★ SYNOPSIS ★
Whore. Slut. Typhoid Mary.
I’ve been called all these at Central College. One drunken night, one act of irresponsible behavior, and my reputation was ruined. Guys labeled me as easy and girls shied away. To cope, I stayed away from Central social life and away from Central men, so why is it that my new biology lab partner is so irresistible to me?
He’s everything I shouldn’t want. A former Marine involved in illegal fighting with a quick trigger temper and an easy smile for all the women. His fists aren’t the danger to me, though, it’s his charm. He’s sliding his way into my heart and I’m afraid that he’s going to be the one to break me.
Impulsive. Unthinking. Hot tempered.
I allow instinct to rule my behavior. If it feels good, do it, has been my motto because if I spend too much time thinking, I’ll begin to remember exactly where I came from. At Central College, I’ve got fighting and I’ve got women and I thought I was satisfied until I met her.
She’s everything I didn’t realize I wanted and the more time I spend with her, the more I want her. But she’s been hurt too much in the past and I don’t want to be the one to break her. I know I should walk away, but I just can’t.
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★ MY REVIEW ★
I have been eyeballing this flashing cursor for days trying to come up with adequate words for this review. Frankly, this book was awesome, but before I got into that, let me get all the technical babble out of the way. Unspoken is the second book in the Woodlands Series by Jen Frederick. It is told from dual third person point-of-views by the main two characters. It does have an HEA and it can be read as a standalone.
I want to start off by saying that I actually couldn’t get into this book at first. That alone basically discouraged me because I sat on myself and waited for a good three months before I’d even let myself start reading this book. Trust me, it wasn’t the book, it was me. Once I was able to settle down and fully focus on Unspoken, I flat out consumed it. It touches on so many topics that you would face in college, or even high school for that matter. Not to mention everything else that goes with it. Throw in a hero that I was already crushing on, and an amazing heroine who stole my heart and I was completely rooting for by the end and you have one heck of a book.
Bo, our hero in Unspoken, is a former Marine that followed his best friend to college after leaving the military. He feels like he’s just floating with no purpose sometimes. His is seriously hot tempered, and has anger issues, which actually scares him. So he fighters, and by this I mean MMA, just not professionally. Bo enters a lot of underground fights, because that is the only way he knows to get his “aggression” out. He’s also afraid of hurting people he cares about and it’s a big reason he doesn’t get close to people. Enter A.M. or AnnMarie into his life.
A.M. has been at the same college for awhile, in fact, she used to stare at the back of Bo’s head the year before. Problem is, she doesn’t date, she doesn’t talk to guys and she definitely doesn’t attend any events on campus. Rumors have been flying about her for awhile now, ones she can’t fight, or so she thinks. So she withdraws into herself and just attends classes but not much else. She won’t even give Bo the time of day, but considering they get thrown together as lab partners for a class, she can’t exactly ignore them. I loved AnnMarine, she’s deals with and has dealt with so much BS due to what people perceive and because people think it’s okay to spread rumors. Misery loves company, I suppose. She’s got a backbone though, and is spunky. It’s made her probably one of my favorite heroines this year.
These two have a ton of chemistry. Chemistry that A.M. pretty much tries to flip a finger at, but she can’t seem to help herself with it comes to Bo. She tries to remain detached but he worms his way in. Problem is, he’s got issues of his own. So while these two explode, they also have to come into themselves, sort their problems and take care of the outside issues that can keep them apart.
I would recommend this book probably until I’m blue in the face. I’ve rated it five stars, even though at first I couldn’t get into it, as I said, that was me though. If you love new adult, college romances, and stories about coming of age more-or-less and into yourself, this is a great one for you.