From the New York Times bestselling author of Jake Undone, comes a full-length standalone companion novel and sequel.
A different side to the story: Jake’s side.
“We’re getting a new roommate,” they said.
I thought nothing of it…until she walked in the door. Her hand trembled in mine as she looked at me with fearful eyes. My entire world spun on its axis.
It was a mismatch made in heaven: innocent girl from the boonies moves in with tattooed, pierced, badboy engineer.
I came up with a bet, a plan to tutor her in math and coach her through her phobias. What I wasn’t betting on was becoming addicted to her.
But I was living a double life on weekends, and once she found out about it, she’d be gone.
I had to protect myself and that meant one thing: I couldn’t fall in love.
In Jake Understood, pivotal scenes from Jake Undone are retold from Jake’s point of view combined with all-new material from both the past and present time where Jake Undone left off. It can stand alone but if both books are read, should follow Jake Undone. Contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+.
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Rating: 5 Groupie Stars
As someone who has just read Jake Undone for the first time and then was reading Jake Understood days later, I was worried that I would be reading the same book again.
Time and time again you see books being released wrote In the other characters POV and you just read the same story you loved over again, nothing much changes and the story doesn’t capture my attention. I was doing silent cheers in my head throughout thanking the books Gods that the story was different to Jake Undone, but familiar enough to know it was the same story. I should never of doubted Penelope as she is a legend in my eyes and I knew deep down she would not just give us all the same book.
The story begins with Jake and Nina having been together for about nine years now. Nina is having trouble dealing with her life and decides she needs a little break by herself. Little did she know that Jake had invited their friends for a surprise party. Once their friends start to show up Jake tells them that she left but he’s not really sure why. One of their friends wants to know the story of how Jake and Nina got together so Jake tells the story from his point of view.
I thought this was a really interesting way to get Jakes side of things, but also bring in bits of Jake and Nina’s story from the present so that we could see his things were going with them both and how life has changed for them since we left them.
After Jake tells their story from the past then their story continues in the present time. Nina has a few surprises to tell Jake about what she has done with her day. Never did either of them realize that day would bring a lot of peace and closure to their lives.
This story was truly brilliantly written. I found the way that Penelope wrote Jake’s POV book to be original, creative and interesting. I loved the new information we got to learn from the past and the present and that it all meshed together really well. It flowed from past to present with ease and that’s not easy.
The way Penelope wrote the story didn’t feel like a rewrite at all, it actually felt like a continuation of Jake and Nina’s story with Jake’s POV of their past thrown in there too. I absolutely loved it. Jake’s POV has a lot of things thrown in there that you didn’t know about in their first story. You really learn how he felt about his struggle to be responsible for his mentally ill wife at the time that he was falling in love with Nina. Jake and Nina were one hot and sexy couple in the beginning of their relationship and they are just as hot years later. I could read their story over and over again. I absolutely loved It and just as great as Jake Undone.
Rating: 4.5 Groupie Stars
This is a book I’ve gone back and forth between reading now for quite some time. I wasn’t sure by the synopsis if this was the book for me, although I’m a big fan of Penelope Wards Books.
After deciding to jump in and try the book I found I was very pleasantly surprised. The story was beautiful, dreamy, magically and so much more. I wanted to kick myself for putting the story off for so long.
Nina is a very fearful and cautious character. She’s afraid of heights and contained spaces and let’s these things kind of control her live. She was quite a weak character because of her fears controlling her life and it shows clearly through the book how her fears control so much, but she was also a strong character, that was courageous and loveable. You wanted to see her get over her fears, have a normally life and be happy.
Although Nina was weak in the book as a person and controlled by her fears, Penelope’s character development of her wasn’t weak. I think she handled Nina’s character great and wrote about Nina’s journey with great care and understanding. It was clear she had researched the conditions Nina had well and understood these fears are real life fears that people deal with daily. Penelope did a great job at getting Nina’s character spot on and created a journey for her heal in a caring and sensitive way that if a reader had these fears they could understand and Nina’s journey could possibly help them. I found Nina’s journey inspirational. Although she had a incentive to het better and Hake to lean on and help her, Nina alternately had to be strong and courageous and I loved reading her journey from being this weak, scared character to this amazing women who found everything she could ever want in life and more.
Jake Was just awesome. OMG I want one of him. Lol.
He was the best thing about the book. He was gorgeous, strong, tattooed, patient, loyal, but still a bad boy who totally rocked.
Jake had a lot going on in his life, but he was so so sweet. He made sure he made time for others no matter what else was going on around him and that in my opinion made him very special.
Jake has made big mistakes in his past and is all about taking responsibility for his past and moving forward. Honestly Jake couldn’t get much more of a dream book boyfriend.
When Nina moves to Brooklyn she ends up sharing a house and Jake also lives there too. They do have an instant connection, but with Nina’s worries she’s not able to push past her fears.
Jake wants to be with Nina. He feels the connection to, but is aware she needs some real help before that can happen. He wants to be the person who helps her though to move forward in her life, make her happy and smile always even though he knows it’s not going to be easy. To help her Jake agrees to tutor Nina,but in return they forge a bet for Nina to conquer her fears and get her life back.
I loved That Jake put himself out their like that for Nina. He could easily of walked away and let her get in with her life the way it was, but he just wasn’t that sort of person. That was the true beauty of the book and of Jake.
The story was very heartbreaking at times. The fears Nina had were real fears and fear that’s people have in everyday life. Reading her struggle through to get over her fears was sad, but reading that she conquered them was amazing. The story makes you believe that anything is possible and if you’re in the same position as Nina then you can get help and live a great life.
I loved that Penelope wrote about a issue people in real life can relate to, but also wrote about it sensitively. She found a way to bring humour into the dark times and that was helped by creating great secondary characters.
I wish I’d read this book sooner as it was a beautiful story.