{ARC REVIEW} Undecided by Julianna Keyes

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
{ARC REVIEW} Undecided by Julianna KeyesUndecided by Julianna Keyes
Publisher: self-published
Publication Date: April 4th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 300
Format: e-ARC
Source: NetGalley
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

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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…

Quick Thoughts and Rating: 4 stars! To put it simply, Undecided was just an entertaining read. It had fantastic characters, great banter, and more than enough moments that had me flailing and swooning like a loon in my bed. Unlike most New Adult titles you’ll find, this was low on the drama and heavy on the fun!

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Review: I’ve opened up this review draft no less than a dozen times now, trying to figure out how I can capture the absolute enjoyment I experienced from reading this novel, and every time I think about the characters and it puts this ginormous grin on my face because even still, days later, they’ve settled very snuggly into my heart. Seriously, I feel like I could wax poetic about them for hours. The main characters, Nora and Crosbie, were a delightful couple of characters individually, but when they got together, even just as friends, the pages sparked with a particular kind of magic. Their dialogue exchanges made me laugh, flail, swoon, and fan my face. I loved watching them grow as their own person and as a couple. The development of both, the character arcs and the relationship, happened in a believable manner, and I appreciated the amount of growth that I witnessed. It was the perfect amount of progress and the perfect pace, and I was thrilled to get to read it. These two also had an amazing supporting cast of fully fleshed out secondary characters that were their own brand of awesome in themselves. Their unit really felt strong, and I’m certainly hoping to see a few getting their own books further down the line.

Now, if you’re curious about a love triangle because of the cover and title, those can both be a little misleading because while Nora may think Kellan, Crosbie’s best friend and her new roommate, is an enticing brand of hot like everyone else on campus, from very early on we know that Nora only has eyes for Crosbie. There’s also a relatively low amount of angst and drama, especially when comparing it with other NA titles, and when the drama does make an appearance, it was quick to be resolved. I mean, I’m not going to lie, I love a little angst and heart-ripping moments as much as the next reader, but when they drag on for way past their prime, I tend to get annoyed. Keyes did a spectacular job of balancing the sure-to-be-expected drama given the “spoilery’ circumstance that I won’t be mentioning in this review with a majority of fluff, hilarity, and good fun (and hot sexy times!).

All in all, the characters were relatable and exceptionally well characterized. I felt like I really knew them, and if I’m being totally honest, I’m sad that we can only be besties in my head. Unlike other college-based NA novels, this one really focused on the university-life aspect and I felt like I knew the town and the campus. The struggles and real-life elements that every new adult goes through when transitioning from high school teen to those first tastes of freedom and living absent of those customary parental restrictions was well represented in this book. In fact, I think that’s what helped me settle into Undecided so easily, the “realness” of it all. Lastly, this novel wasn’t drowning in sex after the couple officially got together (which wasn’t until the 50% mark), but when they did get in some time to get dirty, it was definitely a pleasure-ahem-to read. 😉 Keyes may be a new-to-me author, but I definitely look forward to seeing what more she has to offer in the New Adult genre, especially if they’re going to be companion novels to this one.

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Teaser Quote: Lots of amazing quotes and more than enough excellent dialogue exchanges to choose from, but I thought I’d hit you with this one.

Eventually I blink, breathe, move. I’m collapsed over Crosbie Lucas, in the front seat of his car, on a public street, my bare ass on full display for whomever should walk by. And I really don’t care.
     “Fuck, Nora,” he groans.
     “I don’t think my legs work.”
     “That was better than the last time, and I thought last time was the best thing to ever happen to me.”
     I smile, exhausted, thrilled, flattered. “Same here.”
     He meets my eye. “Oh yeah?”
     “Oh yeah.”
~quote taken from the e-ARC of Undecided at 54%

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Book Rating Breakdown
Cover
One StarOne StarOne Star
Writing
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Characters
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Plot
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Pacing
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Swoons
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
General Book Feels
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Overall: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Rec It? Absolutely! Undecided is one of those books that you just find easy joy and fulfillment in. I requested it after another blogger mentioned it was easily comparable to Elle Kennedy’s The Deal (which I now wholeheartedly agree with), fell in love with the characters, and didn’t set it back down until I had finished it in one sitting with a big freaking smile on my face. I’ll definitely be reading it again. I would also really love it if Kellan got his own book. Jussayin’. And since I’m already here asking for more books, I’d like to put in a wish for Nate and Marcela to get their own story, too!

 A very special thanks to the author and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy of this title in exchange for my honest review.

**Disclaimer: An eARC of these title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

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Posted March 28, 2016 by christina2227 in ARC, Boys With Naughty Mouths, Contemporary, Flail inducing, Indie, Literal LOL Moments, Net Galley, New Adult, Reviews, Romance, Stand Alone, Swoonworthy Book Boyfriends / 2 Comments

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