Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Undecided by Julianna Keyes - Review

Nora Kincaid has one goal for her second year of college: be invisible. Last year’s all-party-no-study strategy resulted in three failed classes and two criminal charges, and if she messes up again she’ll lose her scholarship. But there’s one problem with her plan for invisibility, and his name is Crosbie Lucas: infamous party king, general hellraiser…and her new roommate’s best friend.

Crosbie’s reckless reputation and well-known sexcapades aren’t part of Nora’s studious new strategy, but as she’s quickly learning, her new plan is also really boring. When Crosbie’s unexpected gestures of friendship pull her head out of her books long enough to see past his cocky veneer, she’s surprised to find a flawed and funny guy beneath it all. The muscles don’t hurt, either.

But as Nora starts to fall for Crosbie, the weight of one of last year’s bad decisions grows even heavier. Because three failing grades and two misdemeanors are nothing compared to the one big secret she’s hiding…

Publisher's note: This is not a sweet romance. There is plenty of sex and swearing. Enjoy!

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Wow, was I surprised with how much I enjoyed this book! While I usually have a great time reading New Adult contemporaries, I fell in love with banter, chemistry, and overall freshness in Undecided

Undecided is wonderful New Adult romp with a sassy main character, two sexy players, and whole bunch of humor and sexual tension. This book could have easily been a heroine meets sexy roommate story but it was so much more. The characters are well developed and the relationships - friendship and bromance and romance - build nicely and seem organic and authentic. Nora's voice is entertaining and believable and wonderful guide through the story and Kellan and Crosbie are wonderful secondary characters. While the two new boys in her life are a big concern, she still guides us through her own journey with wit and humor. The pace is great and the plot is the perfect amount of college drama without being unbelievable or annoyingly over the top. 

The thing I loved most about the book, though, was how I thought it was going to be a little insta-love/insta-lust, love triangle drama before the plot turned a direction that felt both completely natural and also unexpected. The relationships between Nora, Crosbie, and Kellan didn't develop exactly as I thought it would, which is why I think I enjoyed this book as much as I did. 

If a sexy New Adult book filled with humor, romance, and a little bit of drama is your cup of tea, definitely check Undecided out! And if you haven't read much New Adult contemporary before, I highly suggest you try Undecided!

*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 
Check out more about Julianna Keyes and her work here:

Julianna Keyes is a Canadian writer who has lived on both coasts and several places in between. She's been skydiving, bungee jumping and white water rafting, but nothing thrills - or terrifies - her as much as the blank page. She loves Chinese food, foreign languages, baseball and television, not necessarily in that order, and will go to her grave swearing that "ain't" is not a word. She has volunteered in Zambia, taught English in China, and dreams of seeing pink dolphins in the Amazon. It'll happen.

Happy Reading!


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