you can read each book as a standalone but I advise and highly recommend everyone to read the first two books because these Woodland men are not only hot, sweet, charming but they will leave you swooning. On that note, I will forewarn you that Gray may not only be your new favorite color but also your favorite Marine. This is not only a marine who serves and protects his country but also a man, who definitely knows how satisfy his lover’s needs. Unraveled by Jen Frederick is the third book of the Woodland series and focuses on Sgt. Grayson Phillips of the U.S. Marines Corp and Samantha Anderson, a 22 year old widower. Both Gray and Sam are at a crossroads in their lives. Choices have to be made, trust must be earned, adventures must be taken, and broken hearts either remained shattered or healed. Gray and Sam may have conquered and experienced many obstacles in their lives but there is one battle that they must face and answer: What does the heart want? Unraveled will take you on a journey of second chances, loss, love, friendship, family and most importantly the opportunity to choose. To choose whether to take and grasp the new opportunities and adventures life has to offer or to sit back and let our fears take over. How often are we given a second chance at life and love? When one door opens, how often do we look at the closed door?After six years of service, Gray Phillips was granted permission for a 45 day vacation and is at a crossroad in his life whether to re-enlist with the Marines or to officially leave the only job he knows and start fresh as civilian. To help clear his mind, he decides to spend his vacation days reuniting with his fellow former marine buddies Noah and Bo. On his first day at the Woodland house, he sees his friends have finally settled down and are happily content with their love lives. As much as Gray wants to settle down and find that one girl to love, he still has reservations of being in a relationship since his career involves him being overseas and having experienced being cheated on, he has apprehensions and fears about being burned once again. Samantha Anderson, is a 22 year old widower. Two years ago, the love of her life and husband died in war. The tragic loss has left Sam feeling empty and lost. She goes through the motions of life. Her grief has prevented her from moving on. Sam buries herself in keeping her condo as a mini sanctuary of her deceased husband belongings. The only outlet that Sam finds joy and peace is when she knits. When Gray Phillips and the Woodland boys decides to go out to a bar to celebrate his return home, Gray spots Sam. Lets just say, when these two meet for the first time at a local bar there is a heavy make-out session against the wall that will leave readers wanting more of Gray. Sam is taken aback with the sexual desires and needs that Gray brings out of her. With the help and encouragement of her friends and family, Sam decides to get back out on the dating field and maybe a little summer fling might be the cure to help her move on and knowing that Gray is only going to be in town for a short period time. Sounds perfect right!!! A little fling won’t hurt, right?? Well as Sam and Gray spends more time with each other, attachment and possible feelings of love begins to develop between these two. Gray brings color to Sam’s “grey” world. He allows her to experience and try new things whether it be skydiving, rock climbing, or target shooting. In Sam’s case, she allows him to see that not all women are cheaters. Gray and Sam’s attraction and sexual chemistry can only be described as explosive. As a man of many talents and abilities, Gray definitely knows how to please and fulfill the sexual needs of Sam. Whether it’s against the wall, kitchen, shower, bedroom, bar, floor, couch, car, or even on a canoe, these two can’t keep their hands off each other. In the final week of his vacation, a misunderstanding ensues and causes a rift between the two. Gray must decide to re-enlist or take a chance at love. And Sam must decide whether she can finally take off her wedding ring and take a chance on Gray. Will their ghosts of the past continue to haunt them from moving on? Can love heal old wounds? What will the heart unravel?“You know you’re my adventure.” Overall, I enjoyed reading Unraveled. This book will leave you believing in second chances at life, love and most importantly to take adventures. Life is too short to wonder the what ifs…. Gray and Sam reminds us all we must live, laugh, love and never regret. I just want to thank Ms. Frederick for introducing us to Noah, Bo, and Gray. When these three men love, they really LOVE and put everything on the LINE. So if you are looking for a series, that will leave you with those butterfly feelings then I would highly recommend you to read the Woodlands Series. Just be prepared to sigh and swoon for Noah, Bo, and of course Gray.Reviewed on behalf of Give Me Books BlogJen Frederick

  • Claire Robinson
    2019-05-15 00:51

    5 - I need a lie-down, a shower, more batteries and some clean panties STARS!!!Ok, so before we get to my review, I firstly want to say this...If Jen Frederick continues writing books the same quality as she has Unraveled, then going forward she needs to put some sort of feminine health warning on them. No lie if you enjoy it as much as I did your emotions will swing from giggling like a schoolgirl...and horny, to crying like a baby...and horny, then clapping like a sea-lion when its feeding time at the pool..and horny. You also risk massive weight loss (Ok so I skipped lunch to carry on reading, but I swear I look like I have lost at least 10lbs), oh and did I mention horny!Now onto the actual review!The main thing you need to know about Grayson Phillips, is that he is at a crossroads in his life, does he re-up or leave the Marines for pastures new. Being pulled in different directions and facing familial pressure to do both, he decides to visit his former colleagues Noah *swoon* and Bo *sigh*. He sees how they are getting on with life outside the Corps, and appreciates that they have found something meaningful in their career paths and the women they have chosen to spend their time with. Gray is wary of commitment, having been hurt in a big way previously; all he thinks he is looking for are safe, no-commitment hook-ups. He considers further education as his friends are doing, but isn't sure as to what he would want to pursue, or whether he can manage life as a student, with people that are so much younger than him. Well there is one course this guy definitely doesn't need to take and that is Dirty Talking 101, he has passed that one with a distinction and full honours. I have not read anything so explicitly delicious and imaginatively written in a while, from closet oral, car sex (a Rover no less) to a row boat... There is no end to this Marine’s skills! Samantha is one of those characters that you wish you could meet in real life. She is the sort of person that thinks of others, and puts everyone else’s needs before her own, and if losing your childhood sweetheart and husband of several months isn’t shitty enough, for the past couple of years has also let familial pressure control how she lives her life, the only difference is the pressure is coming from her deceased husbands family, and their refusal to let their sons memory rest in peace. She has also sworn off ever getting involved with another member of the armed forces, unfortunately one look from Gray Phillips and that little rule flies out of the window. From the get-go their connection is electric, and although wary Sam, realises that she wants’ to explore the connection that they share.Sam – “You know you’re my adventure.” She also recognises something in Gray that he doesn't even realise himself, and that is like her he is grieving. Although his grief is for the loss of trust in women and relationships in general, he realises that she may be more than just a temporary fling.Gray – “Sam got me in a way I don’t think anyone had before.”There are so many parts of Unraveled that I want to talk about, but being someone that only posts spoiler free reviews I can’t do that, and because of that I am frustrated (but in a good way). This has to be one of the best written books I have read in a long while. From the well thought out plot, to the development of the characters and The Woodlands Series as a whole. The interactions between Bo, Noah and Gray are some of the funniest writing I have ever had the privilege of reading, and something I never thought I would ever say, but the addition of the hobby knitting to this story made it all the more special in view of the way it is used in the relationship between Sam and Gray. There are so many other points in this book that make it special, Jen has managed to write both male and female POV perfectly, the sex is hot, imaginative and written in such a way that you want to get it on with your significant, either that or your trusty B.O.B! if that isn’t recommendation enough, then I don’t know what is!Thanks to Jen Frederick for providing me with an ARC of this book, it was my absolute pleasure (and then some) to provide the above honest review.

  • That Girl KL.
    2019-05-13 05:25

    woohoo! Another Woodlands book!

  • Maayan
    2019-05-06 03:25

    5 Finding yourself Stars!!Unraveled by Jen Frederick is the third book of the Woodland series and tells the story of Gray & Samantha :DSgt. Gray PhillipsGray Phillips is at a crossroads. He has two options - leave the military, go to college, and build a life outside the base, or continue to serve in the Marine Corps. His been Pressured from all those around him .. His grandfather wants him to continue his military service, and his father want him to get out and go to college. Gray Doesn't know what he wants. On one hand - he loves the Corps. He served eight years of his life. He loves his brothers and sense of belonging. On the other hand, he Doesn't know if that's what he wants to do in the future. He Doesn't know another life and wants a change.Gray doesn't believe in relationships. Since his girlfriend cheated on him he lived a life without commitments.So when Bo and Noah invited him to spend his forty-five days of leave he didn't think twice and decided that a change of scenery is exactly what he needs :DSamantha AndersonSamantha Lost her husband in Afghanistan two years ago. Their marriage lasted only two months, but they were together for many years. Since his death, the life of Sam stopped. People refer her as the "widow". Sam has a beautiful soul. Despite all the pain that exists inside her, she always thinks more about people around her than herself. She continues to go to dinner with Will's parents, especially because of his mother .. she feels she can't abandon her.Since his death, her life stopped. She can't move on. She is stuck in place, her life pass before her, and she's not living it. She can't part with Will's belongings and she's not accepting the fact that he will not return. She works as a bartender at night, and take refuge in knitting.When Sam and Gary meet, sparks fly!He saves her awkward meeting at the bar and they hit it off ;)"I'm going to kiss you now." His voice was deep and rough, and it matched the rest of his thoroughly masculine body."I know," i whispered back.Gray is the first guy that Sam was attracted to him after the death of Will. It excited her and terrified her at once. She wanted one night stand with him and that's it. however, when they came to her apartment they realized she wasn't ready yet.Their relationship developed beautifully, they both knew it was temporary, none of them wanted to fall in love! Gray had to overcome his problem of commitment, he knew that if he would continue to serve the Corps he can't commit, he didn't trust not to be betrayed again .. And of course - the fact that he eventually leaves .. Sam had to open her heart to a new love, understand that loving someone new doesn't erase the feelings she had for Will. And the biggest problem - Can she give her heart to another military man and risk that he will not return?"Maybe it was beacuse she'd been married to a soldier, but she knew me. she could see inside of me and that both scared the shit of me and excited me in a way that made me worried for my own sanity."BUT it is impossible to control the heart and what started as temporary was becoming Permanent.Ohhhhh And how can i not mention the fact that Grey has a hot dirty mouth in bed? This man *fan myself*"Samantha," Gray said, his breath tiny puffs of air against my lips. I slide infinitesimally closer to him. "Open your eyes." His voice was insistent. "Why?" "I wan't you to know who's kissing you.""Wer'e not done yet," I told her. "We may not ever be done.""I love you, baby. I don't want this to be temporary. I don't want it to end."Due to a misunderstanding caused by the insecurity of Gray, our couple had split up ;(Now Gray must overcome his insecurities and fight for the love of his life."She wasn't reliant on me to make her entire life, even thought i was beginning to realize that i wanted her to be my sole focus."Did he succeed?Are Sam and Gray will overcome their demons?Does he remain in the army or decide to get out?Read and find out :DOhh and i was glad to see all the guys again! Bo&AM was so cute together!!! I loved them!! Can't wait for the next book :) “ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review”

  • ✿kawehi.reviews
    2019-04-30 07:33

    Unraveled was a likable sexy read but for some reason I just didn’t love it. I mean, I liked it, hence the 3 stars, but there was something about it that held back potential for more star earning.As a personal fan of this series, I was super excited for Gray’s story after remembering him from Bo’s book, Unspoken. I’ve always liked books with military themes but for some reason between the writing and the characters it kind of fell short for me.I think what tipped it for me was the fact that Gray seemed easily persuaded or influenced. You can tell that he loves the allegiance and brotherhood that the military gives you but you can also see that deep down he’s at this point where he's already done his time and is debating a new direction in life.As for Sam, well, she’s the widower of a fallen soldier. Enough said. With Sam, it’s the 50/50 chance that tragedy may strike twice for her and once again take away the life of the man she loves. But then again, that's the bargain you take in love and war. Is she willing to open up her heart and risk it again?A very sweet and steamy romance that was just okay in my book. I hope the next installment will be on Tucker or Hamilton!!

  • Pam Nelson
    2019-04-25 01:25

    4 Unraveled StarsSam & Grey I am left feeling happy, and I think that’s the best part of these books. Even though the ladies are young there isn’t any OMG DRAMA, and even though most of the men are there age or just a little older. They too are very mature. Granted most have seen and done things no one can imagine. But I don’t know I just really enjoyed these 3 books. This book was a little different as Sam was a widower, and Grey well he was cheated on and that really messed with his head. But I like that they both had to heal and they helped each other without knowing it. It was pretty awesome if you ask me. LOVED this narration like I said before Stella is a favorite of mine and Andrew is quickly becoming that too. *You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

  • Chelsea (Starbucks & Books Obsession)
    2019-05-09 01:48

    I cannot even express how much I loved this book right now. I didn't know it could get better after Unspoken but it can and it has. Jen has impressed me so much with her writing, character development and general awesomeness. This book has rocked my world! I am officially head over heels, deeply, madly in love with Gray Phillips. I’m about to tell you why.Gray is a man at a crossroads in his life; re-sign his military contract or get out and become a civilian. He’s really struggling with what to do and where he wants his life to go. When it comes to women, he is definitely jaded and very careful. He was hurt badly by his ex-girlfriend and he has never really gotten over that hurt. Because of this, he doesn’t do relationships or commitment. Until he meets Sam. As much as he wants to deny that she’s anything more than just a good time while he’s on leave, he can’t help the connection that he builds with her.Sam is still recovering from the death of her forever sweetheart and short term husband, Will, who was killed in action in the Army. It’s been two years, but she’s still struggling to move forward and come out of the grief. My heart broke for Sam because she is so young to be a widow and Will was the love of her life. Gray is the exact kind of guy she doesn’t want to fall for but she definitely feels a raw attraction and more importantly, a deep connection. Sam knows her time with Gray is limited but she could never regret the time she spent with him.This is such a love story and I loved every single step of Sam and Gray’s journey. They are two people with very different situations of loss but they are both grieving and are deeply affected by their experiences. The chemistry is out of this world and I think Jen did a tremendous job of bringing that out in her writing. I really FELT the passion between Sam and Gray and I definitely had butterflies in my stomach a time or two. I could tell Sam and Gray were falling for each other before they even admitted it to themselves. Gray may not do relationships but he’s not a man-whore and he has so much respect for women. I loved the way he protected and cherished Sam and the sweet things he did for her to open her up to life again. He took her on some really sweet and thoughtful adventures and I absolutely loved seeing Gray fall in love with Sam. She totally took him by surprise and buried herself into his heart, which isn’t easy to do. My only disappointment was Sam’s reaction to a mistake that Gray made. I could totally see why she was hurt but she never gave him the chance to explain and had she just given Gray the chance, they both could have been spared some serious heartache. I loved that Gray gave her the space she needed but didn’t give up on her. He bided his time while he worked on his “big gesture” and it was the sweetest and most romantic thing ever. If I wasn’t ready to jump his bones before that, I would have been sold at this point. While I was frustrated with Sam for letting Gray go, I really think that the time away from him gave her the chance to figure out who she is and what she wants now that she had been awakened again. Her greatest realization was that she could be happy and love again and she had found that with Gray.I loved seeing all the Woodlands boys again and Noah and Bo are really great friends. They help Gray a lot and give him some great advice. They are two incredible men and they show him what he’s missing with their relationships with Grace and AM. I also really liked Sam’s mom and her sister, Bitsy. They are so supportive of Sam and they want to see her happy again. They give her some really great advice when it comes to Gray. Will’s parents are a bit difficult and I felt bad for Sam because they were really holding her back in her healing. His mother is still dealing with the death and she definitely makes Sam feel guilty for moving forward in her life. Will’s dad is a piece of work and it is obvious that he is part of the reason Will’s mom can’t heal and move forward. He puts a lot of pressure on Sam about going back to school to become a lawyer and join the firm he runs with her mom. I loved that her mom wants her to become a lawyer too, but wants her to be happy more than anything.Once I started this book, there was no stopping until I finished. I was enthralled from the very beginning and immediately emotionally invested with the characters and their stories. This is just what Jen does when she writes. There is something about her writing that really draws me in. Not only are the characters incredibly developed but Jen writes some very steamy and romantic love scenes. Gray is a dirty talker and those are my favorite kind of book boyfriends. He definitely knows how to make a woman swoon and never want to get out of bed. I loved the ending to this book and the direction that Jen took the storyline and resolved the issues that Sam and Gray both faced. We still have 3 more Woodlands boys to go and this makes me very happy because I will cry like a baby when this series is over.

  • Lorie
    2019-04-29 00:42

    4.5 STARS!!!THIS is why Jen Frederick is a USA Today Bestselling Author!!!!***Unraveled literally has everything you could want in a book – sweet, hot, funny, sexy, emotional.***This is seriously Jen’s best work to date. She’s a master at pulling every kind of emotion out of you. I went from laughing to crying to horny to giddy and circled back around the block numerous times. Usually I LOVE parts of a book, this time I LOVED THE WHOLE DAMN THING!! I am totally blown away by how much I love this book!!!!The Woodlands Series is one of my favorites. I swear the series just gets better and better. I was loving Bo Randolph hard in Unspoken, but I have to say that Gray just may have unseated Bo as my favorite Marine. “Life was too short to live the life other people wanted for you.”Sam and Gray are both at a crossroads in life. Gray can’t decide whether to re-up or get out of the Corps….. what happens if he stays in, but what is there to do if he gets out? Sam’s been floating for the last 2 years since Will’s death. It’s time to decide what’s next. But, what IS next???? Sam and Gray meet, and as they spend time together they realize that one is just as lost as the other. And, Gray’s not without hurt and loss either. Scared of making the wrong decision and being hurt, Sam and Gray must sort out the growing feelings they have for one another and live the life they choose for themselves. “The answer you have to provide for yourself is whether you’re willing to open yourself up to the possibility of loving again. You, of all people, know how short life can be. What do you want to fit in before life is over?”Sam and Gray are absolutely freaking fantastic together!Sgt. Gray Phillips……. you had me at “ma’am”! There is nothing sexier and hotter than a polite Marine!! I simply love EVERYTHING about Sgt. Grayson Phillips! Jen’s ability to capture Gray – his protectiveness, thoughtfulness, sexiness, his firm yet soft demeanor (it’s the whole military thing), the adorable awkwardness around women, the playfulness, that hard sculpted body – and get it down on the pages is amazing. He is heart meltingly delicious. You will easily fall head over heels. (Oh, and did I mention Gray has kind of a hot dirty mouth in bed????)“She could see inside of me and that both scared the shit out of me and excited me in a way that made me worried for my own sanity.” – GrayAnd, Sam….. you stole my heart. Sam isn’t a whiny feel-sorry-for-me heroine. She’s sweet, smart, strong, and cares more about other people (almost to a fault) than herself. And, I love that she knits!!! Knitting and crocheting aren’t for old people! It’s a lost art, and since I’m a knitter, I am selfishly happy that Sam does. “But I recognized grief and loss and sorrow and pain. I lived with it for years. Those feelings were intimate friends of mine and they dogged Gray too.” – SamUnraveled isn’t a simple boy meets girl story. It’s much more. It’s a story about loss, hurt, and living again. People make mistakes and rash decisions so I love there are ups and downs, bumps in the road, and that it’s not perfect. It just makes the story that much more real. Jen perfectly captures the military and does a fabulous job showing us exactly what it is like – the sacrifice, commitment, trust, camaraderie, and loyalty. If you haven’t experienced it or know someone that has, you really don’t appreciate what it’s like.The great writing and flow will have you plowing through this book in no time. Not once did anything feel rushed. The character and backstory development is impressive. It wasn’t thrown in your face all at once, it was done well and unfolded at the right pace. The dialogue overall is fantastic. And, I love the insightful and profound things the guys had to say. It’s absolutely hilarious and laugh out loud funny, literally. It’s a good thing I live in Boston and crazy people riding the train are not an uncommon occurrence, otherwise my outbursts would not have been ignored as they were.“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.” – GrayAnd the sex scenes? Ooorah!! Smokin’! Gray Phillps you are one creative and sexy Devil Dog between the sheets!!!I can’t say enough about Unraveled and the entire Woodlands Series. FABULOUS FABULOUS FABULOUS!!! Just as Unspoken did, Unraveled will definitely be on my Top 10 list for the year (after all it IS a Jen Frederick book).(ARC received in exchange for an honest review)

  • ChuCha
    2019-05-15 00:27

    Review Originally Posted at: Book FreakAnd I fell in love with another Marine.Grayson Phillips is not hard to love. He was a bit bitter, in the middle of a crossroad in his life, but he was a great friend, and an amazing brother to his platoon-mates. I wonder what made his ex cheat on him, to have a boyfriend who is as hot, as faithful and as loyal as him is such as luck, because species like him are already endangered. He loved being a Marine, and he likes being with his brothers, but at the same time, he wonders what was it like to go out, be a civilian and live a normal life.He got forty-five days to make up his mind.Thank goodness for his father, who had to pull some strings for it to happen. So he packed his bag, went to Woodlands, and be with his friends while he thinks about his future.Now here comes a young widow, Sam Anderson, who seemed to find a way into his mind. He didn’t believe that women are capable of fidelity when a Marine goes on deployment. Now, more than his future – he’s got to choose: take a risk with Sam or go back to the Marines? It took a long time before Sam realizes that she had grieved enough. She was made a widow by the love of her life two months after they exchanged their vows. Two years later, everyone is still tiptoeing around her, she still goes to lunch with her husband’s parents, she still wears their rings, and he still has his paraphernalia on the walls of their condo. She had a life filled with grief, guilt, regrets and loneliness. Meeting Gray had allow her to open her life to possibilities and risk. It was her chance to live again, but will she take the risk in giving her heart to another marine who may suffer the same fate as her late husband?Just like the rest of the Woodlands series, I enjoyed reading this book. I fell in love with both characters, my heart broke for their suffering, and elated when they finally decided to live again. Sam is a brave girl. It takes someone with enough bravery to finally decided to let go of something you hold on dearly, then take a risk with something unfamiliar to you. Gray was suppose to be a fling, a rebound – she never expected to fall in love with him, or for him to break her heart.Sometimes, Gray frustrates me. Sam was ready to take the leap, why couldn’t he? Not all girls are like his ex girlfriend. A lot of women could be faithful and loyal, and stay true to their man no matter how long, how far they might be from each other. He was keen on guarding his heart, and keeping love away. Maybe that what scared him – the intense emotion brought about by Sam. Crossing my fingers, I was hoping he wasn’t too late…Ah yes, who can forget his grand gesture?!!! Sam might have made hers first, but I think his efforts won. Awwwww…. A man after my own heart. I didn’t expect it of him, never imagined he would do something like it – but for me, all his mistakes, all his stupid decisions and his fears were instantly erased when he decided what to do for his ‘grand gesture’. I think my smile reached my ears, and I swooned a little. He was a Marine, he was a toughie, he was well respected by his buddies, and yet, he chose to make it for her – with this he owns my heart.I loved the banters he had with Bo, they made me laugh so hard my eyes watered. They had a good camaraderie, and a blind person would see how much they care for each other. It was nice to see the old gang back in this book. I missed Bo, and yes, Noah too.I enjoyed reading this novel. I laughed, swooned, cried a little and fell in love. Jen Frederick had me hooked from start to finish. The grand gestures were to die for, and yes, I wish someone would love me THAT much to do something LIKE THAT for me, and the sex? OMG. It was so hot, I can feel my bed on fire. Sam, for all that she has been through, all the pain and the los she experienced – totally deserved it! Totally looking forward for the next book in the series!>★Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.★

  • TeriLyn
    2019-05-04 06:22

    **Arc provided by author in exchange for an honest review**Not having read any other books in the Woodlands series, Unraveled came as a great surprise. I loved the characters and the pace of the story, once I sat down to read it was hard to stop. The author always kept the plot moving. The only aspect that didn't appeal to me was the length of the book that Gray and Sam spend apart. They're relationship started hot and although they both had issues that could have been more debilitating neither ever lingered to the point that it became cumbersome. Gray and Sam developed a fun relationship, they're banter was cute, the passion was intense, and the maturity both characters showed was perfect. While I didn't feel a strong connection either character I still believed in their story. When both the hero and heroine have been through troubling experiences and move forward, maybe with confusion, but still moving forward you're in a for a good love story. The secondary characters intrigued me to the point that I want to know their stories. This book did have spoilers, as in I know how Noah and Bo's stories, respectively, ultimately ended. But that didn't deter me from being curious as to how they got there. The writing was easy to read, the dialogue fun, and the story entertaining. I'm looking forward to more Woodlands books and had the opportunity to start a good series of books with Unraveled.

  • Rachel Regina
    2019-05-13 06:38

    This truly has to be my favorite book in this series, even though I loved them all. I just LOVED Gray *swoons* and Samantha was pretty awesome too! I loved the fact that Gray wasn't a manwhore like so many other military stories that you read when they go on their leave. I also loved that even though Samantha experienced loss, she did not let that get her down. She was a totally lovable heroine. Everything that happened was so real and what Grayson did to prove his love for her was just awesome. I have to write about this one scene in the book that really got to me, in a good way, but don't read it if you haven't read this book because it is a spoiler. (view spoiler)[ the scene where they were sky diving after Sam told Gray that she loved him and her parachute won't open. Let me tell you, I was not expecting that. What happened during that scene and right after with Grayson has to be one of the best scenes I have read in a book in a long time. It was an extremely unexpected but very pleasant surprise. <\spoiler>. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book and I would definitely recommend it :) (hide spoiler)]

  • Readsalot81
    2019-05-09 08:28

    Loved Sam, had some issues w/ Gray. I wish I remembered to highlight this particular sentence.. but I've seen this sentiment in countless romance books and it always makes me angry.So it was relatively good, but not great. Will write up more thoughts later.Ok, so found the quote . "... That was as much as I could get out without looking like I had a vagina."These are Gray's thoughts as he's talking to his friends, and I don't know. It's such a small thing, but the thing is, is that it's so pervasive in romance. I see these thoughts echoed in the guys POV all the time. As if having a vagina is something to be ashamed of. Or sharing feelings, being vulnerable is not something any man should do, because you're automatically channeling a woman. Or something in that vein. Whether or not that's what the author meant to convey, that's what I picked up. I'm not a fan. Gray does something else rather stupid in the story which didn't make me a fan.. but I did like Samantha quite a bit. I thought her character was well constructed, and more than Gray deserved. But c'est la vie.

  • Zandalee
    2019-05-09 03:42

    4.5 starsJen 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. 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.

  • Ang (Sizzling Pages)
    2019-05-15 08:42

    3.5 StarsFor more reviews, please visithttp://sizzling-pages.comhttp://angelas-sizzling-pages.blogspo...ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review Unraveled is a sweet love story about a widowed, lonely girl falling for a broken hearted, befuddled Marine.Samantha, “Sam”, is utterly lonesome. Loosing her husband, a soldier in the US Armed Forces, at such a young age left Sam stuck in a life better suited for an elderly woman. When Will passed away, Sam’s world remained frozen in time. Aside from dealing with her despair, she was shouldered with guilt, heartache, emptiness, and a grieving mother-in-law. It was too much for her to bear, until one evening she caught sight of a handsome Marine on leave.Gray, a Marine unsure if his future should continue on the same course of serving his country, or make a new life for him self as a civilian. In order to sort himself out, he takes an extended leave, hoping to find the answers he is searching for. Instead, he finds the furthest thing his heart desired…Sam. And when they meet, sparks skyrocket…Until Gray quickly learns about Will.Sam and Gray are the perfect dysfunctional couple. Sam is ready to start living again, yet is finding it hard to let go of her life with Will. Gray is struggling with both deciding about his future and moving on from a failed relationship scarred by infidelities. Of course, his unfounded fears led him to do something incredibly stupid, losing Sam’s trust – but it was fun seeing how he overcame his ridiculousness in order to win back Sam’s heart.Unraveled is a quick romantic read written in dual POV’s. I would have liked more interaction and dialogue between Sam and Gray as opposed to their inner thoughts. Their courtship seemed a bit rushed, but I enjoyed their romance and witnessing them fall in love.

  • Becca
    2019-05-02 01:31

    I can not get enough of this series! Each book just gets better and better. And let me just say...GRAYSON is steaming hot! *give me a second while I finish fanning myself* Ok no...*fanning again* I'm good. :)Gray Philips is at a crossroad. Does he stay in the Marines and continue on his path to retiring with the military, carrying on his family's tradition. Or is there more that he is missing in life, by staying in and giving up the one thing he wants...love. After be burned by his ex-girlfriend, he need to take a leave and try to figure this all out, before time runs out. What he wasn't expecting was Sam Anderson to take his heart and run with it.Sam Anderson is stuck, not knowing how to move forward. He husband was killed leaving her a widow at 20. She has regrets and she certainly wasn't looking for another military guy to fill the void. But sometimes life has a different path for us.I absolutely could not put this book down. We met Gray back in Unspoken and I was so happy when I heard Jen was writing a story for him. This book is hot hot hot and sweet and at moments leaves you heartbroken and that is what makes this an amazing book. We get to see all the usual's from the Woodland Series and I just loved the chemistry between Sam and Gray. The push and pull and romance. Sigh. Definite 5 stars from me. If you haven't picked up this series - its a must!

  • Jessica Figueroa
    2019-05-14 00:34

    Gray is taking a short break from the Marines to get his head straight. Now is the time to think of whether or not to go back as a marine or stay out for a while. When he saw Sam there was an instant attraction but pissed off to find out there was a ring on her finger. He can't stand cheaters. The more he gets to know her the more he wants to be with her. The time limit for him to go back is closing and he must make a choice. Sam lost her husband lost his life in the marines. She had her share of regrets and doesnt want to repeat her situation by finding another men from the marines or army. Only thing is she can't away from Gray. I really enjoyed this book. I loved the connection and attraction between the two. I loved the overall story. I loved the characters and love that there is more then one point of view. There is so much to love about this book but unfortunately I can't go into details of what I loved about this book because I don't want to spoil it for other readers. The steamy scenes were fantastic. Overall I really enjoyed this book and think you readers will want to get your hands on this book!

  • AprilA
    2019-04-30 07:24

    This series has been a hit for me. Although I confess I still haven't read the first one. Which should show you that they can operate as stand alone books. After meeting Grey in Bo's book I was so ready to get this one. It did not disappoint!Grey is taking a break from his life as a marine to evaluate if he will recommit. He meets Sam who is a widow after her high school sweetheart died in service. They'd been married 2 months. I don't always love stories with widows because I don't like torn hearts, but it wasn't a huge problem for me here. It worked. Jen Frederick made me ok with it all. I love the Woodlands boys! Bring on the next!

  • ~Nichole~Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews
    2019-05-12 02:23

    Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews Sizzling Pages @ Facebook Twitter:@Sizzlingpages Wow just wow, what a freaking rush. I loved everything about this story and I am just in a total "unraveled" state right now. Gray and Sam met in an explosion of passion and had one of the hottest meetings I think I've ever read about in a book. Gray took the dirty talker award in every way and I couldn't get enough of his filthy mouth. So many times he shocked me breathless but I wanted more and more. "Tell me," he demanded again. "I'll get you off.” Rubbing the heel of one hand directly against my pubic bone, his other hand pulled at my hair so he could leave a trail of wet hot kisses along my throat. "You tell me what you think about when you touch yourself and I promise, I will bring you off and it will be good.” The romance built in this book and the love between these two grew so strong that I felt like I knew them personally and wanted to just watch them ride off into the sunset together having a wedding and lots of babies. Just happy feelings all the way through. I am always in love with I read Jen's books and this one knocked it out the park.  Personal NOTE:Some reviews I find harder to write than others. This falls into that category. When I connect emotionally on a personal level with a book, it really sucker punches me and leaves me in a puddle.My son is a US Marine. My baby, was deployed for 10 months and I was in a pure terrified state for those 10 months. His girlfriend at the time (now his wife) was left behind with me. The bond that grew between us is something I cherish more than I can ever put into words. This story and the struggles that Gray had with his choices to be a Marine or to separate are choices that I watched and still watch my son deal with. The fact that our Military isn't given the proper respect in a lot of the "job or employment" world is something that is hard for me to deal with. These boys go off and become men in the harshest circumstances. They come back and they know Honor, Respect, Loyalty and the price of Freedom. It's hard for a military person to just walk into the employment world and connect on the same level as civilians. My son chose to serve in another role as police officer and is in the Marine Corps reserves. This love story really touched me as the fears that Gray had over leaving his girlfriend behind are real fears that our service people have every day. I proudly dedicate this review to my son, my nephew also and all the Marines and military.

  •  B.E.Love
    2019-04-21 04:50

    When I heard that The Woodlands would have a book three I was really excited, not only because I love this series but because I am really really liking everything Jen Frederick is writing. So when she contacted me asking to read this book it was a no brainer for me. Lately I have been shying away from NA books just because my taste has been moving in other directions, but with his book that is definitely not the case. I never felt bored reading this book, and I never wanted to put Unraveled down so I could read something else. I think a first paragraph in any book is important(yes I know that you can't always decided if a book is good by just one paragraph) I think it sets the mood and the voice or tone of a book and I was easily hooked and drawn into this story right away.Sam has been existing for two years now she is Sam the widow of Will, Sam and Will were friends growing up and when they were teens they easily moved to more so when they found out that Will would be deployed to Afghanistan they married, but two months later Will was gone. So when Sam see's a man who not only catchers her eye when all others blend in with the background but awakens something in her that she thought died with her husband she is shocked. Gray has been in the Marines since he graduated high school, and thought he would retire from the marines but now he's having second thoughts. Gray knows that he will never have a relationship till he is out of the service because no relationship can withstand the Marines. He learned that the hard way when his girlfriend of four years cheated on him with the officer who signed him up for the Marines. So with 45 days of leave Gray not only plans to relax and visit his friends but to decide what he wants to do with his life.When Gray and Sam meet the sparks are instant and off the charts but Sam has a lot of baggage ad Gray doesn't do anything more than sex. When they both agree to this agreement they know it will only be temporary not just because Gray is on leave but because neither is ready for more. The more time Sam and Gray spend together they quickly and easily start to feel more for each other than just a fling, till they finally admit not only to themselves but to each other they feel so much more. But someone from Grays past interferes and now Gray and Sam may just call it quits when they finally started to think they could last so much longer than 45 days.This story was so different from most NA that it was refreshing. I loved how this is not only a story of love but of learning to be brave so that you can fall in love again, and also a story of the people who love you helping you when you don't have the strength to help yourself. Gray was another great hero in this series he was possessive and strong, and Sam was a wonderful heroine, though she had went though more trials and pain most young people go through she was not only resilient but strong and knew she deserved to be happy and more than just a widow.We also get more of everyone we have met from the Woodlands so far and that's always a bonus in this series since they are all so easy to love. This story was hard at times and I found myself crying for all not only what Sam had went through but for WIll's family as well, Ms. Frederick brought me right along for this story. But this books wasn't just sad there are many funny parts that I was cracking up when I read them and of course there was sweet and steamy as well. I can't wait to see who is next in this series and what will come next, this is definitely a series worth following and I will be waiting impatiently for book four.**thanks you again Jen Frederick for a copy of this book for my review!

  • Kate's Corner
    2019-05-09 08:25

    So ever since I read "Unspoken (The Woodlands" Bo's and AM's story we met Gray Phillips a Marine whom Bo served with. I fell in love with him instantly and wanted a book. I had thought that maybe he would have been the last in the series but I was surprised that this is his book. I must admit that I had mixed feelings about this book and wondered if Ms. Frederick could pull it off and I also saw some reviewers who weren't happy with it. In my opinion this book is great, it's different and I think that Ms. Frederick as developed and has matured the series overall with this book.Gray has leave from the Marines (45 days) to think what he wants (to re-enlist or get out of the Marines) He goes out to visit Bo and Noah to think it all out. He doesn't do relationships because of his ex Carrie. Sam is 20 and has be living in a daze since she became a widow as her husband Will Anderson. Sam works at Gatsby's which belongs to Adam's Dad and there she is saved by Gray and her libido awakens to life. Throughout this book they are both on a journey working through the seven steps of grief, thinking about past regrets and future choices.As always the H fucks up but I mean come on Sam could of spoken to Gray about it. But that Ethan Drake is a piece of shit and deserved the pounding he got. Some things are worth fighting for. When it comes to Gray making his choice he gets a pep talk from his CO. "It is a honor to be a Marine. We have the smallest number of men compared to any other military branch we are the first to be called out. We stand constantly ready and can be shipped out in twenty-four hour notice because the president knows we are always ready. The Marines were called on first to lead the charge into battle. The Marines were the first to orbit the moon. John Glenn was a Marine. John Wayne wanted to be one. The Marines are first, ready, able. Our fighting force is so fierce the Germans called us Teufels Hunden" (Hellhounds) Now, I also would like to see a book about Tucker Anderson looks like he has a lot of demons.

  • Janhvi
    2019-05-09 01:37

    I am a fan of Jen Fredick's Woodlands series. I thoroughly enjoyed Undeclared and Unspoken. So I was pretty excited to get started on Unraveled. I really enjoyed Gray and Samantha's story. I can't say that its my favorite of the series but I still liked it.Gray is at a crossroads in his life. He's got forty five days of leave to decide if he wants to stay in the Marine Corps or get out. Gray doesn't believe that relationships last in the Corps when on deployment because his last girlfriend cheated on him. But then he meets Sam and things change. I liked Gray. He was a strong guy. Yes, he behaved like a complete jerk at times but he was still a good guy.Samantha lost her husband to an IED in Afghanistan. She has been mourning his loss for years and regrets not going after what she wanted. Then she meets Gray and even though Sam is determined not to fall for another military man there's no denying the attraction between them. I liked Sam. You can feel her grief but her feelings for Gray are true.Gray and Sam's relationship starts off as casual. But truthfully, only they can see whats really going on with each other. Sam and Gray's relationship was kinda cliched but I still enjoyed it. Gray sees Sam as more than a widow and Sam understands Gray. This book definitely had a more mature feel to it. Maybe because Gray and Sam had been through such a lot.The steamy scenes were definitely HOT. Also, we get loads of Bo, Annmarie and Noah. I loved those parts the most. And I am SO curious to know more about Finn. I hope we get his and Adam's book soon. Unraveled was a really good read and it gets a solid four from me.*Note: A copy of this book was provided by TRSOR Promotions for participating in the blog tour. We thank them.

  • Kami Dodson-Perry
    2019-05-03 01:42

    Gray and SamanthaSamantha married her high school sweetheart. Then Will joined the army and was shipped off. Samantha and Will were not married long but because they were together for a long time Will's family became her family before they were even married. Sam loves Will's family and is really close to all of the Anderson's. But then tragedy struck and Sam was a widow at 19. No other man has stirred the emotions in Sam that Will had until Gray walks into her bar.Gray is on an extended leave from the military. Gray has some decisions to make, re-enlist or get out. Gray decides to spend his vacation with Noah and Bo who were in the marines with him. These three saw a lot of combat together and are really close friends. As Gray and the boys go to the local bar he meets a bartender Sam who knocks his socks off. There's some heavy kissing, some body stroking and then a big misunderstanding. Sam and Gray even though they had a huge misunderstanding cannot stop thinking about each other. Finally they both decide to take a chance on a relationship.I feel like this story has a lot of trying to find themselves for both characters. Sam with realizing she needed to move on from Will's death and stop holding onto just a memory and live life. And Gray with figuring out if he was truly a happy marine or just serving his country to follow in his grandfather and fathers footsteps. Sam figures out how to move forward with Gray as part of her life and takes a leap of faith with love. And Gray figures out where he belongs and what he is willing to give up to be with Sam.Happy Reading!Kami

  • Cait
    2019-05-11 02:35

    these books might be my new guilty pleasure. like they're the classic fun story, but not well executed, melodramatic FUN stuff. Can't stop won't stop.

  • Melinda
    2019-05-20 04:41

    Another great book to this series.

  • ~Dawn~TUG
    2019-05-14 07:36

    Arc from author in exchange for an honest review..I love this series!!4.5 Stars..Loved it..full review for blog tour!!

  • All Romance
    2019-05-17 03:22

    PEPPER & MICHELLE'S JOINT REVIEWPEPPER: OMG! This book. Not going to lie- I read it in one sitting. And you know me. That RARELY happens. so you have to know I mother hugging loved this book. I’m so excited to talk about this book.MICHELLE: I get it! I was dying waiting for you to finish this one. JenFred is truly amazing. I know how nervous she gets about releasing a new book but I don't understand why because she's such a damn good writer.PEPPER: I think the reason I loved this book so much - beyond the amazing cast - was the impeccable timing of EVERYTHING. At first, when they had the hottest public make-out scene ever, at like 8% I was like whoa this is intense. But then it just continues to flow from there. PERFECTLY. Thus, me not wanting to put the book down.MICHELLE: I totally agree. I was also not sure how I was going to feel about Gray and Sam having sexy times so early on but it WORKED.PEPPER: So. Much. It worked so good it hurt. I picture JenFred saying this whilst writing:MICHELLE: I don't know about you but every time I read one of the Woodlands novels I go into my happy place. All those damn men in one house- all sexy and shit. Like if this was a TV show I would watch EVERY DAY and be like:So once again- JenFred has hit us with an incredibly strong heroine. I swear- every time I read one of her books I'm not sure who gives me a bigger lady boner- the guy or the girl.PEPPER: For reals. Sam is so damn cool. And hilarious. She has some good inner thoughts. Like when she was trying to convince the reader what kind of guy she was into:"My perfect man was someone who loved statistics more than guns and whose idea of a grand time was shopping for a new ruler or pen. Maybe he'd even be a fellow knitter and we'd sit side by side on the sofa watching Downton Abbey and knitting each other socks..."MICHELLE: I agree. She is funny, smart and totally likeable the entire time.And Gray. Sweet Lord. Each one of these hot military guys that JenFred writes- just do me now.PEPPER: Oh God. I can't. The dirty talking? And the sweetness???MICHELLE: So I knew Gray was a dirty talker because JenFred and I talked about it. And still- it totally blew me away.Like that shit was so hot. I considered giving up eating just so I could use my vibe all day. But that would never work out for me... My relationship with food is too strong.PEPPER: My God, and I’ve said this before, JenFred is a god damn master of writing a dude mono/dialogue. Sometimes I think she might be a he??MICHELLE: Seriously. And it's not just when we get to be in Gray's head. Even when she's writing dialogue between Gray and his buddies its perfection.In fact- this book was hilarious. I was constantly laughing especially with conversations like this between Bo and Gray:"Don't worry about me. I'm using lube because I'm going places no man has gone before." "You're fucking their earhole?"I. Died. And there is so much of that kind of humor in there- it’s so damn good.PEPPER: YES!! The dialogue between the friends was amazing. Just genius . Pure genius.MICHELLE: So Gray and Sam as a couple. I mean perfection is the only word that comes to mind.I think the amount of honesty between these two was crazy but so damn amazing.PEPPER: I loved that there were no games. Sam was just like, look I don't know how to do this and I'm not fucking around. This is how I feel and you can do whatever you want with it.MICHELLE: Seriously!!! And for the most part Gray was totally awesome about it. It's like when it was about sex they were on the same page and when it was more- still on the same page. In fact- I was starting to wonder how on JenFred was going to rock the boat.But of course when she did it was like WTF!!!PEPPER: YES!! So good.PS, can we discuss the whole "coffee" meaning "sex". I mean who comes up with this stuff? Genius!! PEOPLE if you are reading this review, you have to get this book solely on the coffee discussion alone. It's that funny.MICHELLE: I know. That was BRILLIANT. God JenFred. I'm obsessed with you.I seriously feel sorry for you if you have not read any of the Woodlands series. They just keep getting better and better. But it’s not too late!!!PEPPER: I was going to say that too, that they keep getting better.MICHELLE: I think one of my favorite things about this book is how thoughtful and deliberate everything is. Even when the drama happens- every moment after that is perfection and leads to the best. ending. ever.PEPPER: God yes. That ending.Wait! we can't forget Gray's "big gesture" toward the end. Could you die? Because I did.MICHELLE: I died.PEPPER: My question is, who is next?? Who do we get next? DYING...MICHELLE: So I know JenFred is still undecided on who will be next between Finn and Adam. All I know it that as long as she gives me more- I'm ok.PEPPER: You know who I want more of? LANA!! JenFred, give me more Lana. She is amazing.OH and Bitsy? I want more Bitsy and more of Sam's mom. Loved her family.MICHELLE: I know!!! To all of it.I actually asked about Bitsy and it's not officially in the plans but I plan on internet stalking JenFred til it happens. I am also trying to figure out who Lana will be with. She will get a book at some point but that’s all we know. I even tried threatening JenFred with this review but she just continued to tease me and give me clues that made my head hurt.But all this obsessing over the cast brings up a good point. It's amazing how even though you are totally focused on these main characters, the supporting cast is so good that you just fall in love with everyone.PEPPER: And naturally you want more and more and more. Like a God damn TV series. It's like I need a JenFred Woodlands fix every week to keep me happy.MICHELLE: I know. Thank God for the Charlotte Chronicles. It's my fix. Also I internet stalk her daily.So for those that don't know- every week JenFred puts out a chapter of something called the Charlotte Chronicles. It's the love story of Noah and Bo's kids. And it's amazing.PEPPER: OMG it’s the best lovers. Read it!!!MICHELLE: Well we could literally go on for days but we should wrap this up so you can buy the book and get to reading!Anything you want to add Pep?PEPPER: No, just fucking read it.MICHELLE: You heard it here lovers- get this book!

  • Michelle Kannan
    2019-04-21 04:37

    PEPPER & MICHELLE'S JOINT REVIEWPEPPER: OMG! This book. Not going to lie- I read it in one sitting. And you know me. That RARELY happens. so you have to know I mother hugging loved this book. I’m so excited to talk about this book.MICHELLE: I get it! I was dying waiting for you to finish this one. JenFred is truly amazing. I know how nervous she gets about releasing a new book but I don't understand why because she's such a damn good writer.PEPPER: I think the reason I loved this book so much - beyond the amazing cast - was the impeccable timing of EVERYTHING. At first, when they had the hottest public make-out scene ever, at like 8% I was like whoa this is intense. But then it just continues to flow from there. PERFECTLY. Thus, me not wanting to put the book down.MICHELLE: I totally agree. I was also not sure how I was going to feel about Gray and Sam having sexy times so early on but it WORKED.PEPPER: So. Much. It worked so good it hurt. I picture JenFred saying this whilst writing:MICHELLE: I don't know about you but every time I read one of the Woodlands novels I go into my happy place. All those damn men in one house- all sexy and shit. Like if this was a TV show I would watch EVERY DAY and be like:So once again- JenFred has hit us with an incredibly strong heroine. I swear- every time I read one of her books I'm not sure who gives me a bigger lady boner- the guy or the girl.PEPPER: For reals. Sam is so damn cool. And hilarious. She has some good inner thoughts. Like when she was trying to convince the reader what kind of guy she was into:"My perfect man was someone who loved statistics more than guns and whose idea of a grand time was shopping for a new ruler or pen. Maybe he'd even be a fellow knitter and we'd sit side by side on the sofa watching Downton Abbey and knitting each other socks..."MICHELLE: I agree. She is funny, smart and totally likeable the entire time.And Gray. Sweet Lord. Each one of these hot military guys that JenFred writes- just do me now.PEPPER: Oh God. I can't. The dirty talking? And the sweetness???MICHELLE: So I knew Gray was a dirty talker because JenFred and I talked about it. And still- it totally blew me away.Like that shit was so hot. I considered giving up eating just so I could use my vibe all day. But that would never work out for me... My relationship with food is too strong.PEPPER: My God, and I’ve said this before, JenFred is a god damn master of writing a dude mono/dialogue. Sometimes I think she might be a he??MICHELLE: Seriously. And it's not just when we get to be in Gray's head. Even when she's writing dialogue between Gray and his buddies its perfection.In fact- this book was hilarious. I was constantly laughing especially with conversations like this between Bo and Gray:"Don't worry about me. I'm using lube because I'm going places no man has gone before." "You're fucking their earhole?"I. Died. And there is so much of that kind of humor in there- it’s so damn good.PEPPER: YES!! The dialogue between the friends was amazing. Just genius . Pure genius.MICHELLE: So Gray and Sam as a couple. I mean perfection is the only word that comes to mind.I think the amount of honesty between these two was crazy but so damn amazing.PEPPER: I loved that there were no games. Sam was just like, look I don't know how to do this and I'm not fucking around. This is how I feel and you can do whatever you want with it.MICHELLE: Seriously!!! And for the most part Gray was totally awesome about it. It's like when it was about sex they were on the same page and when it was more- still on the same page. In fact- I was starting to wonder how on JenFred was going to rock the boat.But of course when she did it was like WTF!!!PEPPER: YES!! So good.PS, can we discuss the whole "coffee" meaning "sex". I mean who comes up with this stuff? Genius!! PEOPLE if you are reading this review, you have to get this book solely on the coffee discussion alone. It's that funny.MICHELLE: I know. That was BRILLIANT. God JenFred. I'm obsessed with you.I seriously feel sorry for you if you have not read any of the Woodlands series. They just keep getting better and better. But it’s not too late!!!PEPPER: I was going to say that too, that they keep getting better.MICHELLE: I think one of my favorite things about this book is how thoughtful and deliberate everything is. Even when the drama happens- every moment after that is perfection and leads to the best. ending. ever.PEPPER: God yes. That ending.Wait! we can't forget Gray's "big gesture" toward the end. Could you die? Because I did.MICHELLE: I died.PEPPER: My question is, who is next?? Who do we get next? DYING...MICHELLE: So I know JenFred is still undecided on who will be next between Finn and Adam. All I know it that as long as she gives me more- I'm ok.PEPPER: You know who I want more of? LANA!! JenFred, give me more Lana. She is amazing.OH and Bitsy? I want more Bitsy and more of Sam's mom. Loved her family.MICHELLE: I know!!! To all of it.I actually asked about Bitsy and it's not officially in the plans but I plan on internet stalking JenFred til it happens. I am also trying to figure out who Lana will be with. She will get a book at some point but that’s all we know. I even tried threatening JenFred with this review but she just continued to tease me and give me clues that made my head hurt.But all this obsessing over the cast brings up a good point. It's amazing how even though you are totally focused on these main characters, the supporting cast is so good that you just fall in love with everyone.PEPPER: And naturally you want more and more and more. Like a God damn TV series. It's like I need a JenFred Woodlands fix every week to keep me happy.MICHELLE: I know. Thank God for the Charlotte Chronicles. It's my fix. Also I internet stalk her daily.So for those that don't know- every week JenFred puts out a chapter of something called the Charlotte Chronicles. It's the love story of Noah and Bo's kids. And it's amazing.PEPPER: OMG it’s the best lovers. Read it!!!MICHELLE: Well we could literally go on for days but we should wrap this up so you can buy the book and get to reading!Anything you want to add Pep?PEPPER: No, just fucking read it.MICHELLE: You heard it here lovers- get this book!

  • Michel Reinhard (Smut Book Junkie Reviews)
    2019-05-02 05:40

    ARC provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.Unraveled, book three in the Woodland series by Jen Frederick is now live. I am excited to review this book because this series has grabbed my heart. I have become invested with the characters and their lives.The Woodland series is classified in the new adult genre. The new adult genre themes are about young people journeying into adulthood, becoming independent, and finding their paths in life. This genre is much more open with life issues that most romance novels steer clear of. They are full of angst, emotional issues, self discovery, learning experiences, and finding the path of true love. Most new adult books deal with characters overcoming emotional scars to become better people in life. To take the path that leads to acceptance, love, and happiness in life. The Woodland series has all these elements that are found in this genre. But the Woodland series has a special blend that makes this series stand out. The characters are strong stable people. They have a sense of self respect, confidence, maturity,and the characters are decisive in their actions. They are ambitious with their goals in life. They accept their strengths and weaknesses. They may come from destitute backgrounds, damaged parental upbringing, or have just had events in life that have left them scarred. They have experienced many different kinds of foes but they are not BROKEN (as in most new adult books). The characters don’t let these scars hold them back in life. They accept them in stride, make positive choices, learn from their mistakes, and forge forward in a positive manner to make a better life for themselves. This makes the Woodland series unique in the new adult world.In Unraveled we meet Grayson Phillips and Samantha Anderson. Both are at crossroads in their lives. Gray is to the point where he has to make a choice on whether he wants a military career with the Marines or to get out, go to college, and find a new lifetime career. He is torn. He has come from a line of career military men in his family. He has embraced the military lifestyle but has also had heartbreak because of this lifestyle. He wants something more in life but is not sure what that something is. He sees his marine buddies moving forward in life, changing their life styles, settling down, falling in love, and finding true happiness in their lives. He wonders if this is a path he can take in his life. On the other hand, he loves the sense of honor that being a marine entails. He is doing something that can make a difference in the world. But being a marine is not conducive in relationships and building a family life. He will have to make this decision during a 45 day leave.Gray decides to spend his leave time with his marine buddies, Noah Jackson and Bo Randolph, who are attending Central College in the Midwest. He figures he can relax with his buddies, score with some sexy coeds, and not dwell on trying to make his future decision. He can get a taste of the life outside of the marines. He can see what drew his buddies to the civilian way of life. He did not think he would meet a woman that would influence his choice.Samantha Anderson is a young army widow. Her husband was killed two years earlier and since that time her life has come to a stand still. Her life stopped the day her husband was killed. They were high school sweethearts. He is the only man she has ever been with or loved. She has regrets that she didn’t follow him to Alaska during his training and feels that things may have turned out differently is she would of married him right out of high school rather than waiting until he deployed. But the regrets can’t change a thing. Now she is ready to start moving forward in her life. She has a job as a bartender and is getting ready to return to college to finish her degree. She is almost ready to return to the world of the living. She is not sure if she is ready to move forward in the world of dating. She hasn’t met a man that has peeked her interest until she meets Gray Phillips.Together Gray and Samantha make sense. They are compatible, enjoy each other’s company, and the sexual chemistry is through the roof. They know that this is a temporary relationship. This temporary relationship is just what they need. What they didn’t expect is to find the happiness and love that is rare and worth pursuing. They will have to make choices, let go of the past, and find a way to merge their lives in the same direction.Unraveled was superbly written. It was thought provoking, sexy, saucy, and very realistic. Not only did it have a beautiful love story, it also showed the strength of friendships and the loyalty to these friendships.Jen Frederick is an amazing storyteller. Her writing is smooth, entertaining, emotional, and sensual. Her writing just keeps improving and leaves the readers wanting more.I know I do. I am anxious to see who will be next in The Woodland series. I highly recommend this book. It can be read as a stand alone but I highly recommend reading the series.

  • Nicole
    2019-05-04 01:35

    Review originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2014/01/30/...I have to be honest, when Frederick offered me the next book in the Woodlands series, I didn’t even read the blurb before saying YES! But a small part of me was a little nervous to start reading once I read the blurb because I’ve read books in the past with the war hero dead hubby and the widow that absolutely DID NOT work for me. I’m so pleased to report that Frederick knocked this one out of the park!Sam has been a widow now for over two years, and the thought of moving on scares her more than she ever expected. Working at the bar and making plans to go back to school makes her feel like she might be starting to move on, but Sam doesn’t even want to think about a relationship. That is until she meets Gray.Gray has the time of his leave to decided if he wants to stay in the Marines or not. With his father pushing him in one direction, and his grandfather in the other, Gray heads off to visit his Marine buddies to get away from it all. Running into Sam isn’t what Gray had in mind for his leave, but getting to know her is more than Gray expected. But when his leave time is up and he has to make a decision, will he and Sam be able to move on from their pasts to start a future?Some of the other books I’ve read with a heroine who was a war hero widow were not handled in a way that I was okay with. More often than not, the dead husband is made out to look like a bad guy. He was a cheater, he had wanted out of the marriage, he had a secret child somewhere… Whatever the case may be, it always came across as cheap and a bit of a cop-out. However, Frederick did an AMAZING job of showing that there is a way for a couple to honor a fallen soldier and family member, and move past it. I loved the fact that Gray asked Sam questions about Will, how he died, what he was like, what they did together. It showed me that Gray was mature enough to acknowledge that Sam was married to a soldier, and that Gray was confident enough in their relationship to help keep the memory of Will alive, and be able to move past the jealousy. It was so beautiful and so well done.I almost instantly fell in love with both Sam and Gray as individuals. Gray was cocky and funny and although you could tell he took his job in the Marines seriously, it was obvious he still wanted to be a young and carefree guy at times. I enjoyed his struggle with staying in the Marines or not, especially since his promotion would require him to be in charge of people. It showed just how much he cared about his fellow Marine. However, Gray’s hangup with relationships with a little too much at times. Although he had a definite reason to be jaded, I think he also had some really good examples of relationships he could have looked to as well. Instead, he chose to ignore those influences, and that didn’t seem to jive with his character.Sam is so sweet, so caring, and so supportive of everyone around her. But at the same time, she is also stuck with her grief over Will, and she is unable to move forward or back. She hates that she didn’t move to Alaska with him, she feels guilty they were married for such a short time, and she is almost crushed under the weight of her own grief as well as the pain and loss of her mother-in-law. The fact that she wanted and is able to move on a huge feat in and of itself.I thought the romance between Gray and Sam was absolutely perfect. Sam still struggled with her attraction to Gray, and he struggled with jealousy over a dead man. They each had to work through their own issues, and find ways to help one another move forward. I thought the romance moved at a pace that was perfect for each of them, and I absolutely loved them together.Getting to see the other Woodlands guys and gals is always a treat. I think this cast of characters is one of my favorites in the new adult genre, and I am always anxious and excited to read about who will be getting their HEA next. I’m anxious to read more about Finn, and hope that Frederick writes faster. :)All in all I think this book is my favorite in the Woodlands series so far. Although the story touches on some really sensitive topics, Frederick does an incredible job dealing with each and every aspect of the romance, the character development, and the story overall. I loved the way Sam and Gray were able to find ways to honor Will together and move on with their lives. It was a beautiful story!I give Unraveled an A-