Monday, April 4, 2016

Review: "Undecided" by Julianna Keyes (Contemporary Romance, New Adult)

by Julianna Keyes

Publisher: Julianna Keyes
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Publication Date: April 4, 2016

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Description from Publisher: 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…

My Rating:
Heat Rating:
I received a digital ARC from the publisher through for an honest, unbiased review. My opinion is my own.

This was a fun read and I really enjoyed the humor throughout. It had a lot of great, laugh-out-loud moments, like this one:
📚 “Oh.” He frowns and comes inside for a better view. “What were you doing to break your bed?”

It’s so hard to keep a straight face. “I was jumping on it.”

“You were jumping on your bed?” Crosbie coughs into the crook of his elbow, trying to mask his laughter. “Yes.”

“I’m surprised, Nora. That doesn’t seem like you.”

“I thought it sounded fun.”📚

And though it was only really true for part of the story, I enjoyed how "Undecided" was such a well-woven theme: Her major, the guys, her wild side vs her "boring" side... The cover was well-designed as well.

It's a common trope and I'm not big on Alpha Male types, but Crosbie was still obviously a sweetheart. He was always so careful to be sure that he wasn't making Nora uncomfortable, which I really liked. Crosbie's insecurity and the way it was told was fantastic. It rounded his character out nicely. This was probably one of my favorite little moments: Nora realized he was being sweet to her.

📚 And that’s when it finally dawns on me: Crosbie didn’t come here looking for Kellan. As though he knows I’m piecing this together, I see Crosbie’s ears turn red and he jogs down the stairs. 📚

Nora was also a great character that I think most women would be able to relate to, especially those who aren't especially outgoing and struggle with figuring out who exactly they are.

Kellan was an interesting character and I liked him more than I thought I would. For a "man-whore" frat boy, he wasn't stereotypical. He could cook, clean, was considerate, and seemed very genuine... Considering this, it made sense that girls were charmed by him, but the blow job blonde was a little less believable.

The only real criticism I have of this, is that I'm not sure the Nate/Red Corset reveal makes sense. Nate doesn't seem like the guy to actually remember that type of detail and is even oblivious to the mayhem he creates. Surely Nora wore a variety of scandalous outfits and that one in particular wouldn't have stood out, photo or no photo?

Overall, this was a wonderful read that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys the younger side of the "New Adult"/Romance genre (the characters all being 21) and likes their heroines feisty and their love interests "deeper than they appear." :)

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