Book Review – Jake Undone (Jake, #1) by Penelope Ward


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.

***Author’s note: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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Jake Undone was another perfect example of why I love Penelope Ward and her books so much! She never ceases to blow me away and always creates incredibly unique and beautiful storylines and characters that are extremely hard to forget. Jake Undone was no exception. I absolutely loved Ms. Ward’s writing style and the truly addicting and intriguing storyline and characters she created in this book.

   Jake and Nina were amazing, especially Jake, and I absolutely loved them and their story. It wasn’t anything like I was expecting, but it made me very happy. I loved Jake and Nina’s personalities, and their strong chemistry and connection together. I really enjoyed how their relationship progressed throughout, and I loved reading it from both of their perspectives. I enjoyed most of their banter and interactions with each other, especially towards the beginning /middle when they were friends and getting to know each other. I really enjoyed some of the secondary characters, namely Skylar and Mitch. They were both, especially Skylar, very entertaining and I loved their small addition to the story. There were a few parts that frustrated and annoyed me, and I didn’t care for all that much, but despite that, I absolutely loved this book. Jake and Nina were some of my favorite characters that Penelope Ward has written so far and I couldn’t have been happier with the conclusion to their story. It might have been a little rocky at times, but all of the ups and downs were truly worth it in the end.

   Jake Undone was a phenomenal standalone contemporary romance and one of my favorites from Penelope Ward. She did an amazing job with Jake and Nina’s unique and intriguing story and I was very pleased with the outcome. Penelope Ward is hands down one of my top favorite contemporary romance authors and I am head over heels in love with all of her books. I am so excited to devour more of her amazing stories, starting with My Skylar next!

FIVE “Jake & Nina” STARS!


About the Author

Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is a New York TimesUSA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list fifteen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island.

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