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.
This is a mature New Adult book. I see that it is classified as YA - not sure how to change that - but I wanted to be clear that it has explicit love scenes in the story.
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17612258-undeclared
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book but once I seen that it involved a marine and his letters to the love of his life, kinda like a Dear John feel I couldn't wait to dive in because there was a certain uniqueness to this book to me. I loved the letters back and forth between Noah and Grace.....BEST PART OF THE BOOK and Noah was just swoon-worthy! I really went back and forth about my rating so I'm going to go in-between the two and give it 3.5 stars.
So we start with Grace in school writing to a soldier for her class. They started a friendship/relationship that she felt more on her side than Noah initially felt on his. Noah is a couple of years older than Grace and enlists in the Marine's to better his life. Through the letters he receives from Grace they form a bond, but when he finally realizes his feelings for Grace and goes to see her he realizes he has to get his life together before he approaches her. Here begins a big misunderstanding and the beginning of Grace's broken heart when Noah goes about things the wrong way. Grace's character has alot of growth to do and finding herself. She was very immature and annoyed me most of the time, some of it unnecessary, and I had to remind myself that this was just fictional but as her and Noah's relationship progresses he helps break down her walls and brings out a better side of Grace.
The plot of this story was great.... a modern day fairy tale that with a little more character and story development could have totally blew me away and the epilogue needed just a little bit more to complete Noah and Grace's story. Overall, this is a good debut novel for Jen and I looked forward to reading her future works. Undeclared was a quick, sweet, romantic love story and Noah's best friends Bo's book is next and I'm hoping we will see more of Noah in Bo's book.
I felt Noah's body heat behind mine. He wasn't going anywhere. But I could ignore him.
But a clearly tipsy Lana and an every drunker Amy were coming down the stairs as I reached the first landing. Jack was nowhere to be seen. New plan.
"You two ready to go?" I asked. Lana was wide-eyed and mouthed, "He's right behind you" to me. Correction--Lana wasn't tipsy. She was drunk.
"I know," I said, "and you aren't invisible to him. I'm sure he can see you."
"Yup," Noah affirmed.
"Oh no!" Lana said "What about your cure?"
"Are you sick?" Noah asked, coming up to the landing to look at me intently.
"Not that kind of cure, silly," Lana said before I could open my mouth. She was feeling no pain. She stumbled down the stairs dragging Amy behind her. "Cure for heartache." Thanks Lana, I thought, as if I hadn't been humiliated enough before.
"I'll drive y'all home," Noah said. "My truck is out front."
"You can't park on the street," Lana said, poking one long fingernail into his chest. When her poke found no purchase, she began patting. "Wow, this is like marble. Amy," Lana turned and held up their joined hands, "feel this." At which point both girls proceeded to pat Noah's apparently very hard chest.
He, at least, had the grace to look embarrassed by this. I had to hustle Lana out before her drunken state revealed something even more embarrassing, although at this point, I wasn't sure what that could be.
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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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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