Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Blog Tour-Review, Excerpt and Giveaway: Unrequited by Jen Frederick (A Woodlands Novel)

Meet Finn and Winter in the newest addition to the Woodlands Series!  
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Winter Donovan loves two things: her sister and her sister's ex boyfriend. She's spent her whole life doing the right thing except that one time, that night when Finn O'Malley looked hollowed out by his father's death. Then she did something very wrong that felt terribly right.
Finn can't stop thinking about Winter and the night and he'll do anything to make her a permanent part of his life, even if it means separating Winter from the only family she has.
Their love was supposed to be unrequited but one grief stricken guy and one girl with too big of a heart results in disastrous consequences.

"Are you humming?" Bo asked.

I looked up from pulling on the dingiest carpet I'd seen in months. This house I'd picked up was vile, worse than usual. Bo had suggested it was a meth factory, given the needles, rotten egg smell, and burnt patches on the walls and flooring. It could have been, or it might just have been an ordinary addict's house, but there was sh*t everywhere.

If I was humming, I didn't realize it, but I was in a decent mood. I figured once I got Winter to just sit and talk with me, we’d work it out. That was something worth humming about.  

I just shrugged and went back to work. "Just trying to block out the god-awful music you choose to play. You've been up north here for almost a year. Can't you play anything but country songs?”

"I could." Bo paused to toss a handful of staples in the trash. "But I know it annoys the hell out of you. And that makes the music sound that much sweeter."

"Too bad you don't know sh*t all about constructing a house and you still have to hang on my d*ck until you can get it right."

"Which is why I play music you hate. It fits our dysfunctional relationship."

"I thought you were going to therapy to fix your problems."

"If by ‘therapy’ you mean having a ton of awesome sex with my girlfriend, then yes, I'm in therapy all night and random times during the day." I snorted but wisely said nothing. "But speaking of therapy," Bo continued. My response was a loud groan that I hoped would be hint enough that I didn't want to talk about whatever it was that followed. Bo ignored me. "How's your mom?"

"Well, she texted that she got up and had coffee today, so I count that as a win." I reached down to tug harder on the carpet. Did they glue it down instead of just stapling the edges?

"Mal says 'Paradise lies under the feet of your mother.'"

That made me stop. I gaped at Bo. He threw up his hands, one still holding a crowbar he was using to pull up the tacking strips, the long thin lumber pieces that held the carpet on the edges of the room.

"What the hell does that mean?"

"Apparently it means if you don't make your momma happy, you ain't gonna be happy."

"If I knew what would make her happy, I'd do it," I replied.

"I suck at this comforting thing." He pulled off his hat and scratched his head. "But maybe you outta talk to someone else?"

"Like Lana?" I grunted. "No thanks. Between her and Mal, it sounds like I should be taking my mother on a date."

My Review

Scorching hot. That perfectly describes Unrequited...and before you get yourself thinking that it's only that-it's got a good, solid story as well. And lets not forget a tight cast of characters who interact fantastically with each other, injecting humor as well as serious moments into the whole story.

I abso-frickin-lutely loved Finn. The hotness factor aside (and what a factor it is), he is loyal, dedicated, and totally devoted to Winter. He's earned a permanent place on my book boyfriends list, that's for sure. Winter is a solid and generally a strong character, but she has family issues that can cause her to appear weak and be taken advantage of easily.  

The one character I totally disliked was Winter's sister, Ivy. She was a flat-out selfish, manipulative b*itch. And regardless of her past choices and how those choices made her life turn out-they were just that...HER choices...and she should have just taken responsibility for herself and saved her sister from all the angst.

And as for what develops between Winter and Finn--even if things started with a single night of unrestrained actions, it was so easy to see that the two of them were beyond right for each other. There's just those damn pesky family issues that keep cropping up...

Unbridled, explicit passion; a man's pursuit of the woman he doesn't want to be without; family drama that threatens to rip everything all adds up to a truly engaging story that will feel like a guilty-pleasure read. 4 very strong and intensely passionate stars for Unrequited!

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About the Author:

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

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