Review: Undecided by Juliana Keyes

Title: Undecided Author: Juliana Keyes Format: ebook, 300 pages Published: April 4, 2016 by Julianna Keyes ISBN13: 9780995050709

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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…

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Review:

Nora Kincaid has two speeds, all on or all off and last year, she was so all on that she managed to fail most of her classes, lost half her scholarship, hooked up with way too many random guys, and got arrested.  This year, Nora isn’t just turning over a new leaf, she is going into all off mode and that means some serious changes in her life.

First up in operation Nora Bora is finding a new place to live and with only one real prospect, Nora is going to take the offer.  The apartment is clean, the space is quiet, the roommate, Kellan is hotter than hell, and happens to be one of Nora’s last year hook-ups who doesn’t remember her.  Well, beggars can’t be choosers and Kellan, has rededicated himself to a straight and narrow path and Nora is just the right influence to keep him honest.  Nora has no intention of reminding Kellan of their hook-up especially after she officially meets his roommate, Crosbie Lucas. 

Crosbie Lucas is known all over campus.  Most guys envy him and every girl wants to be with him.  In case you want to know just who Crosbie has been with, just check the girl’s restroom in the Student Union L  Nora has no intention of becoming a Crosbabe (yes, that’s what they’re called!) but she quickly discovers that Crosbie isn’t all his reputation would make him out to be.  In fact, Crosbie is generally kind, quite funny, dedicated to his studies, and totally interested in Nora.  Despite her best efforts, Nora is interested in Crosbie but being with him would threaten her new boring, studious, good girl life.  Trouble is, Crosbie is always around and Nora is finding it harder and harder to contain her feelings for him.  The only thing left for a girl to do is start up a secret affair with Crosbie and pray no one finds out about them and blows her current good girl cover.

For weeks, Nora and Crosbie carry on as stealthily as possible and with each passing day, each becomes more attached to the other.  With the exception of the sneaking around, everything seems to be going well right up to the moment Kellan drops a bombshell which will require him to uncover and contact every sexual partner he has had in the past year.  In one fell swoop, every bit of last year that Nora has worked so hard to move past and forget is going to be exposed the moment Kellan figures out which mystery woman on his extensive list Nora is.  Even more horrifying, as soon as Kellan figures is out, his best-friend, Crosbie is going to know too. 

The Bottom Line:  Undecided is all kinds of back story heavy and I do love a good back story.  Nora had one hell of a good time last year and now she is paying the price.  All the drunken nights, all the skipped classes had serious consequences and Nora is working so hard to overcome her mistakes.  Crosbie is actually quite perfect for Nora and helps her figure out how to find a balance between full on and full off.  Crosbie works hard, cares for Nora, and does his best to stand by her when the proverbial sh^t hits the fan.  In addition to their sweet romance are the hot naughty bits, and minor characters that round out the cast of Undecided.  In all, this is somewhat angsty read with some moments of funny, some moments of aawww, and lots of moments of WOW!! so that happened.

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