*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*
OK I will admit the main reason I was drawn to this book was for the sexy marine (yes I am shallow at times ;)) I really liked the idea of pen friends and was intrigued to read about a relationship based on this. I thought it was a fresh idea in amongst all the New Adult books out there.
I wasn’t disappointed with Undeclared, I really enjoyed the story. Grace Sullivan has somewhat unofficially been saving herself for Noah Jackson to return from overseas after building a relationship via letters for four years. When Grace plucks up the courage and asks Noah if they can finally meet, he sends her one last letter although it is of the ‘Dear John’ variety. Heartbroken and hurt Grace has no choice but begin college with the hopes of forgetting about Noah and all that they shared via airmail.
Noah may sound like an ass but in fact he is far from it. With no family waiting on him and the risk of death every day during his tour, Grace was the only constant in his life. So in order to meet face to face he decided he was going to be the man she deserved first. he had a plan; “Get out of the Marines, get a degree, get Grace.”
I may have instantly fell in love with Noah, when he appeared in the college campus determined to get Grace back, all his actions were swoon worthy. From carrying her bag, opening doors and the sexy, protective, almost possessive way he would stroke her neck. Ahh *melts* To give Grace her due she didn’t cave straight away and I respected her for that. He had broken her heart with no explanation so she made him work for her forgiveness. Go girl!!
I liked the author’s writing style, it was an easy read for me, I got swept up in the story and I was certainly drawn into Grace and Noah’s world. I also fell in love with the supporting characters and I’m really glad this is going to be a series and all the Woodlands boys will get their own story, with Noah’s battle buddy Bo being next.
The only trouble I had with the story was wanting more detail, we were told Grace was from money and therefore she didn’t understand having to work for what she wanted, we were told Grace was undecided in her major; she was too afraid to go after what she really wanted and we were also told that Noah participated in MMA fighting. These three key plot points were important to the story but I felt we were told a lot rather than shown. I craved more detail in each of these elements. However it in no way dulled my enjoyment of the story. I just craved that extra kick.
Undeclared it a fun, sexy New Adult novel with great characters and will leave you wanting more.
*I’d like to thank the author for giving an ARC, in exchange for my honest review.*
When I saw that this book involved a marine, I knew I had to give it a try. Marines seem so uncommon in books, at least to me. This is especially true if they are the hero, and since it was about the marine trying to win the heart of his pen pal, after he told her they were strictly friends, I knew this would be a quick read, with a nice love story. I’m happy to say that I wasn’t wrong.
The two main characters of this book are Grace and Noah. We see the story from both sides, as we get both of their points of view, and I thought it worked really well, in this case. Grace was interesting to read about, since she loved photography, but was too scared of failure to try to get into the arts program. I found it really refreshing to read a book where one of the characters didn’t have a set plan for their future, and here is where I thought the New Adult part shone through very well. I loved Grace, because she was so real. She had her friends, a hobby, but no sure idea of where she was headed. In my opinion, this was a really good example of where a lot of new adults are at that point in their lives, and I was happy to see it touched on in this book.
Noah was a great character as well. As a marine, he knew how to fight, and overcome physical obstacles. It was really interesting watching him try to overcome Grace’s dislike of uncertainty. He felt horrible after telling her he didn’t feel anything more for her than he would a friend, and that he didn’t write her for two years after. However, I could definitely sympathize with him, as being a marine-turned-civilian had to be pretty horrible. However, aside from that, he was also just a great guy in general. He cared for his friends, and he knew what he wanted out of life, and that was Grace. I loved that he knew how much of a mistake he made, and I loved watching him try to make amends.
There were some interesting side characters in this novel. I think Lana was my favorite. As Grace’s cousin, she knew all about Grace’s love for Noah, and just tried to help her move on. When Noah came back, she tried to keep Grace from thinking everything was perfect, and I really appreciated that. We all need a friend to help us through the bad times, but also keep our heads on straight, and I thought the author portrayed Lana very well in this role. Then, there was Noah’s best friend, Bo. He was extremely loyal to Noah, and would follow him anywhere. I thought he was really well-written too. I’m just interested in how such a great guy became such a playboy. He gets his own book next in this series, so it will be fun to see how things turn out for him.
The actual plot of this story was pretty much a romance. Grace loved Noah, and hadn’t dated anyone since his last letter two years ago, and Noah was the same. The pace picked up when Noah appeared at Grace’s college, and I had a good time watching them fall in love, and reevaluate their relationship. I loved watching Noah struggle to get Grace back. Also, there were a few fight scenes in this book, since Noah fights for money, as he refuses everyone else’s help. I thought those were done well. There was also a theme of self-discovery going on, as the title of the novel applies to Grace’s lack of major, and I thought that was brilliant.
Overall, this book was a quick, light, and easy read. The characters were well-written, and the pace was pretty even. The theme of self-discovery and finding one’s direction was something I loved seeing in this novel, because realistically, not everyone knows what they are going to do for the rest of their lives in college. I’m definitely happy I read it, and am looking forward to Bo’s story, the next book in the series.