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Peek Inside Unethical

After the medical world was shaken by scandal, with Payton Daniels's family at the center, Payton left everything behind and hid within the anonymity of college. But Payton’s ex, Blake Hiller, hasn't forgiven her for leaving, and now he’s in her medical ethics class. Forced together again, 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 the only guy she’s ever loved.

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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.

Each book in the Drexler University series is STANDALONE:
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"Quick, fun, angsty new adult with an intriguing concept!" --USA TODAY bestselling author, Rebecca Yarros

"HIGHLY recommend this to everyone!" --Jessica Alcazar, Goodreads

"THIS WAS SUCH A FUN READ. Beware of Jennifer Blackwood. She's coming at you with the cool stuff." --Silvana, Goodreads

"An engaging second chance love story that will hook you from page one." --Lia Riley, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633751057
Series: Drexler University, Book 1
Release Date: Oct 20, 2014
Page Count: 279
Imprint: embrace
Genre: contemporary, new adult
Tropes: forced proximity, overcoming odds, reunited lovers, second chance

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By Mandy October 16, 2014

3.5 stars for this angsty second-chance romance! Payton is a pre-med student who is running from her past and a family scandal. Blake is the ex boyfriend she left behind when she ran away and he just happens to be in her medical ethics class. He knows her secrets and who she really is. I enjoyed the ...more

By ✿ October 09, 2014

☆ I received an ARC via GCR Book Tours + the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ☆

3.5 "it's just me" stars!!

Unethical was a mixed read for me. On one hand, I liked it, and the other, I was a tad floundered bit floundered by the excecution.

Going into it, I was initially pumped ...more

By Rebecca January 11, 2015

Quick, fun, angsty new adult with an intriguing concept! ...more

By Paula October 20, 2014

As a fan of New Adult novels, I have read many and some are alright, other's are good and then you get the one's that fall into the category of awesome reads and Unethical by Jennifer Blackwood is one of those. At first , many may think that this book is another one of those college students/profess ...more

By Jessica October 22, 2015

So seriously, who doesn't love a second chance romance? Obviously me, because I tell you in every review! lol I really liked everything about this book. The angst and mystery of the past with the tension and sparks of today made for quite a page turner kids! For a debut novel, I gotta give Jennifer ...more

By Alicia February 11, 2020

Great story

This story really spoke to me. The characters, the reasons behind Paytons dislike of her father, the feelings and conflict between Blake and Payton, everything came together so well to make a very good story ...more

By Jen October 15, 2014

Note: This ARC was provided by Entangled Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

"Unethical" is the first book in the "Drexler University" series and the debut novel of author Jennifer Blackwood. It's about two young people who were once very much in love but, both feeling betrayed ...more

By Kelly October 21, 2014

A bit of fresh air is what I would say about this book. Yes, it is about second chances but the story is unique. Premed isn’t in most stories. And the scandal that rocked Payton’s world is different. Not many books would touch assisted suicides. Being a nurse myself, I was intrigued to say the least ...more

By Silvana [The Book Voyagers] December 01, 2014

THIS WAS SUCH A FUN READ. Beware of Jennifer Blackwood. She's coming at you with the cool stuff.

Review also found at: https://hopelessbooklovers.wordpress....

Jennifer Blackwood, you rock. I fell in love with the flow of the story and the story itself as well. Payton and Blake drew me into the story ...more

By Monique October 02, 2014

Since her father, Dr. Evan Cooper was sent to jail, Payton moved several times. Dr. Cooper is accused of unethical medical practices: the assisted suicide against Payton’s mother, who was terminally ill. In six months, his daughter Payton will be applying to medical school, so she changed her name a ...more

By Lia September 29, 2014

An engaging second chance love story that will hook you from page one. Payton Daniels's world was rocked from its foundation by a scandal that destroyed her family and scandalized the medical establishment. She left everything behind to seek a fresh start, cutting out boyfriend (who may or may not h ...more

By Kari September 26, 2014

I straight-up LOVED this book.

What romance reader isn't at least a small fan of second chances? This book, though, this book wasn't just about second-chance-romance (SCR). It was SCR, with a sprinkling of mystery, a dash of sexual tension, a pinch of "oh no she didn't!" and a healthy dose of "awwwww ...more

By Jessica October 20, 2014

I had the privilege of being a beta reader for this wonderful NA debut. I’m not one to rush to the romance section of a bookstore and pick up a romance book, but Blackwood’s genuine new adult voice and gripping story blew me away. This story embodies everything being a new adult is like—something re ...more

By Danielle September 28, 2014

I LOVED this book. This was a fabulous debut from Jennifer Blackwood and I definitely can't wait to read more of her in the future. I was unable to put this book down. I pretty much devoured it in one sitting and all I can say is that it was fantastic and I want more.

From the very first page I was ...more

By Debbie December 03, 2014

Let me start by saying WOW! This book had me on page one and never slowed down. Extremely easy read and great flow. My heart broke as I watched Payton grow up and come to terms with the past. And love Blake for being a truly great guy.
Ms. Blackwood takes a very controversial topic and makes you see ...more

By Angelica November 04, 2014


I received this book in exchange for an honest review.......

So heart wrenching....

I fell in love with this book..... It was BEAUTIFUL..... I lived Payton and Blakes relationship........

I keep picturing them both as two hot doctors....... Even thought they aren't doctors, yet......

I recom ...more

By Lindsay January 31, 2015

I enjoyed this book for the most part. The writing was good. I had a difficult time connecting with the characters, I'm not sure if it was because of the fact that they were in college and I'm a little beyond that part of my life but I will say that I like the authors writing style and will read the ...more

By Natasha September 29, 2014

Unethical is sensual, lustful, sexy, and is a roller coaster ride of awesome! Payton's past, present, and future all collide at once, leaving her life in chaos. Her father assisted her mothers suicide and is in jail, she had to move back home due to tuition fee's and her ex shows up knowing all too ...more

By Megan October 13, 2014

Oh this book! I fell in love with the voice. Payton and Blake and all the rest of the characters are so authentic. I felt like I was in college with them. From Edward Forty-hands references to frat parties. Oh man, I was totally BACK in college.

The premise was unique, and I fell in love with the sec ...more

By Staci June 22, 2015

Great job!

I really enjoyed this book! There were so many ups and downs that I had a hard time putting it down. If you're looking for an excellent romance, this is your book! Can't wait to read more ...more

By Risbee June 16, 2015

3.5 rounding up to 4. I do love second chances. ...more

By Liv September 30, 2014

Totally enjoyed this one. Great new NA.

By Sandra December 11, 2018

Payton is a college student looking to get into med school. She’s looking into her future, but she cannot forget her past, especially when her past surprisingly ends up at the same frat party, at the same college. The two were heartbroken when the relationship ended in high school. It seems they ea ...more

By StarGazing June 04, 2018


Love it! Love it! Love it! Love it!
I am an aspiring med student myself and there arent many books that focus on med school.

What I love most was that unlike most books, the heroine, Payton didnt get a new boyfriend. She stuck with Blake through and through. True Love!! (sigh).
Blake was a total ...more

By Tanya November 24, 2016

Loved this book!

This book was such a Good read! Payton and Blake were likeable and I really loved that their love stood the test of time and they were able to work it out. You will definitely enjoy this book! ...more

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Jennifer Blackwood

About the author

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Jennifer Blackwood

Jennifer Blackwood is an English teacher and NA author. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. She writes about gray area issues with steamy tension and sizzling romance. Don't worry, her tortured heroes always get their happily ever after they deserve.

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