Review: Jake Undone by Penelope Ward
Author: Penelope Ward
Publisher: Penelope Ward
Published: October 21, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
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.
“We were two fractured souls that fit together like the last two missing pieces in a “fucked up life” puzzle. When we were together, life finally made sense; it wasn’t all work, obligation, guilt and fear. It was just amazing to be alive. She needed me to help her, but she didn’t realize I needed her so much more.”
Jake Undone was the second novel that I’ve read from Penelope Ward and I have to say that it’s much better than the first book (a different novel) that I’ve read which was RoomHate. There was so much emotional depth here so I can say that giving her work another try was worth it.
The story started off when Nina Kennedy moved to New York to study nursing. In her apartment, she met the hot, tatted, and pierced engineer named Jake Green who’s to become her roommate along with her childhood friend Ryan and his girlfriend Tarah. Jake was the kind of man who could easily attract women because of his notorious looks, his sense of humor, and of course, his wit and smartness– which were the reasons why Nina was hooked. But Jake was one who hides secrets, goes to Boston every weekend without letting everyone know the reason. Soon Nina and Jake’s friendship blossomed into love and no matter how hard Jake was trying to resist her, he fell for her. Things got complicated when his secrets were unveiled and their relationship was jeopardized.
I enjoyed almost everything in this book. And I meant, from 1-80%. It managed to swoon me and make me giggle and cry. But I have to be honest. The scenes from 81% onwards went somewhat downhill. It felt like the plot drastically changed in an opposing way because of how the main characters (Jake especially) acted and how they basically ruined their relationship because of their reckless acts and stupid decisions. Also there were too many twists which were kind of overdone.
But as I’ve said, I enjoyed almost everything in it. I felt connected to the characters and the story and I totally loved the romance and how the characters interacted. Also, their lines were romantic albeit sometimes cheesy. I also loved it when Jake purposely wrote poems for Nina. You see, he’s one adorable sexy geek. PLUS POINTS to that! Plus, the first twist was a total winner! I didn’t see it coming at all.
“You can choose right here and now to stay in the present and let go of the fear or you can choose to engage it.”
I loved that the story also tackled difficult issues and mental health topics, giving us readers some semblance of reality. As a whole, it was an emotional, sexy New Adult romance read and despite some imperfections, I did not regret that I dived into it. 🙂
“Love has no conscience. It doesn’t know right or wrong. It’s a feeling you can’t shake that penetrates your soul, and it cannot be broken.”
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