on 6 March 2017
Genres: New Adult
Series: Woodlands #5
Published by Self Published
Source: Bocci PR
Copy for review provided by Bocci PR in exchange for an honest review.
After years of trying to hit it big with his band, Adam Rees’ dream is finally about to come true. A new lead singer brings with him a hot tour invite, but with a catch—his sister has to come with them. Despite an off-limits edict, Adam is instantly attracted the smart and beautiful Landry. But if he wants to claim his woman, it might be at the expense of all his ambitions.
Landry Olsen has had success at every stage of her life, except when it comes to men. She’s put her heart on the shelf, but one look at Adam and she’s a goner. The hot rocker heats her from the inside out, and she wants him as much as he wants her. The only thing standing in their way of their happiness is Landry's brother—she ruined his musical hopes before, and she won't do it again. Even if it means saying no to the one guy who makes her believe in love again.
There’s no fruit more tempting than the forbidden kind…
I discovered Jen Frederick’s writing with Undeclared, the first book in her Woodlands series which I thoroughly enjoyed. After that, I made sure every Woodlands story would be on my reading list. Though the series started out with a college campus setting, it branched off to include other friends and as the characters have grown older, the college life has been left behind. A few of the friends live together in a large house in the Woodlands (hence the series name) and one of them, Adam, is ready to take his show on the road – literally.
Adam is the talented guitarist of up and coming rock band FMK. The son of a rock star, he grew up in the lifestyle but is determined not to be like his father whose antics led to fan expectations and pigeon-holed him into one style of show as a result. Adam writes songs for other singers, is picky about where his guys perform and is wary of being a commercial success too soon – no one wants to be known as a one-hit wonder. When FMK has a chance to go on a 5-month tour with a reputable promotion company, everyone is on board, including his new lead singer Davis. Davis has a sister Landry, a young woman who has had a bad experience with a stalker and he’s reluctant to leave her behind while his parents are away on their own vacation so he’ll come on the tour – as long as she can come with them.
When Adam first sees Landry as a spectator at one of their shows, he’s instantly attracted to her. Finding out she’s his lead singer’s sister? He’s dismayed but determined – there’s something about her that is different and calls to him. Bringing Landry along on the tour is the solution to Davis’s concerns but having her in close proximity is definitely going to test Adam, especially since Landry confesses the attraction is mutual. They can only keep their hands off each other for so long – but what happens when Davis finds out? And can a road trip fling really lead to something more permanent?
I enjoyed this story. It’s a slow burn romance, as the first half establishes Adam and Landry as friends who are fighting their attraction to each other. Davis has put his foot down in the ‘no touching my sister’ zone and has made it clear to the rest of the band that she’s off limits. This puts Adam off for a little while, but not for too long. Landry is 24, a smart woman who is a computer programmer by trade. She’s got money from having sold an app she developed with a college friend, so she’s not interested in Adam for his wealth or potential fame. Her history with men is not so great but she’s definitely old enough to make her own choices. Adam and Landry know they won’t be able to keep things a secret for too long once they get together. They eventually share some steamy scenes and their emotional connection is just as strong as their physical one.
The stalker storyline is intense but not overly suspenseful as Landry had a classmate in college who imagined their acquaintance to be more than it was, with severe consequences. Though he only physically attacked her once, it was enough to go to jail and for her to have a restraining order on him, but he’s already out for time served and is still in the picture. It adds some tension to the story. The behind the scenes look at a rock band on tour was quite fun and I really enjoyed the scenes on and off the stage. All the guys are unique and likable characters and have great camaraderie together, but like any group in close quarters, they have to deal with disagreements too. This is especially true when they talk about the band’s future, with Adam having his own ideas that clash with the rest of the band.
Just like the band has their ups and downs, so too does Adam and Landry’s relationship. Clashes between Davis and Adam put Landry in the middle, testing her loyalties. As the tour progresses they both have baggage to contend with before they get to their happy ending. But it’s worth the wait and we get a sweet epilogue too. Plus, for fans of the series, there are some nice cameos of Adam’s friends from earlier books in the series. I’m always happy to visit with the Woodlands gang, and Unwritten is an enjoyable and entertaining new adult romance.