Author: Jen Frederick
Release Date: January 20, 2014
Twenty-five-year-old Sgt. Gray Phillips is at a crossroads in his life: stay in the Marine Corps or get out and learn to be a civilian? He’s got forty-five days of leave to make up his mind but the people in his life aren’t making the decision any easier. His dad wants him to get out; his grandfather wants him to stay in. And his growing feelings for Sam Anderson are wreaking havoc with his heart…and his mind. He believes relationships get ruined when a Marine goes on deployment. So now he’s got an even harder decision to make: take a chance on Sam or leave love behind and give his all to the Marines.
Twenty-two year old Samantha Anderson lost her husband to an IED in Afghanistan just two months after their vows. Two years later, Sam is full of regrets—that she didn't move with her husband to Alaska; that she allowed her friends to drift away; that she hasn't taken many chances in life. Now, she's met Gray and taking a risk on this Marine could be her one opportunity to feel alive and in love again. But how can she risk her heart on another military man who could share the same tragic fate as her husband?Note: Although these books are part of a series, they do not need to be read in order
****4 Gray Semper Fi Stars****
First and foremost, I must say WOW!!! This third installment of the series left me wanting more of Grayson Phillips of the US Marine Corps and I didn’t want this book to end since Ms. Frederick was able to incorporate our favorite couples of the Woodland series into the storyline. So if you read the first two books, you will be treated to snippets of Noah, Grace, Bo, AnnMarie, and of course the other fellow Woodland roommates. What I love about this series is that you can read each book as a standalone but I advise and highly recommend everyone to read the first two books because these Woodland men are not only hot, sweet, charming but they will leave you swooning. On that note, I will forewarn you that Gray may not only be your new favorite color but also your favorite Marine. This is not only a marine who serves and protects his country but also a man, who definitely knows how satisfy his lover’s needs.
Unraveled by Jen Frederick is the third book of the Woodland series and focuses on Sgt. Grayson Phillips of the U.S. Marines Corp and Samantha Anderson, a 22 year old widower. Both Gray and Sam are at a crossroads in their lives. Choices have to be made, trust must be earned, adventures must be taken, and broken hearts either remained shattered or healed. Gray and Sam may have conquered and experienced many obstacles in their lives but there is one battle that they must face and answer: What does the heart want? Unraveled will take you on a journey of second chances, loss, love, friendship, family and most importantly the opportunity to choose. To choose whether to take and grasp the new opportunities and adventures life has to offer or to sit back and let our fears take over. How often are we given a second chance at life and love? When one door opens, how often do we look at the closed door?
After six years of service, Gray Phillips was granted permission for a 45 day vacation and is at a crossroad in his life whether to re-enlist with the Marines or to officially leave the only job he knows and start fresh as civilian. To help clear his mind, he decides to spend his vacation days reuniting with his fellow former marine buddies Noah and Bo. On his first day at the Woodland house, he sees his friends have finally settled down and are happily content with their love lives. As much as Gray wants to settle down and find that one girl to love, he still has reservations of being in a relationship since his career involves him being overseas and having experienced being cheated on, he has apprehensions and fears about being burned once again.
Samantha Anderson, is a 22 year old widower. Two years ago, the love of her life and husband died in war. The tragic loss has left Sam feeling empty and lost. She goes through the motions of life. Her grief has prevented her from moving on. Sam buries herself in keeping her condo as a mini sanctuary of her deceased husband belongings. The only outlet that Sam finds joy and peace is when she knits.
When Gray Phillips and the Woodland boys decides to go out to a bar to celebrate his return home, Gray spots Sam. Lets just say, when these two meet for the first time at a local bar there is a heavy makeout session against the wall that will leave readers wanting more of Gray. Sam is taken aback with the sexual desires and needs that Gray brings out of her. With the help and encouragement of her friends and family, Sam decides to get back out on the dating field and maybe a little summer fling might be the cure to help her move on and knowing that Gray is only going to be in town for a short period time. Sounds perfect right!!! A little fling won’t hurt, right??
Well as Sam and Gray spends more time with each other, attachment and possible feelings of love begins to develop between these two. Gray brings color to Sam’s “grey” world. He allows her to experience and try new things whether it be skydiving, rock climbing, or target shooting. In Sam’s case, she allows him to see that not all women are cheaters. Gray and Sam’s attraction and sexual chemistry can only be described as explosive. As a man of many talents and abilities, Gray definitely knows how to please and fulfill the sexual needs of Sam. Whether it’s against the wall, kitchen, shower, bedroom, bar, floor, couch, car, or even on a canoe, these two can’t keep their hands off each other. In the final week of his vacation, a misunderstanding ensues and causes a rift between the two. Gray must decide to re-enlist or take a chance at love. And Sam must decide whether she can finally take off her wedding ring and take a chance on Gray. Will their ghosts of the past continue to haunt them from moving on? Can love heal old wounds? What will the heart unravel?
“You know you’re my adventure.”
Overall, I enjoyed reading Unraveled. This book will leave you believing in second chances at life, love and most importantly to take adventures. Life is too short to wonder the what ifs…. Gray and Sam reminds us all we must live, laugh, love and never regret. I just want to thank Ms. Frederick for introducing us to Noah, Bo, and Gray. When these three men love, they really LOVE and put everything on the LINE. So if you are looking for a series, that will leave you with those butterfly feelings then I would highly recommend you to read the Woodlands Series. Just be prepared to sigh and swoon for Noah, Bo, and of course Gray.
~ Review by Michelle
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.