Unraveled (Woodlands)- Jen Frederick

Twenty-five-year-old Sgt. Gray Phillips is at a crossroads in his life: stay in the Marine Corps or get out and learn to be a civilian? He’s got forty-five days of leave to make up his mind but the people in his life aren’t making the decision any easier. His dad wants him to get out; his grandfather wants him to stay in. And his growing feelings for Sam Anderson are wreaking havoc with his heart…and his mind. He believes relationships get ruined when a Marine goes on deployment. So now he’s got an even harder decision to make: take a chance on Sam or leave love behind and give his all to the Marines.

Twenty-two year old Samantha Anderson lost her husband to an IED in Afghanistan just two months after their vows. Two years later, Sam is full of regrets–that she didn’t move with her husband to Alaska; that she allowed her friends to drift away; that she hasn’t taken many chances in life. Now, she’s met Gray and taking a risk on this Marine could be her one opportunity to feel alive and in love again. But how can she risk her heart on another military man who could share the same tragic fate as her husband?

Im am a sucker for books about military men, Marines especially, so when this book dropped onto my kindle i did a happy dance, i have loved the previous Woodland books and this is another great book from the series.

I totally loved Bo in his Woodland book but i must say Gray is a very close second. I liked that we got to see a little more from Noah and Bo in Gray’s story. As with Noah and Bo, Gray didnt want to find love with any one but in the end love found him.

Samantha’s character really draws you in from the start, shes kind of lost herself. Sam is a strong girl that had been through a lot and lived with many regrets and what ifs. She has always been Will’s girl, Will’s wife or Will’s widow, she doesnt really know what its like to be just Sam, until Gray comes along and shows her how fun life can be again.

Sam has seemed to live in the shadow of the life she had with Will, his army pack is still in the corner of her condo, his boots still against the wall, but with the budding relationship she has with Gray, she finds herself less and less in the shadows and more in the light of new experiences and adventures. Sam finds that her heart is healing and she can put away the physical things of Will’s and just keep the memories.

I love how Sam and Gray’s relationship grew it was a slow burn, and started off as temporary but grew into so much more.
Gray learned to trust again and found a new love in the Marines again with Sam’s help and unshakable love.

Unraveled will take you on a journey of second chances, loss, love, friendship, family and most importantly the opportunity to choose. To choose any adventures life has to offer not to just sit back and let life pass you by.

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