Review: Jake Undone by Penelope Ward

Posted 11/12/2013 by Jamie in Book, Review /// 0 Comments ///


Review: Jake Undone by Penelope Ward Title: Jake Undone
Author: Penelope Ward
Series: , #2
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: October 19, 2013
Format: eARC
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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.

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When 22 year old Nina decides to continue with nursing school, she moves to Brooklyn to live with an old friend and his 2 other roommates. Although not totally innocent, Nina is a bit on the inexperienced side of the fence, sexually as well as in life in general. All that changes when her new roommate, Jake offers to help her pass her dreaded math class, ensuring the two will be spending lots of time together.

Jake is my kind of sexy – the total bad boy look complete with tattoos and multiple piercings. However, when it comes to Jake Green, there is so much more than meets the eye. Outwardly you see what others judge, but as the reader gets to know the many, and I do mean many, layers that make up Jake, you just cannot help but want to peel each one away to discover what lies beneath. He’s super intelligent, creative, funny, romantic (in a non-traditional kind of way), mysterious, and loyal to a fault. In a nutshell, Jake is the total package – one that actually could exist out there somewhere. (and if you find him, back off, he’s mine!)

Throughout the story, there was amazing sexual tension that kept building to a near climax. When Jake makes comments like

“I’m telling you to leave because I want to taste you and make you come until you scream in every possible way imaginable!”

You are left frustrated wondering what the heck is the problem then and shouting, “God dammit, would you just fuck already!?!” I however, love every minute of the teasing and toying the author did to me!

It was refreshing not to read a story where one of the characters had some ultra-traumatic past of some kind of abuse causing one or both to put up a wall around their heart. Sure Jake and Nina’s lives were not perfect, but they both just felt – well, real. I especially loved Jake’s backstory, because in all the books I have read, I had never come across one like this. Even the ending, no, I won’t give it away, felt realistic. It wasn’t some overly sugar-sweet everyone gets married and lives on the same block to have BBQs every weekend together make me wanna gag kind of ending! Finally!

The only thing I will say that I didn’t care for was the pacing. I truly felt this book could have been published as two books. Sure, the first would have been a major cliffhanger, but part two of the book, which is now told from Jake’s point of view could have been another book which finished their story. Reading it all in one book, at times, made it feel like a long series of screw-ups & misunderstandings assured to keep Jake and Nina apart. Perhaps, like the mounting sexual tension, that was the intended purpose of the author.

Overall, I loved this book & have made room in my heart for a new book boyfriend, Jake Green!  I cannot wait to see what Penelope Ward brings to the table next!

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About Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is the USA Today Bestselling author of Gemini, Jake Undone (A Gemini Novel) and My Skylar (A Gemini Novel). She grew up in Boston with five older brothers. Penelope spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family friendly career.

Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.

She is the proud mother of a beautiful 9-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 7-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life.

Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island. She is currently working on her fourth novel and last in the Gemini series, Jake Understood (expected publication January 2015).