Thursday, January 16, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Jake Undone by Penelope Ward

Nina Kennedy was alive…but not living…until she met him.

Planes, trains, heights…you name it, Nina was afraid of it and led a sheltered life ruled by irrational fears and phobias. When she moves to Brooklyn for nursing school, that life is turned upside down, as she develops an intense but unwanted attraction to her gorgeous roommate, who’s pierced, tattooed and just happens to be the smartest person she’s ever met.

Behind Jake Green’s rough exterior and devilish smile, lies a heart of gold. He makes it his mission to change Nina’s outlook on life. When he agrees to tutor her, they forge a bet and the stakes are high as Jake forces Nina to face her demons. He just wasn’t expecting to fall hard for her in the process.

What Nina doesn’t realize, is that Jake has been living his own private hell. Once he drops a bombshell, will their love survive it?

Told in two parts from both Nina and Jake’s points of view, Jake Undone is a standalone story and a companion to the novel, Gemini.

5 Fantastic Stars!

Review by Allison East

First off, you do not need to read Gemini to understand Jake Undone- although you should because it's good too.

From the first page we are introduced to Jake *swoon* my new book boyfriend, he is playing with his niece when he meets a woman spinning in the rain, it's a sweet little introduction to a mind blowing story.

Fast forward six years later, and Nina is introduced. She has issues with agoraphobia and being enclosed in small spaces. She moves in with her childhood friend Ryan, his girlfriend, and.... JAKE!

Reality Show Scene Three, enter stage left: hot womanizing roommate. Then, came the three words that would change my life. "I'm Jake."

Picture this- Tall, green eyes, tattooed arms, pierced, dark hair, mysterious. Um, yes please! He's your typical delicious bad boy but also very smart and clever. And he will win you over with a bat. (you will have to read it to understand!) And that is all I will say!

Nina has some very difficult math classes, and when Ryan suggest she work with Jake, because he is an engineer- the relationship begins. He offers to tutor her, but there is a catch- if she gets lower than A, she'll have to face one of her fears.

At first it's as innocent as banana bread, sweet and addicting as bananas foster- then it gets down right delicious.

"Sometimes if you are willing to withstand a little pain in life, Nina, you might discover a pleasure that you never would have otherwise known existed."


Then as time goes on you sense Jake is hiding something from Nina- and it's holding him back from making a move.

This book is really well written, and very witty. Of course I knew it would be going in, because I read Gemini; I knew a little about Penelope's writing. But after Jake Undone- I stand corrected; I knew nothing about her writing as she actually blew her own writing out of the water. I cannot say enough good things about this book, and HELLO? Did you see the cover? HAWT!!

Grab a copy today, invest in the story of Jake and Nina (but mostly Jake) and then listen to the song "Demons" by Imagine Dragons, I love it for him.


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