Author: Jen Frederick
Release date: Sept. 12, 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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I've been called all these at Central College. One drunken night, one act of irresponsible behavior, and my reputation was ruined. Guys labeled me as easy and girls shied away. To cope, I stayed away from Central social life and away from Central men, so why is it that my new biology lab partner is so irresistible to me?
He's everything I shouldn't want. A former Marine involved in illegal fighting with a quick trigger temper and an easy smile for all the women. His fists aren't the danger to me, though, it's his charm. He's sliding his way into my heart and I'm afraid that he's going to be the one to break me.
Impulsive. Unthinking. Hot tempered.
I allow instinct to rule my behavior. If it feels good, do it, has been my motto because if I spend too much time thinking, I'll begin to remember exactly where I came from. At Central College, I've got fighting and I've got women and I thought I was satisfied until I met her.
She's everything I didn't realize I wanted and the more time I spend with her, the more I want her. But she's been hurt too much in the past and I don't want to be the one to break her. I know I should walk away, but I just can't.
Fun Facts About Unspoken
By Jen Frederick
- AnnMarie West’s named started out as Marie Westpheling. Why? I can’t remember now, but during my rewriting phase, I changed her name, made up her nickname (which doesn’t seem to be going over so well) as well as Bo’s petname for her (which does seem to be popular). Westpheling was a mouthful and didn’t fit.
Names are really important for a character and AnnMarie’s mother is slightly old fashioned thus the slightly old fashioned name for her daughter makes sense. AM loves her mother but wants to redefine herself. Ellie, her bestfriend, called her AM after the radio frequency.
- Beauregard Randolph III has serious ideas about nicknames and he’s responsible for most of the ones in his unit including Noah’s nickname which is Jep, short for Jeopardy because Noah knows the answer to everything. Bo’s nickname is Bo Peep. He explains it later in the story but you can make up your own guesses about how he got the nickname.
- Unspoken came about because all the books in the Woodlands series start with “UN”. The book is about rumors and the old mantra that sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me. We all know that isn’t true and AnnMarie finds this out in the worst way possible. But Bo gives her unflinching support, both in words and deeds. And they show each other how much they love each other by their actions. It is the unspoken words that can have the most heartwrenching effects – both good and bad.
- The concept for the story came to me from reading various stories about the shaming of girls on the internet. One story in particular haunted me. There was a young junior high student whose brother shared a list of all the things she’d done and liked to do with boys in her school in retaliation for some wrong his sister had perpetrated on him. I think she ratted his beer drinking out to their parents.
The list quickly became viral and soon everyone seemed to be calling this young girl a slut and whore. Her classmates were commenting on her facebook page and random strangers were making judgments about her.
I couldn’t even imagine the pain that young girl must have felt. I wanted to write a story about that, about the shaming girls undergo because they might like boys too much or they might sleep with the wrong boy or because they just ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. AnnMarie says in the book that guys want to get laid and then run a girl down when she gives in. The double standard has harsh consequences for women.
- Bo is a blonde haired, big framed guy. AnnMarie muses that he could easily pass for a Viking if you added a helmet and a spear in his hand. But finding a gorgeous blonde guy on a stock image site is almost impossible. It’s not unlike hunting for a four leaf clover. No, strike that. You can find four leaf clovers. The hot blonde guy for a cover image? Not so much. That’s more like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Close your eyes and envision Chris Hemsworth. MMMMM. There you go.
- Lingerie parties are a real thing! In the book, AnnMarie and her best friend go to an underwear party. A couple of my gay friends had been to one in Chicago. I think that they may be unique to gay bars, but I’m not sure. You’ll have to read the book to get Bo’s reaction to AnnMarie attending an underwear themed party.
- Central College is not a real college even though I know that there are several colleges around the United States with that name. I wanted to pick a ubiquitous name so that readers could create their own vision of it, separate from existing colleges. It is set in an unnamed small city in the Midwest. And, as AnnMarie says, it is so small that rumors started in the morning spread across the campus by lunchtime.
About the Author
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author Social Media Links:
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Twitter - @JensFred; https://twitter.com/JenSFred
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