by: Jen Frederick
RELEASE DATE: January 20. 2014
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?
Note: Although these books are part of a series, they do not need to be read in order
"You do this before?" I asked Bo as we surveyed our work. The mattresses had been laid end-to-end and covered much, but not all, of the drive. The pressure of one end of the mattress on the other was to keep them in place, like a stacked set of blocks. The tarps, which would ordinarily go beneath the tent, were stretched across the top of the mattresses tautly. Bo, Finn, Noah and I had worked in pairs to drive in the stakes to hold down the tarps while Adam and Mal, the other two roommates, made sure that the bouncy house was set up securely down at the base of the hill. "Nope."
Bo flipped the hammer in his hand. "Haul up the hoses." We'd also had to buy to extra hoses to make sure that we could hoist one to the top of the drive. The bill for all the supplies was astronomical but Adam paid without a blink. Bo told me in the car ride back that Adam's dad would think this was the best use of his money ever. I shrugged. Not my dime and it did look fun as hell. We'd also bought a couple of gallons of baby oil. Bo threw one at me. "Time to lube up. I'm sure you're familiar with this."
"Oh I am," I replied. "I always apply lube. It's the only way any chick can take my monster cock."
"Is that the pick-up line you're using now? Because it seems like you'd end up disappointing them when you get home."
"No girl has ever left my bed unsatisfied. That’s probably something you don't know a lot about."
"If you have to use lube, then I'm worried you don't know what you're doing in bed."
"Don't worry about me. I'm using lube because I'm going places no man has gone before."
"You're fucking their earhole?"
"Bo, I thought for sure we'd taught you a few things when you were in the service, but now it seems like you don't know your earhole from your asshole."
"That's not what AnnMarie was saying last night,” he said smugly.
4 ★★★★ Stars
January 15. 2014
ARC provided by Author for an Honest Review
ARC provided by Author for an Honest Review
Is there anything hotter than a Marine? Maybe, but these Woodlands boys’ certainly give any competition a run for their money. I was so excited to continue on with this amazing series and was even more thrilled about Gray’s story. We meet Gray in Unspoken and although this can be read as a stand-alone, I do recommend reading the previous books in the series mostly because all the past characters make appearances. Also this does sort of take place in the midst of Bo and AM falling in love in Unspoken when Gray comes home on leave to visit his old friends.
”It was like someone else has taken control of my body. I’d never, ever been into public displays of affection and here I was dry humping a stranger.”-Sam
Gray has a few months leave and rather than stay and be pestered by family to re-enlist, Bo escapes to California to see what normal is all about. A night at the bar brings Gray right to Samantha and he is instantly interested. Hot looks and sexual tension lead to a fumbling almost hook-up. Sam is a grieving widow and no one is more surprised than her when she practically attacks Gray, with her mouth and hands that is. Sam has been known as the widow to everyone around her, having Gray treat her normally is something Sam can’t pass up. But wearing a wedding ring can put a wrench in any ‘hook-up’ plans, not to mention Sam being referred to as a Mrs.
“When I got back into the dating game, which I would someday when I stopped missing Will so much, I wouldn’t be with another military guy. My perfect man was someone who loved statistics more than guns and whose idea of a grand time was shopping for a new ruler or pen.”-Sam
Sam vowed the day she learned of her husband’s death to never involve herself with another military man, let alone let one into her heart. Sure she was young when she married but the grief that still grips her and surrounds her life is too unbearable to even think of experiencing again. Gray is a Marine to his core, his whole life being a Marine is what he’s wanted and been told to do. The idea of a normal life, 9-5 job and picket fence is more boring and unimaginable to him than anything else. I can’t pretend that Gray doesn’t have usual thick headed man persona and sometimes you will want to smack him, but he makes up for it with his sweet tendencies and by simply thinking things through.
”Every time I started thinking of Gray in a sexual way, I stabbed myself with an imaginary knitting needle. Good thing it was imaginary because I would’ve bled out.”-Sam
To say Gray has a hard time getting to know Sam is an understatement. She has more walls than a bank vault, all understandably so. Gray works to earn Sam’s trust, even if their connection can only last a few months, with Gray returning to base and all. Over time Gray begins to heal Sam’s heart and the thought of him leaving hurts almost as much as losing her husband did. As she breaks free of her shell and learns to live again, Gray is right by her side. He even takes a rather considerate move towards Sam’s obsession and passion with knitting, even gives it a try himself, total AWW moment.
Gray works to earn Sam’s respect in a different way. Rather than take her out to fancy dinners and make her swoon, Gray takes her on adventures and I mean that literally. Think rock climbing and jumping out of airplane adventures. Oh and let’s not forget having sex in a canoe, talk about rocking the boat.
“I think you’d be surprised at how the right girl would not only be true to you while you were gone but would make your time with her so amazing that would last you bother those long, lonely nights.”-Sam
Grey was a hardened military man to his core. Even with his doubts about re-enlisting, he couldn't imagine his life doing anything else. Sam makes him question everything. But could he make promises to her without knowing the outcome of his own future? Add in a past relationship with a dirty cheating skank of an ex and Gray is even less the optimist. When a former Marine makes a visit he puts a wrench in everyone’s plan. This is really a story of love conquering all. Facing your fears and learning to love even with life throwing a wrench in every plan you make. Will love conquer all? I recommend reading and finding out. Unraveled was another great addition to an already great series. Can’t wait for more.
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 Rafflecopter giveaway
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