Tuesday, November 12, 2013

BLOG TOUR :: Jake Undone by Penelope Ward

Book:  Jake Undone
Author: Penelope Ward
Genre:  Romance/Contemporary/New Adult
Publication Date: October 21st,2013


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.

My Review:  

Ah Jake from Jake Undone..What a strong man he is…Oops, dreaming again…Sorry..Back to reviewing!

Jake Undone is another brilliant novel from Penelope Ward…You know it’s like when you try a new brand and it comes out extremely awesome so you keep buying products from it?..That’s exactly the case with Penelope! Both novels are powerful, emotional and pierce your soul..Different stories but same quality…

There are literally countless things I love about this one, but I will try to sum them up for you…

The first thing that comes to mind is this quote from the book: “Let’s go downstairs to Eleni’s. My treat. Phenomenal Greek food.” One: I’m half-Greek Two: One of my mum’s names is Eleni….My jaw dropped to the floor when I read it and then I was laughing like crazy..It’s almost like Penelope has a sixth sense or something..And if you read my interview with her, you will see that her special ability makes itself known quite regularly..

I just love the Prologue…Not going to say anything more because I don’t want to spoil it for you, but I had to state it..

Plus, I loved all the comments/thoughts that Nina had! It was priceless to hear her say one thing but think something entirely different..For example, when she was describing Jake to someone..PRICELESS!!

I also loved Penelope’s creativity regarding the names of her characters!! Nina, Tarah and Alistair? Let’s not forget about Eleni, of course…I really like it when the characters have rare names..It gives a special aura to the book…

Jake and Nina were attracted to each other since the first time they met. That is a given. But they became best friends, too. That is what I loved in their relationship. Of course, Jake was hot the one minute and cold the other. But they were indeed best friends! They knew each other well, their thinking process, preferences. They simply knew each other. Of course, Chicago was a massive stepping stone. They bonded in that place in a way I cannot even begin to describe. However, Christmas was the event that triggered a response and set everything in motion…Vague enough?

Anyway…I will stop rambling now…

I would like to finish with this..

Jake Undone will leave you breathless..It’s a brilliant novel, so intense that you’re going to feel ready to explode..Its energy is vibrating..Complications and events will make your heart stop and your eyes tear up..Jake and Nina will steal your heart and there’s nothing you can do about it….

As you may know, My Skylar is Penelope’s next novel and it will be about Skylar, a character from Jake Undone..Skylar is a spectacular young girl and you will fall in love with her instantly! I guarantee that! She plays a vital role in this book..In fact, I would call her the Breakthrough Star of the Jake Undone…

I had the outmost pleasure to have Penelope Ward for an interview and see her point of view...She's really remarkable! You can see it HERE !!!

Author bio:
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Penelope Ward grew up in Boston with five older brothers. She spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family friendly career. Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 9-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 7-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life. Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.

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Book: Gemini
Genre: Contemporary/New Adult/Erotica/Chick Lit
Publication date: May 24th,2013

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Diner waitress Allison Abraham had no idea her mundane life was about to dramatically change the day she serves a devastatingly handsome customer.

Allison is immediately captivated by the mysterious man who stared through her soul with his electric blue eyes. After he abruptly leaves the restaurant, she can’t get him out of her head.

She has no idea that he had actually come on a mission to find her.

Cedric Callahan wasn’t expecting to fall in love at first sight with the pretty waitress he’d set out to find. In fact, she was the last woman on Earth he should be having feelings for. But his selfish heart had other plans. Feeling compelled to know her before revealing himself, he makes her believe their meetings are coincidental. 

After a passionate romance ignites, Cedric’s lies and secrets are finally revealed, changing both of their lives forever.

My Review:

Gemini Oh Gemini…..If I said that I love this book, it would be an understatement..

I am warning you, because now that I’m gonna start praising this brilliant book I’m not sure if and when I’m going to stop. Just giving you a fair warning is all……

Gemini is what I call the epitome of a great book. It has an excellent story, great characters and amazing writing. The story is both romantic and mysterious with depth and meaning. The characters are interesting, intriguing and easy to love at first sight. The writing is both formal and informal. By this I mean that Penelope Ward’s writing is impeccable, accurate, smart but also fun and romantic. The way she says her story is serious, heavy with significance, but also compassionate and sympathetic. The way she introduces her characters and let us get to know them is sweet, fun and absolutely addictive! Her writing entails the perfect combination of seriousness and romance, mystery and love.

There’s not a thing I would change……

>>Allison is an amazing admirable young woman. Her life was full of love and support until everything changed. She lost her mother, her studies, her boyfriend and she lost her purpose, as she claimed. During that, she met Cedric, who ignited something inside her that she didn’t know it existed. Her heart is golden and her soul is pure. She lacks any mean and negative emotions…She’s the perfect girl and I wish she were real..

But Cedric has lied to her repeatedly. His betrayal cut her deeply and she felt lost and alone and confused. Her life has changed once more, but her path was unknown. So she left everything behind and tried to adjust to the new parameters that fast became very loved. Then, she knew she felt what was right. She knew what she wanted and returned with fierce determination.

You know, it’s ok to feel lost. It’s ok to take some time to figure things out, to determine the path you want to follow. She didn’t run away; She ran to herself. When you feel lost, the first thing you need to do is to rediscover yourself. And she did that. But when that happened, she took action again and claimed what was hers.

I loved Allison and everything about her..I loved reading about her in this book and I loved reading about her in Jake Undone..Who am I kidding? I love Penelope’s novels, end of story!

>>Cedric is great man despite his lies and/or mistakes. I didn’t really blame him for what happened with Amanda (you’ll read all about her, not gonna tell you a thing about her!!) and I don’t exactly blame him for lying. Of course, it wasn’t right, but it wasn’t entirely wrong either. Who can blame a guy who only wants to get to know a girl? And her to get to know him, without the burdens the past bestows..It’s a tricky situation..

In any case, Cedric is an amazing character. And oh hell, I love his name and I love saying his name, silently in my mind and out loud..Don’t judge me now…

And don’t hold the length of the review against me..I warned you, remember?

Gemini is one of my favorite books of all time and Penelope Ward has inserted herself to my heart..She is an outstanding author, who will continue to shine and offer us more amazing novels..

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