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.
Review—Jake Undone by Penelope Ward
“Yeah, well things aren’t always what they seem on the surface.” I had no idea back then how prophetic that statement would become…”
Nina needs a fresh start. Moving to New York in order to pursue a degree in Nursing, Nina knows there are some things in her life that need to change…namely, her fears. When and how they started, doesn’t matter. Bottom line, they are debilitating in a way that has made this transition difficult for Nina. Thankfully, with the help of Ryan, her brother’s best friend (and essentially her second brother), Nina is able to embrace some familiarity in a place where everything is so different.
Moving in with Ryan, Tarah, and the enigmatic Jake is like a dream. It’s an automatic fit…in ways no one thought possible. Jake is that guy. Tattoos, piercings, extremely hot; but not just in his rugged bad-boy looks, no there’s more. Jake is an engineer. He’s hot and smart! Seriously…*wringing out panties*. Jake is also a mystery. He works full time, keeps to himself, and leaves every Friday to Boston for the weekend. No one knows why, no one asks and Jake doesn’t offer. When he meets Nina for the first time, there is something there. No one can pin-point the initial reaction, and no one wants to admit there even is one…but, an opportunity presents itself for Jake to get to know Nina in a way he could only dream about. And because Nina needs Jake’s help (and wants his body), she agrees to the terms of his offer. Talk about facing fears…
“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.”
And so it begins.
“I looked forward to time spent with him more than anything because I never felt more alive. I wanted to be with him all the time.”
“I wanted…him. I wanted him.”
Living life just going through the motions is no life at all. It’s not living, it’s existing. Both Jake and Nina have just been existing in life, going through the motions, tending to obligations, breathing. Neither one truly understood what living was until they discovered it within each other. What started out as friendship turns to something more and before either one can stop the snowball effect, life, as it was, gets much more complicated. Will the obstacles, secrets, fears, and revelations pull them apart? Or will it seal them forever as who they were meant to be together?
“He brought me back to life. He brought me back to life, and he could very well be the death of me all over again. It would be worth the risk. But he’s holding all the cards.”
“If Nina chooses to leave me, a day wouldn’t go by when I wasn’t pining for her. The thought of her moving on…I honestly didn’t know how I would handle it.”
What a steamy, sweet, and slightly twisted read. The course of events weren’t what I would call a surprise…but they kind of were. I absolutely fell in love with Jake, from the very first page. I was engrossed and engaged from the beginning to the end. I love how something as simple as fear (of anything) can change the course of a person’s life. That is truly what I felt this was about; conquering one’s fears. Whether it be a phobia, of commitment, of death, or just facing the skeletons in your closet. This book spoke volumes in that sense. And the characters, beautiful. I look forward to reading more from Penelope Ward. This was a treat and definitely a treasure to enjoy (and devour)!
**4.5 Planes, Trains & Subway Car Stars**
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.
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