Sunday, 26 April 2015

Review: Jake Undone by Penelope Ward

Genre: New Adult - Contemporary Romance

Series: Jake (book 1)

Publication Date: 21st October 2013

Format: ebook


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.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:

I'd heard so much about this book and all of it was good.
The only experience I'd had with the authors work, previous to reading this, was Stepbrother Dearest which I loved so much it was one of my top reads of 2014.
So. Needless to say, I started reading this book with extremely high expectations... And sadly it didn't live up to them.
Maybe if I hadn't heard so many good things (or read Stepbrother Dearest first) maybe it would have been more in my eyes but I just couldn't get beyond "It's ok."
Don't get me wrong, Jake is simply divine. Seriously hot, smart, loyal and sexy. I loved the dude something fierce and I even really liked Nina (initially). The chemistry between them was great and the twist in the tale was not at all what I thought it was which was a plus!
I guess my problem with it all was that the first half of the story kicked ass but I found too much of the second half tedious. Nina really started to get on my nerves and I found her pretty unreasonable. It all lead to a deflated anti-climax of an ending that just felt... Meh.
And that pretty much sums up my feeling of the book. Meh.
I liked it, I didn't love it. I will however read the follow-on Jake Understood since I bought it the same time I bought Jake Undone.
Would I have bought the follow-on if I'd read this before already doing so? I think so, but I'm not 100% certain. The point is, it's already sitting on my Kindle as I bought them together so... Moot point.
I will also probably read the "sister" stories featuring secondary characters from this as they interest me and I really do like the writing and the emotion the author is capable of evoking.
This one just didn't do it for me and that makes me kinda sad.

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