Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Review: Undeclared by Jen Frederick
By: Jen Frederick
Series: Woodlands #1
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.
I really loved the premise of this story, about writing letters to someone in the military and all the times you've written back and forth something just happens and you fall for the person. It's romantic and exciting and you just never know what could happen. This was a really great book and I know that I enjoyed everything about it, from the characters to the scenery and the situations were all very exciting and interesting.
We meet Grace, she's currently in college and still trying to get over the marine that broke her heart two years ago. They had written for four years and then all of a sudden nothing. But she was living her life in college until one day she swore she spotted her marine, even though she's never met him before she just had a feeling. Of course she was correct because he has finally come to seek her out. Their first meeting didn't go as planned but still they finally met. With time and persistence she finally gave in to Noah and took a chance on him.
Noah was out of the military two years ago but he just wasn't ready to deal with Grace, he was like her savior while he was away in Afghanistan and he wanted to make sure he was settled before he introduced himself to her. He had a tough time both at home and getting out with the residual memories of his time serving haunting him. He turned to MMA fighting and started his education so he could transfer to the same college. He was definitely dedicated and ready to get his life going with Grace.
The story of the two of them is sweet and shows you that it really does take some work for a relationship to reach the status they need, but still you will always have to continue working together to achieve the things you want in life. The two of them were perfect together and I really enjoyed reading about them and their friends. There were some really great secondary characters in this book like her cousin Lana and of course Bo who is Noah's best friend. The scene was a typical small college life, that I quite remember fondly and enjoyed, but I really loved the talk about the photography in this book. Sounds really cool and will have to check it out but the focus and dedication to growing and growing together was very evident in this book.
Overall it's a great start to a really great series that I can't wait to continue to read. I also really like the cover because it's simple and just makes you want to let out a breath and just breathe because things will work out in the end. Oh and the fighting and the sweaty muscles yummy, who doesn't like some macho stuff going on.