Sunday, March 20, 2016

Book Review: 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…


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 *

Available: April 4th, 2016

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