Review: Unspoken (Woodland #2) by Jen Frederick

An ARC copy provided by Random House UK, Ebury Publishing via NetGalley

Description from GoodReads

Whore. Slut. Typhoid Mary. 
I’ve been called all these at Central College. One drunken night, one act of irresponsible behavior, and my reputation was ruined. Guys labeled me as easy and girls shied away. To cope, I stayed away from Central social life and away from Central men, so why is it that my new biology lab partner is so irresistible to me?
He’s everything I shouldn't want. A former Marine involved in illegal fighting with a quick trigger temper and an easy smile for all the women. His fists aren't the danger to me, though, it’s his charm. He’s sliding his way into my heart and I’m afraid that he’s going to be the one to break me.
Impulsive. Unthinking. Hot tempered.
I allow instinct to rule my behavior. If it feels good, do it, has been my motto because if I spend too much time thinking, I’ll begin to remember exactly where I came from. At Central College, I've got fighting and I've got women and I thought I was satisfied until I met her.
She’s everything I didn't realize I wanted and the more time I spend with her, the more I want her. But she’s been hurt too much in the past and I don’t want to be the one to break her. I know I should walk away, but I just can’t.

Rating: 5 Stars!

I really really like this book. It got a great plot, well-rounded characters, and beefy emotional scenes throughout the story. Although this book is the second book of the series, i thought it could be read also as a standalone as i could adapt to the story easily.

Frederick woven great topics such as bullying, adultery, and domestic abuse in this book. Both characters have their own struggles to conquer whilst developing their relationship together. Readers could really see the progression within them to become better people, and more mature. In the end, it was all worth fighting for.

I love big-hearted jocks, and i cannot lie! Bo, the hero is not only a badass fighter college student, but also an ex-marine. What an achievement, huh? There's been quite a few fighter hero in the New Adult genre, and i thought Bo stand out brightly. He's a respectable person  he respect his colleague and most importantly he respect AM a lot, and would fight for her. The Marine training left an obvious mark on his discipline, he's not as neanderthal as i imagined him to be. But fiction won't be great without it's mystery behind it's character~

AM, a twenty years old college student. A bright girl, who made a few bad decision in the past, and accused of things she didn't do, which still haunts her 'till now. AM is a great representation of social prejudice and bullying within adulthood, not many people realise bullying could still happen even after they left high school, and it's not a nice experience. I like that she's an independent girl, and made decision by herself, she don't crumble in front of pressure and she's admired by people surrounded her. She's not perfect, but definitely an inspiration.

I definitely would say reader will despise the villain with all their hearts. He's heartless, manipulative, and certainly all-round jackass. Readers will enjoy of what he will receive in the end.

Frederick injected just the right amount of drama, sexy, angst, and action. The climax of the story was fantastic, and i really hope we would see Gray's story in future!


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