Title : Jake Understood

Series : Jake Undone #2

Author : Penelope Ward

Release Date : March 30, 2015



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+.



* A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *

~ 5 ++ Forever Jake Green Stars ~

AMAZEBALLS!!!!! That is really all I can say about this book.

Penelope Ward has done it again….She has made me fall in love with Jake and Nina all over again. Penelope has been and will always be one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE authors. She is a drop everything and read whatever she writes author for me. In my mind she can do NO wrong!!!

Jake Understood was just amazing!!! I had been anticipating this book from the time Penelope announced she was releasing it. And I am happy to say that this book didn’t disappoint. I don’t think I can accurately sum up what and how I am feeling after reading this book. As always the writing was phenomenal. Penelope has an amazing gift in being able to make you feel what her characters are feeling. She will make you laugh, cry, yell and blush. I have to be honest I read this book so slowly because I wanted to cherish it, because this is the last of Jake we will get. It was quite bittersweet for me, since Jake is right up there on my Book Boyfriend List with Travis Maddox and Christian Grey.

Jake Understood is the follow up novel to Jake Undone (one of my all time favorite reads) but it can be read as a standalone. I wouldn’t recommend that…I truly believe that Jake Undone should be read first so that you can get Nina’s perspective on Jake and their story together. Jake Understood is primarily told from Jake’s POV, but we do get some of Nina’s POV also. Now don’t fret….this is not just a retelling of Jake Undone. This book actually takes place 9 years after the end of Jake Undone. The way Penelope told this story was outstanding!!! She switches between the past and present. The past chapters are all about how Jake was feeling during the time when him and Nina met and got together. The present chapters are all about what was going on in their lives currently. This truly is a continuation of Jake and Nina’s story and I loved that we got to see them 9 years later. But what I LOVED the most was being inside Jake’s head during the time from Jake Undone. He was such a tortured soul. My heart broke for him on many occasions.

What I thought was great was that Penelope didn’t overload this book with too much material from Jake Undone, she truly just took the most important scenes from that book and put them into this book, but also gave us a look into some scenes we weren’t privy to in the first book (like scenes with Ivy). She wrote this book like Jake was telling a story. (Which was great because he was actually telling his story to Skylar and Mitch. )

That was another great aspect to this book….she really helped wrap up Skylar and Mitch and Cedric and Allison’s stories. I was so happy that all those characters were in this book as well and that we got to know what they have been up to over the last 9 years.

This book was truly the best conclusion for all of their love stories. It felt like they all came full circle once I was finished with the book.

This book has to be one of the best books for me in 2015 and Jake Undone and Jake Understood are two of my all time favorite books and ones I will continue to read again in the future. This duet of books are definitely MUST READ books!!!! You won’t be sorry for picking them up.




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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers. She spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family friendly career.

Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.

She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 8-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life.

Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.

She is currently working on her fifth novel and loves friend requests from readers!


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