Sara's Review: Undeclared (The Woodlands #1) by Jen Frederick
Narrators: Connor Kelly-Eiding & Andrew Eiden
Released: May 1, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Length: 341 pages
Format: ebook , paperback, audiobook
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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.
Four Boundless Stars
This is a title I actually had to look up to figure out when I purchased it; Aug of 2014, OMG yeah, needless to say, my TBR list on my kindle is quite large. I have 51 pages’ worth of book waiting to be read; 10 books per page. Well, you can do the math. That’s just my kindle; we won’t discuss how many physical books I have. Anyways, once again I was going through the add narration to book portion on Amazon, (love this feature) when Undeclared popped up. With the help of Goodreads, I learned I had not read this Title yet. Without Goodreads, I would have no idea if I have read it or not; titles have now become a blur…Ahh the problems of a bibliophile.
If I recall correctly; in 2014, I was very into the whole New Adult college age romance, very angsts and dramatic. With all those first love feelings that go along with New Adult books, nothing wrong with it. I also loved MMA fight books, this one has both. The reason I say this is, because the 2016 me, and the 2014 me, have two totally different tastes in books, funny how that works.
Undeclared is very entertaining; though I wasn’t sure how I felt about Grace through the beginning of the story, I am glad she grew up a bit and became more of her own woman. I liked Noah from the start; I like how the story went back and forth between his letters while in the military, and present day. This was done seamlessly and it really brought a special nuance to the tale and was one of my favorite parts.
I enjoyed the audio book despite it not being my preferred format; I still thought both Connor Kelly-Eiding and Andrew Eiden did a wonderful job. It was a kick hearing a love scene from the male POV done by male narrator; I wonder if he was blushing the entire time?
Overall, the story was extremely enjoyable. I have already purchased Undressed, book 1.5 in the series. Not sure if I will read the rest of the series after that, but I do want to know more of Grace and Noah’s story.