Undecided by Julianna Keyes with Giveaway

Undecided by Julianna Keyes with Giveaway

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,

Undecided

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!

Undecided by Julianna Keyes with Giveaway

Title: Undecided
Author: Julianna Keyes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Self-Published
ISBN: 9780995050709
Published on: 4 April 2016
Format:eARC
Source: Author via Tour Company
Pages: 325
Rated: five-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameHalf a Flame

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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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“Want to see a movie?” Crosbie asks as we drive closer.

I squint at the list of shows. It’s an enormous multiplex and the parking lot is packed. He inches past the front so we can see what’s playing.

“Kill Glory 3 is out? I thought it wasn’t coming until December.”

Crosbie laughs uncomfortably when I name the latest installment of the popular horror franchise. “What else is playing?”

I look at him. “You don’t like scary movies?”
He purses his lips. “I like them fine.”

My jaw drops. “You’re afraid.”

“Am not.”

“Maybe Toy Story 6 is playing.”

“The Toy Story franchise is classic.”

“Okay, fine.” I crane my neck to try to see some more names. “There’s Tanker Race 2, Soda Shoppe Gals, Operation—I think that’s based on the board game—and that documentary about seals. Anything you’re dying to see?”

He finds parking at the end of a row and unbuckles his seatbelt. “Lady’s choice.”

“Kill Glory 3.”

“Never mind, you can’t choose.”

“Have you seen the first two? They’re excellent. It’s about this death angel named Glory who keeps returning to earth to try to get revenge—”

“I saw five minutes of the first one, and that was enough.”

“So…Soda Shoppe Gals?”

He tips his head to peer out the windshield at the start times. We’ve got half an hour until the next showings. “We can see Kill Glory 3,” he says reluctantly, reaching over to tug me in by the collar. “But let’s make out for a bit first.”

“Make out?” I feign offense. “You haven’t even bought me popcorn.”

“Can I just give you the ten dollars?”

We’re laughing when our lips meet, teeth bumping until we get serious. Crosbie displays none of the urgency I’m feeling, kissing me leisurely, exploring, learning. Again, it’s a surprise. He’s got one hand curled against my neck while the other rests against the back of the seat. If I’d ever given any thought to making out in a car with Crosbie Lucas, I’d have pictured him sticking his hand up my shirt—or down my pants—in the first thirty seconds. But that doesn’t appear to be the plan for tonight, and I quash the tiny part of me that’s disappointed and tell myself to just enjoy the moment. I’ve actually never done this before. I had zero boyfriends in high school, and I don’t think any of the guys I kissed last year even had a car. At least, I never bothered to learn enough about them to find out if they did.

Teenagers walk by and holler “Get a room!” breaking us apart. We’re both breathing hard, the windows only starting to steam up, advertising our activities without actually obscuring them.

“Hi,” Crosbie says.

I can’t help but smile. “Hi.”

 

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About Julianna Keyes

Julianna 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.

In addition to Undecided, she is 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?

For more details on these and any upcoming books, visit her online at http://juliannakeyes.com, or sign up for her free newsletter at http://juliannakeyes.com/newsletter.html.

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