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.
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On occasion I like to take books that are doing very well with regards to sales and ratings, push back everything else I need to be reading, slot these in and see what all the fuss is about. For Jake Undone – it was just such an occasion.So Now… I’m trying to figure out the logistics of Jake Undone and it’s Amazon ranking. It’s currently sitting at No. 2 on the top romance sellers and how it got there… I just don’t know. I kind of dislike these kind of situations, because I’m basically going against the stream, kicking up a storm and having someone (or more) out there who will be really pissed at me… – But I’m calling fowl here ladies… I know a lot of readers out there shouting praises for Jake Undone… but…me? …I just don’t get it.Let me explain to you how come I say this.First of all (and I actually mentioned this earlier to someone) that while I read this book, I used my kindle’s highlight feature so often, that it was beginning to look as if I was reading a coloring-in book. There were a number of ‘things’ that I either didn’t get, didn’t like or frowned at.Let’s start:First off, I can’t really say I felt any connection to Nina while I read. In fact there was a point in the book that I honestly thought she was a crazy girl. Like a psycho chick. For real. It was the oddest character personality I’ve read in a long time. I didn’t dislike her – that’s not the case here… I honestly just didn’t feel as if I understand her very well at all. She was kind of… strange. Not to mention that often in the dialogue or her inner thoughts I ended up being surprised as to what she was thinking, saying or doing.For example…Once Nina meets Jake they kind of hit it off instantly. She thinks he’s cute and what-not… she finds herself attracted to him. But I remember reading about her extreme attraction at one point and wondering ‘where the hell did that come from?’ It was sudden. Unforeseen actually. One moment she was simply attracted to him. Enjoyed his company and the next she was telling us that she was so into him it was driving her mad. It just felt as if it came out of nowhere. The buildup was a fail – I think. There was no starting point that lead up to the eventuality of the matter. It was just suddenly there and it was on the forefront of her mind. The same goes with when she eventually she’s saying (inside her head) that she loves him. That too came like tada… and I actually jerked my head back and stared at the screen wondering if I missed something. Again, so sudden and just out of nowhere.
Another issue I faced was that they seem to have a casual relationship. It was friendly and I guess comfortable to be together. But again… suddenly Nina was going over issues about what Jake was keeping from her. Now we know from the blurb he has a secret. So we expected that. But what caught me off-guard was the fact that there was no prior curiosity or hint that Nina was concerned about Jakes past or history. The first time we even know she wondering is when she says…
“Despite whatever was stopping him from taking the next step with me, nothing had been able to prevent me from needing him, not even knowing that he was hiding something from me.”
That was the first time I even realized that Nina was concerned about it. I certainly didn’t get any indication while reading that he was hiding something. Yes I gathered he had a secret… it’s right there in the blurb… and I get he was quiet, but not overly quiet and definitely not enough for me to go…’mmm what you hiding Jake?’
There were also a few strange parts for me. I can’t say I hated them because that’s to strong a word, but they were just kind of odd…
“Reality Show Scene Three, enter stage left: hot womanizing roommate.”
“Reality Show Scene Four, enter stage right: instant best friend.”
I’m kind of not sure what happened to one and two… but these lines just seemed so out of place and irrelevant, I again wondered if I’d missed something vital.
“Oh yeah, I was in deep doo doo…in more ways than one.”
Umm… not sexy at all. It was so strange to read the words doo doo – I laughed. And not the good kind.
“He was so focused and was one of the smartest people I had ever met. His intelligence made him even sexier in my mind and made me feel even more inadequate. He was a badass.”
Again this sentence holds little baring for me. Cause you see… I didn’t pick up on Jakes ‘smartness’ at all. He wasn’t dumb but again, if it didn’t state so in the blurb I wouldn’t have even considered him being like an Einstein. He just didn’t come across as if Smart was one of his traits. In fact, we were told he was smart. But other that being able to do Math and of course being an engineer… I didn’t really see that. And it’s not only said once. It’s said a couple of times so it kind of stood out for me and I again… thought I’d missed something.
“well, even if I was his type, which I’m not,”
This phrase again, doesn’t really make sense to me. Of course I understand the context, but Nina had never ever seen Jake’s ‘type’ so there would be absolutely no way in hell she could say the above. Unless she’s clairvoyant… it’s just not possible for her to know this. It was never discussed, never pointed out… she just says it and the reason I noticed this line was because it was so random and again… was I missing something?
I turned to the guy next to me. “What is this song called?”
“It’s Fat Bottomed Girls, by Queen.”
Now, this isn’t really a problem with the book. It’s more a problem with me. I was shocked she didn’t know this lol. It’s one of my favorite songs and when she didn’t know this I knew that Nina and I could never be friends 🙂
“He had managed to render me completely speechless, and I couldn’t tell if my panties were just wet or whether I peed slightly.”
That ones just wrong. I didn’t want to be reading about lust and desire and then have the mental image placed into my head that she possibly peed her panty wet. Come on! That’s just gross.
“I loved him.
I had planned to pour my soul out to him tonight and almost told him how I felt moments ago in that hallway.”
You do? I didn’t know this. I was in your head and I didn’t have the slightest clue you were planning anything. Nor did I know your true feelings for Jake. Argh… it was frustrating to get bombshells dropped on you out of nowhere. And of course… what romance novel is complete with these famous words…
“Jake was a drug, and I was a junkie looking for my next high before I even came down from the last.”
“Lift one of your breasts to your mouth and lick it. Pretend I’m doing it to you.”
Umm… I found this one a little ummm impossible. I tried it and it didn’t work for me. I don’t even want to know how long her boobs are if she can get this right. I’ve never ever, ever read about this kind of thing before. I didn’t know it was possible. It’s certainly not something I can do. But bravo to you if you can :)Overall I found Nina a rather unlikable character. I found her unrealistic and annoying at times. But I didn’t hate her enough to have her character killed off or anything. I think that maybe the idea of her was just better formed inside the authors head than it was written in the book.Now Jake… Jake isn’t half bad. In fact there were times when I enjoyed his character. Mostly when he wasn’t delivering cheesy lines. But as a whole I liked him. His character was better developed than Nina’s was. But that’s likely due to the fact that we got to know Jake through Nina’s eyes before we switched over to him. But I’ll say that even when we did go to Jakes POV – I preferred it. In fact, I could have lived with the book being written entirely in Jakes POV if it was done that way.I did have some concerns about the choices he had to make. Not enough to mark this book down. In fact, I’m open to anything goes in fiction ( Except maybe not knowing if you are wet from desire or if you peed yourself… and maybe licking your own boobs…) I can handle it all I guess. But I can say that in this book there is an issue that mildly put me off. I won’t go into it to much since it’s actually a major factor in the plot… but all I’ll say is that I know it was necessary for the shocker… but I felt that it wasn’t concluded at the end of the book. We should have had closure on the subject. It’s ridiculous to expect Nina to just accept Jakes guilt for what he needs to do when she’s told him that she doesn’t like it. There was a stage in this book where I was heading towards giving it a 2 / 5. When we switched over to Jake’s POV… that was the redeeming point for Jake Undone. I found Nina’s entire POV a little dull, effing confusing, annoying and at times I was just plain lost as to where we were heading. However, even though Jakes POV was far, far better than Nina’s, Jake Undone didn’t scream 5 or even 4 stars. It was simply just an ordinary book with snippets here and there that were kind of cute or likable. The rest has either been said, done or stood out as weird.The epilogue was like a whole new book if you ask me. It’s a year later… and so much has happened and I’m reading it and thinking… but what about this and that and where are we now? Certain circumstances just shouldn’t have been mentioned if we weren’t going to get proper insight into it. It just made me wonder. And I don’t like to sit and wonder long after the book is done. This tells me that this book wasn’t complete and didn’t come full circle. Oh well… the bottom line is that I didn’t love Jake Undone. I smiled at times but they were rare. My finger is numb from highlighting areas of concern and as a whole it was a tiring read. I had to think way to much. I had to reread sentences every so often. There are certain times when the sentence structures didn’t make sense to me. Not very often, but I did go ‘huh?’ more than 5 times during the book…
The just of my thoughts on Jake Undone is that I can’t say that it really deserves to be in the Amazon list ranking that it’s currently standing at 🙁
Rating: 3 Stars
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