Goodreads.com Description: “Neely McIntire’s dreams warn her about the future but will not protect her from the danger hiding in plain sight. On graduation night, she plans to tell her best friend, Hayden Nelson, that she’s in love with him. Instead, they argue. Neely’s hurt feelings leave her vulnerable, giving her secret admirer, Andrew Huckley, the opportunity to put his mother’s monstrous plan into motion. When Neely gives in to her broken heart and pushes him away, Hayden knows he must fight to recapture the spark he felt in their last kiss. But will he find her in time to reverse the damage or will she be changed forever?”
About the Author
K.D. Wood lives in north Mississippi with her family and a very spoiled White Waug. She creates love stories and smokin’ southern erotica, but not your mama’s happy ever after. She’s a consumer of chocolate but not spiders and completely composed of liquid awesome. When not in her office pounding the keys she can be found under a snuggly blanket, cup of Donut Shop close by, with her nose in a book.
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I met K.D. Wood during the UtopYACon back in June. After hearing her talk about her book, I knew I wanted to read it. I was rewarded greatly.
This beautiful written story was like a modern version of “Beauty and the Beast” meets “Alice in Wonderland”. The tale she spun was so creative and intriguing. I had to force myself to stop reading to go to sleep. Otherwise, I would have finished this book in one night.
Hayden was my favorite character. He stuck by Neely’s side through all that she went through. It’s definitely a trait you want in a best friend. But, when you get it in a boyfriend, it’s just freaking awesome. Aunt Gee Gee was another favorite of mine. If any of you are from the South or have friends living in the South, you’d recognize this woman. She was spunky, full of wisdom, and just oozed Southern charm. Gee Gee is that person who isn’t afraid to give you a good swat across the rear regardless of your age or relation to her.
I wasn’t sure whether to pity Andrew or hate him. There was a lot about this character that was revealed ever so slowly. At the end of the story, the verdict was still out about him. I had no love for Neely. I felt for her in the beginning, but when she did a complete 360 in attitude…well, let’s just say she needed a good swat on the rear.
Once again, I managed to read another story about villains who were too close to home for comfort. The bad guys in Unwilling are truly unlikable. They are so evil you just want to hurt them.
Wood has an awesome way with words. She can really turn a Southern phrase. ‘Holy Moses’, ‘yacked it back up’, and ‘What’re you, a disobedient puppy piddling on the rug?’ were some of my favorites. The way Wood handles words allows you to get a real sense of the emotion behind them and help carve an image of each character. Every time Hayden’s mother got on the backs of one of her sons, I could hear and see her standing in the kitchen.
The dream sequences contained great vivid details. Instead of them detracting from the story, they enhanced it and gave me a real understanding of what was going on.
This was a fantastic story which will grab your heart strings and test your patience. I loved K.D. Wood’s Unwilling. Look for my review of book two, Unloved, very soon.
You can purchase copies of K.D. Wood’s books on her website. Unwilling is also available on Amazon. Unloved will be available on November 3.
(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)