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Undeclared
     

Undeclared

4.2 103
by Jen Frederick
 
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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

http://obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/arc-review-undeclared-woodlands-1-by.html - Obsession with Books
"I loved this book and can't wait to read the next installment in the Woodlands series, the characters, storyline and gushing romance were all wonderfully written and Jen Frederick's writing is extremely engaging - she is definitely an author to remember and this is a book I'm more than happy to add to my favourites list!"
http://cravestheangst.blogspot.com/2013/04/undeclared-woodlands-1-by-jen-frederick.html - Craves the Angst
"Noah Jackson was perfect in every way! He was compassionate, considerate and sexy as hell! His old school values mixed with his slight debauchery made him a perfect alpha male and you can't help but adore every part of his character."
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/589363238 - Nocturnal Book Reviews
"Undeclared was genuinely a lovely debut book. I was craving something comforting when I started reading it, and what I got was a big fluffy pillow of a sweet love story...Wonderful, lovely book, and I wholly recommend you read it."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780989247917
Publisher:
Pear Tree L L C
Publication date:
04/27/2013
Pages:
340
Sales rank:
926,480
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

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 atjensfrederick@gmail.com.

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Undeclared 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And already sooo annoyed with Grace i know she is in college but COME ON!! I will continue to read with the hope that her character becomes a touch more mature! Please!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book except for the rushed ending. I felt like the author could have given us a little more. Now im about to read the second book in this series.
Books_She_Reads More than 1 year ago
This is a tricky review for me to do because I seriously was stuck to this book and swooning like crazy over Noah and Grace. I love how Jen Frederick would start each chapter with a note from Noah, one from when he was deployed, it gave us an idea of what it was like for him and where he was with Grace. The way he signed his letters was an indication that she was starting to mean more to him. After 4 years of writing and Grace being the only good thing in his life while deployed in Afghanistan, the two of them create a special bond. At least, that is what Grace thought, then all of a sudden the letters stop and when he comes home Noah acts as though Grace doesn't exist. Plans of meeting and finally seeing each other face to face go unfulfilled and leave Grace feeling abandoned. Grace pinned hard over Noah, and understandably so. You get to know someone pretty well after 4 years of letters, at least Grace thought she did, now she's not so sure and when Noah walks back into her life she has feelings of happiness and anger all at once. Does she grab him and never let go, indulge herself in feeling him in her arms like she imagined so many times when they were writing or does she leave him at arms length and make sure that she never gives him the power to hurt her again? What got me hooked on this book the most was how hard Noah starts to fight for Grace and prove to her she is the one for him. He has his reasons for staying away for the last two years. He knows that she will 'test' him and he is ready and willing to do whatever it takes to get her to see just how much she means to him. I loved it, I love Noah, and Grace is a girl I could see myself being friends with. Now, this is the tricky part for me because while this book took off wonderfully, had me hooked on the characters and story, and was on it's way to a least a 4 heart rating. Then, it started to come apart a little. I feel like Noah changed, once him and Grace were together he seemed to stop really trying. He didn't get to good for her or anything, really it's the opposite, he feels like he will never be good enough for her. It was more like, he accomplished winning her over so he didn't do anything extra to keep her. Not that he had to, because Grace was stuck on Noah long ago but I could feel a shift in his attitude towards her and it wasn't one that I didn't embraced. It's also not one I noticed right away either, slowly I started to feel less connected to the characters and the story, I felt like it was drifting away a bit. With that being said, the story still had a hold on me, just not nearly as much as it did in the beginning. Most of the time, the books that I love super hard grip me and then have a death hold by the end. I honestly thought that's where I would end with this book, but I didn't. That's not to say this is a good book because it is and I am still going to suggest that you give it a read. Especially if you like yourself some soldier and fighter in your alpha-male. This is book 1 in the Woodlands series and book 2 of the series, Unspoken, is Noah's best-friend and Marine buddy, Bo's story. We get to see Bo quite a bit in Undeclared so I have a bit of a soft spot for him and I am looking forward to reading his story. I hope we get to see a bit of Grace and Noah as well. I love it when there are companion books and we get to say hi to characters from books past.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously boring. Grace has zero personality and rarely talks let alone shows some emotion. Noah has potential but apparently wants to match Grace's boringness. I actually read the second book first and LOVED it, so this book was very disappointing - I couldn't even finish...
kybookjunkie More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down, I strongly recommend it! :) a great book, but it would not read on my nook 1st edition. So I had to read it online. Talked to Barnes and Noble, it's something to do with the formatting of the ebook not being compatible with the nook 1st edtion. Something good to keep in mind when buying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A different type of romance book that I really liked "Grace & Noah's" Emotional, Hot Love Story that first started from letters..500+ pages & worth the $3.99.
Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
Sweet, Fun and Sexy! I Absolutely Loved This Read! I received this eARC in exchange for an honest review from the author. 4 Amazing, Oorah Stars!! The Rundown: Grace Sullivan pen-palled with Noah Jackson for four years. What started out as a high school class project to write to a Marine while he was overseas at war, turned into something way more than she ever expected. Divulging secrets, feelings and complaining the repetitiveness of ever day life to one another through hand written letters, Grace finds a true confidant in Noah and he find a solace his war torn heart needed. But when she proclaims romantic feelings for him and tells him she wants to meet him, he throws down the "friends only" card and leaves her heartbroken. Two years later, Noah suddenly shows up in Grace's life asking for a reconnection she's not sure she has the heart to give him. But his determination and feelings for a girl who kept him sane in the harshest sand of a foreign desert gives him the courage to state his case in hopes she will eventually forgive him. The Review: Undeclared (Woodlands # 1) is Jen Frederick's debut novel and she comes out swinging! I loved this read. It was sweet, oh so sexy, beautifully told and well written and had just enough angst to keep my little angsty heart puttering throughout the whole story. Characters... Noah Jackson was perfect in every way! He was compassionate, considerate and sexy as hell! His old school values mixed with his slight debauchery made him a perfect alpha male and you can't help but adore every part of his character. And the fact he's a Marine and a mixed martial artist fighter is just icing on the cake! He comes back into Grace's life after a two year absence, meeting her face to face for the first time and is determined to reconnect with her. He lost himself for a while but now that he's taken steps to secure their future, he's not giving up without a fight. All he needs to do is win her over before it's too late. He is completely swoon-worthy and watching him compete for Grace was romantic and exciting. Then we have Grace Sullivan who is awkward and socially inept. She's undecided about school, about life, about herself. She thinks she's not good enough and has let fear and cowardice control her decisions and rule her heart. Some of these hang up's were caused by her family life and some caused by the rejection of Noah when she opened up to him. She's kept her heart locked up tight, first because she was saving herself for a man across the ocean and then because she was afraid to let it free once it was shattered. Her biggest flaw other than the lack of self confidence is her lack of drive. She has passion and talent for photography which astonishes anyone she allows to see it but it's hidden behind insecurities. I liked her character but Im a sucker for a strong female lead who can be both shy and sexy. She was both these things but her insecurities kept her from shinning. I wanted her to shin as bright as I know she could. Thankfully, she takes charge at the end and things shift in her favor. It was both frustrating and a delight to watch her character struggle. I also adored all the sub-characters. Lana is Grace's fiery cousin and best friend. I love when best friends are protective and the lead cheerleader in the heroine's corner, rooting for their success. Lana was no exception. She had her own hang-ups but that never distracted her from supporting Grace, just like a true BFF should. And then there is the fascinating and charming Bo, Noah's long time best friend and wingman who was a true joy to read. He's fierce loyalty and protectiveness only made him more appealing as he looked out for Noah through everything. The next story in the Woodlands series will be about him and I can't wait!!! The Wrap Up: This was an excellent read that was filled with true romance, sweet and fun moments and interesting characters that kept me reading straight through. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in the series and I'm keeping a look out for future works by this author.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
This is a title I actually had to look up to figure out when I purchased it; Aug of 2014. 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....Sara
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good
Slim_Cat1 More than 1 year ago
For four years Grace Sullivan wrote to a Marine she never met, and fell in love. When his deployment ended, so did the letters. Since then, Grace has just been existing, not living. She hasn't chosen a major, or made any big decisions. The one day Grace sees Noah, but why would he be at her college. Noah was lost when he left the Marines, but now he is settled and has a path to follow. His path leads him to Grace and he will stop at nothing to explain to her why he stopped writing and to get her back. This was such a sweet story. Grace started writing to Noah as a pen pal project for school and continued well after the project was over. Then one day Noah sends her a Dear Jane letter and stops all contact. Heartbroken Grace doesn't know what to do with her life. I love that the author included the letters to show the growth of their friendship and it slowly turning to more. Like the title the story is all about making a decision and living with your choice and how you are going to live with it and make it better. Grace and Noah are so sweet and Noah's determination to make Grace see him and take a chance is *sigh* hot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Struggled to get through thus one, quite frankly really boring. Love this author this was muss for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down. Loved the characters. Can't wait to read all the series.
JAB4422 More than 1 year ago
As a high school project for 4 years Grace writes to Noah who is a marine in Afghanistan.  When he gets out, Noah writes to her to say they can't meet.  Grace had fallen for him while writing and is heart-broken when he brushes her off.  Two years later Noah finds Grace and tries to make up with her. He knows it will be hard to win her back but he wants to try anyway. I liked the unique story line in Undeclared. I thought two people basically sharing their lives by letter for four years and telling each other just about everything they thought and felt was so romantic. I could imagine how devastated Grace felt when Noah wanted to end their communication and felt so bad for her.  At the same time, Noah didn't feel he was good enough for Grace and it was in her best interest for him to stay away from her. It could only have been the mess war made of his head that made him think that because, really, here was a gorgeous man who was also a fighter, so he's very, very strong. Physically, what's not to like? I liked this story but I was a bit confused with the ending. I finally figured it out.  I read the author's note at the end of the book telling about other books in this series.  I wish I hadn't read that because it tells stuff I didn't want to know yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sweet romance. I thought that I might get bored with this at first. But it turned out to be an excellent read.
Megan_BedroomBookworms More than 1 year ago
I found myself loving Undeclared pretty much right from the start. There is a great blend of humor and banter to keep the story flowing nicely. I really liked the relationship our heroine, Grace has with her cousin. Plus all the sorority talk made me miss those frat pledges from my own college days. Our hero and heroine wrote letters back and forth to one another for four years while he was in the military and she was in high school. Each chapter in the book starts with one of his previous letters. Noah, our hero mainly discusses mundane things in these letters, but for some reason I just loved getting to read a new one each chapter. I’m considering Undeclared a second chance love story even if some of you might not agree with me. You see our hero and heroine write letters back and forth for FOUR years while he in the military but never meet. Things finally … well let’s just say they end for them and the two move on. Well they move on the best that they can, until Noah decides it’s time to claim what he considers his. See totally second chance. We also get to read Noah’s point of view in Undeclared. I liked being able to see inside his head. I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ll just say that I really liked Noah and the fact that he was just as wrapped up with Grace. I loved the lengths he was willing to go for her and his second chance. Our heroine, Grace confused me. Not really, I mean she’s that typical girl, hates the hero but at the same time is still pinning for him. I mean who hasn’t found themselves in this type of situation before right? Grace was a little more weak of a heroine than I normally like to read, it made it kind of hard for me to love her. In the end Grace gets her stuff together and I was able to like her a little more, but she’s still never going to be one of my favorites. Overall, I guess I’m torn over Woodlands. While it was a great story and I thought the book was well written, things seemed a little too easy. Where is our angst and action? For the most part all of our issues are just Grace’s insecurities. I still really liked Undeclared and I’m going to read book two in the series because I want to find out who will snag Bo. Undeclared was a standalone so the next book is about Bo, a secondary characters in this book. I liked Bo quite a bit and can’t wait to read his story in Unspoken. Anyway, enough casting for Bo, if you want to read about one hell of a hot marine and am loving the second chance stories like I have been lately you need to pick up a copy of Undeclared.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved and hated it at the same time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Glad it was free - it drug on and on boring me out of my mind - pure torture. I started skippin after the first 75 pages, hoping it would get better - it didn't!
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GinnyTX More than 1 year ago
This is a typical romance novel with a so-so plot that seems more like a foundation for a better novel if given more time to develop the characters...
clahain1 More than 1 year ago
Grace wrote to Marine Noah for four years and was crushed when, as close as they'd grown, he completely blew her off when he came home. Two years later, he's traveled across the country in search  of her. He insists he wants a serious relationship, but how can she trust that he won't break her heart again. Frederick gives reader two compelling characters in familiar-yet-fresh scenario. Grace is a nice mix of  sass and vulnerability. I love her little quirks--like hating to drive. Noah is thoughtful, honorable but flawed in his single-minded focus on financial success. There's a great supporting cast. I especially like  Grace's cousin Lana. I wish Frederick would have given her more of a role in the book--hopefully, though, she'll get a story of her own.  Great portrayal of campus life--like getting a college do-over. The MMA bout was a bit underwhelming after all the build-up around it, especially as it followed a huge blow up between Noah and Grace that itself seemed a lot of noise about nothing much. Reading it, I got the sense that  Frederick has some trouble tapping into real conflict there and so ended up forcing it a bit. The epilogue is another weak spot. There's nothing new added--just a rehash of the final scenes of the  novel. I would have left it out.  All in all a better-than-average New Adult romance with interesting characters and situations. 
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northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
I can see why so many people enjoyed this book. It has a lovely coming of age and into oneself for both characters. The flashback letters are wonderful. The love and sex are perfectly matched.  The dual first person point of few felt rough to me, however, and some of the drama much less interesting than Grace and Noah just being together.  All the partying made me feel old. It didn't sound like any kind of fun.  If I squint way into my past, I can recall going to parties a bit but I just feared roofies and other horrors the whole time during  this book.  However, that is just because I am old and I wouldn't hold that against the book but it also didn't seem true to Noah's character or really Grace's either.  An engaging New Adult read, overall, with a moving treatment of a Middle East War Veteran that is worth the read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome series! Some very detailed love scenes but not to many! Mainly a love story with good character details and keeps you interested!