Nina Kennedy is alive...but not living...until she meets him. Planes, trains, heights...you name it, Nina is afraid of it and leads 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 and 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.
©2013 Penelope Ward (P)2015 Audible Inc.
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
Oh boy this book hooks you right in with the shy and nervous Nina and her infatuation, lust and ever growing feelings for her gorgeous, tattooed, pierced and very smart roommate Jake. Jake is so supportive and caring towards Nina and he picks up on all her insecurities and helps her as any good friend would do. But the more time they spend together the closer they become but Jake is giving off mixed messages and won't take their relationship to the next level. Every weekend he goes home to Boston and nobody knows why - there's a huge secret he's frightened to tell Nina about because it could ruin everything so when he eventually decides to share his secret with her he is one day too late..... one day that poisons their newly found happiness and joy leaving only despair, longing, heartache, regrets and pain.
What a captivating story because you so desperately want Nina and Jake to work things out but before you know it there's even more heartache, drama, angst, temptations and misunderstandings standing in their way before finally they get their Fairytale HEA ending. It was very touching and romantic at times and it also had it's share of sexy times too and eventually, when you thought their bitter-sweet love story was wrapping up, the author took you just a little further with them which was so perfect, loving, tender and a lovely ending.
Worth a credit? Dual POV's, two really good narrators and a highly emotional, sometimes funny, sometimes sexy, romantic and touching plot made this a very creditworthy listen. And one that had me saying "Oh just one more chapter"...... right through the night.
I rarely provide review comments and I have purchased over 1300 contemporary romance novels from audible in only 10 months. This book started off strong like it would be a quality plot. At about 50-60% it nose dived hard with ridiculous surprise spoilers ...and too many mis-communications causing rifts for one story. While wrapping up the ending many holes were left (I went back wards multiple times as I thought I had skipped a chapter ..but not). I also don't buy the HEA.
I wish there was more depth to Ninas character, I felt as though something that had consumed her for so long should've had more of an affect on her but she was over it so quick. And Jake was the main focus.. well I guess it is called "Jake undone" but still.
The story was captivating! I needed to know what happened next!
Probably Jake. He wasn't perfect, but he definitely tried to do the right thing. He comes across as a big bad boy, but had a heart of gold.
I'd say their timing was very good with reading the book. The inflection in their voice made it so believable that you felt like they were actually the characters in the story!
Oh definitely. I was lucky I had a 7 hour round trip car ride so I could listen to most of it.
Love Penelope's stories. They are just so interesting and emotional. They always have that little twist that you are quite expecting.
I loved this story. I had been intrigued by Jake character in the previous book but this book undid me. I felt how strongly he felt about all the people in he cared about. He gave his all always. Talk about not judging a book by it's cover. Wow.
I've never read this author before and honestly have no idea how I ended up picking this one up, but I'm so glad that I did. This was a great story and definitely a riveting listen.
Nina's a young woman about to embark on nursing school in NYC. She's a lot out of her element and struggling with a host of phobias that make the transition even more difficult. Her big brother's best friend lives in NYC and she moves into an apt with him, his girlfriend, and Jake.
Jake is an enigma. He has the appearance of a tattooed bad boy, but is really en employed engineer. He and Nina form a close friendship pretty much off the bat. He helps her with her math classes and her phobias which brings them in close proximity. But as much time as they spend together, Nina doesn't know why he disappears every weekend. She just knows that she's falling for him.
The first half of the book is told from Nina's POV and then the second half is told from Jake's. I really liked that about the book. I don't think I would have liked the book near as much if I'd had to stay in Nina's head the whole time. She has some maturity issues which sometimes make her a bit much.
Although their attraction is pretty much immediate, there is a really slow build to their romance...which I liked. It's obvious that there are hidden reasons why Jake is holding back. (I guessed them way early, but that didn't make it any less shocking when it did finally all come out.)
Although I admittedly LOVED this book. I did have some problems with it too.
Ryan's reaction seemed over the top. I just never got the jerk vibe from him until he was one and that took me totally by surprise.
Also...Nina's phobias and issues. While I liked what they added to the story to bring her and Jake together, thinking back on it after the fact, that aspect totally didn't work for me. I don't want to post any spoilers, but I would think those would be HUGE flags for Jake. He's been surprised by someone with mental issues before. Why would he get involved with someone else who actually has warning signs of deep mental problems again? Talk about PTSD...I'd think he'd have some in this instance, so that makes the entire premise for these characters ring false.
But even with that, I did love the book. I enjoyed every minute of listening to it....to the point that I ignored other books I was reading just so I could spend another ten minutes listening to this audiobook for just a bit more. The story line was riveting and even though I thought it had issues after I finished and thought it through, at the time of listening to it, I loved it. And that's where my rating on it comes from.
Both narrators did a fabulous job.
only gona write reviews of books i can finish, and love.
yes. i was grinning from ear to ear the first half of the story. laughing OUTLOUD, it was great.
the first 4 hours of the book. soo much chemistry and angst.
just be warned the first half of the book is waaay better than the last half. still good dont get me wrong. Felicity was awesome /highfive chicka, she nailed it
"Terrible and rather insulting."
I didn't like this book at all. The characters are annoying, and the authors attitude to mental health is just insulting. I seriously doubt all it takes to overcome deeply ingrained phobias is a hot guy you want to sleep with.
I also didn't like the female narrator. Her voice was rather annoying, and the way she voiced the main male character was terrible.
"YA romance with strong storyline..."
...a sensitive tattooed and pierced male lead and a decent female lead. What's not to like!
For me the storyline and the chemistry between the two characters were the highlights.Lots of twists and ups and downs.
The female narrators intonation was very annoying and difficult to get used to - I definitely would not want to listen to any other book narrated by her. It almost put me off continuing with this book but credit to the author I kept going to the end!
If you can overlook a) factual inaccuracy about phobias/ panic attacks being cured so quick and with the method suggested and b) how stupid several characters behave towards the end - you will like it!
"I Adored it!"
I was a great fan of the book, but hearing the Audio version brought it to life for me.
The Empire State building with A J
This is first time I listened to Felicity Munroe and Brian Pallino,they brought the characters to life for me.I would definitely listen to any other Audio books they narrate.
I was up near all night as I wanted to listen to it all in one sitting.
I can't wait until Jake Understood is out on Audio.
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