Undeclared (Woodlands, #1) - Jen Frederick I think this book had the right ingredients to make a swoon-worthy contemporary romance, but for some reason it lacked swoon-worthy sparks. I don't know; I'm not a big fan of NA, so maybe that's my problem. Don't get me wrong, I thought it was a cute read - I especially liked the Odyssey references. However, some kind of "umph" was missing. It was kind of like taking a roller coaster ride . . .

. . . You slowly start to climb the "big" hill. You ready yourself by raising your arms up. You're getting butterflies in the pit of your stomach in anticipation of reaching the top . . . the top . . . where you all of a sudden go . . . bump???? Ride over. Please move to the side.

Hey! Where's the big, huge, gut-tickling droooooop oooffffffff??

I think the lackluster came from the h. I felt that the H really cared for the h - I felt his spark. But I didn't feel the h's spark for the H - or much of anything. She seemed so impassive about her appearance, what she wore, what she ate in front of the H - her indifference became my indifference - & it stayed with me throughout the book.

I do think that this author is a talented writer; she does have a lot of potential. I do feel that she is really responsible with her material. It's obvious she does her research - something neglectful in so many current authors. I respect her for informing readers that she took creative liberties with some facts. Brownie points, JF, brownie points!

I plan on reading the next book in this series, Bo's story. I'm VERY disappointed to find out BO & Jana will not end up together. (Oh, they would've been so hot together.) I'm looking forward to JF using her creative talent to win me over with the h JF picked for Bo. We shall see!!!