Author: Jen Frederick
Published: April 2013
For four years, Grace Sullivan wrote to a Marine she never met, and fell in love. But when his deployment ended, so did the letters. Ever since that day, Grace has been coasting, academically and emotionally. The one thing she’s decided? No way is Noah Jackson — or any man — ever going to break her heart again.
Noah has always known exactly what he wants out of life. Success. Stability. Control. That’s why he joined the Marines and that’s why he’s fighting his way — literally — through college. Now that he’s got the rest of his life on track, he has one last conquest: Grace Sullivan. But since he was the one who stopped writing, he knows that winning her back will be his biggest battle yet.
**Note: This book was provided to the Book Hookup by the author but that did not influence this review in any way.
Ana and Celeste will put Undeclared on the second shelf!
Ana: This is a unique story. Ultimately it’s about taking a chance…even if you’ve had your heart broken before. Noah and Grace had a 4 year relationship of sorts. With her in the US and him off fighting a war, their only connect was through the letters they wrote and the care packages she sent. Although unconventional, they both fell in love. When the “happily-ever-after” didn’t happen, Grace was devastated but she didn’t have the full picture. And now Noah is back to win her heart. The concept grabbed me right away.
Celeste: What a great story! Noah was in the marines and Grace was still in high school when they started their correspondence. Over four years they developed a deep friendship as they shared some of their innermost thoughts and feelings. Their feelings actually went beyond friendship, but they couldn’t be together even when Noah left the Marines. Noah had to get his head on straight and Grace was left with a broken and totally crushed heart. This is the story of them finding their way back to each other, and this time not just as pen pals.
The Main Characters:
Ana: For the most part, I liked Grace. She didn’t always make the decisions I would have but, then again, she’d been hurt and I could understand her discomfort with letting Noah in. She may have been a bit mellow-dramatic at times but it didn’t hurt the story. And Noah…oh Noah. He was strong and determined and swoon-worthy. He was a southern gentleman any woman would love and his single-minded focus to get Grace back was endearing. I was on his side from the very beginning!
Celeste: I liked Grace a lot, but I loved Noah way more. Grace’s insecurities were a little exhausting and sometimes her choices were immature. But I guess I should cut her some slack because she was aware of her faults and was trying to overcome them. AND, Noah did a fantastic job of helping her to become a more decisive person. He truly brought out the best in her. Noah, now Noah I LOVED from the beginning. I loved his heartfelt thoughts on Grace, but I’d be lying if I didn’t like his dirty thoughts just as much. He was fiercely loyal and protective and never played games. He made me want to know the person he was for those two years after he left the marines. What can I say? I love to see broken people rebuild themselves and it sounds like he needed a lot of rebuilding to become the man he was today.
The Secondary Characters:
Ana: The author was able to get me interested in these characters as well. I liked Lana’s spunk and loved Bo. To me, it’s a sign of a good book when I want to read what the secondary characters have to say and care about what they’re up to. I’m looking forward to reading more about these characters in upcoming books.
Celeste: I loved Lana, Grace’s cousin. She was so much fun, had such a big heart and took such good care of Grace. The reason I really liked her though was because she had so many demons on the inside. We get a glimpse at them because she has an eating disorder and picks the wrong boyfriends, but we don’t know they “why” behind all of it. I would love to get to know her more. I also loved Noah’s friends Finn and Bo, but especially Bo. He is my favorite type: brooding and hot. He is Noah’s best friend and truly like a brother to him. The final other character that sticks out to me is Josh, Grace’s brother. I can’t resist a manwhore with issues. I’m hoping his book is the 3rd one, Ms. Frederick???
Ana: There was definitely chemistry there, no denying that! I could feel it in their banter, which was great…and I could definitely see it in how they thought about and described each other in their minds. Of course, the smooching and, ummmm, other stuff, was great as well.
Celeste: Oh, there was chemistry alright. Normally couples start off when they are physically attracted to each other, and then get to know the other one. This was the opposite; Noah and Grace got to know each other before they knew if they had any physical chemistry. When they were together, the reaction was physical, but also way beyond that. The sparks flew off the page. I loved Noah’s inner dialogue, and as Ana put he “had a potty-mouth”. Yep, he was a dirty thinker and I loved it.
Ana: I love being able to hear a story from several perspectives and this story really benefited from it. I was able to see the situations unfold and hear what each of them thought about what was going on. And, as the book progressed, and we got deeper into Noah’s head, we discovered that he had a bit of a potty-brain…which I liked. lol
Celeste: I love alternating POVs and this lived up to the expectation that I had. I got to see everything through Grace’s and Noah’s eyes and how they felt about each other when they were afraid to say it themselves. And yes, Noah’s naughty thoughts were pretty delicious. And boy, were they naughty.
Final Thoughts…and recommend?
Ana: I enjoyed this book. The writing was great and I think it’s a wonderful start to a series of good reads! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves love and who enjoys a sexy military man! Looking forward to reading the second book…Bo’s story!
Celeste: Absolutely! I loved this and read it in one sitting! It was a love story that left my heart fluttering. I guess this is the part where I have to explain why it is a 4 star and not a 5 star….sometimes some of the scene descriptions didn’t flow for me and I had trouble picturing what was going on. But I got the idea and that is what counts. Ulitmately, I loved this story and am so excited to start book 2, Unspoken, tonight. I have a feeling Bo’s story is the one that is really going to make my toes curl and make me fall head over heels in love.