Unraveled is a very interesting book. The third in the Woodlands series, but the first I have read, it works great as a stand-alone, but you can bet o...moreUnraveled is a very interesting book. The third in the Woodlands series, but the first I have read, it works great as a stand-alone, but you can bet on it that I am going back to read more about Noah and Bo who were in the Marines with Gray the main character of this book.
Full of alpha males who joke around, fight sometimes and just generally enjoy each other's company Unraveled wins on that alone. I live in the middle of two Marine bases, one of them I believe is the largest on the East Coast so I grew up thinking men with short hair and buff bods were hot (of course not all of them are buff in reality, but the majority look pretty good). However as most parents around here do, they warn you off the Marines, lol! Of course we were 16-18 at the time, I think if I would have been older they would have been perfectly fine, in fact I have a brother-in-law who is a Marine and I adore him. Okay my thoughts aside, I also like the way the guys act. Typically guys in my age group don't act like this (or maybe they do in the service) but I do know the younger guys do. There is a different camaraderie with guys now, than there was 15-20 years ago. And I love the camaraderie that is shown between Bo, Noah and Gray. These guys have been through it all together and have a strong friendship. But when Gray starts wondering about what Bo and Noah have now in their relationships and Sam enters the picture things get interesting.
Sam is a great main character too. She is a widowed young woman and I mean young. Her husband died in service with the Army and when he died she was robbed of her life and plans too. So she has just been coasting along for two years with her husband's things still scattered around her condo, a job bartending and half the time she sleeps in her childhood room at her parents'. And even though she is coasting I can feel her silent strength and I like that. As a crocheter, I like that she knits as well showing that there is a younger generation working in the needlearts. But the story picks us as Gray enters the picture. At first she feels lust and she doesn't even want to feel that for another man in the service. But she does, but slowly there is something more and it scares her. But not as much as it scares him since he's been hurt in the past and truly believes there are no good relationships when you are in the service. But of course they learn to trust and that's what makes the story awesome. And at the center too is the fact that Gray is up for re-enlistment and has 45 days of leave (which is why he's in Sam, Bo and Noah's town) to decide what to do. And what will he do? Well that you have to read the book for.
But know this, Unraveled is full of great characters, attraction that will scorch your ereader (have your significant other handy, just a warning), romance, a lot of humor, friendship and good fun. While New Adult at it's core, this is ultimately a feel-good book and not as gritty as some New Adult. But it's wonderful and has me clamoring for more of Jen Frederick's characters and storylines. So read it and come back and let me know what you thought (or what you thought if you have already read it). It's an A+ in my book.(less)
Former brief (meaning one-time) lovers, competitors all through school and they've been apart 10-years when they meet up during difficult circumstance...moreFormer brief (meaning one-time) lovers, competitors all through school and they've been apart 10-years when they meet up during difficult circumstances. All of this make Ellie and Finn's story very, very interesting and Her Summer with the Marine an excellent book to read as spring approaches and it feels like love is in the air.
If I went with what I didn't love about this book, there would be very little to write. I thought the writing/story was a little choppy at times, but that did not diminish my enjoyment of the story. It may be more a testament to my life while reading the story than the book itself, so don't let that deter you. Honestly I really enjoyed every second of this book. The characters are fun. Finn is sexy, one of those men that make women from 12-90 just melt between his looks and his undeniable charm. Ellie is trying to move through life, make something of a career and deal with the guilt that surrounds her and her Dad's situation. Plus she's still trying to get over that night 10 years ago with Finn. Their love/hate/amazing attraction relationship is fun and when they finally give into it, it's enjoyable to watch. Of course there will be that time of difficulty as there is with any romance (have to have conflict) but as with any romance you know they will get their happily ever after, just now how it will happen.
I have to say there were surprises with this book and I look forward to more books by Ms. Meier. I can't wait to read more about Finn's brothers who are just introduced in the book but should make things interesting in the future. I believe this is the first of the Red-Hot Bliss line where the passion is a little hotter than the typical Bliss line and it is. The heat was just right for me and fit the couple in the book. It's sexy and fun and romantic all in one. I like how Ms. Meier went at this romance just a bit different with the lust vs. hate type of relationship and how the couple realizes they really play off each other well. It was fun to watch every second of their relationship and to see each character grow and surprise me.
If you love your romance then this is definitely a book to try. The characters will engage you, the small town enthrall you and the storyline will make you turn pages at a fast clip. Her Summer with the Marine is a book that you shouldn't miss and I am so happy I had the chance to review it!(less)