Review of ‘Jake Understood (Jake #2)’ 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.


DaisyGal’s Review:

This can supposedly be read as a standalone and is Jake’s version of the story with some ‘extras.’ I honestly do not usually enjoy follow ups with the ‘other side’ of the story, since they usually drag on and on about what I already know. However, I absolutely loved ‘Jake Undone’ and definitely enjoyed Ward’s writing, so my interest was peaked about this follow up. I’m so glad that my curiosity won out!

This takes place about 8 years later and answers a lot of questions on how Jake and Nina’s future pans out. Let’s just say that they’ve been through quite a bit still! Not only is there the situation with Ivy to contend with, but they also have a pregnancy, child, and a new relationship to sort out as well. It is told mostly from Jake’s point of view with only small snippets of Nina’s point of view tied in. There are some flashbacks to situations from the previous book, and knowing Jake’s perspective only further pulled at my heartstrings and confirmed how awesome and adorable he is. I am also totally amazed at Nina and her strength and loyalty to Jake. They had so many obstacles to overcome, and their love for each other was really incredible!

A large amount of the story includes the secondary characters from ‘Jake Undone,’ and I really enjoyed seeing them again. Although this does have a bit of a slower pace, it was a great read and perfect conclusion for Jake and Nina. I would also definitely recommend reading ‘Jake Undone’ first to fully appreciate the characters and better understand the story.

Penelope Ward outdid herself with this fantastic series, and I highly recommend checking it out!

*** 4 Stars for Me! ***

Purchase on Amazon Today!


Other Books in the Jake Series:

‘Jake Undone (Jake, #1)’

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