by Jen Frederick


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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?

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ISBN-13: 9780991426713
Publisher: Pear Tree LLC
Publication date: 01/19/2014
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,069,436
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

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Unraveled 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Unraveled tells us the story of Gray and Samantha. Gray is a Marine and Sam is an Army widow. Their paths collide while Gray is in town visiting his friends Bo and Noah (both smoking hot and from the earlier books in the series) while he’s on leave and trying to decide what he wants to do in the future. Sam is slowly healing after the loss of her young husband in Afghanistan. They both have a huge amount of baggage and neither are really ready for a relationship, but their attraction and chemistry can’t be denied for long. My heart ached for Sam in the beginning of this book. It’s not easy being a military wife and the pain of losing a spouse the way she did, after only two months of marriage, is something I would imagine is nearly impossible to ever get over. After two years, Sam hasn’t been ready to move on. Enter Gray. Honestly, I had a bit of a hard time connecting with Gray. Or maybe I should say liking him. He did come off as a bit of a macho ass alpha male, but as more about his past is revealed, I could begin to understand where he was coming from. One thing was for sure, from the moment of his first encounter with Sam, I half lusted after him. Holy hell. He is one sexy mo-fo. The way he talked to Sam? Damn. They were both passionate and well-matched. I think the speed at which their relationship developed was perfect. Neither of them was rushing anything, and after spending a lot of time together as friends, they gave in. Then they grew together. If you like your romances sweet and sexy, with strong, smart women and sexy, protective men, you have to check out Jen Frederick’s Woodlands series. From the first moment I picked up Undeclared, I fell in love with her characters and her writing. There’s more than just romance in these books. There are some seriously steamy scenes that leave me fanning myself, but there was also real emotion in each of the books that took me for a ride. Unraveled definitely put me through the most of them, though. Tears were cried. (I know, I know… it doesn’t take that much to make me cry, but still.) This is one of my favorite new adult series. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
DeeMcGee1 More than 1 year ago
Another great book in The Woodlands series by Jen Frederick! *I received an ARC of Unraveled by the author in exchange for an honest review.* My introduction to Jen Frederick’s books was via a Rafflecopter contest. I won a copy of Unspoken, the second book in The Woodlands series. Jen’s writing style and relatable characters hooked me instantly! I immediately bought Undeclared, the first book in this series, and read it in one sitting. It’s her mix of alpha males, strong yet vulnerable female heroines, and her compelling story telling that keeps me coming back for more. Unraveled begins with Sgt. Grayson Phillips. He is on an extended leave from the Marine Corps. and is undecided as to what he want to do with his future–reenlist or be discharged and go back to school. Gray drags some heavy baggage with him in the form of family pressure to make a career decision and a past messy love life. Vowing not to make any deep connections during his leave, Gray is blindsided by Samantha Anderson one night after a night at the bar with his buddies. One look and Gray is compelled to meet her. Samantha is no stranger to baggage. Widowed at an early age, the last thing she is looking for is love. She is dealing with grieving in-laws and a aimless life, Sam doesn’t understand her attraction to Gray. Can these two wayward people overcome their mistrust and broken hearts to be together? Grayson Phillips character is very different from the typical military romances I’ve been reading. Jen’s plot approaches Gray at a different angle. He loves being a Marine. It’s in his blood and he is very good at it. There isn’t any PTSD tormenting Gray. He’s plagued with doing the right thing for his family and his men, not even considering what he wants. Gray is also broken-hearted and doesn’t easily trust. Watching him fall for Samantha is great. You know he’s a wonderful, caring, and fiercely loyal. Those qualities make you fall in love with him. I’m a huge fan of strong, independent heroines. Samantha Anderson ranks up there with some of my favorites. She starts out a broken shell of a person. She’s unable to move past the tragedy of losing her husband at a young age. But as you read, Sam blossoms from a fragile girl into a woman. She faces many uncomfortable situations, but comes out stronger in the end. The sex is smoldering in this book. But there is one particular scene that had me squirming while I read. Gray and Samantha are at a party and they end up around a campfire discussing sex with a group of people. The way Gray talks about sex and manages to make a stubborn and angry Samantha attack him like he’s the last man on earth gave me goosebumps. His confidence and sexual know how defines the reason you have book boyfriends in the first place. Jen’s descriptions of their love making are off the charts hot! Seriously, I think many husbands out there need to read this book as a refresher course. hahahaha I really enjoyed Unraveled. The plot is exciting and engaging. The secondary characters and their accompanying stories keep you wanting more. I also like the dual POV between Samantha and Gray. You get to see all the things running through their heads. Even though this is the third book in this series, the story is still fresh and new. I cannot wait for the next book in The Woodlands series. I give Unraveled by Jen Frederick 4.5 out of 5 stars! Written by Dee McGee - Booze, Bookz, and Bad Boyz
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My favorite of the series. Great love story.
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CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
WOW!   Unraveled had me crying, smiling, loving, and hating.   I love when books bring out so many emotions.   There were some chapters that I felt numerous emotions in one paragraph.    There were second chances at life and at love with many adventures and risks.     I have not read the first two books in this series, but definitely will need to now.  I love Noah, Bo, and Gray.  I want to know their story and their history.   There were plenty of hot scenes with the boys, but I loved most the tender scenes.  The respect they showed the women in their lives, whether parents, friends, or girlfriends, was absolutely how every woman should be treated.  These Marines are real men.  It was also great that Jen Frederick was able to put feelings to these tough military men.  There were definitely alpha males, but they each had a soft side that I cannot wait to read more of.   I have to highly recommend this book, and hopefully the entire series soon.   I anxiously await Bo’s story. 
tarheelbibliobabe_12 More than 1 year ago
This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review.   Oooh I enjoyed this book! Give me a sexy Marine any day! Sam was a great heroine. She makes such a great transformation in this book; I was so impressed. I felt extremely bad for her, even two years after her husband’s death. If I was her, I would have felt so suffocated after his death but she took it all like a champ. And it definitely helped when Gray came along! :) It’s no secret that I love Marines and Gray was no exception. He was thoughtful, loyal, sexy and all-around a great guy. He didn’t push at all, given this situation. He was named after a romance book hero, which was really fitting to me! I adore his name! I’ve read books about widows and books about Marines before and I have to say, I loved them smushed together! Sam and Gray’s chemistry was completely off the charts! I was fanning myself multiple times during this book. The secondary characters were great and I have to go back and read Noah’s and Bo’s book. I loved them, and their ladies, a lot! Favorite Swoon-worthy Quote: When his mouth molded against mine, it felt like bliss – as if my whole cold body had been submerged into a warm bath. If I had thought I had been engulfed before it was it was nothing like I felt at that moment. My entire world – my thoughts, my feelings, my senses – were full of him. Rating: 4/5 Tar Heels!
BookLover108 More than 1 year ago
Ok my review. The chemistry in this book is sizzling. Gray is a Marine who is at a crossroads and Sam is a young widow who isn't looking for love. They meet and sparks ignite around them. I love Gray. His big gesture is so sweet. And Sam is learning to open herself to love and life again after the loss of her husband and best friend. This book is a page turner. I devoured it in one sitting which is very hard to do in the middle of a doctoral thesis. I really enjoy how the previous books H/h are present in this book and that we are given little snippets of their lives as well. I really appreciate that this book could be read as a stand alone and that there is no cliffhanger. If you're looking for a well written, engaging, sizzling HEA romance this book is for you.
NerdAlertBL More than 1 year ago
****I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review for Nerd Alert Book Love Blog**** Gray Philips is a proud marine. Becoming a Marine was always his goal in life but after 7 years in he is up for re enlistment and he just isn't sure what to do.  With his dad telling him there is more for him in life then just the Marines but his grandfather insists he needs the Marines as a career. He was made for the Marines.  Gray also had his heart completely broken by his long time girlfriend and high school sweetheart when she cheated on him while he was deployed. He refuses to have a relationship while he is a marine. Gray is about to spend his 45 day leave with his buddies,  Noah and Bo. And to take the time to try to figure out what he wants to do next.  Then he meets Sam and he becomes even more confused.  Samantha Anderson is a young widow. Her husband died in an IED in Afghanistan two years ago. Sam hasn't really been living, she's just been existing since she lost Will. She quit college and spends her free time knitting.  She is living a life full of regret and a growing loneliness.  Then one night at work, Gray comes to her quick rescue. Gray seems to be her perfect rebound guy, a quick fling, a Marine in town for a short visit. Can Sam have a quick fling with Gray? Or will this Marine capture her heart? Can Gray find a way to get over his aversion to a relationship or will Sam just be another passing fling? Will the fact that Gray is in the military stop everything before it even starts?  I went into this book a little frustrated, I wanted this to be Finn's story so bad. I mean who is Gray really, just a passing character in the last book. But once I started reading it, I was hooked. Not only is Gray absofreakinglutely amazing, but Noah, Bo, and the gang all come back in this book. I also loved the fact that Jen Frederick really allowed Sam grieving time for her husband and not rushing it all. Jen Frederick has sold me completely on this series and I'm excited to hear there will be 3 more books. But they can't come out soon enough, so I guess until the release of Woodlands book 4, I have to settle on giving Unraveled a Nerd Alert A+ or 5 stars! 
AshleyAmsbaugh More than 1 year ago
I wasn’t really sure what to think of Unraveled before I read it. I’m going to perfectly honest here, I was turned off because it wasn’t about one of the Woodlands boys. I wanted to read about Finn, or Adam, not some random Marine we’d never heard of before! Then there’s a girl we’ve never heard of either? No. Thank. You. But then I felt bad because I do like the series and I knew I should read it. I’m glad I did. Unraveled rivals Unspoken in how good it is. I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to fall in love with Gray and Sam. They are both broken people who come together and help each other heal. Gray doesn’t even realize what’s going on with himself; he’s grieving the fact that his trust was broken by a cheating ex-girlfriend. Sam, on the other hand, is still grieving the death of her husband who died in Afghanistan. Gray thinks using friends with benefits is the best way to go. If you’re in the Marines, or any branch of the military, it’s only time before your significant other cheats on you. So he finds a few girls who are too busy for relationships and they treat each other so impersonal that they only want sex, and nothing else. He’s said over and over that he will not do another relationship until he’s out of the Marines. When it comes time to re-enlist he’s at a crossroads though. He doesn’t know what he wants to do. He’s been recently promoted and now has the added responsibility of watching over his men. It’s something that’s worrying him to no end. To really have time to be able to think about his future, Gray’s Congressman father was able to pull some strings and was able to get Gray an extended leave. So he heads to the Woodlands to hang with his recently separated buddies, Noah and Bo. Samantha Anderson just goes through the motions of her life. She was widowed at 19 and her life has never been the same since. Will, her husband, had been not only her husband, but her best friend. Sam is not able to move on; she still goes to her in-laws every month for a memorial lunch, her apartment is filled with various Will/Army paraphernalia. While working one night, she’s a bartender, she meets Gray. She can tell right away he’s military, but something is drawing her to him. She cannot explain it at all. He’s not her type, and not just because he’s a Marine. He’s too built, too cocky, too not like the accountant-type she would like to settle down with next. But he makes her feel things she hasn’t felt since Will, and she’s willing to explore that. Even though my first impressions were what they were, I really enjoyed Unraveled. The story was good and wasn’t too much. There was a bit of repetitiveness, but I don’t know if the author realized it or she just wanted to reiterate certain points. While annoying at times, it didn’t detract from the overall flow of the story. Gray and Sam are good characters and very fun to read about.
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I really enjoyed this series.
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Love this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't cry at many books but this one hit home. I lost my first husband in Viet Nam and married my second 9 years later also a military man. Too close to my heart.
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LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
Oh my, my, MY. Jen Frederick ladies and gentlemen. I didn't honestly think it could get any hotter than Bo Randolph. I WAS MISTAKEN. Gray Freaking Phillips will rock your world. And make you so hot you will curse your single status and force you to drown your sorrows in white wine. Errr. Anyways. Not only does Jen know how to write STEAMY, delicious love scenes, but she certainly knows how to create an engaging storyline that will leave you desperate for more. Even though I have never lost a husband like Sam or been cheated on like Gray, I can still empathize with these characters and feel connected to them. My heart ached right along with Sam and Gray and whenever a book does that to me, I know it's a job well done. I love how big of a role the secondary characters play in this book. I am always glad to see the main characters from previous novels make an appearance. And let's not forget the other Woodlands boys! I am so excited to see whose novel we will get next! I have to first discuss the camaraderie between Gray, Noah, and Bo. It is absolutely incredible. I love how these guys interact with one another. All having served in the Corps together, it really left them with a sense of brotherhood and they always have each other's back and watch out for one another. Now that Bo and Noah have settled down and are in serious relationships, they definitely have more wisdom and advice to offer. However, I think Jen does such a great job of capturing the male voice in her novels. These guys are Marines for pete's sake. They don't get fluffy and spout pretty words at each other. They tell each other how it is and deliver the hard truths. Literally, one second they can be on a more serious tangent and the next one of them is bound to say something sexual, ridiculous, or flat out goofy. I absolutely loved them together. I cracked up reading about how they just decide to construct a slip and slide. That sounds like something quite a few Army boys I know would do.... On leave for 48 days to basically figure out what he wants to do with his life, Gray is just looking for someone to hook up with while he's hanging out with his friends. After having been burned in the past by the first girl he ever loved, he is very anti-cheating and really just prefers no strings sex. Seeing Bo and Noah with their girls really makes him long for someone of his own, but knows he could never do a relationship while deployed again. I hated that Gray became so jaded to women because of one bad one. His ex may claim she loved him, but that's a bunch of crap. She played serious head games with him by trying to make him jealous by hanging all over other guys. Gray didn't see that for what it was until later after the damage had already been done. From the minute he laid eyes on Sam at the bar, he never expected she would be the one to break down his heart's defenses. I really liked Sam's character. At a young age, she knows grief and loss after losing her husband overseas. Since he passed, she has not really allowed herself to venture out and experience new things. She hates being seen as the Widow by everyone in town and she is tired of being lonely. My heart broke for Sam. She wants to move forward, but still hasn't been able to bring herself to remove her wedding ring or put her late husband's combat boots and such away. I also didn't like that Will's mother put so much on Sam. I don't think it was intentional, as the woman is a wreck over losing her son, but it definitely stifles Sam and puts her in a rather precarious situation. She never thought she'd find herself attracted to someone like Gray, but from the moment he zoned in on her and then kissed her, she knew she was a goner. These two have some serious chemistry! When Gray isn't acting a fool, that is. I swear.... there were a couple of points where I wanted to knock him upside the head for being so stupid. He definitely didn't handle some situations with Sam very well and I really wish he would have just opened his mouth and used his words! Because I did NOT like seeing her hurt at all. However, he more than made up with it with his actions. And my goodness that man is such a dirty talker! Seriously. It's like 20 degrees here and I felt it was 100! Both Gray and Sam have some tough decisions to make, as the more time they spend with one another, the more they realize what was only supposed to be 'temporary' is turning into a hell of a lot more.
EMAReads More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love the Woodlands Series.  Each couple is amazing.  Sam and Gray are no exception. I enjoyed Gray in Unspoken- and after falling completely and utterly in love with Bo-couldn’t wait to read Gray’s story. Things I can’t get enough of- The banter- these guys- I want ALL of them in my real life!  Jen is a wiz at writing these tough but loving men and developing their friendships and relationships.  You want to know them.  You laugh out loud and have every feel under the sun with them.  Including a good bit of LUST. The passion- enough said! The intensity- yes these books are fast faced- but the desire and feelings are real.  The characters go all in- and it is so fun to watch! The angst- in this series it helps to move the story along.  The will they or won’t they, can they, should they?  This adds a certain level of breathlessness that makes you turn the page.  Their tenderhearted story will have you laughing, crying and sighing with happiness. Gray should come with a warning sign- HOT- will cause melting!  The two of them- so sweet, passionate and out of this world steam. Cannot wait for the next in the series!
slnSN More than 1 year ago
Another amazing book by the great Jen Frederick! Gray and Sam, their chemistry was off the charts HOT!
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
I do believe that this one was my favorite of the series so far. Absolutely loved it. Absolutely loved Gray. Now don't get me wrong, I loved Noah and Bo, too. But there was something about Gray that had me a goner from the start. He is such a wonderful guy. He just has this fear of relationships due to a girlfriend hurting him in the past. It was something he was not willing to be put through again. So, he just did the Friends with Benefits thing. And up until now, that was working for him. Little did he know a short, blonde girl was about to wreak havoc on his world. Sam is one of those characters you feel for from the start. I hurt for her past...being widowed just months after being married. And even though it took 2 years to work past the pain, she realized it was time to step out of her self-made grave of mourning. And on her first trip out, the girl did pretty good for herself. Gray was her best possible choice in my opinion. The story was beyond amazing, beyond hot, and beyond romantic. Who though knitting could be so adorable? I enjoyed every second of the story, every single word. I couldn’t put it down. So far that has been my only problem with books by Frederick. Not really a problem, per se, but gosh! She never leaves a dull moment for you to say 'Now is a good time for that potty break.' Nuh uh. You have to keep reading and reading and reading. And that is fine by me. Frederick does such an awesome job capturing those feelings of first love, summer love. Nothing like summer love, is there? Yes, this book was flippin great and yes, I absolutely recommend it. Now time to go fan myself....