Heeellllloooo you guys and welcome to my stop on the Undeclared/Unspoken tour hosted by AToMR Tours. Today, I have my review of Undeclared, a spotlight on the second book, Unspoken, and, a link for the event-wide sweepstakes. This tour is freakin’ huge and if you would like to see what the other bloggers have for you, just click here. Thanks for stopping by and have a great Friday 🙂
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.
Four years is a long time in a young girl’s life but for Grace Sullivan, the four years she spent writing letters to Marine Noah Jackson were some of her best. What started out as an English class assignment quickly turned into a long-distance friendship that eventually morphed into love. And the countdown was on, as soon as Noah left the Marines, he would come to Grace and they could finally be together. Four years is a very, very long time to be a Marine especially when you are serving the bulk of that time oversees in Afghanistan. Noah Jackson volunteered for service and with his best-friend and battle buddy Bo with him, the two proudly and honorably served their country. For Noah, the time abroad was made marginally better by the frequent letters and care packages from Grace. And when time permitted, Noah wrote back.
Fast-forward two years and Grace is an undeclared student at Central College with a serious talent for photography and a still-broken heart over Noah Jackson. After four years of letters and a promise to meet her when he returned stateside, Noah Jackson is just simply gone. No more letters, no phone calls, nothing and it has taken every ounce of Grace’s being to overcome the heartache. As she is frequently told by her roommate and cousin Lana, it is time to get over Noah and get back in the game. And then one day, out of nowhere, Noah Jackson is back and looking all kinds of good. Both he and Bo are students at Central, they have a fantastic house in the Woodlands, and both are in phenomenal shape thanks to all the MMA fights and training. For Bo, college and training is something to pass the time; for Noah, college and training are a means to an end. And when Noah reaches that end, he fully intends for Grace to be standing right beside him. There’s only problem with his grand plan – he ditched Grace more than two years ago without even saying goodbye and now he has to win her over. Should be simple, right?
As you might well expect, not everything goes according to plan. Even after all the letters and the information exchanged, Grace and Noah have to get to know one another again. For good reason, Grace is cautious and Noah is nervous. Though he exudes confidence on the outside, has served in the military and is fearless in the octagon, convincing Grace he won’t ever abandon her again is a cat of a different color. The things those two put one another through is one of the highlights of Undeclared. While the journey toward HEA is the teensiest bit predictable, the predictability in no way takes away from the read. Grace and Noah are both such fine characters that they are able to carry the plot beautifully from beginning to end.
The Bottom Line: Loved it!! Undeclared is a smoothly written character-driven read that engaged me from page one. Beginning with page one is one of my favorite aspects of Undeclared, the letters between Grace and Noah. At the beginning of most of the chapters there is a letter from one to the other which really helps the reader understand just how well the two knew one another before the great disappearance. The letters also helped me connect to both characters and better understand how the past so greatly impacted the present. All in all, I found Undeclared to be a fine read and certainly a book that I would recommend to mature YA readers (there are some sexy bits!) and NA+ readers. If you enjoy book one as much as I did, you’re in luck, book two in The Woodlands series, Unspoken is already available 🙂 What are you waiting for??
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.
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.