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4.5 Stars Undecided surprised me in a very good way Despite the fact is a NA romance, this little gem wasn t full of stupid angst or unnecessary drama It was a very enjoyable read with vividly portrayed characters, great banter and plenty of sexy times for a NA novel Judging by the cover and also by the title you may think this one is a love triangle romance Fortunately for me and I m sure for many readers it s not, so if you are looking for a college romance that has many refreshing aspects, don t hesitate to pick this one up Undecided tells the story of Nora Kinkaid, a Sopho college girl who wants to change her lifestyle and just be exactly like she was in high school, boring, exactly Nora Bora Her freshman year was wild and crazy to say the least Getting arrested and losing a part of her scholarship made Nora open her eyes, so all she wants now is to focus on her grades and her job When Nora decides to leave the dorms, answering an ad for a potential roommate, she never expects the one who s looking for a roommate to be Kellan McVey,the guy with whom she had a drunken closet hookup several months ago Kellan doesn t remember Nora He actually thinks she has the potential to be the perfect roommate for him, since she appears to be so quiet and studios, because all he wants right now is to focus on his grades and forget as much as he can about parties Nora knows for sure living with Kellan could be disastrous, but Kellan is smart and makes her a great offer, so Nora eventually agrees to move with him Nora meets Crosbie, Kellan s best friend, a very good looking guy with some man whorish tendencies As the story progresses Nora and Crosbie become friends, eventually their friendship growing into This one turned out to be much better than I had expected Filled with humor and many great sweet and sexy times, Undecided was a very enjoyable, fresh collage romance The story was fantastically written and it was pretty addictive maybe because our heroine s voice was clear, honest and also fun from the beginning Nora was a very relatable character, endearing for the most part She was portrayed from start to finish in a very realistic way which I really enjoyed She was headstrong which I really like on FMC I read about, sweet and considerate and sarcastic at the right time As for our hero, Crosbie, he was a sweetheart and also endearing despite his long ish list of Crosbabes Unlike many heroes in these kind of stories, Crosbie was never a cocky a hole He is sweet, smart, caring, considerate and so good with Nora What I liked about him was the fact that he was than a jockmuch .I enjoyed the banter between Nora and Crosbie It was well done and so entertaining at times Actually, to be honest I enjoyed all their interactions They were fun, sweet and also sexy Their sexy times were numerous, which I enjoyed, pretty hot and well written As for the romantic aspect I think it was well done and I have to say I enjoyed how mature these two characters relationship was and also how they easily communicate with each other I liked the supporting characters as well Every single one of them was well developed, engaging and likeable There s some drama at some point, but like I mentioned above nothing is overwhelming Also, I liked the way it was handled Overall, an enjoyable college romance
4.5 Bed Frame Breaking Stars We can scream and fight and cry and ignore, but really, it s the things we do when we think nobody s watching that reveal the most Well, I m done No messes, no lies.I have to start off by saying this book was a breath of fresh NA air for me Lately this genre has been a wee bit out of control with the angst and the over the top dramatics and the occasional whoring it out to survive and stuff Phew, my head hurts just thinking about it I m glad to say Undecided didn t go that route Turns out, being memorable is not that easy. Nora spent her high school years being invisible Big time When given the chance in college, girlfriend parties like it s 1999 and manages to nearly flunk out and lose her scholarship Fast forward to sopho year and Nora needs to find a nice, quiet place to live where she can spend her time studying and basically living like a cloistered nun When her potential new roommate answers the door, she s surprised to find a rud manwhore who s down to party by the name of Crosbie Then she meets her actual potential roommate and finds the hottie she drunk hooked up with several months ago and SURPRISE He doesn t remember her.Sounds confusing but it s not Trust me.From the moment Crosbie enters the scene, it s than obvious he s going to be the man to dirty up Nora s too serious self These two were all kinds of awesome together but, as the rest of the story rolls, nothing was ever over the top I loved that pretty much every character in this juicy bit of goodness came to a truth of sorts that was important to their life, but no part of this tale ever bordered on preachy.This is yet another time when I wish goodreads gave the half star option This is a true 4.5 star read for me, but I ve gone with the 5 star rating because I m thinking Undecided is going to stick with me for a while.
UPDATE February 22nd, 2017 Friends Undecided by Julianna Keyes is on sale for only 1.99 This is such an amazing sale for a FANTASTIC book I don t throw around the word favorite very often but this is one of my favorite books Buy it at 1.99 for a limited time only, before Undeclared publishes BN Kobo4.5 stars 5 stars NO LOVE TRIANGLE, PEEPS Check out my blog tour post for an excerpt and giveaway Still need convincing Check out a swoony excerpt from the book Click the button below Review posted on The Eater of Books blog Undecided by Julianna KeyesPublication Date April 4, 2016Rating 5 starsSource eARC from NetGalley Warning this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers Summary from Goodreads 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 What I Liked I rarely break out the five star rating It s my least often used rating of the five I m pretty sure I rate book with one star, than five stars And yet, I ve rated two of the three Julianna Keyes books that I ve with the elusive five stars Time Served five stars and In Her Defense four stars are two excellent adult romance novels by Keyes, but Undecided, her first New Adult contemporary romance novel, is her best in my opinion I do not like New Adult I ve had terrible luck in the past with New Adult contemporary romance novels , but I think this is my favorite NA book ever JUST SO YOU KNOW there is NO love triangle in this book When I first saw this book, I would have passed it straight, given the title and the cover But I recognized the author s name, and decided to inquire about a potential love triangle She assured me that not only is there NO love triangle in this book, but she isn t a fan of them The title is has to do with Nora s academics and social life balance, as well as her feelings for Crosbie should they act on their feelings The cover DOES have two males, one on each side of Nora One is Kellan, Nora s new roommate and new friend the other is Crosbie, Kellan s best friend and the guy whom Nora falls for No love triangle I promise Nora needs to be boring this year Last year she partied too hard, failed half her classes, and lost half her scholarship, as a result She s moving out of the dorms to save money, and guess who her roommate is going to be Kellan McVey, a track and field star and player who is also trying to clean up his act He offers her a semester free of rent his parents pay the rent, anyway , and a quiet living space Nora can t say no But she doesn t expect to fall for Crosbie, Kellan s best friend and teammate, who is at the apartment often Crosbie lives in a frat house, and he s almost as bad a player as Kellan But there is a sweet and thoughtful and magnetic side to Crosbie that Nora doesn t expect The two fall for each other but Nora has skeletons in her closet, skeletons if Crosbie finds, things between them might be ruined irreparably Guys GUYS I don t like New Adult but this New Adult novel blew me away For context yes, I have read Jamie McGuire s Beautiful Disaster, Tammara Webber s Easy, J Lynn s Wait For You and many others by her , The Deal by Elle Kennedy I liked this one , and plenty of other NA books Some were good, but most were repetitive stories sorry This book was fresh and unique and so enjoyable Nora is a reformed party girl college student She is washing her hands of her partying ways, and she s going to live in the library from now on not literally I like Nora she s headstrong and decisive, and she goes after her goals She says she s done with boys and the way she had sex last year, but something about her new roommate s best friend attracts her Nora comes across as nerdy and boring, but she s kind and intelligent and a wee bit sarcastic One thing I like about all of Keyes heroines they are strong, independent ladies, and they know their mind.This book is written exclusively in Nora s first person POV, but I can t go through a review without talking about Crosbie Oh Crosbie He s not quite a player manwhore like Kellan, but he s got a list of girls Crosbabes The thing is, he s such a nice guy He s an athlete and a frat bro, but he isn t a douche or a ole He s nice to Nora, but he s also considerate and sweet and pretty great He s than a pretty face and rippling muscles eight pack, I think Muscled arms I have a crush on him for sure Never thought I d say that about a track runner Crosbie is not a one dimensional sexy dude he felt like real people I know in college The banter between Nora and Crosbie is amazing It is sarcasm infused, as well as they joke around each other Their humors line up really nicely so it s like they are always synced Their interactions were always on point, even when they were disagreeing about something which wasn t too often.The romance between these two was both sweet and SUPER steamy The emotional crush part takes up about 50% of the novel, and it s so lovely to watch Honestly one of my favorite aspects of reading a contemporary romance novel across any age level YA, NA, adult is watching the characters fall in love The physical part of the relationship in this book starts around the 50% mark, and holy guacamole those two Nora and Crosbie sizzle and steam and burn together This New Adult book is really hot even for your average NA book But it figures Keyes adult romance novels are INTENSELY steamy Time Served Hands down one of the hottest romance novels I ve read I ve read plenty too But hence why that one got five stars from me winks.Did I mention the no love triangle bit Please believe me when I say this I HATE love triangles The title and the cover of this book is misleading, in that aspect There is no love triangle, no cheating, no secret babies children pregnancies abortions etc The secret that Nora has that Crosbie finds out it s really not that bad And it has nothing to do with a love triangle or anything I just mentioned YES, at first Nora thought that she would start to develop feelings for Kellan, the school s player playboy since she would be living with him and seeing him all the time but it s Crosbie that catches her attention and steals her heart New Adult books always have drama surrounding the climax of the book In this book, the drama is Crosbie finding out Nora s secret The thing is, I hate drama, and I will tell you right now, the drama is not bad at all Crosbie is mature and smart I ll leave you with that There is no unnecessary drama and or miscommunication in this book thank goodness Both Crosbie and Nora act like grown people who are at a crossroads, but love each other I LOVE that they communicate, and they don t just leave things as they stand I m trying to be as vague as possible, I promise Ahhh, this book It was quite possibly as perfect as it gets for me I don t necessarily consider myself an expert on NA books, but I will say that I ve disliked most of the NA books I ve read, and yet, this book was lovely I trust Keyes and I will definitely be looking out for Kellan s story in the hopefully not so distant future What I Did Not Like I really can t think of anything terrible that stuck out to me This is rare occurrence.Would I Recommend It I totally recommend this novel Specifically to anyone who enjoys New Adult romance and or adult romance This author knows what she s doing in terms of both age levels, and I have complete faith in her whenever I see a new book by her Seriously, if you want a strong female protagonist, imperfectly sweet and swoony male protagonist, HOT STEAMY romance, and a great HEA Try Julianna Keyes books Especially this one Rating 5 stars Hands down the best New Adult book I ve read I recently read Elle Kennedy s The Deal and I really liked it, but this one takes the cake Being a new adult means I sometimes I find it even harder than your average person to connect with some of the protagonists in New Adult books, but I really connected with Nora, and Crosbie
You know the excitement you feel when you ve discovered a new author One whose writing you instantly connect with I m feeling that right now I loved every single moment of Nora and Crosbie s story It was everything I hoped it would be going in funny, incredibly sexy, riddled with great banter and full of heart We all make mistakes and have regrets and I think that s what made these characters so relatable, especially Nora I liked her right away Trying to leave behind her crazy and out of control freshman year, she s determined to do things differently, starting with a new roommate Someone boring and studious Her search lands her on Kellan McVey s doorstep, the notorious party boy around campus and one of her many regrets from last year Good thing he doesn t remember their drunken time spent in that closet because his promise to be a boring roommate and the offer of free rent is too good to pass up.Living with Kellan, she expects to fall for him, but there s something missing She s just not in to him like she thought she would be It s Crosbie, Kellan s best friend, that she can t stop thinking about That was better than the last time, and I thought last time was the best thing to ever happen to me Crosbie is beyond words On the surface he s just another gorgeous face, a guy that isn t interested in anything other than running, sleeping around and partying at the Frat Farm Who knew that under those eight pack abs was a sensitive and incredibly sweet guy I was just as surprised as Nora And totally smitten.What really made this story for me was Nora and Crosbie s chemistry What s a love story without amazing chemistry It was undeniable, but even beyond that was the natural ease to their relationship It wasn t over the top or unrealistic, it felt genuine Seeing his vulnerable side and all of his sweet gestures only made me fall even harder His magic tricks were a fun surprise and added such a silly and charming aspect to his character And to top it all off the banter I love great banter and they had me laughing quite a bit Especially near the end Has magic taught you nothing What you don t see is just as important as what you do I m feeling lucky I stumbled across this book and was given the opportunity to read and review it Fingers crossed Kellan or Nate and Marcela get a book Heck, I d even settle for one from Celestia In the meantime, I m definitely going to check out the author s other books Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
I m not normally a big fan of new adult romance, I prefer to read about adults and I prefer my books dirtier, truth be told But my bestie raved about this book though, so I figured I d give it a try and I loved it There s not a ton of sex, but when you get there oh holy swoon worthy moment Perfection.The cover implies this might be a triangle of a book it s really not This is Nora Crosbie s story from beginning to end There s a bit of a twist with Crosbie s best friend Kellan and I loved it I thought the plot was realistic for college students totally relatable to that season in life.Now Kellan the best friend he needs a book ASAP.
5 Magic Stars Loved this one It was sweet, sexy and light on the drama Perfect college romance Nora is so boring in high school she has earned the nick name Nora Bora Nobody ever sees or remembers Nora When she gets to college she decides to become a different Nora She becomes party Nora But then party Nora starts failing her classes and is about to lose her scholarship so she has to go back to being Nora Bora She dumps her partyhardy best friend and needs a place to live She sees an add for somebody looking for a conservative roommate She doesn t realize it s the guy she hooked up with one drunken night and had a crush on Kellen is the biggest man whore on campus But he s also super hot Nora is hurt when he doesn t even remember her She decides to move in anyway after Kellen offers her free rent for a few months Kellan s best friend Crosbie is also just as big of a man whore and also hot It seems like every time Nora turns around the big sexy Crosbie is around He s putting her bed together She s helping him study He s showing her his magic tricks He s putting her desk together He s making her have fun Crosbie is a lot like Nora Even though everyone sees Crosbie it was only because they wanted to get close to Kellan Crosbie and Nora both have very outgoing best friends that were always noticed I loved how Crosbie noticed Nora though and Nora noticed him They start to build a friendship Then things get hot and heavy one night Nora does not want to end up on Crosbies list of Crosbaes so they keep things a secret But when Kellen has a problem secrets find a way of coming out I m so glad it was resolved pretty quickly Loved both Nora and Crosbie They were super sweet and sexy together I hope we get books on some of the others I hope to read books by this author and love them as much as I did this one.
3.5 4 s Nora doesn t do things halfwayshe s full out one way or the other Last year she was a total partiergetting suspended at school, getting drunk and hooking up and even streaking downtown and getting arrested and losing a lot of her school funding This yearthings will be different She has to move out of the dorms and decides to find a nice, studious roommate and luckily she finds one that is right up her alley They decide to meet and low and behold, it s one of her hook ups but he doesn t remember her On top of that and to convince her to move in, he gives her free rent for a few months She can hardly say no to that but stillhe is also a well known partier and manwhore who wants to change his ways She decides to give it a go Thinking that she s going to have Kellan on her mind 24 7, she surprised when it s Crosbie, Kellan s best friend and also manwhore, who s on her mind And he s seemingly wanting to be around herA LOT Things progressed and until Halloween night when even Superman can t keep them apart However, Nora doesn t want to be known as one of the Crossbabes and they decide to keep things on the down loweven from Crosbie s best friend And well, we all know what s gonna happen And happen it doesin all it s very spectacular fashion Things basically fall apart after that but Nora picks herself up and brushes herself offsomewhat And Crosbie Well, he s nowhere to be found Hang on thoughbecause it does end welland very sweetly I did like both the characters and I liked when they got together but I m just not sure about the romance There were plenty of sweet moments but something just didn t gel for me And then there was Kellan and his problem that led to the big reveal I m just not sure about him I wanted to like him but I just really didn t Nora s best friend, Marcela, was interesting but different I felt like the situation with her and Nate was way too dragged out and took away from Crosbie and Nora s story Overall, it was enjoyable but not very angsty I liked the addition of Crosbie s hobby and how they integrated it into their relationship And what Crosbie did in the epilogue was very romanticI wish there was of that
I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this story I m always on the lookout for new NA authors to completely adore, and I think that Julianna Keyes has made my new favorites list I struggle very much with a lot of NA as you all probably know about me by now Typically you get over dramatic stories filled with sex and very little substance and that s not what NA should be in my mind Sure I want the sexy times as much as anyone else, but I need to have a story that keeps me interested and Keyes definitely did that for me here Undecided is an apt title for this story Nora is undecided about her future, she s undecided about her degree direction, she s undecided about her family and she s undecided about her friendships The one thing she is decided on is that things have to be different than they were last year Let s start with Keyes s characters Our main character Nora had a rough year at college after years of bland and boring in high school, she s decided to come out of her shell with her friend Marcella and that to her meant, hooking up with guys, getting noticed and partying instead of attending classes Which leads to criminal charges, community service and meetings with the school dean Now on the straight and narrow, she s determined to catch up on her classes and change her ways Work, studying and school are the only things on her radar, but when her only option for a place to live has her sharing an apartment with Kellan, the school heart throb and frat member, she isn t sure she s making the best decisions Partly because she has a history with Kellan but mostly because his best friend is Crosbie Lucas, local hell raiser and big time partier I can t help but smile when I think of both Crosbie and Kellan they seriously have one of the best bromances in NA that I ve read in quite some time Can you say Bros before Ho roommates Crosbie is totally not the guy he s been made out to be, and you find out quickly that Nora isn t the only one who wants to make changes in her life I honestly loved that their connection wasn t immediate I loved that they took the time to get to know each other and get to learn about each other a bit before anything happened between them it had me rooting so much for their relationship And when things happen hoooomygod So hot, and so sexy I loved the light hearted moments between them, but I loved when they also delved a bit deeper and shared I loved that neither one of them held their pasts against them realizing instead that we all have a history And the way Crosbie opens up to Nora and shows her how much she means to him despite the Crosbabes and how he s changed his ways was just so perfect The secondary characters here were also a wonderful way to expand on the story as well I kind of loved all of them Kellan for sure, but also Marcella and Nate, and I honestly hope they all get their own stories from Keyes The story itself was fun and had me turning pages Mostly because everything wasn t over the top drama I loved the way Kellan and Nora built their friendship despite the thing that was between them, and here is where I tell you straight up that there is NO love triangle I know it may seem that way, but Nora never waivers in her true feelings throughout this story so please don t think that there is, I know that cover might make you think that If you are a fan of new adult, you need to have this one on your to read list and you need to read it as soon as it s out APRIL 4th Believe me when I say I read a lot of new adult and I d put this one at the top with some of my absolute favorites If you re a fan of new adult that isn t over done one that shows a real adult relationship with characters that communicate and don t just stew and get angry and run away when the going gets tough, characters who are willing to put effort into a relationship then you re going to love this one as much as I did Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.
Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book 4.5It has been a long since I have had this much fun with a New Adult romance In a genre that is full of angst and drama, this book was a breath of fresh air Don t get me wrong, there is a certain amount of angst and drama here, but what captivated me the most was how real it all seemed I stayed up almost all night reading this and only put it down because I literally couldn t keep my eyes open any.Let me just start by saying that I loved Nora and Crosbie both as characters and as the main couple here It is not always that you can actually feel a romantic paring going from feeling attracted to falling in love with one another when you read a book Although there are some stupid decisions that drive the main conflict between them, the relationship they share is surprisingly very mature I loved seeing their progress from screw ups to actual reasonable new adults.Also this book featured one of the most realistic sex scenes I have ever read It may not have been the hottest even though it was pretty hot , but it was heartwarming to actually believe that it could happen exactly the way it was written in real life And that my friends is very rare thing in this genre.My only complaint, and it s a small one, is the side characters Since the main relationship was so well developed, I wish I could have seem of the Nora Marcela friendship and also get to know Marcela a little Kellan at the end still had a lot of space to grow as a human being and I would have loved to see that Please Julianna Keyes, write books in this world Specially about Marcela Nate and Kellan Whoever.I am so happy to have come across this book It is perfect for those looking for a light and heartwarming romance about finding one self and falling in love.
Loved Crosbie and Nora had the perfect slow build romance Now, I m crossing my fingers that Julianna Keyes will change my mind about Kellan in the next book Even though he was Crosbie s best friend, I thought he was pretty much a douchebag view spoiler Sure, he s in college and never made any promises to the many girls he screwed, but it still annoyed me that he slept with so many He didn t every bother to get about 95% of the girl s names Instead he has to refer to them as Smelled like French fries or Backpacker one and two Ugh All of that did bite him in the ass, though, lol hide spoiler
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