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.
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.
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…
Review by Gina
I’m a fan of the relatively new romance genre of New Adult – though perhaps not so new anymore. Though I’m slightly past the New Adult years myself, I enjoy the part of early romance, the newness of dating and intimacy and the lack of too much baggage. It’s refreshing.
Julianna Keyes’s Undecided was just what I was looking for. It’s fun. It’s flirty. It’s flipping sexy. Nora Kincaid is one of those girls that was unknown in high school and loves the idea of starting new in college. No one knows her, so she can be anyone she wants to be. And she becomes the exact opposite of Nora Bora – she becomes Red Corset – and almost fails out of college her first year. Year two is probationary and she comes back determined to go back to unknown and push towards a college degree. Well laid plans can be derailed.
Crosbie Lucas is best known for philandering his way through women. He and his best friend, Kellan, have a reputation of laying the girls and then leaving them. In fact, Kellan had slept with Nora at a party and doesn’t even remember it.
So, when Nora is in search of new digs to settle into for her second year, it’s awkward to find out the person searching for a studious roommate happens to be Kellan – her closet Red Corset affair. Since he doesn’t remember her or their fling, Nora can’t say no to the low rent and promise of plenty of quiet time. But she had no idea she’d fall for her roommate’s best friend, Crosbie, and what that would mean for her future.
Despite Crosbie’s reputation, you can’t help but adore him. Yes, he’s best friends with Kellan, but he’s actually quite different than he allows people to believe. When he falls for Nora, he puts forth tremendous effort to dispel his reputation and let the real Crosbie Lucas out. And when he does, you will melt right along with Nora.
Julianna Keyes has created wonderful characters in Undecided. Even the side characters – Marcela and Nate – add so much to the story. (I hope these two get their own storyline) The story flows nicely with lots of humor. I found myself laughing out loud at moments and then sweating from the steam between Nora and Crosbie. Well done, Ms. Keyes. I truly enjoyed this.
Four sparkling silver buckles.
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.
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?
visit her online at http://juliannakeyes.com, or sign up for her free
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