Jake Undone by Penelope Ward: Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway

Synopsis:

Nina Kennedy was alive…but not living…until she met him.
Planes, trains, heights… you name it, Nina was afraid of it and led a sheltered life ruled by irrational fears and phobias. When she moves to Brooklyn for nursing school, that life is turned upside down, as she develops an intense but unwanted attraction to her gorgeous roommate who’s pierced, tattooed and just happens to be the smartest person she’s ever met.
Behind Jake Green’s rough exterior and devilish smile, lies a heart of gold. He makes it his mission to change Nina’s outlook on life. When he agrees to tutor her, they forge a bet and the stakes are high as Jake forces Nina to face her demons. He just wasn’t expecting to fall hard for her in the process.
What Nina doesn’t realize, is that Jake has been living his own private hell. Once he drops a bombshell, will their love survive it?
Told in two parts from both Nina and Jake’s points of view, Jake Undone is a standalone story and a companion to the novel, Gemini.

Stacia Says…

Jake Undone follows Nina Kennedy and Jake Green; both of them are not really living until they meet each other. Nina moves to New York to start nursing school and moves into an apartment with her brother’s best friend Ryan and two other roommates, one being Jake. Nina has ‘irrational fears and phobias’ and is afraid of really living life. Jake lives in New York, but leaves every weekend to go to Boston and no one really knows why. Nina is a breath of fresh air in his dark days and he makes it his mission to change her outlook on life and help her with her fears. What Jake doesn’t expect is to fall so quickly for Nina and to love her so completely. Will she return his feelings and once Nina learns of the bombshell that he has been hiding, can their love survive?
 
“Sometimes if you are willing to withstand a little pain in life Nina, you might discover a pleasure that you never would have otherwise known existed.”
While I enjoyed this story and thought that Nina and Jake definitely had chemistry I felt that the “bombshell” that Jake had to share took too long to be revealed and this caused the book to be a little slow for me. I typically enjoy alternating points of view (POV’s) but in this case, Nina’s POV is the first 60% of the book, then Jake tells his story for about 20% and then it alternates between the two of them for the last 20% of the book. I think the book would have had a better flow, had their POV’s alternated throughout the book, perhaps chapter by chapter instead. There are some steamy, sexy scenes with Jake and Nina and Jake was a lovable character who said and did some swoon worthy things… HELLO bat origami with poems and sweet messages on them.. Loved that!
“I’m yours. I have never belonged to anyone before…but I know that i belong to you. My body belongs to you. My heart belongs to you. My soul belongs to you. Only to you.”

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About the Author:

Penelope Ward grew up in Boston with five older brothers. She spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family friendly career.
Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee, and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.
She is the proud mother of a beautiful 9-year old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 7-year old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life.
Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.
She is currently working on her third novel and loves friend requests from readers!

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