Unethical

Unethical

by Jennifer Blackwood

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Unethical by Jennifer Blackwood

Two years ago, the medical world was shaken by scandal, and Payton Daniels's family was at the center of it. The second she graduated, Payton left everything behind-her high school sweetheart, her family, and the controversy surrounding her mother's death-and hid within the anonymity of college. But Payton's ex, Blake Hiller, hasn't forgiven her for leaving, and when he enrolls in the same medical ethics class, she panics. She can't run the risk of him telling everyone who she really is.


As if being at the same university isn't enough, both Blake and Payton land the same internship. Forced together, their passion for each other reignites, but when Payton is asked to testify in her father's high-profile trial, she must choose between risking her acceptance into medical school to help her father, and losing every connection to her past-including the only guy she's ever loved.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781502537744
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.59(d)

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Unethical 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
mischievousreads More than 1 year ago
Unethical features a second chance love story between two college students, one with a terrible past experience, and the other willing to make amends for past mistakes. Now, this is one of the few second chance romance reads I've ever come across and I'm starting to take a fancy to the theme.  Payton Daniels is trying to live a new life, and is prepping herself for medical school, and everything seems to be starting out alright, now that she's left everything behind. Her father is the center of a medical controversy for commiting assisted suicide on his wife, Payton's mother, and she's tried to hide in anonimity. But she can't seem to shake off the fact that despite him being in jail, his name always seems to pop out everywhere, on television, the papers and even the scapegoat of lecture debates in ethics class. Blake Hiller is not over Payton for leaving him. He's not forgiven her for leaving without a single word, and he's pissed at himself for not being there when she needed him the most. Now that they've crossed paths once more, Blake is convinced he needs to have her back because she's the only girl he's ever loved.  I feel like this book took too much of my time, because I had high hopes and thought of the plot as promising with family choices and career dreams being in line. I enjoyed the beginning, with the concept of personal and family angst but despite all that, Payton is trying to strive to get into medical school. But as it turned out, the whole plot of Payton's father being in jail for a medical controversy, alongside with the trial and the internship only turned out to be a huge backdrop for the annoying push and pull between these two. One minute they're fighting over the past and her father's issue and next thing you know, they can't get enough of each other.  I seriously believe this story needs a big touch up, because I really liked the plot line, but I just did not like the way it was written. Now, I've always enjoyed books written in different POVs because of the play on both of the main characters' thoughts, but instead there were a lot of monologues that were unecessary and didn't even go well with the plot.  Another thing I've also noticed is matters tend to escalate a lot quicker than normal in situations in this story, especially with Payton's roommate/best friend, Jules, and Blake's frat brother, Andrew. Perhaps the only character I actually enjoyed was Jules but that favoritism hit the curb in the near end.  This book was okay, but not something I'd even want to go back to. But I do believe in second chances, so if this book were to be re-written, I'd definitely give it a shot and read it again. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book and how payton and blake come together...want to read more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Unethical and I was very impressed. The storyline was very intriguing taken it was about assisted suicide and drugs with a sweet romantic story about Payton and Blake included. I really enjoyed this read. Look forward to more by J Blackwell.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really ejoyed it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best novels i have read in a long time!
JGRAYOH More than 1 year ago
I really like the book.  Once reviewer was correct in saying the cover is misleading, but the title is really what caught my attention.   "Unethical"  What would the book really be about.  I wanted to keep reading and reading to get to the end and find out the ending.  Although I really wish the author had included Payton reading more of her fathers letters and gone more in depth with Jules which could possibly lead in to a connecting book.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this book. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA
Anon-M More than 1 year ago
This book offers a lot of potential subject matter for book club discussions. Yes, I would read other books by this author. I think the cover is rather deceiving.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book well written enjoyed the characters very much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story line and character background...just wish the characters had been older. Reading about college teens doesn't enthrall me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally enjoyed book - would definitely want to read more by same author. Very quick read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was really a great book and I really enjoyed it! It was a sweet romance book and had a great story as well!! I would really recommend it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good quick read ... overcoming fears and getting second chances that lead leading to a happily ever after.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a bit slow in beginning,but still a good read. Liked that auuthor had Payton stnd up to her fears and not run from her fear.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved his book. I really liked how the author brought up alot of different ethical issues such as assisted suicide and drug addiction in the second chance love story between Blake and Payton. Glad to see that Payton got over her fears of everyone finding out who she really is and loved hoow Blake continually stood up and showed up for her. First time reading this author but it definitely won't be the last!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love a second chance. Im hoping for the happily ever after.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
After finishing book two in the Drexler University series, I just had to read Payton's story. They were such a cute couple in book two and I wanted to know how they got there. Well, their journey was pretty rough. With a father on trial for assisted suicide, Payton's medical ethics class is hell. Thank god for Jules for helping her to stay sane. But even Jules can't do too much when her ex-boyfriend shows up in the same class - and ex-boyfriend she ran from a few years ago after her father was arrested for helping to kill her mother. Ya - sooooo not fun. Blake and Payton both have reasons for not seeing each other for so long. What I liked best was that both of them made mistakes and both of them had to apologize. I liked that neither of them was perfect - it was so very real life and it was my favorite part of the story. The part I didn't like was Andrew - even knowing that he had an important part to play, he was just too bad of a person. I couldn't find a good reason for the girls to continue having them as part of their group. This was a very emotional story for both Payton and Blake. Payton needs to come to terms with what her father did, and Blake needs to learn to when to let her have her space and when to hold her close. The end was incredibly satisfying. I don't think I could have imagined a better one.
caitbellleigh1 More than 1 year ago
Unethical was a quick read for me.  I loved Payton and Blake and found their story to be both tragic and sweet.  Payton hasn't had an easy time of things the last couple of years, She's still confused and hurt over what she saw as a betrayal by her parents, one that put her in the hot seat with friends and neighbors so she ran away and put that life behind her. Or so she thought.  Unfortunately life has a way of catching up to us, and in this case it catches up in the form of Blake Hiller, Payton's ex-boyfriend.  The one she did wrong and hasn't exactly gotten over.     Payton and Blake were both intriquing characters that were easy to connect to.  They both pulled you into their story, trying to figure out what went wrong and who was really at fault, but also left you rooting for them to work it out and end up together.   Unethical brought a second chance romance as the forefront story, but also included forgiving oneself, forgiving others and understanding that a person's family does not show a person's true nature.  We are individuals and though sometimes we find ourselves caught in a scandal because of those around us, it doesn't define our personal nature and personality.    I loved the way this story brought so many lessons to the reader, but worked it into a fabulously moving storyline.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The blurb for this book, teasing a second-chance romance, along with an ongoing medical-ethics issue sounded interesting and different. I hoped to find a fresh story but unfortunately this book did not work for me. Instead, I found the story quickly dulled by immature characters, sluggish pacing and jumbled development/writing. I was disappointed to find the ethics plot shoved to the side in favor of mostly pointless back and forth drama between the two main characters. The main character, Payton, was under-developed and extremely immature. She would say one thing but do another, constantly. No idea what Blake saw in her. I didn’t care about her or like her. Blake seems decent, and understandably hurt by Payton’s past and current actions. They quickly bogged down in drama with little progression in character growth or story. The writing for both pov’s was filled with excessive, unnecessary detail and oddly placed pop-culture references. Side plots are started, but then poorly developed or never revisited. Several veiled references to the ethics dilemma hinted at deeper theming, but there was little focus on this until the last 15%, where it seemed rushed to wrap up. Scene changes were awkward and felt forced. I found very little to connect with or care about, and I struggled to finish the book. I’m not a fan of the new-adult genre. I think too often authors use silly ridiculous drama to drive the story for younger characters instead of strong plotting and development. I keep sampling the genre every now and then, hoping to find a new-adult book that will change my mind. This was not that book. I think the ethics issue of this book was a solid idea; however the development and execution of that idea did not come together for me. I wish the author had scaled back the unnecessary drama and gone deeper in characterization. I would give this author another shot, but probably not within this genre. *ARC kindly provided by the publisher
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for a second chance story and, while Unethical might have been a bit angstier than I typically like my books, it was a good, quick read. Payton is trying her best to move on from some pretty bad stuff in her past. Her dad is in prison, about to stand trial for helping her mother commit suicide while she was dying from cancer. She ran away from home after graduation and left everyone behind. Including Blake, the love of her life. He wasn't there when she needed him most, so she cut all ties and left him. Now she finds herself face-to-face with him at Drexler University, where they're both in med school. Can the old flame be reunited or has it been too long? Will her father's indiscretion keep her from her lifelong dream of med school? Will she ever repair her relationship with her dad? So many questions. So much drama. I hate to admit, I never fully connected with the characters in this book. It wasn't that either of them were unlikable, but more that I had a difficult time relating to them as they made one bad decision after another, sometimes with what seemed like the intent of hurting one another. Payton was dealing with a lot, but she didn't make things any easier on herself. It was obvious she still loved Blake, yet she was pushing him away and dating one of his frat brothers (who was a real jerk). Blake kept his feelings for Payton hidden pretty well as he dated her roommate. That was all a bit much for me to deal with. Wanting to move on is one thing. Doing it with someone who you know will hurt the other person is cold. Don't get me wrong. It's not all bad. Payton and Blake can be quite sweet together when they let themselves.  One thing I really did enjoy about the book was the friendship between Payton and her roommate, Jules. With so many "girlfriends behaving badly" instances in books, I always applaud an author for showing true friendship. With the complications of Payton's past – both with her family and with Blake – it would have been easy to go down the frenemies path with Payton and Jules. Jules is a complicated character who is going through a lot herself during the course of Unethical. If this is the start of a standalone series, I hope the next book is about her. I'd love to know more about her. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.