Series: Woodlands #4
Author: Jen Frederick
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 13 April 2015
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
Given my rating of 4/5 this will surprise you – I have issues with this book. These being personal issue and not a reflection of the book in the slightest I couldn’t justify rating it lower You all know my personal problems surrounding addiction and it’s effect on families, so I tend to project all of my anger and hurt onto the characters when reading about similar situations.
Another aspect that I have a slight problem with and has been used in quite a few stories recently, is that of relationships being formed with siblings. Seriously it makes me shudder. However, in this instance Winter is not a biological sibling to Ivy, which did make it slightly easier for me to come to terms with.
Speaking of Ivy (smooth segue yes!) I apologise but I absolutely hate her – even at the end I still hated her with a passion. I have to give Jen Frederick credit for making me feel so much for a character even if it is complete and utter loathing lol. Ivy is selfish, self-absorbed, shallow, manipulative – need I go on. She has the worst character traits all rolled into one. It is difficult to believe that Finn would have ever had a relationship with her (EWWWW)
Luckily, Winter more than makes up for the horribleness of her sister. She is the opposite of everything that is wrong with Ivy, although she does tend to take on the martyr role putting Ivy’s needs before her own to the detriment of her happiness. There is a lot of angst between the pages of Unrequited, so prepare yourself for a rollercoaster ride of emotion.
Finn is a great character and I really liked how self-aware he was. Recognising his faults and past mistakes, wiling to rectify the situation and fight for what he wants
Cameo appearances from my favourite characters always aid my enjoyment of the Woodlands series, but if anyone calls Grace plump again I may punch them. Jen’s epilogues are always the best; I love being able to see the characters future play out within the pages *happy sigh*
Unrequited is equal parts steamy and swoony when you get past Ivy.