Review! Jake Understood (Jake #2) by Penelope Ward

Jake Understood by Penelope Ward


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.


After reading Jake Undone and falling so helplessly in love with both Nina and Jake, I was so excited to experience more of their story, and to do it through Jake’s perspective. It wasn’t long and my eyes were opened and discovering all of the secrets that Jake felt he had to keep from Nina and experiencing all of the angst and sexual tension once again with even higher flames than Penelope created with these two in the first book!

To say that I was completely smitten by Jake’s retelling of his and Nina’s love story is an understatement. Their tale still had my heart twisted up in the recounting of the good girl who falls in love with the bad boy with a secret so huge there seems like no way for happiness. I enjoyed every minute inside the head of this tattooed, lip ring wearing, bad boy hero that is blindingly good to the core! I didn’t believe I could fall any deeper in love, but once again Penelope proves how well she can weave her spell with the written word and has Jake owning even more of my heart!

Nina proves to us once again that underneath that “scared little girl” persona that she seems to wear like a fashionable cloak, she is a strong independent woman that loves fiercely! She has tried to ignore Jake’s past and not let it affect her future but now she is ready and willing to fight for every part of Jake’s heart in anyway that she can. I cannot help but admire this heroine more with every page and obstacle that she continues to hurtle over to secure her happiness and future with Jake.

Penelope Ward delivers a love story continuation that contains many answers that us readers have been clamoring for and some we never even realized that we needed. I highly recommend both Jake Undone and Jake Understood for a roller coaster ride of emotion that will leave us forever entangled in these characters world. Penelope never fails to leave an imprint on our minds and hearts with each new story and character that she creates for her readers.

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