Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Unraveled by Jen Frederick.

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?
When I first heard Unravelled was about Gray and Sam I was disappointed as I was hoping for Finn's story! However I loved how different Unravelled is when compared to Undeclared and Unspoken. Sam and Gray aren't students and have much more complicated lives. I really liked Samantha, she came across as a loyal caring woman. I admired how she had taken responsibility for Anderson family, even if they did need to move forward with their lives too, she helped them grieve and kept Will's memory alive. The portrayal of her grief over Will was realistic an, especially how much she tried to resist romanticising their life together and see it for what it was. I loved how her relationship with Gray did not diminish her marriage and relationship to Will. I enjoyed reading how she slowly started to let go of Will and any guilt she had and to move forward with her own dreams and ambitions. Gray was another great male lead, I loved that he was a military man and how much of his life and personality was invested in the military. Gray's previous relationships had made him overly standoffish towards serious relationships so it was great to Sam and him slowly grow closer despite this. 
I really enjoyed how Gray went out of his way to take Sam on adventurous dates which helped her grow in confidence. Although I think this book has put me off of sky diving for life!
Once again the side cast was brilliant! It was great to see the Woodlands boys from Gray's more outside view. Bo, Noah and Gray had a great camaraderie between them from their service together and Bo and Noah seemed to completely understand Gray, at times better than he did himself! I especially enjoyed Bo's tough love advice! There was a lot of hints and intriguing references regarding Finn which I imagine were to set the scene for the next book! Adam also got more attention in this book as he was connected to the bar where Sam worked, which again gave more information and background to his character. I also loved Eve and Randy, Sam's best friend and her boyfriend, their advice and decoding of Gray's behaviour and texting was hilarious and occasionally right! 
For the first time in ages, I had to look up an American term. Rappelling which turned out to be abseiling!
 I absolutely loved the ending! Gray and Sam had figured out their life plans and grown during the book, as well as the side cast also moving forward with their lives.


I really enjoyed Sam and Gray's slow burning relationship, the Woodlands cast as always and how different the story was to the rest of the series.

Have you the Woodlands series?
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