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I first met Jake Green when we got a brief introduction to him in Penelope Ward's book, Gemini. He was intriguing right from the beginning. Then we actually get up close and personal in Jake Undone, where we get to see the sexy as anything tattooed roommate that captures Nina's attention the first day she moves into the new apartment. Even though Jake Undone is Jake and Nina's story, I didn't get enough of Jake, wanting to know his every thought and motivation behind everything he did.
Penelope granted our wishes when she wrote Jake Understood. We get some of the most pivotal scenes from Jake Undone, told from his point of view. At no point in time did I feel this book was just a "retelling" of Jake Undone as people have commented in their reviews. What I felt like we got was a huge family reunion, bringing back all of the characters from Penelope's other books. Cedric and Allison, Mitch and Skylar are all here, converging on Jake and Nina's house for a party. Skylar gets Jake started in asking him to retell parts of his and Nina's past.
Interspersing flashbacks with current day, Jake gives us his thoughts and insights on events that have happened in his and Nina's life. Getting to see how he felt in the scenes was amazing, and I saw a softer side of Jake that we really don't see in Jake Undone. We get a lot more background on his marriage to Ivy and what lengths he went to, to take care of her and provide for her as he had promised he would do. We see the toll that promise takes on him.
Jake Understood goes into the future, beyond where Jake Undone left off, and I was so excited to read what happens for them. There were a couple of sitting on the edge of my seat moments in this story and some gasping and yelling at my Kindle before my heart calmed down and was very, very happy!
I am so sad to know that this was the end of the story for Jake and Nina. Maybe at some point in the future, Penelope will write a novella reuniting all of the characters for some life event and we will get to see what all of these beautiful people have been up to!
She spoke through heavy breaths, “I’ve belonged to you from the moment you said ‘hi, I’m Jake.’”
Now that’s how you write an alternate POV companion novel! Retelling books from the male POV seems to be all the rage right now and I’ve read some that were just ok and some that were really good, I have to say that this is one of the best ones that I have read! It was the perfect blend of new material and revisiting some of our favorite scenes from the first book so it felt fresh while at the same time it was familiar and really made you fall in love with Jake and Nina all over again. I also loved that we got a lot of new “present day” scenes, it was great to catch up with this crew and see where everyone’s lives have taken them and there were some pretty exciting things that happened for Jake and Nina towards the end there.
The book starts off in the “present” which is set about 8 years after the end of the first book and when we meet up with Jake again he has messed up and Nina has just walked out on him needing some space. This is pretty bad timing seeing how he’s planned a party as a surprise for her since she just finished school, so everyone shows up to find Jake alone. Instead of leaving him there they decide to keep him company and help take his mind off the current situation by having him retell how he and Nina got together. So from here we alternate between the past and the present time and I loved how it was framed up as Jake reminiscing to friends rather than just a straight retelling. I loved reliving our favorite scenes from his perspective and also seeing some additional scenes that weren’t in the first book. We also got to see more of his relationship with Ivy, which was heartbreaking and only made you love him more seeing all he had to deal with. The man truly is a saint! I think my favorite part though was seeing how much thought he put into the messages on the origami bats, it was so cute seeing what he wished he could say and what he could never say and then what he actually said.
As I mentioned earlier, this book isn’t just a walk down memory lane though, there’s actually another storyline taking place in the “present” which I also loved. Once the retelling got to the point where the POV switched to Jake’s in the first book we pretty much switched to just the present time and got to see this little bonus story play out. It really was a nice addition to their HEA and I am really happy we got this extended look into their future. There were also a few chapters from Nina’s POV at the end there and I was glad to see her get closure on some things.
All in all I really loved this book and was very happy to be able to spend more time with this group. Jake has definitely earned a spot towards the top of my favorite book boyfriend list and I hope that more people discover him and his greatness!
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