Book Review & Giveaway: Unraveled

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Author: Jen Frederick
Genre: New Adult Romance


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?


THIS WAS ONLY TEMPORARY, I reminded myself, as Samantha so sweetly kissed me back. I'm only here for a short time I reminded myself but as I felt her tongue stroke the side of my tongue, as she nipped her teeth against my lip, I wanted to just drown in the sensation. Her scent filled my head and the air around us shrank until all I knew was her small body sitting so close to mine. I moved my hand from her shoulder to cup her neck and angled her face for deeper penetration. I licked every inch inside of her mouth until the taste of her was all that I knew on my tongue.
And all that time I stared in to her green eyes and not once did she look like she was anywhere but right here with me. I saw my reflection there. Her heartbeat was made wild by my kisses.
And temporary was the farthest thing from my mind.

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Bestselling 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

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TeriLyn's thoughts: **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.


This book started out great and it just kind of fell flat for me. I really liked the characters and the story line but the book was never able to really pull me in completely. There isn't anything that I didnt like about the book or found annoying. I liked to hear about their adventures but they seemed a little to short and not thought out where they seemed a bit to rushed for my taste. This book kind of felt like others that I have read that just dont have enough depth for me. With all that I would still encourage others to try it out.


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