Review: UNDECLARED by Jen Frederick
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.
This is a mature New Adult book. I see that it is classified as YA – not sure how to change that – but I wanted to be clear that it has explicit love scenes in the story.
Abby’s Review 3 stars
The premise for this story is very unique and it is what drew me into read this. Grace in high school writes a soldier for years. When he gets out he pretty much writes her off. Two years later she is in college, has spent years trying to not think of Noah and then poof there he is.
There are flashbacks of their letters together through out the story. The letters and the way they tied into the plot was flawless. I would have liked to see a bit more of how their love develop in these letters too.
I liked this book. I did however think that there was a little too much thrown into the story. I could have done without the fighting and I could have done without the yogurt store. I was unsure of what Grace really looked like. I got images of what her self image was, but it was hard for me to tell if she was really a heavy girl or if she just thought of herself that way.
In general I like a story that has a lot going on. However I did start to feel like maybe there was a little too much going on.
Despite this, I was intrigued enough throughout the whole story. I found Noah to be steamy. He has a fun side to his personality. I liked his banter with his guy friends.
Grace for me was slightly irritating that she was so unsure of herself. I wish that she started to figure out that a man couldn’t make or break her a lot sooner. I did like the heat between Noah and Grace.
Review copy provided by author for honest review.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jen is currently working on Bo Randolph’s book, to be published September 2013.
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