In this follow-up novella to Frederick's UNDECLARED, young lovers Grace and Noah find their relationship challenged by Noah's financial and personal insecurities.
I enjoyed UNDECLARED and was eager to read this mini-sequel. The characters are still interesting and believable, especially Lana. Grace and Noah still have crackling chemistry. The dialog is snappy and spirited. Lots of conflict in the first half. Noah is definitely a fish out of water during their holiday visit to Grace's wealthy uncle's home.
There's a pacing problem here. The plot isn't developed enough, even for a novella. So though the piece starts out well, the ending is rushed and more summary than story. There's no attention given to Grace's mother, aunt and uncle as real people. The aunt is made out to be some kind of nasty predator, but even that isn't explored fully. And it isn't only the new characters who suffer from speed-pacing in UNDRESSED. Noah--our hero--has lost his steel. He's whiny and so obsessed with being a "have not" surrounded by "haves" he's almost unattractive.
There's an epilogue that does little other than ruin the rest of the Woodlands series. It basically tells us the plot and ending of Book 3. Seriously, by the end of this I was so bored of successful billionaires, I could weep. All the hot, interesting, REAL guys from UNDECLARED are reduced to Wall Street Wonders. I'm all for fantasy and wish fulfillment but this takes all the raw honesty of the first book and turns it to AT HOME WITH THE KARDASHIANS' NICER NEIGHBORS.
I'm still looking forward to UNRAVELED (book 3) but I need to take a break and forget the ending of this novella if I'm going to have any chance of enjoying it.