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Undecided

by Julianna Keyes

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Undecided by Julianna Keyes

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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780995050716
Publisher: Julianna Keyes
Publication date: 03/24/2016
Pages: 306
Sales rank: 988,191
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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, though not necessarily in that order, and writes sizzling stories with strong characters, plenty of conflict, and lots of making up.

In addition to Undecided, she is the author of four contemporary romances: Just Once, the story of a world weary socialite and a stubborn ranch foreman; Going the Distance, a love story set in China between a kindergarten ESL teacher and a former army interrogator; Time Served, the tale of an ambitious young lawyer whose perfect world is jeopardized when she reunites with her ex-con ex-boyfriend; and In Her Defense, in which a ruthless young lawyer realizes there's more to life than being the best...right? The Good Fight, book three in the Time Served series, releases in July 2016.

For more information visit www.juliannakeyes.com

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Undecided 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
A new to me author with a New Adult romance that intrigued me from the first glimpse. While I don’t normally grab this genre from authors I’m not familiar with, I couldn’t resist. Character driven and missing the angst of wishy washy heroines, boys who can’t commit and that all too common eenie meenie miney mo love triangles that play out throughout the story, Keyes has created a smart, clever story that presented real life situations for characters who are learning from their mistakes and growing up. Sophomore year of university is Nora’s last chance to turn things around. Freshman year was spent partying and ignoring the rules, and now she’s got to buckle down or lose the other half of her scholarship. Trying to balance academics, a greatly reduced social life and following through with her other commitments she won’t give up is the new plan, and that plan is B O R I N G. But, her friend and new roommate Kellan is also biting the bit to clean up his own act, so the two figure they can redeem themselves together. There’s only one problem with this plan: Kellan’s best friend and still wild frat party boy Crosbie is Kellan’s best friend, and a frequent visitor. Easy to ignore (mostly) early on, Nora isn’t interested in Crosbie or what he might offer. But then, Crosbie shows that there is more beneath that party boy exterior, and the two start to develop a relationship. Slowly building, their connection is flirtatious, sweet and truly based in their mutual interest in one another, and continues to build the sexual tension and chemistry until it all comes together in a series of super steamy moments… no indecision at all. Then, Nora’s secret is revealed (not a big one at all) and to his credit, Crosbie didn’t go all teenaged pouty girl and walk away leaving her devastated. He’s intelligent enough to know that he needs to listen and try to understand…not just judge. Far more mature and developed than many of the characters in this genre, Crosbie is a keeper. If you like NA – you’ll enjoy this story, narrated in the first person POV of Nora. Trust me – this is one you should read! I received an eArc copy of the title from the author via Tasty Book Tours for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book everything you want in a college romance book and more. I am definately reading book two!
cest More than 1 year ago
Quite honestly, I haven’t read a New Adult book in a while as lately a lot of the books have been too similar in plot for my liking. My blog did a giveaway with 5 other blogs recently and this book came highly recommended from Maryse so of course I had to give it a try! And boy am I glad I stopped reading my TBR to fit this book in! I read this book in ONE day – it was SO good! I now have another new author to fan over and I am seriously SO EXCITED about that! Nora Kinkaid partied like a rock star during her freshman year of college and unfortunately her grades fell. With her scholarship on the line, she has decided to buckle down and be studious with no distractions and how better to do that than to move off campus to her own apartment so she can get away from the fun temptations. To her surprise, the guy looking for a new roommate is the very popular Kellan McVey (a guy she hooked up with the previous year in a drunken moment who clearly doesn’t recognize her). Despite the awkwardness of not being recognized, she decides to move in with him so that they can get their nerd-on together as he is also trying to improve his grades. Nora didn’t expect to be put face to face daily with Kellan’s best friend Crosbie Lucas, another popular guy/athlete/manwhore. Nor did she expect to actually feel something more than friendship for him. Without giving away any more of this book, I want to say that reading this was SO MUCH FUN! I found myself laughing out loud at the character’s dialogue and bantering back and forth and I truly enjoyed being reminded of what college life is like with this refreshing storyline. This book is a true gem and is a must read on this summer’s reading list. I absolutely fell in love with these characters and peeling away the many layers that made them who they were. I enjoyed every minute completely immersed in this book..something that hasn’t happened in a long time for me in an NA book. With a good combination of humor, sexiness, a perfect hero and heroine – look no further than UNDECIDED by Julianna Keyes. This is an author to add to your #mustread list and I look forward to reading more from her (and hopefully of secondary characters in this book…hint hint lol)
LittleMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
There have been a couple of books by Julianna Keyes that I've been interested in but I've never had the opportunity to pick one up. Until this one! I was really excited to get started on Undecided because I thought that the blurb sounded just amazing. Thankfully, this one delivered and it is one of my favorites for the year! If I had to describe this book in one word, I would use the word effortless. The flow of the story was completely seamless. It went from one plot point to the next without the reader even noticing. I was completely carried away by the happenings between Crosbie and Nora. The way that Keyes constructed these two characters is what makes me love reading. Nora is the bad-girl turned hopeful good-girl. From the very beginning, you'll find yourself cringing at her old ways and then you'll be hoping that she changes her old ways but not too much because if she totally flips away from the dark side, she just might miss her chance with Crosbie. And no one should miss their chance with Crosbie. The chemistry between Crosbie and Nora was amazing. Every interaction was filled with sexual tension and I couldn't help but root for both of them, sometimes for them to be together but sometimes for them to be apart also. I just really appreciated how fabulously this book was written. I can only hope that every book that I read for the rest of the year is this amazing. I read this one in about a day and I couldn't put it down. I just had to know what was going to happen next and if Nora was going to make the right decisions. It was very realistic in that sense. I think that most ladies who went to or are in college have had at least a moment of the turmoil that Nora was in ... maybe not to this serious of a degree but something like it. Oh! As a side note ... when you pick this one up, remember that the author is Canadian. Does that really matter? No. Unless she's talking about Thanksgiving being on a Monday and you say to yourself, "Pretty sure that Thanksgiving has NEVER been on a Monday." Which is true ... unless you're Canadian. So I apologize for the rude comments I said in my head about someone not knowing that Thanksgiving is always on the fourth Thursday in November. Anyhow ... great characters, great plot, great author. I'll definitely be picking up more books by Keyes and she's one that I'll keep an eye on in the future because I have no doubt that there will be some more fantastic novels coming from this lady. * I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
BookMafiaBlog More than 1 year ago
Genre: Romance, New Adult Age: 18+ Recommendation: Absolutely recommend this book. This is one of my new favorites and I don’t say that lightly. Type: Stand-alone Summary: This was so freakin’ good. + well written + realistic + not over the top +characters you can relate to +gets you emotionally involved +no cliffhanger +sexy The Synopsis: 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… This book is such a great read, I just finished and I am seriously considering reading it again. I am telling you this is a total gem. Undecided by Julianna Keyes is a young adult novel that is due to be released April 4,2016. Told from a single point of view and so superbly written, it easily allows the reader to relate to all the characters and their experiences. I don’t know how Keyes has done it but this book just felt right. Every single character in this story was well built, complex and felt real. Not flashy, overly dramatic or oozing shock factor, this book has a quiet but powerful love story that starts out like a normal every day relationship. The passion and the intensity slowly ( but not too slowly) build up and when it gets hot..it’s hot. The story is complete, there is no cliffhanger to leave you feeling murderous and you will thank me later for telling you to go get this when it comes out. Crosbie and Nora are up there on my list of my favorite bookmances. If you enjoyed Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire then you will definitely want to pick this one up. Disclaimer: I received a free copy via NetGalley of this book in exchange for a honest review. Thank you Julianna Keyes!
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Poor Nora! She spent her pre-college years feeling boring and invisible, so she went (more than) a little crazy her freshman year in college: tried to major in frat parties and hooking up, failed some classes, was arrested, and...was still invisible, apparently. But she doesn't realize it until she drops her co-conspirator (but at least she managed to avoid arrest) best friend, completes her community service, attends summer school, and answers an ad for a "serious" roommate for the fall semester only to find out it's one of her previous drunken hookups who's now asking her to move in. And, yeah. Kellan totally doesn't remember her as the "red corset girl" he had sex in a closet with not even four months earlier. So yep. Invisible. And really, who can't relate with that feeling, at least a little? So it's easy to identify with Nora as she tries to get her life back into some semblance of order, even if you've never (yet, anyway) let your life get quite so off-track. She needs to buckle down with her coursework so she doesn't lose her scholarship and work at her part time job to pay for the rest of her living expenses (plus save up for rent, because the "free" part is just a temporary trial run). She knew this semester was going to be tough...what she didn't realize was that it would also be boring. Except for the bits when it's tempting and confusing as heck--namely all the parts that involve her ex-hookup and new roommate's best friend, Crosbie. Crosbie's just as bad as Kellan--maybe even worse, since there's an actual name for his hookups--the Crosbabes. Nora wants nothing to do with him or his muscle-y muscles. Though they're very distracting. And the more time she spends in his company, the more she likes him...and the less he seems like the showboating man-wh*re he's supposed to be. What to do? I loved Nora and Crosbie together--whether it was before they were an item or during, their banter was adorable and even laugh-out-loud funny at times. Plus Crosbie's just so freaking cute. It's impossible not to fall for the guy--I can't imagine how Nora stayed so strong for so long. All of the friends in the book (I've heard rumors of a Kellan book coming up; hopefully there's a Marcella and Nate one too!) are great together and really fun to read about. There's some sensitive (and completely realistic, given the characters' behavior and actions) stuff that comes up for a few of the characters, and I really liked the way that situation was handled. Nora didn't always make decisions that I agreed with along the way, but it always made sense--for her--that she was making them. Nothing here felt forced or overly dramatic, which was refreshing for a new adult book. There were some odd bits--the storyline's timing is a bit off in a few parts, and adults are really pretty much a non-entity for the majority of the book--but overall this was a really fun book to read full of characters I'd love to see more of. Ms. Keyes is a new-to-me author who I'll definitely be reading more from in the future! Rating: 4 stars / B+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Undecided by Julianna Keyes Publication Date: April 4, 2016 Rating: 5 stars Source: 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 more 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 more 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. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick, witty and funny -- this new adult romance checks all the right boxes. The characters are strong and unique, keeping you on your toes and hanging on tight during the emotional ride. 5 stars! --JK James