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(Drexler University #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,102 ratings  ·  188 reviews
Love burns hotter the second time around…

Two years ago, the medical world was shaken by scandal, and Payton Daniels's family was at the center of it. The second she graduated, Payton left everything behind―her high school sweetheart, her family, and the controversy surrounding her mother's death—and hid within the anonymity of college. But Payton’s ex, Blake Hiller, ha
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Published October 20th 2014 by Entangled Embrace (first published September 30th 2014)
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Oct 04, 2014 rated it liked it

3 Stars

At eighteen, Payton had her life mapped out: medical school, marry her high school sweetheart, Blake, and live happily ever after. Her world came crushing down when her mother passes away and her father is at the center of the controversy. Lost and needing to escape, Payton runs away to Florida.

Blake never knew the last minute trip to Mexico with his cousin when shape the rest of his life, but when he returns home to learn his girlfriend's mo
Claire Robinson
Oct 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: entangled
2.5 -Shows Promise Stars.

Unethical is the first work I have read by this author, and while the storyline showed a lot of potential it didn’t quite hit the mark for me for several reasons.

I am a big fan of the second-chance trope, and I also love a dual POV as it gives you a chance to get into the heads of the main characters and get the developing story from several perspectives. But unfortunately I found the POV a little overly done at points, and a lot of their inner monologue seemed pointless
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2nd-chance
3.5 stars for this angsty second-chance romance! Payton is a pre-med student who is running from her past and a family scandal. Blake is the ex boyfriend she left behind when she ran away and he just happens to be in her medical ethics class. He knows her secrets and who she really is. I enjoyed the idea behind this book and the storyline with Payton's dad - it was really interesting and unique. A couple of issues I had with this book were more personal preference - it was way too angsty for me, ...more
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
☆ I received an ARC via GCR Book Tours + the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ☆

3.5 "it's just me" stars!!

Unethical was a mixed read for me. On one hand, I liked it, and the other, I was a tad floundered bit floundered by the excecution.

Going into it, I was initially pumped about a new and out of the box type of concept that Ms. Blackwood raises. Come on, a medical scandal of physician assisted suicide between husband and wife? What a bold and 'ballsy' topic to bring for
Rebecca Yarros
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Quick, fun, angsty new adult with an intriguing concept!
Nenia ⭐️ Queen of Awkward ⭐️ Campbell
Freeeeee today!
Oct 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, ibooks
*Originally posted on Bookish Wanderlove.*

**I received an advanced copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 Stars

Opening Lines
"What did a homeless man, an AIDS victim, and a man in an
orange jumpsuit have in common?
Well, one of them was ruining my life.
I was about to find out how the other two were connected
once the professor began his lecture."

I've been racking my brain trying to figure out if I've ever read anything like Unethical before, but I don't think I have. I found U
Sep 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Second chance love, med students, a family scandal. Unethical sounded like a unique New Adult read and in many respects it was, but on the whole, I found it average.

Payton Daniel's has experienced terrible personal heartache but is determined to become a doctor which leads her in to the path of Blake Hiller, her first love and the man who knows her secret. When they find themselves in the same medical ethics class, internship and friend circle, it becomes evident neither have forgotten their fee
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

Unethical follows the story of Payton Daniels. Payton's entire world is turned upside down by her mother's death and the scandal surrounding it. Two years later, Payton is in college pursuing a medical degree and just trying to move on. All is going well until she runs into her ex. She's terrified of him telling everyone who she really is and to make matters worse they share two classes together. Will Payton be able to move on and keep her past a secret? Will she be able
Paula  Phillips
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of New Adult novels, I have read many and some are alright, other's are good and then you get the one's that fall into the category of awesome reads and Unethical by Jennifer Blackwood is one of those. At first , many may think that this book is another one of those college students/professor romances due to the title of Unethical. However, this is not one of those novels. The title is taken from the main college class in the book "Intro to Medical Ethics 101'. Two years ago , Payton Co ...more
Jessica Alcazar
So seriously, who doesn't love a second chance romance? Obviously me, because I tell you in every review! lol I really liked everything about this book. The angst and mystery of the past with the tension and sparks of today made for quite a page turner kids! For a debut novel, I gotta give Jennifer Blackwood serious props. It didn't read like a first time novel. It was thorough and well developed and written well. The dual POV is one of my favorites so HUGE props for that!
HIGHLY recommend this t
Alicia Huxtable
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story

This story really spoke to me. The characters, the reasons behind Paytons dislike of her father, the feelings and conflict between Blake and Payton, everything came together so well to make a very good story
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Note: This ARC was provided by Entangled Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

"Unethical" is the first book in the "Drexler University" series and the debut novel of author Jennifer Blackwood. It's about two young people who were once very much in love but, both feeling betrayed for two different reasons, had their relationship come to an abrupt end. Now, they find themselves in the very same university as pre-med students, are thrown together in the same Medical Ethics clas
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-tour, 2014, medical
A bit of fresh air is what I would say about this book. Yes, it is about second chances but the story is unique. Premed isn’t in most stories. And the scandal that rocked Payton’s world is different. Not many books would touch assisted suicides. Being a nurse myself, I was intrigued to say the least!

Payton’s mom was a lawyer, her dad a doctor. Payton’s mom died two years ago, she had cancer. Her dad is currently in jail for assisted suicide and awaiting trial. Payton is embarrassed. She changes
Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
THIS WAS SUCH A FUN READ. Beware of Jennifer Blackwood. She's coming at you with the cool stuff.

Review also found at: https://hopelessbooklovers.wordpress....

Jennifer Blackwood, you rock. I fell in love with the flow of the story and the story itself as well. Payton and Blake drew me into the story since page one. I always feel a little bit “neh” when stories of second-chance romance. Because if one of them did something wrong in the past, I really want them to grow from it, develop; I want them
Lia Riley
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An engaging second chance love story that will hook you from page one. Payton Daniels's world was rocked from its foundation by a scandal that destroyed her family and scandalized the medical establishment. She left everything behind to seek a fresh start, cutting out boyfriend (who may or may not have betrayed her), Blake Hiller, in the process.

Out-of-state tuition proves to tough on the bank account so she's back home, and the pre-med student find herself in the same medical ethics class as h
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Since her father, Dr. Evan Cooper was sent to jail, Payton moved several times. Dr. Cooper is accused of unethical medical practices: the assisted suicide against Payton’s mother, who was terminally ill. In six months, his daughter Payton will be applying to medical school, so she changed her name at her current university; she now goes by Payton Daniels. In the 2 years since her mother’s death, Payton has not spoken to her father; she cannot forgive him.

Peyton had also broken up with her boyfr
**I received an ARC through Netgalley courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

Unethical started out well enough. I thought the concept was original. Payton is in graduate school(?)(States they're in grad school but the characters are only twenty years old). She's pre-med. She changed her last name because her father is in prison for the murder of Payton's mother. Turns out it's not as horrible as it sounds. But it's something pre-med students have to discuss so her father's
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I straight-up LOVED this book.

What romance reader isn't at least a small fan of second chances? This book, though, this book wasn't just about second-chance-romance (SCR). It was SCR, with a sprinkling of mystery, a dash of sexual tension, a pinch of "oh no she didn't!" and a healthy dose of "awwwww!"

This was the kind of book that had me excited to read, the kind of book that convinced me to make hotdogs for my family for dinner (because cooking takes up valuable reading time, amirite?).

The char
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of being a beta reader for this wonderful NA debut. I’m not one to rush to the romance section of a bookstore and pick up a romance book, but Blackwood’s genuine new adult voice and gripping story blew me away. This story embodies everything being a new adult is like—something refreshing to see in a book, being a new adult myself. Moreover, it has a brilliant female main character in Payton and, finally, a genuinely good guy in Blake. Oh, Blake <3. UNETHICAL is a breath of fr ...more
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I LOVED this book. This was a fabulous debut from Jennifer Blackwood and I definitely can't wait to read more of her in the future. I was unable to put this book down. I pretty much devoured it in one sitting and all I can say is that it was fantastic and I want more.

From the very first page I was hooked. I just had to know what was going to happen with Payton and Blake. I loved these two and I couldn't wait for them to get back together. These two are so damn cute together and their love runs
Jennifer Blackwood
Sep 08, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)

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Oct 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for a honest review.

This story was really dragged out and gets filed in my "boring" category.

I felt nothing for Payton. She had zero personality.

I was expecting so much more when it came to the reasons why they were upset with each other.

Dr. C - Wish there was more explanation for his opinions. Missed opportunity for a back story.

Best part of the book was the first frat party.
Angelica Demonica
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.......

So heart wrenching....

I fell in love with this book..... It was BEAUTIFUL..... I lived Payton and Blakes relationship........

I keep picturing them both as two hot doctors....... Even thought they aren't doctors, yet......

I recommend this book to anyone that loves college romance, mixed with second chances, and hot doctors to be......<3
Debbie Hughes
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying WOW! This book had me on page one and never slowed down. Extremely easy read and great flow. My heart broke as I watched Payton grow up and come to terms with the past. And love Blake for being a truly great guy.
Ms. Blackwood takes a very controversial topic and makes you see and understand all sides. Great Job! I feel like I was there with Payton as the fog cleared. Love happy endings and this book does not disappoint.
Feb 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: freebie
2.5-3 Stars!

The basic story line was intriguing, but the relationship with Payton and Blake was too juvenile for my taste. There was a lot of back and forth, with assumptions being a big part of how they would react to circumstance within their relationship! It became to exhausting!

I liked the concept of assisted suicide and college students use of drugs to focus, but the angst between the main characters was not worth the aggravation.

Megan Erickson
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-new-adult
Oh this book! I fell in love with the voice. Payton and Blake and all the rest of the characters are so authentic. I felt like I was in college with them. From Edward Forty-hands references to frat parties. Oh man, I was totally BACK in college.

The premise was unique, and I fell in love with the second chance romance. This is a smart addition to the New Adult category and a must read!
Natasha Raulerson
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Unethical is sensual, lustful, sexy, and is a roller coaster ride of awesome! Payton's past, present, and future all collide at once, leaving her life in chaos. Her father assisted her mothers suicide and is in jail, she had to move back home due to tuition fee's and her ex shows up knowing all too well about her past. Payton's path to finding herself, love, and forgiveness is one worth reading.
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book for the most part. The writing was good. I had a difficult time connecting with the characters, I'm not sure if it was because of the fact that they were in college and I'm a little beyond that part of my life but I will say that I like the authors writing style and will read the next book in the series!
Staci Hartze ambuehl
Great job!

I really enjoyed this book! There were so many ups and downs that I had a hard time putting it down. If you're looking for an excellent romance, this is your book! Can't wait to read more
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Jennifer Blackwood is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. When not chasing after her toddler, you can find her binging on episodes of Gilmore Girls and Supernatural, and locking herself in her office to write.

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