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Undeclared (Woodlands, #1)

Undeclared (Woodlands, #1) - Jen Frederick I really, really liked Undeclared.It was fairly drama free, it had two awesome main characters, a great cast of supporting ones and, while the author was stretching it a bit - which she admits herself in the end, I thought it was a great, unique story.Noah was a nice guy! That's the first thing you need to know about this book. If you're tired of the obligatory tattooed bad boy womanizer hero, this is your book. Because Noah was a nice guy, consistently, until the end. I never once thought he might do something to make me mad or suspected him or doubted his intentions. He owns up to every word he says, and he does everything right.I liked how determined her was to get/win Grace back.edit: I have to add. It was such a relief reading a book where I didn't have to worry about the hero doing something to piss me off.Grace, on the other hand, annoyed me just a tiny little bit. I think us girls are much more forgiving towards the opposite sex, even when it comes to fiction, because while I'd have been fine with Noah screwing up once of twice, it was Grace's flair for the dramatic for no obvious reason that really had me shaking my head. It wasn't even that bad.I think it's the fact that without it - there wouldn't have been conflict in the story. Otherwise, she was a perfectly good heroine, but she invented problems where there weren't any just for the sake of it.Anywhoo, they had great chemistry and I was really siding with Noah from the beginning.The writing is great and it's a really fast read - before I knew it, I was halfway through.I have no knowledge of the way US Navy works or anything else that happens in the story in terms of Noah's deployment. So I can't say something bothered me about it. Either way, the author admits to some artistic freedom in the end and I appreciated it.I loved all the side characters - especially Bo and Finn (but I always love me a Finn in a book, so that's no surprise). I know Bo gets his own story, but I'd love to read Finn's as well! Oh and Adam. And okay, Mal. All of them. Lana, too!I just love it when authors do this, though, when they make you so interested in the lives of all supporting characters you just can't wait to hear their stories. Jen Frederick did it so well.But I have a complaint. The story was powerful and great, however, at one point it just focused too much on sex. I know, I know, it's not really a valid complaint coming from me, but I just felt the story should have been more about everything else and sex...was just a thing that happens in the book. It sort of took away from it.So yeah, there are a couple of graphic sex scenes in the book.Overall? I loved Undeclared and I definitely recommend it. I can't wait to read the next book.*** Free copy of the book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.