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Winter Donovan loves two things: her sister and her sister's ex boyfriend. She's spent her whole life doing the right thing except that one time, that night when Finn O'Malley looked hollowed out by his father's death. Then she did something very wrong that felt terribly right.
Finn can't stop thinking about Winter and the night and he'll do anything to make her a permanent part of his life, even if it means separating Winter from the only family she has.
Their love was supposed to be unrequited but one grief stricken guy and one girl with too big of a heart results in disastrous consequences.



"Are you humming?" Bo asked.

I looked up from pulling on the dingiest carpet I'd seen in months. This house I'd picked up was vile, worse than usual. Bo had suggested it was a meth factory, given the needles, rotten egg smell, and burnt patches on the walls and flooring. It could have been, or it might just have been an ordinary addict's house, but there was shit everywhere.

If I was humming, I didn't realize it, but I was in a decent mood. I figured once I got Winter to just sit and talk with me, we’d work it out. That was something worth humming about.  

I just shrugged and went back to work. "Just trying to block out the god-awful music you choose to play. You've been up north here for almost a year. Can't you play anything but country songs?”

"I could." Bo paused to toss a handful of staples in the trash. "But I know it annoys the hell out of you. And that makes the music sound that much sweeter."

"Too bad you don't know shit all about constructing a house and you still have to hang on my dick until you can get it right."

"Which is why I play music you hate. It fits our dysfunctional relationship."

"I thought you were going to therapy to fix your problems."

"If by ‘therapy’ you mean having a ton of awesome sex with my girlfriend, then yes, I'm in therapy all night and random times during the day." I snorted but wisely said nothing. "But speaking of therapy," Bo continued. My response was a loud groan that I hoped would be hint enough that I didn't want to talk about whatever it was that followed. Bo ignored me. "How's your mom?"

"Well, she texted that she got up and had coffee today, so I count that as a win." I reached down to tug harder on the carpet. Did they glue it down instead of just stapling the edges?

"Mal says 'Paradise lies under the feet of your mother.'"

That made me stop. I gaped at Bo. He threw up his hands, one still holding a crowbar he was using to pull up the tacking strips, the long thin lumber pieces that held the carpet on the edges of the room.

"What the hell does that mean?"

"Apparently it means if you don't make your momma happy, you ain't gonna be happy."

"If I knew what would make her happy, I'd do it," I replied.

"I suck at this comforting thing." He pulled off his hat and scratched his head. "But maybe you outta talk to someone else?"

"Like Lana?" I grunted. "No thanks. Between her and Mal, it sounds like I should be taking my mother on a date."

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Title: Unrequited

Author: Jen Frederick
Published: 4-13-15,
Genre: Contemporary, NA
5 stars

“Could there be anything more safe than unrequited love?” 
Unrequited is book 4 in the Woodlands series by Jen Frederick.  We have met Noah,  Bo and Grey.  Now we get to see Finn O’Malley, owner of the home the roommates all share.  Finn has his own business flipping houses with his best friend Adam.  This world works for him until the day his dad dies unexpectedly.  Now Finn is thrown into grief and more responsibility than he ever wanted.  He is trying to live up to his dad’s standards and take over the family business.  He is forever trying to be the good guy and make everyone happy.  The problem is, Finn isn’t happy.  When he stumbles, literally drunk and stumbling, on to Winter Donovan at a late night cafĂ©, his world is about to change. 
Winter has lusted/loved Finn from afar since she was a teenager.  Finn and Winter’s sister dated in high school and their first year of college.  She and Finn have always been friends but lost touch when Finn and her sister broke up. Winter is also living to please and help others.  She takes responsibility for her sister’s addiction and recovery. She settles on a job she likes but is going to school for something she thinks is stable and will earn money—not something she loves.  She isn’t living for herself.  Along comes Finn and she decides to take a gamble on him even if it is just one night.  One night to see what she has been missing.  One night to live her dream and get it out of her system.  Finn couldn't possibly be feeling anything toward her other than lust and that was ok with Winter for just this one night.  Of course, Finn realizes one night will never be enough and the game is on.
“It was easy to love Finn when he was unavailable.  So much harder when he returned that love.  Having unrequited feelings are safe.  It’s when you share them that shit gets real.”
I love the friends to lovers trope and this one is right up there with all the greats.  I have come to love all the men in the Woodlands.  All alpha males with good hearts.  It was great to see the rest of the gang and catch up with them in this story.  I loved that Adam knows Finn’s history and helps him find the voice of reason while still having his back in all things. I loved that Winter is Asian and not the typical heroine in a romance novel.  She has some metal to her but responds true to a family member living with addiction.  It takes her awhile to come into her own.  
This whole series is one of my very few, no questions asked, re-read bundles.  It’s feel good reading.  You know it is going to be a HEA but the ride to get there has some tension, some romance, some laughs and those oh so steamy sexy times.  Jen Frederick can suck you in to a story like no other.  I eagerly wait to read anything she puts out.  Take a chance and grab this series up.  You won’t be disappointed! 

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Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog.  She's been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at

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