by Jen Frederick
My rating: 4 stars
Series: Woodlands - Book 4
Publication Date: April 13, 2015
Publisher: Pear Tree LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 235 pages
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Winter Donovan loves two
things: her sister and her sister's ex boyfriend. She's spent her whole
life doing the right thing except that one time, that night when Finn
O'Malley looked hollowed out by his father's death. Then she did
something very wrong that felt terribly right.
Finn can't stop
thinking about Winter and the night and he'll do anything to make her a
permanent part of his life, even if it means separating Winter from the
only family she has.
Their love was supposed to be unrequited
but one grief stricken guy and one girl with too big of a heart results
in disastrous consequences.
Unrequited by Jen Frederick
Could you cross the line of propriety to “soothe” another’s pain and desperation? What if the little fly in the ointment was that you have pined for your sister’s boyfriend for as long as you can remember? When is the right time to take what you want and live your own life instead of living it for another?
Winter has been the self-appointed crutch for her very troubled sister, Ivy, giving up on living her own life. Finn and Ivy were together, but in Winter’s heart, she was the third point of a non-existent live triangle. When Finn’s devastation at the loss of his father sends him spiraling into an abyss, one chance meeting with him and Winter gives in to her heart and body in a need to "comfort" him. Then she ran. But Finn isn’t through with her and when the opportunity to let her know comes, he comes on like steamroller to get her back in his bed and his life.
At what point will Winter stop hiding behind her sister’s issues when the one man she wants is offering himself up like a prized gem? Some things are meant to be, but are Finn and Winter?
Unrequited by Jen Fredericks is filled with tough decisions, heartbreaking drama and sexual tension as taut as a garrote. Her scenes are graphic, emotionally and visually as she carves out the struggles of two people who want each other. Through many intense sexual scenes, it is apparent there is chemistry between Winter and Finn, but it felt so physical that often the emotional side seem cast into the background. I want to feel the love on at least the same level as the sensual heat. I want to feel the breaking down of emotional barriers and the raw attraction of the heart, a little more. The guilt felt by Winter was very apparent, but if it were so wretched, wouldn’t she either stay away or be completely honest with Ivy, giving her the chance to show how far she has come?
Ms. Frederick has a style that crosses boundaries, digs into the very heart of the story and brings on the angst in full force. She leads us through a twisted tale of love, obligation and need, while allowing both her characters and her readers the opportunity to make their own way, form their own opinions and see the story through their own moral compass. That is bold writing and Ms. Frederick has it in spades.
I received an ARC edition from the author in exchange for my honest review.