Today I have a New Adult contemporary romance for you from Julianna Keyes to share with you. Please read on for my review and an excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought, and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win a $25 gift card to online book retailer of choice, But first,
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!
Author: Julianna Keyes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Self-Published
Published on: 4 April 2016
Source: Author via Tour Company
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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…
A copy of this title was provided via Author via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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