March 30, 2015

ERIN REVIEWS: Jake Understood (Jake #2) by Penelope Ward


Jake Understood (Jake #2) by Penelope Ward
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Jake Undone, comes a full-length standalone companion novel and sequel.

A different side to the story: Jake’s side.

“We’re getting a new roommate,” they said.


I thought nothing of it...until she walked in the door. Her hand trembled in mine as she looked at me with fearful eyes. My entire world spun on its axis.

Nina...

It was a mismatch made in heaven: innocent girl from the boonies moves in with tattooed, pierced, badboy engineer.

I came up with a bet, a plan to tutor her in math and coach her through her phobias. What I wasn’t betting on was becoming addicted to her.

But I was living a double life on weekends, and once she found out about it, she’d be gone.

I had to protect myself and that meant one thing: I couldn’t fall in love.

In Jake Understood, pivotal scenes from Jake Undone are retold from Jake’s point of view combined with all-new material from both the past and present time where Jake Undone left off. It can stand alone but if both books are read, should follow Jake Undone. Contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+.


Oh how sweet it is to be inside the mind of the beautiful and tortured soul that is Jake Green!!  I devour everything that Penelope Ward writes like it’s my last meal, and Jake Undone just made me melt for this man that gives too much for his own good.  So when I heard that we’d be getting more of these incredible characters, AND we’d be inside his head for the journey…well, let’s just say getting an ARC of this book made my month!!

I knew we would get so much more than just a rehash of the same story from Jake’s point of view, but I was really excited to see that we also were getting a glimpse at what our favorite couple was up to many years down the road.  When Jake invites their friends to come over as a surprise for Nina (more Skylar and Mitch, yay!!), they find out that he screwed up big time the night before, and Nina’s walked out to get some much-needed space.  Ever the awesome friends, they take Jake’s mind off of his worries by asking to hear the story of his time with Nina during those months when they first fell in love.  His look back on their sweet, tension-filled love story was just as unforgettable as Nina’s, with lots of added perks!

It’s one thing to fall for the hottie roommate when we’re viewing him from the other side, but to actually get to understand everything that makes him irresistible was even better.  All of those little things that I thought were such cute “Jakeisms”, like the origami bats and his goofy obsession with bananas, were even more adorable through his eyes.  To know the thought that went into his messages on his little winged notes just made me swoon, he was so adorably sweet and sexy all at once that I couldn’t stand it!  Then there was his dirty mind, which was of course just a delicious treat without question.  The man lusted big time for Nina, and he leaves no doubt about it!  And that epic moment when they were finally ready to take what they wanted…damn, that was HOT!!

It was both painful and heartwarming to see the torment that Jake went through as he tried to be a good man and not leave Ivy all alone.  While I hated that he felt so tied and guilty, I also loved seeing how this man was just not willing to turn his back on a friend in need.  Yes, it made his life and his relationship with Nina so very complicated, but it just made him that much better of a man in my eyes.  It would have been great if they didn’t have to deal with his ties to Ivy anymore in the future, but I think where he and Nina were at with the situation was a healthier place after this part of their story.  It was awesome seeing them with a family and still so very much in love (and yeah, hot for each other!!), and I feel the need to say an enthusiastic and very grateful THANK YOU to Penelope Ward for giving us more of their story! Perfection! 

Quotes:

I sat there staring at the paper bat in my hand and couldn’t help but laugh at myself.  It was official: I had lost my damn mind over a girl. ~Loc 316

She screamed out in frustration and punched the back wall. 
“Fuck me! I can’t believe this,” she said.
Believe me, I’d give anything to know what it felt like to fuck you, Nina.
I joked, “Well, that’s one way we could pass the time, but I don’t make a habit of doing that with women in the midst of a hyperventilation episode.  It’s too confusing…hard to tell what’s actually causing the heavy breathing.” ~Loc 493

Her sweet voice startled me. “Jake?”
“Yeah.”
“I’m really sorry for invading your privacy.”
“It’s okay, Nina.”
“Thank you.”
“Nina?”
“Yeah?”
“Your underwear drawer might get rearranged this week.  That’s all I’m sayin’.”~Loc772

My dick was completely hard now, and there was nowhere to run and nothing I could do.  Either I was looking at her beautiful, wanting eyes, hard nipples, or thinking about her getting herself off.  It was the blue balls trifecta. ~Loc 1314


JAKE UNDONE is only $.99!!!

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.

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and 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 10-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 8-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life.

Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.

She is the author of Stepbrother Dearest, which spent four consecutive weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. Other works include, Jake Undone, My Skylar, Jake Understood, Gemini and the upcoming Sins of Sevin due out in the fall of 2015.

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