Unraveled by Jen Frederick: Blog Tour Review and Givaway

Title: Unraveled (The Woodlands, #3)
Author: Jen Frederick
Series:  The Woodlands
Release Date: January 20, 2014

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 regretsthat 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.

“I’ve been watching you all night.” His mouth was right above the tip of my ear and I felt something crack inside me, a fissure was forming in the mask I’d donned earlier today or perhaps his breath, his touch, his words were simply hastening the demise of the barriers I’d held between myself and everyone else for two years. Because inside my body, it felt like there was an awakening and every fiber of my being reached toward him, upward and outward as if I was a flower on the first day of a spring rain. I lifted my head to gaze up, wide-eyed and anxious with anticipation.

Some part of my brain was telling me that the storage closet was just two steps to my right at the end of the hallway and the exit door was just beyond that. My Rover was outside and all three were safer than standing here almost in his embrace but I couldn’t hear the warning over the pounding of my heartbeat. He bent toward me, his face serious and even in the low light of the corner I could see the gold flecks feathering out from the center of his eyes.

“I'm going to kiss you now.” His voice was deep, rough and matched the rest of his thoroughly masculine body.

“I know,” I whispered back. And I wanted that kiss from Gray who ordinarily wouldn't be my type at all. I wanted it more than I wanted to breath. When his mouth molded against mine, it felt like bliss as if my whole cold body had been submerged into a warm bath. If I thought I was engulfed before it was nothing like I felt at that moment. My entire world—my thoughts, my feelings, my senses—were full of him. I tasted the mint and hops on his tongue. I inhaled the cinnamon, bergamot, ocean of his faint cologne into my airways. I felt the calloused palm on my waist and then lower against the exposed skin of my thigh. His dense muscles were drawn tight under his skin and the fabric of his t-shirt and he felt as strong as a citadel. The moan that had been building since he first backed me into the wall escaped. It had been so long since I’d had the touch of a man’s hand on any part of me and I nearly wept at the pleasure of it.

THIS is why Jen Frederick is a USA Today Bestselling Author!!!!

Are you in a book depression????  This is the book that will pull you out of it.  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!!  am 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 (Kellan Lutz)

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.” – Gray

Samantha Anderson (Shailene Woodley)

And, 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.” – Sam

Unraveled 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.” – Gray

And 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).

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.

Buy Undeclared at:  Amazon |  B&N | Kobo 

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.

Buy Unspoken at:  Amazon |  B&N | Kobo

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 jen@jenfrederick.com.

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