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by Jen Frederick

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Winter Donovan loves two things: her sister and her sister's ex boyfriend. She's spent her whole life doing the right thing except that one time, that night when Finn O'Malley looked hollowed out by his father's death. Then she did something very wrong that felt terribly right.

Finn can't stop thinking about Winter and the night and he'll do anything to make


Winter Donovan loves two things: her sister and her sister's ex boyfriend. She's spent her whole life doing the right thing except that one time, that night when Finn O'Malley looked hollowed out by his father's death. Then she did something very wrong that felt terribly right.

Finn can't stop thinking about Winter and the night and he'll do anything to make her a permanent part of his life, even if it means separating Winter from the only family she has.

Their love was supposed to be unrequited but one grief stricken guy and one girl with too big of a heart results in disastrous consequences.

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Pear Tree LLC
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The Woodlands , #5
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Jen 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 .

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Unrequited 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all the books in this series. Definitely a must read.
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kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Unrequited was a great addition to Jen Frederick's Woodlands series. I loved the diversity of the Asian protagonist and, honestly, Winter was just a fantastic character. And Finn? Holy hell. So hot. I loved how these two came together, after years of each having a crush on the other. It was fun to read about, even if it was a little awkward at times thanks to Winter's sister, who dated Finn in high school. I loved how determined Finn was to get Winter. And, you know, how much sexual chemistry these two had. Wowza. Hot times ahead.  What I didn't love about this book was Winter's manipulative disaster of a sister. Ivy infuriated me for pretty much this entire book. I hated how she played with Winter's feelings when it was obvious Winter was so devoted to her and would do anything for her. I was SO not a fan. At times, it was hard to keep reading because I so badly wanted to see Winter stand up for herself and worry about herself instead of her sister. But, I was so invested in Winter and Finn that I couldn't NOT keep reading – and I'm glad I kept going. The ending was worth any frustration.  I really enjoyed Unrequited – except for Ivy's antics and one questionable sexy time word choice. (FWIW: If you use "golden juices" to describe something... my brain automatically goes to a place you didn't intend and I struggle not to throw up.) But the romance was fantastic and it was just angsty enough to be believable without being overwhelming. I can't wait to see what happens next in this series! And, on a side note, I LOVED catching up with the couples from earlier in this series during this book. Love them! I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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chucha_13 More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this series ever since reading Noah and Grace, now on its fourth book, Jen Frederick made sure her readers would continue to ask for more books from this series. I love my sister, despite of the imperfections and all. So, initially I understood why Winter (love the name!) preferred to stick with her sister, and be a family rather than wash her hands off her after everything that her sister have been through. Winter was ready to catch her every time she falls. But what happens when Winter falls in love with her sister’s uber-hot ex-boyfriend? Perfect, nothing-can-do-wrong Winter made some grave mistake when she gave in to her emotion one fateful night. But how can something that make you feel alive be wrong? As for Finn, being with Winter made him realize one thing: he wanted her in his life. But first, he needed to make her see that he was the one for her, and he was worth whatever she’s going to let go. Finn didn’t have a stellar background when it comes to women, except for the fact that he never cheated. Now, his eyes was on the younger Donovan, and he will do everything to get her. Problem is his ex…and that night days after his father’s death. I didn’t like Ivy, the fact that her sister was finally going to have her own happy ending, she should be happy. After all the sacrifices Winter did for her, she deserves someone to love her unconditionally. But with the recent surprise that came along that way, will Winter finally have her happy ending or is she bound for another sacrifice that will ultimately cost her heart? Steamy and sexy. Heartbreaking and swoon-worthy. Jen Frederick made another unputdownable novel that had me awake in the wee hours of the morning.  This story is about romance and family. Of choosing between what makes you happy and what you think you need to do for the sake of responsibility. Of being brave enough to finally embrace what you want in life rather than what you think you do. 
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Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This sexy new adult romance, 4th in the Woodlands series but easily read as a standalone, is the story of Finn and Winter. One night not long after Finn's father's death, a grieving Finn turned to the woman offering him solace, his ex-girlfriend Ivy's younger sister Winter. But after their night of passion he can't get her out of his head and pursues her with single-minded intensity. Winter is hesitant to accept Finn's obvious interest, concerned for the future of her sister who is still on a long term recovery plan for her previous drug and alcohol addiction. Forced to choose between new love or family, whom will she pick? I've been anxiously anticipating this latest in the Woodlands series, having very much enjoyed the previous entries to date. If readers are concerned about the fact that Finn is interested in his ex-girlfriend Ivy's sister (and vice versa) they needn't be. Finn and Ivy's relationship has been dead for 5 years and there is absolutely no lingering attraction between them (quite the opposite in fact). Though there may be some partial angst on that front from Winter in the beginning, it's not dwelled upon for long. Ivy does play a major role in the story though and there were certainly times when she drove me as crazy as she drives Winter and Finn. As for Winter and Finn themselves, their chemistry is off the charts and the sex scenes between them are delicious! The attraction starts from their first encounter together after several years of not having had any interaction and doesn't let up through the story. I really liked them together and Finn's good guy status stays strong throughout. Winter made for a sweet and caring heroine, her concern for Finn at the start over his father's death and new responsibilities, as well as her long standing care of her sister Ivy making her an empathic character. I liked seeing the glimpses of other characters in the previous Woodlands books as well, and the continued sense of a strong friendship between the men and their ladies. Overall, this was an enjoyable read for me, with a good number of steamy scenes and some intensity to the plot and the characters that made it hard to put the story down. 4 stars.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Winter Donovan.  She is an adopted daughter who lost her parents when she was only 16.  Her older sister, Ivy, is an alcoholic and substance abuser and Winter has done all she can to help.  Winter crushed on Ivy’s high school boyfriend, Finn, big time.  So it is only natural that now years later when she runs into Finn and he is hurting she tries to make him feel better.  When he wants more Winter has to figure out how to juggle all the things and people in her life. I haven’t read the other books in this series and had no problems reading this stand alone.  This is a fast paced, well written story that will tear out your heart and then put it back better than ever.  
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
I really love this series by Jen Frederick! I have been waiting for Finn's book for awhile now (since I read Unbroken!) so I was thrilled to finally get his story. The book begins with Finn in a really bad place, having just lost his father to a heart attack. He is coping by drinking and sleeping around, though neither really do anything to assuage the hurt he feels from losing someone who meant a lot to him. It isn't until he runs into his high school girlfriend's little sister again that he sparks back to life again. I really liked Winter. She was very sweet and has had a crush on Finn for years now. Meeting up again at a bar, she realizes the attraction to him is still very much there and while she can see he is grieving, wants to be the one to take away his pain. Even from the beginning, these two have incredible chemistry together. Jen writes some very sexy scenes and she writes the male POV so very well. She doesn't pretty her words up- sometimes it comes across as a bit crude, but damn if I don't love that. After that night at the bar, eight weeks go by for Finn and Winter, even though neither one has forgotten about the other. It takes some time for Winter to open back up to Finn, but once she does these two really work well with one another. I love how Frederick's boys go after what they want. They aren't pushovers for sure and they are quite persistent. Speaking of Frederick's boys... It made me really happy to check in with Bo, AM, Grace, Noah, and get a lot of quality time with Adam. Things with Finn and Winter aren't quite picture perfect however. Ivy, Winter's sister and Finn's ex-girlfriend, ends up playing a pretty pivotal role in this book. I wasn't Ivy's biggest fan because of the way she treated both Finn and Winter, but I did feel bad for the girl. I think Frederick handled her storyline very well, even though I was terrified a huge mistake had been made that would have done some irreparable damage to the story and its characters. Ivy did really grate on my nerves though and I felt she took advantage of Winter and her love for her. That really didn't sit well with me because it was wrong of her to be so manipulative and controlling of a sister who would do anything to protect and take care of her. Overall, I thought this was a great addition to the Woodfalls series. I really loved Finn and Winter and I thought the epilogue couldn't have been more perfect for these two. I really like that Frederick ends her books with epilogues of the future. I am never ready to let go of my characters, so it's nice to get a glimpse of their futures. I can't wait to see who the next book will be about!
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Could you cross the line of propriety to “soothe” another’s pain and desperation? What if the little fly in the ointment was that you have pined for your sister’s boyfriend for as long as you can remember? When is the right time to take what you want and live your own life instead of living it for another? Winter has been the self-appointed crutch for her very troubled sister, Ivy, giving up on living her own life. Finn and Ivy were together, but in Winter’s heart, she was the third point of a non-existent live triangle. When Finn’s devastation at the loss of his father sends him spiraling into an abyss, one chance meeting with him and Winter gives in to her heart and body in a need to "comfort" him. Then she ran. But Finn isn’t through with her and when the opportunity to let her know comes, he comes on like steamroller to get her back in his bed and his life. At what point will Winter stop hiding behind her sister’s issues when the one man she wants is offering himself up like a prized gem? Some things are meant to be, but are Finn and Winter? Unrequited by Jen Fredericks is filled with tough decisions, heartbreaking drama and sexual tension as taut as a garrote. Her scenes are graphic, emotionally and visually as she carves out the struggles of two people who want each other. Through many intense sexual scenes, it is apparent there is chemistry between Winter and Finn, but it felt so physical that often the emotional side seem cast into the background. I want to feel the love on at least the same level as the sensual heat. I want to feel the breaking down of emotional barriers and the raw attraction of the heart, a little more. The guilt felt by Winter was very apparent, but if it were so wretched, wouldn’t she either stay away or be completely honest with Ivy, giving her the chance to show how far she has come? Ms. Frederick has a style that crosses boundaries, digs into the very heart of the story and brings on the angst in full force. She leads us through a twisted tale of love, obligation and need, while allowing both her characters and her readers the opportunity to make their own way, form their own opinions and see the story through their own moral compass. That is bold writing and Ms. Frederick has it in spades.
skkgagnon More than 1 year ago
Can people ever really change? Or is it that we won't believe that someone grows and evolves to be a better or even worse person? These are the questions that Winter Donovan is struggling with. She has been in love with her sister's ex high school sweetheart for years. Even tho they are no longer going out, you are never suppose to go out with the ex of a friend or sister right? But in a moment of weakness, Winter meets Finn O'Malley one night in a diner. They talk about how Finn is dealing with the recent death of his father and the struggles he is facing. One thing leads to another and they have a very hot and explosive affair. Winter thinks she can get over Finn now and figures she can keep one night hidden from her sister who is a struggling recovering drug addict. Winter is taking care of her dependent, clingy sister and doesn't want her to stress out and turn back to using again. "He'd marked me as permanently as any tattoo." Finn has other plans tho. He has realized that he has feelings for Winter and he is determined to continue to see her. He convinces her to give them a chance after pursuing her for several weeks. Winter's sister Ivy finds out about Finn and Winter and even tho she doesn't want Finn she doesn't want to lose Winter as her caretaker. So Ivy makes things very difficult for them by trash talking about Finn to Winter among other things. Winter feels so responsible for Ivy but she also loves Finn. How will she survive the weight of her anxiety to figure out if she should choose or try to have both? Is Finn really worth fighting for? Is Winter? "No one was there for Winter then. No one. But she's not going to be alone anymore because I'm here, and I'll be damned if I see her try to shoulder another of Ivy's mistakes without help." The characters were all well developed and still had growth throughout the story. I thought they were all genuine and honest in their reactions and the decisions they made. The pace of the story was good and the drama was not too angsty, which pleased me. I loved the banter and the interactions with the secondary characters and past friends from the series. The chemistry and the love scenes were hot, sexy and explosive. This is another great addition to the Woodlands series and I look forward to reading what comes next!
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
3.5 - "Your sister's kind of a s*** head." Stars. The Woodlands series of books have a very special place in my heart, Jen Frederick has managed to bring together a very diverse and eclectic mix of characters, and gel them all together into one strong unit. It is great that although each book in this series focuses on one particular character/couple, you are given the opportunity to catch up with everyone else due to their closeness as a group. ”I haven’t had to fight for a lot in my life. But that doesn’t mean I don’t know how.” I have to be honest and say this is probably my least favorite book of the series so far, that’s not too say I didn’t enjoy it, Finn and Winter’s story is absolutely stellar, them together, them apart as well as with the rest of the Woodlands crew were all parts of the book I was fully onboard with. I wanted her a hundred times a day, a thousand different ways. My main gripes are Winter’s sister Lily, one of the most abhorrent, selfish, spiteful creatures I have come across in my reading recently, but I guess that is in theory the reason Jen portrayed her that way, her involvement in, and impact on the relationship that is developing between Finn and her sister is complex, a bit sketchy and has car crash written all over it from the get go, especially considering that she has quite a past with Finn herself. Jen definitely pulled out all the stops to ensure that her impact on them as a couple, and the readers feelings for her in general left a lasting impression! ”Gardening problems. Too much Ivy.” In relation to that and in the aftermath of everyone’s actions and reactions it was a struggle for me to wholly get onboard with the end of this book as well. Everything was resolved a little too easily for my liking, forgiveness given and easy-outs provided, and with the build-up throughout the rest of the book, I was expecting a little more, or a less Cut and dried route to redemption for all involved anyway. I did however love the epilogue. ”You can’t hide from me.” I am not going to lie, I have extremely high expectations when it comes to Jen’s work anyway, I think I have pretty much read (and loved to varying degrees) almost everything she has ever released, and my gripes with Unrequited will probably not even factor on some readers radars. I love her writing style, the way she phrases things and how her descriptions are always a little different too the norm. Her characters and storylines always offer a slightly diverse take on the generalized ‘boy meets girl’ style, and you always, always end up emotionally involved in their stories. We get to see more Bo, Annemarie, Noah and Grace in this book as well as a few other recurring characters, so a few giggles and a lot of verbal sparring broke up the drama nicely for me. I hope that Jen has time in her packed schedule to get back to this series again at some point in the near future, I feel there are more stories to be told and more pasts to be delved into, and it is just nice to be able to catch up with them all once in a while as well to be honest. ARC generously provided by the Author, and it was my pleasure to provide the above honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago