Goodreads’ Book Description:
Love burns hotter the second time around…
Two years ago, the medical world was shaken by scandal, and Payton Daniels’s family was at the center of it. The second she graduated, Payton left everything behind―her high school sweetheart, her family, and the controversy surrounding her mother’s death—and hid within the anonymity of college. But Payton’s ex, Blake Hiller, hasn’t forgiven her for leaving, and when he enrolls in the same medical ethics class, she panics. She can’t run the risk of him telling everyone who she really is.
As if being at the same university isn’t enough, both Blake and Payton land the same internship. Forced together, their passion for each other reignites, but when Payton is asked to testify in her father’s high-profile trial, she must choose between risking her acceptance into medical school to help her father, and losing every connection to her past—including the only guy she’s ever loved.
This story was a sweet read on second-chance love and mending broken family relationships.
Blake Hiller was such a great character. I spent a lot of time feeling sorry for him because he honestly just wanted to do the right thing by Payton, his first and only love. He was sarcastic and fun and hot as heck.
Payton had a lot going on throughout the book. Her family’s past was rough and she had a hard time trying to come to terms with it. She’s the girl who is used to running away from her problems, especially Blake. (I definitely wanted more running to Blake because hello he is a hottie who loves her, let’s run TO him, c’mon Payton!) Together, they had such an intense chemistry.
I thought the story as a whole had an awesome theme, especially dealing with assisted suicide, which was interesting to learn about. I didn’t particularly like the strained relationship between Payton and Blake. I mostly blame Payton for this because she had a lot of missed opportunities to just use her words and avoid a lot of drama with Blake.
I loved Jules, Payton’s roommate and best friend, and wish I could have learned more about her and everything she goes through.
For a debut novel, Jennifer Blackwood’s writing flowed so well and I loved being able to really understand both Payton and Blake’s mind when reading their POVs.
All in all, I really enjoyed reading UNETHICAL and would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves reading NA 😉
P.S. I’m so in love with the fab cover!