January 11. 2014
Unspoken (Woodlands #3)
4 Stars ★★★★
Blurb ~ 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.
My Review for Undeclared (Woodlands #1)
ARC provided by Author for Honest Review
After reading Undeclared the first book in the Woodlands series, I knew this was going to be a series I would follow closely. The characters are easily relatable and the writing style of Jen Frederick sort of sucks you into the Woodlands world. I’ll admit I wasn’t overly excited for Bo’s story only cause of his man-whorish ways. And I’ll admit I’m still a bit skeptical by his sudden turn around where Annmarie (AKA AM) is concerned. One minute Bo is all about scoring and the next he learns more about the infamous Typhoid Mary he’s immediately engrossed.
Sharing a class last semester was one of the few highs in Bo’s life. Watching his best friend succumb to the throes of love leaves Bo feeling left out. Not only that, he is skeptical in trusting anything female and that includes Grace, Noah’s girl. On the first day of school Bo saves AM from utter humiliation and signs her up as his lab partner. AM has always interested Bo, even last semester when all she did was ignore him. Now AM has fallen into Bo’s lap and he doesn’t plan to let her leave quickly or quietly.
When Bo learns more about AM he is more intrigued by her reputation. Not that he believes it mind you, but being known around campus as banging anything with two legs, Bo sees a kindred spirit in AM.
Bo is easy to like and have fun with. Constantly looking for the biggest thrill and most pain is his daily battle. Overcome with grief and pain from a childhood he’d rather forget, Bo fights. Not sanctioned fights like Noah, more the brutal kind, that leave marks for days and clear his mind.
Let’s just say being Bo’s lab partner works in AM’s favor. Not only is he delicious to look at but he’s also got a brain, something AM never expected. Years of being a Marine have hardened Bo but also give him a purpose that eventually led him to Central. When Bo makes bold statements regarding the probability of men versus woman in opening mayonnaise jar, it’s on. I’ve never thought opening a mayonnaise jar could turn into a meaningful school project but these two make it happen.
AM is obviously hesitant to be with Bo and she doesn’t give in easily. Over time she becomes very admirable, learning to stick up for herself and deal with the lies that have spread since her freshman year when she made a drunk decision to give up her V-card to a guy on the lacrosse team. With Bo and his friends support AM is able to realize that being a victim is not ok and for her life to go back to normal, or as normal as normal can be, she has to give it to everyone straight, and she sure does. Of course this only makes Bo all hot and bothered.
One thing that was out of this world were the sex scenes. I mean obviously right, it’s Bo here. But even so I was pleasantly surprised and even more so that they were sparse and occasionally left open to interpretation. There’s nothing wrong with a book overfilled with sex, unless it’s erotica of course. Let’s just say Bo has skill and leave it at that.
Overall I’m so thankful for another ARC from this series. Even though I wasn’t expecting to love Bo as much as Noah, I was gladly shown the error of my ways. Bo is a bad ass fighter who when he falls in love, the world better watch out. AM and Bo outwardly couldn’t be more different but together they form a connection that helps each of them grow together and move on from their pasts. This was a great continuation of the series and I can’t wait for more. Gray here I come…