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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…

300 pages, ebook

First published April 4, 2016

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Julianna Keyes

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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, not necessarily in that order, and will go to her grave swearing that 'ain't' is not a word. She has volunteered in Zambia, taught English in China, and dreams of seeing pink dolphins in the Amazon. It'll happen.

She also writes happily offbeat thrillers as Elaine Murphy.

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790 reviews2,503 followers
April 26, 2016
4.5 Stars!!


'Undecided' surprised me in a very good way. Despite the fact is a NA romance, this little gem wasn’t full of stupid angst or unnecessary drama. It was a very enjoyable read with vividly portrayed characters, great banter and plenty of sexy times (for a NA novel). Judging by the cover and also by the title you may think this one is a love triangle romance. Fortunately for me and I’m sure for many readers it’s not, so if you are looking for a college romance that has many refreshing aspects, don’t hesitate to pick this one up.

'Undecided”' tells the story of Nora Kinkaid, a Sophomore college girl who wants to change her lifestyle and just be exactly like she was in high school, boring, more exactly “Nora Bora”. Her freshman year was wild and crazy to say the least. Getting arrested and losing a part of her scholarship made Nora open her eyes, so all she wants now is to focus on her grades and her job.

When Nora decides to leave the dorms, answering an ad for a potential roommate, she never expects the one who’s looking for a roommate to be Kellan McVey,the guy with whom she had a drunken closet hookup several months ago. Kellan doesn’t remember Nora. He actually thinks she has the potential to be the perfect roommate for him, since she appears to be so quiet and studios, because all he wants right now is to focus on his grades and forget as much as he can about parties. Nora knows for sure living with Kellan could be disastrous, but Kellan is smart and makes her a great offer, so Nora eventually agrees to move with him. Nora meets Crosbie, Kellan’s best friend, a very good looking guy with some man-whorish tendencies. As the story progresses Nora and Crosbie become friends, eventually their friendship growing into more.

This one turned out to be much better than I had expected. Filled with humor and many great sweet and sexy times, 'Undecided' was a very enjoyable, fresh collage romance. The story was fantastically written and it was pretty addictive…maybe because our heroine’s voice was clear, honest and also fun from the beginning. Nora was a very relatable character, endearing for the most part. She was portrayed from start to finish in a very realistic way which I really enjoyed. She was headstrong which I really like on FMC I read about, sweet and considerate and sarcastic at the right time. As for our hero, Crosbie, he was a sweetheart and also endearing despite his long-ish list of Crosbabes. Unlike many heroes in these kind of stories, Crosbie was never a cocky a$$hole. He is sweet, smart, caring, considerate and so good with Nora. What I liked about him was the fact that he was more than a jock...much more.

I enjoyed the banter between Nora and Crosbie. It was well done and so entertaining at times. Actually, to be honest I enjoyed all their interactions. They were fun, sweet and also sexy. Their sexy times were numerous, which I enjoyed, pretty hot and well written. As for the romantic aspect I think it was well done and I have to say I enjoyed how mature these two characters’ relationship was and also how they easily communicate with each other. I liked the supporting characters as well. Every single one of them was well-developed, engaging and likeable.

There’s some drama at some point, but like I mentioned above nothing is overwhelming. Also, I liked the way it was handled.

Overall, an enjoyable college romance!
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804 reviews580 followers
May 8, 2016
4.5 Bed Frame Breaking Stars

We can scream and fight and cry and ignore, but really, it’s the things we do when we think nobody’s watching that reveal the most. Well, I’m done. No more messes, no more lies.

I have to start off by saying this book was a breath of fresh NA air for me. Lately this genre has been a wee bit out of control with the angst and the over the top dramatics and the occasional whoring it out to survive and stuff.

Phew, my head hurts just thinking about it! I'm glad to say Undecided didn't go that route.

Turns out, being memorable is not that easy.

Nora spent her high school years being invisible. Big time. When given the chance in college, girlfriend parties like it's 1999 and manages to nearly flunk out and lose her scholarship.

Fast forward to sophomore year and Nora needs to find a nice, quiet place to live where she can spend her time studying and basically living like a cloistered nun.

When her potential new roommate answers the door, she's surprised to find a rumored manwhore who's down to party by the name of Crosbie. Then she meets her actual potential roommate and finds the hottie she drunk hooked up with several months ago and SURPRISE! He doesn't remember her.

Sounds confusing but it's not. Trust me.

From the moment Crosbie enters the scene, it's more than obvious he's going to be the man to dirty up Nora's too serious self. These two were all kinds of awesome together but, as the rest of the story rolls, nothing was ever over the top. I loved that pretty much every character in this juicy bit of goodness came to a truth of sorts that was important to their life, but no part of this tale ever bordered on preachy.

This is yet another time when I wish goodreads gave the half star option. This is a true 4.5 star read for me, but I've gone with the 5 star rating because I'm thinking Undecided is going to stick with me for a while.
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1,069 reviews837 followers
February 22, 2017
UPDATE (February 22nd, 2017):

Friends! Undecided by Julianna Keyes is on sale for only $1.99! This is such an amazing sale for a FANTASTIC book. I don’t throw around the word “favorite” very often… but this is one of my favorite books. :) Buy it at $1.99 for a limited time only, before Undeclared publishes!


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Undecided by Julianna Keyes
Publication Date: April 4, 2016
Rating: 5 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):

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…

What I Liked:

I rarely break out the five-star rating. It's my least-often-used rating of the five - I'm pretty sure I rate more book with one star, than five stars. And yet, I've rated two of the three Julianna Keyes books that I've with the elusive five stars. Time Served (five stars) and In Her Defense (four stars) are two excellent adult romance novels by Keyes, but Undecided, her first New Adult contemporary romance novel, is her best (in my opinion). I do not like New Adult (I've had terrible luck in the past with New Adult contemporary romance novels), but I think this is my favorite NA book ever!

JUST SO YOU KNOW -- there is NO love triangle in this book. When I first saw this book, I would have passed it straight, given the title and the cover. But I recognized the author's name, and decided to inquire about a potential love triangle. She assured me that not only is there NO love triangle in this book, but she isn't a fan of them. The title is has more to do with Nora's academics and social life balance, as well as her feelings for Crosbie (should they act on their feelings?). The cover DOES have two males, one on each side of Nora. One is Kellan, Nora's new roommate and new friend; the other is Crosbie, Kellan's best friend (and the guy whom Nora falls for). No love triangle! I promise!

Nora needs to be boring this year. Last year she partied too hard, failed half her classes, and lost half her scholarship, as a result. She's moving out of the dorms to save money, and guess who her roommate is going to be? Kellan McVey, a track-and-field star and player who is also trying to clean up his act. He offers her a semester free of rent (his parents pay the rent, anyway), and a quiet living space. Nora can't say no! But she doesn't expect to fall for Crosbie, Kellan's best friend and teammate, who is at the apartment often. Crosbie lives in a frat house, and he's almost as bad a player as Kellan. But there is a sweet and thoughtful and magnetic side to Crosbie that Nora doesn't expect. The two fall for each other; but Nora has skeletons in her closet, skeletons if Crosbie finds, things between them might be ruined irreparably.

Guys. GUYS. I don't like New Adult but this New Adult novel blew me away! For context - yes, I have read Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster, Tammara Webber's Easy, J. Lynn's Wait For You (and many others by her), The Deal by Elle Kennedy (I liked this one!), and plenty of other NA books. Some were good, but most were repetitive stories (sorry!). This book was fresh and unique and so enjoyable!

Nora is a reformed party-girl college student. She is washing her hands of her partying ways, and she's going to live in the library from now on (not literally). I like Nora - she's headstrong and decisive, and she goes after her goals. She says she's done with boys and the way she had sex last year, but something about her new roommate's best friend attracts her. Nora comes across as nerdy and boring, but she's kind and intelligent and a wee bit sarcastic. One thing I like about all of Keyes' heroines - they are strong, independent ladies, and they know their mind.

This book is written exclusively in Nora's first-person POV, but I can't go through a review without talking about Crosbie. Oh Crosbie. He's not quite a player/manwhore like Kellan, but he's got a list of girls (Crosbabes). The thing is, he's such a nice guy. He's an athlete and a frat bro, but he isn't a douche or a***ole. He's nice to Nora, but he's also considerate and sweet and pretty great. He's more than a pretty face and rippling muscles (eight pack, I think? Muscled arms?). I have a crush on him for sure! Never thought I'd say that about a track runner. Crosbie is not a one-dimensional sexy dude - he felt like real people I know in college!

The banter between Nora and Crosbie is amazing! It is sarcasm-infused, as well as they joke around each other. Their humors line up really nicely so it's like they are always synced! Their interactions were always on point, even when they were disagreeing about something (which wasn't too often).

The romance between these two was both sweet and SUPER steamy. The emotional/"crush" part takes up about 50% of the novel, and it's so lovely to watch! Honestly one of my favorite aspects of reading a contemporary romance novel (across any age level - YA, NA, adult) is watching the characters fall in love. The physical part of the relationship in this book starts around the 50% mark, and holy guacamole those two. Nora and Crosbie sizzle and steam and burn together. This New Adult book is really hot - even for your average NA book. But it figures - Keyes' adult romance novels are INTENSELY steamy. Time Served? Hands down one of the hottest romance novels I've read (I've read plenty too! But hence why that one got five stars from me. *winks*).

Did I mention the no-love-triangle bit? Please believe me when I say this! I HATE love triangles. The title and the cover of this book is misleading, in that aspect! There is no love triangle, no cheating, no secret babies/children/pregnancies/abortions/etc. The "secret" that Nora has that Crosbie finds out - it's really not that bad. And it has nothing to do with a love triangle or anything I just mentioned. YES, at first Nora thought that she would start to develop feelings for Kellan, the school's player playboy (since she would be living with him and seeing him all the time); but it's Crosbie that catches her attention and steals her heart!

New Adult books always have drama surrounding the climax of the book. In this book, the drama is Crosbie finding out Nora's secret. The thing is, I hate drama, and I will tell you right now, the "drama" is not bad at all. Crosbie is mature and smart - I'll leave you with that. There is no unnecessary drama and/or miscommunication in this book (thank goodness). Both Crosbie and Nora act like grown people who are at a crossroads, but love each other. I LOVE that they communicate, and they don't just leave things as they stand. I'm trying to be as vague as possible, I promise!

Ahhh, this book. It was quite possibly as perfect as it gets (for me). I don't necessarily consider myself an expert on NA books, but I will say that I've disliked most of the NA books I've read, and yet, this book was lovely. I trust Keyes and I will definitely be looking out for Kellan's story in the (hopefully not-so-distant future!

What I Did Not Like:

I really can't think of anything terrible that stuck out to me! This is rare occurrence.

Would I Recommend It:

I totally recommend this novel! Specifically to anyone who enjoys New Adult romance and/or adult romance. This author knows what she's doing in terms of both age levels, and I have complete faith in her whenever I see a new book by her. Seriously, if you want a strong female protagonist, imperfectly sweet and swoony male protagonist, HOT/STEAMY romance, and a great HEA? Try Julianna Keyes' books. Especially this one!


5 stars. Hands down the best New Adult book I've read. I recently read Elle Kennedy's The Deal and I really liked it, but this one takes the cake. Being a "new adult" means I sometimes I find it even harder than your average person to connect with some of the protagonists in New Adult books, but I really connected with Nora, and Crosbie!
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647 reviews28.6k followers
February 17, 2017
You know the excitement you feel when you’ve discovered a new author? One whose writing you instantly connect with? I’m feeling that right now. I loved every single moment of Nora and Crosbie’s story. It was everything I hoped it would be going in - funny, incredibly sexy, riddled with great banter and full of heart.

We all make mistakes and have regrets and I think that’s what made these characters so relatable, especially Nora. I liked her right away. Trying to leave behind her crazy and out of control freshman year, she’s determined to do things differently, starting with a new roommate. Someone boring and studious.

Her search lands her on Kellan McVey’s doorstep, the notorious party boy around campus and one of her many regrets from last year. Good thing he doesn’t remember their drunken time spent in that closet because his promise to be a boring roommate and the offer of free rent is too good to pass up.

Living with Kellan, she expects to fall for him, but there’s something missing. She’s just not in to him like she thought she would be. It’s Crosbie, Kellan’s best friend, that she can’t stop thinking about.

“That was better than the last time, and I thought last time was the best thing to ever happen to me.”

Crosbie is beyond words. On the surface he’s just another gorgeous face, a guy that isn’t interested in anything other than running, sleeping around and partying at the Frat Farm. Who knew that under those eight-pack abs was a sensitive and incredibly sweet guy? I was just as surprised as Nora! And totally smitten.

What really made this story for me was Nora and Crosbie’s chemistry. What’s a love story without amazing chemistry? It was undeniable, but even beyond that was the natural ease to their relationship. It wasn’t over the top or unrealistic, it felt genuine. Seeing his vulnerable side and all of his sweet gestures only made me fall even harder. His magic tricks were a fun surprise and added such a silly and charming aspect to his character. And to top it all off - the banter. I love great banter and they had me laughing quite a bit. Especially near the end.

“Has magic taught you nothing? What you don’t see is just as important as what you do.”

I’m feeling lucky I stumbled across this book and was given the opportunity to read and review it. Fingers crossed Kellan or Nate and Marcela get a book. Heck, I’d even settle for one from Celestia. In the meantime, I’m definitely going to check out the author's other books.

*Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
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Author 35 books9,399 followers
July 1, 2016
I'm not normally a big fan of new adult romance, I prefer to read about adults and I prefer my books dirtier, truth be told. But my bestie raved about this book though, so I figured I'd give it a try and.... I loved it. There's not a ton of sex, but when you get there - oh holy swoon worthy moment. Perfection.

The cover implies this might be a triangle of a book - it's really not. This is Nora & Crosbie's story from beginning to end. There's a bit of a twist with Crosbie's best friend Kellan - and I loved it. I thought the plot was realistic for college students & totally relatable to that season in life.

Now Kellan - the best friend - he needs a book. ASAP.
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943 reviews223 followers
May 1, 2016
5 Magic Stars!
Loved this one! It was sweet, sexy and light on the drama! Perfect college romance!

Nora is so boring in high school she has earned the nick name Nora-Bora.
Nobody ever sees or remembers Nora. When she gets to college she decides to become a different Nora. She becomes party Nora. But then party Nora starts failing her classes and is about to lose her scholarship so she has to go back to being Nora-Bora. She dumps her partyhardy best friend and needs a place to live. She sees an add for somebody looking for a conservative roommate. She doesn't realize it's the guy she hooked up with one drunken night and had a crush on.
Kellen is the biggest man whore on campus. But he's also super hot! Nora is hurt when he doesn't even remember her. She decides to move in anyway after Kellen offers her free rent for a few months. Kellan's best friend Crosbie is also just as big of a man whore and also hot! It seems like every time Nora turns around the big sexy Crosbie is around. He's putting her bed together. She's helping him study. He's showing her his magic tricks. He's putting her desk together. He's making her have fun.

Crosbie is a lot like Nora. Even though everyone sees Crosbie it was only because they wanted to get close to Kellan. Crosbie and Nora both have very outgoing best friends that were always noticed.
I loved how Crosbie noticed Nora though and Nora noticed him. They start to build a friendship. Then things get hot and heavy one night. Nora does not want to end up on Crosbies list of Crosbaes so they keep things a secret. But when Kellen has a problem secrets find a way of coming out. I'm so glad it was resolved pretty quickly.

Loved both Nora and Crosbie! They were super sweet and sexy together! I hope we get more books on some of the others. I hope to read more books by this author and love them as much as I did this one.
June 16, 2016
3.5 - 4 ★'s

Nora doesn't do things halfway...she's full out one way or the other. Last year she was a total partier...getting suspended at school, getting drunk and hooking up and even streaking downtown and getting arrested and losing a lot of her school funding. This year...things will be different.

She has to move out of the dorms and decides to find a nice, studious roommate and luckily she finds one that is right up her alley. They decide to meet and low and behold, it's one of her hook ups but he doesn't remember her. On top of that and to convince her to move in, he gives her free rent for a few months. She can hardly say no to that but still...he is also a well known partier and manwhore who wants to change his ways. She decides to give it a go.

Thinking that she's going to have Kellan on her mind 24/7, she surprised when it's Crosbie, Kellan's best friend and also manwhore, who's on her mind. And he's seemingly wanting to be around her...A LOT. Things progressed more and more until Halloween night when even Superman can't keep them apart! ;)

However, Nora doesn't want to be known as one of the "Crossbabes" and they decide to keep things on the down low...even from Crosbie's best friend. And well, we all know what's gonna happen!


And happen it does...in all it's very spectacular fashion. Things basically fall apart after that but Nora picks herself up and brushes herself off...somewhat. And Crosbie? Well, he's nowhere to be found.

Hang on though...because it does end well...and very sweetly.

I did like both the characters and I liked when they got together but I'm just not sure about the romance. There were plenty of sweet moments but something just didn't gel for me.

And then there was Kellan and his "problem" that led to the big reveal. I'm just not sure about him. I wanted to like him but I just really didn't.

Nora's best friend, Marcela, was interesting but different. I felt like the situation with her and Nate was way too dragged out and took away from Crosbie and Nora's story.

Overall, it was enjoyable but not very angsty. I liked the addition of Crosbie's hobby and how they integrated it into their relationship. And what Crosbie did in the epilogue was very romantic...I wish there was more of that!
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2,377 reviews4,625 followers
June 10, 2022
5 “Crossbabe” STARS

* This book is NOT a menage story, nor is there a love triangle. *


W-I-N! I sure enjoyed this college story it was the type you can truly settle into. It’s perfectly paced, having a great selection of male characters, a relatable heroine, and terrific secondary characters. The love aspect and feels were prevalent and the icing on the cake was the author’s witty sense of humor!

Nora Kinkaid let it all hang out for her freshman year of college and she has faced some brutal consequences because of her behavior. Heading into her sophomore year it’s her last chance to get her grades up and keep her scholarship.

”I went from zero to sixty without ever taping the brakes, and eventually I spun out. So here I am, back to zero, hunkered down, paying for all my fun .”


Nora decides to leave the dorms and answers an ad for a ‘studious, responsible roommate’. To her surprise, the uber-jock and renowned campus party boy, Crosbie Lucas answers the door for his best friend Kellan McVey/most wanted guy on campus, her one-time drunken closet hookup who doesn’t recognize/remember her at all! Kellan’s trying to get his own act together for the upcoming school year and buys into Nora’s nerd vibe and offers her the room.


Nora shuts down all avenues of fun, just focusing on her school work and her job while getting to know Kellan and his best friend Crosbie whether she wants to or not. Slowly Nora and Crosbie’s attraction and interest in one another grows and I have to say I simply adored every scene they had together. Crosbie was the perfect amounts of hot, sexy and sweet. Kellan was just as strong a character and will more than carry his own book if the author ever entertains the idea. Here’s a glimpse of Crosbie and Nora’s banter…

”We've got half an hour until the next showing. "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?.”


Crosbie and Nora brought all those butterflies and some really hot sex scenes. I adored this hero and all his facets (magic acts, Superman costume, Hustler magazine, jumping on the bed, and that necklace!) he was always unique and though the story is told only in Nora’s POV I could sense his feelings well before Nora did.

”But the guy over me now isn’t the obnoxious jock I thought I knew, just like I’m not the responsible bookworm he thinks he knows.”


Together Nora and Crosbie were perfect for one another.


So the “secret” of this story is the fact that Nora and Kellan did hookup last school year. Due to a situation in the story, the guys are trying to find the red corset girl’s identity so when it’s revealed it’s bumpy for Crosbie and Nora. I felt that Nora wasn’t wrong in not telling Crosbie or Kellan for that matter about their one time hookup last year. When would have been the appropriate time since Kellan doesn’t seem to even remember? Anyway, you know the truth will come out and when it does the author doesn’t drag the separation out nor Crosbie and the author shame the heroine. The story was very well done, enjoyable and even has magic. I can totally see a series branching off this grouping of characters!
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1,422 reviews1,326 followers
March 28, 2016
I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this story! I’m always on the lookout for new NA authors to completely adore, and I think that Julianna Keyes has made my new favorites list. I struggle very much with a lot of NA as you all probably know about me by now. Typically you get over-dramatic stories filled with sex and very little substance… and that’s not what NA should be in my mind. Sure I want the sexy times as much as anyone else, but I need to have a story that keeps me interested and Keyes definitely did that for me here.

Undecided is an apt title for this story… Nora is undecided about her future, she’s undecided about her degree direction, she’s undecided about her family and she’s undecided about her friendships. The one thing she is decided on is that things have to be different than they were last year.

Let’s start with Keyes’s characters. Our main character Nora had a rough year at college… after years of bland and boring in high school, she’s decided to come out of her shell with her friend Marcella and that to her meant, hooking up with guys, getting noticed and partying instead of attending classes. Which leads to criminal charges, community service and meetings with the school dean. Now on the straight and narrow, she’s determined to catch up on her classes and change her ways. Work, studying and school are the only things on her radar, but when her only option for a place to live has her sharing an apartment with Kellan, the school heart throb and frat member, she isn’t sure she’s making the best decisions. Partly because she has a history with Kellan but mostly because his best friend is Crosbie Lucas, local hell-raiser and big time partier.

I can’t help but smile when I think of both Crosbie and Kellan… they seriously have one of the best bromances in NA that I’ve read in quite some time. Can you say Bros before Ho-roommates? Crosbie is totally not the guy he’s been made out to be, and you find out quickly that Nora isn’t the only one who wants to make changes in her life.

I honestly loved that their “connection” wasn’t immediate. I loved that they took the time to get to know each other and get to learn about each other a bit before anything happened between them… it had me rooting so much more for their relationship. And when things happen… hoooomygod. So hot, and so sexy. I loved the light-hearted moments between them, but I loved when they also delved a bit deeper and shared more. I loved that neither one of them held their pasts against them realizing instead that we all have a history. And the way Crosbie opens up to Nora and shows her how much she means to him (despite the Crosbabes) and how he’s changed his ways was just so perfect.

The secondary characters here were also a wonderful way to expand on the story as well. I kind of loved all of them. Kellan for sure, but also Marcella and Nate, and I honestly hope they all get their own stories from Keyes.

The story itself was fun and had me turning pages. Mostly because everything wasn’t over the top drama. I loved the way Kellan and Nora built their friendship despite the thing that was between them, and here is where I tell you straight up that there is NO love triangle. I know it may seem that way, but Nora never waivers in her true feelings throughout this story so please don’t think that there is, I know that cover might make you think that.

If you are a fan of new adult, you need to have this one on your to read list… and you need to read it as soon as it’s out (APRIL 4th!) Believe me when I say I read a lot of new adult and I’d put this one at the top with some of my absolute favorites. If you’re a fan of new adult that isn’t over done… one that shows a real adult relationship with characters that communicate and don’t just stew and get angry and run away when the going gets tough, characters who are willing to put effort into a relationship then you’re going to love this one as much as I did.

Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.
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365 reviews342 followers
April 11, 2016
Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book.


It has been a long since I have had this much fun with a New Adult romance. In a genre that is full of angst and drama, this book was a breath of fresh air. Don't get me wrong, there is a certain amount of angst and drama here, but what captivated me the most was how real it all seemed. I stayed up almost all night reading this and only put it down because I literally couldn't keep my eyes open anymore.

Let me just start by saying that I loved Nora and Crosbie both as characters and as the main couple here. It is not always that you can actually feel a romantic paring going from feeling attracted to falling in love with one another when you read a book. Although there are some stupid decisions that drive the main conflict between them, the relationship they share is surprisingly very mature. I loved seeing their progress from screw-ups to actual reasonable new adults.

Also this book featured one of the most realistic sex scenes I have ever read. It may not have been the hottest (even though it was pretty hot), but it was heartwarming to actually believe that it could happen exactly the way it was written in real life. And that my friends is very rare thing in this genre.

My only complaint, and it's a small one, is the side characters. Since the main relationship was so well developed, I wish I could have seem more of the Nora/Marcela friendship and also get to know Marcela a little more. Kellan at the end still had a lot of space to grow as a human being and I would have loved to see that. Please Julianna Keyes, write more books in this world. Specially about Marcela/Nate and Kellan/Whoever.

I am so happy to have come across this book. It is perfect for those looking for a light and heartwarming romance about finding one self and falling in love.
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1,851 reviews846 followers
February 13, 2017

Crosbie and Nora had the perfect slow build romance!

Now, I'm crossing my fingers that Julianna Keyes will change my mind about Kellan in the next book. Even though he was Crosbie's best friend, I thought he was pretty much a douchebag.
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512 reviews298 followers
April 4, 2016
Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner !

Beware spoilers ahead!

I received this E-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was recommended to me by Alyssa ! Click on her name to read her review.

I had heard about this book through Alyssa's review. It seemed interesting but at the time I wanted nothing to do with it. I'm not a fan of New Adult contemporaries. I did try reading one a few years ago but I was in a fickle mood so I DNFed it. Then I decided to give it a shot just for the sake of trying a new experience, yes I do that through my books. I am happy to report that I enjoyed this!

The book begins with Nora reaching someone's apartment for a tour. After last year's incidents she wants a clean slate. So she decided to look for a roommate who would be studious and didn't party. She is surprised to find out that her prospect roommate is Kellan Mcvey. Who happens to be a big party person and went to a lot of the same parties she did. Deciding to be polite she accepts his tour but plans on denying being his roommate.

Kellan explains that amongst all the people who came for a tour Nora was the only who sounded bearable to live with. While Nora can't deny that it's a great place and for a pretty decent price she does not want a repeat of last year. Then Kellan throws in for the first semester she doesn't have to pay anything. His parents already pay the rent and it can be a test run. Of course Nora agrees to this.

I'm really surprised that I liked this book! I honestly did not expect to enjoy it this much! Note there is no love triangle despite what the cover and title show. It's called Undecided because Nora isn't sure what career she wants to pursue. And because this is a New Adult romance there are sex scenes that are somewhat explicit.

I really admired Nora's character! She was trying so hard not to make the same mistakes she did in her first year. When Nora was in high school she was invisible. She wanted to be those pretty girls that walked without a care in the world. Once she get into Burnham University she became that girl. She partied a lot, actually got guys' attentions, and had fun. Unfortunately this costed her a lot. She failed a few of her courses, she scholarship was cut in half, she got arrested, and had to do community service. Her parents were disappointed in her as was she. After realizing what she'd done, she'd vowed not to make the same mistakes the year before. She started studying, going to her classes, stopped attending parties, and cut off ties with her best friend Marcela who was an influence.

Soon enough she realizes that her plan isn't really working that well. She makes up with Marcela but stops attending parties and much to her surprise she finds herself falling for Crosbie who is Kellan's best friend and also likes to party. After interacting with Crosbie on various occasions she quickly realizes that Crosbie isn't what he appears to be. He's actually really nice and super hardworking.

I liked Crosbie and Kellan! I loved how Kellan treated Nora like a younger sister and looked out for her. Crosbie was sweet and listened to what Nora had to say. Both boys respected her space and didn't try hitting on her. I also liked Nora's friends Marcela and Nate. Marcela realizes that it is partly her fault that Nora got arrested and stops bringing her to parties. Nate was nice and understanding.

One thing that I really liked was how well the drama was handled. For once it didn't bother me. Instead I actually understood why certain situations caused drama and everyone's perspective on said drama. The characters also took it pretty well. They didn't really blow up at each other. I guess this is because it's a New Adult book and because the characters were more mature they didn't act that stupid. Also the secret mentioned in the synopsis wasn't that bad. It made sense and you figure out what it is from the beginning of the book. I also liked the touch of Sexually transmitted diseases. It was well done and realistic. Sex wasn't glamorized in this book.

I didn't really feel a connection with Nora and Crosbie once they started dating. Yes they worked well as a couple and were likable characters. But I felt that they spent a majority of their relationship having sex. And some of the things they did together were disgusting. I'm surprised they didn't immediately shower once they were done. Nonetheless I enjoyed it!

Overall this was a good book. I recommend it to fans of the author, anyone looking for a good self-published book, and fans of the genre so long as you're above 18 years old.
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Author 13 books507 followers
March 4, 2017

HOLY. SHIT. I loved this. Like really, really freaking loved this. I devoured it, and already went back through and reread my favorite parts <3

So first, the cover: It's been said in other reviews, and I know the author's changing the cover anyways, but yes, it is a little misleading in the sense it suggests Nora is "undecided" about two different guys (I randomly still like it though). But she's not--not even a little bit. She notices and appreciates the fact that Kellan is good looking, but every single time she sees him (after she realizes her feelings for Crosbie) she doesn't have any kind of feelings toward him.

So... what is she undecided about? Well, pretty much everything else. Nora spent her high school years being invisible. No boyfriends. No parties. No memories. Even her father called her "Nora Bora," so in an effort to make up for lost time, she spent her freshmen year letting loose.


Unfortunately, that doesn't go as planned and she ends up with regrets, wanting to start over. But she just finds herself back at square one, Nora Bora again. She doesn't know how to find a healthy balance between the two, leaving her to think she must decide between these two contradicting personalities.


God, I just loved Nora--she was simple and her problems (while at the extreme end) were typical ones to experience in college: Who am I? I loved how it started:
"To be fair, it’s really not my fault this time."
And I loved every minute of it until the end. Every. Single. Thing. The only thing that could have made it better would have been dual POV--I would love to have read Crosbie's side. **dreamy sigh** And speaking of Crosbie...


He was exactly what I needed. The perfect combination of the jerk player and the shy sweetheart. When we first meet Crosbie we seem him how Nora does, as a player and a manwhore, cocky and uncaring. But we quickly see the incredible sweet side he has. He is so gentle with and attentive of Nora, my heart absolutely bursts whenever he's around.


Was this a super original story that was a must-read, will-change-your-life type book? No. But I think it was one of those stories ] I happened to read at just the right time. I needed a light, realistic, drama-low, funny story with an engaging heroine and a swoony-worhty hero. This book gave me that. I'd definitely recommend it if you're looking for something similar :) And even if that isn't something you're seeking right now, definitely keep this in the back of your mind for when you are!


Side note: I would sell my soul for a Marcela and Nate book, as well as Kellan's story!!!!

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896 reviews1,965 followers
October 8, 2016
3,5 Confused Stars.

Nora did her fair share of mistakes in the previous college year, but now, in risk of losing her scholarship, she decides it’s time to turn around. She loses the party clothes, gives up on the alcohol and bad choices and becomes the model student. The problem starts when her new roommate, not only is the most popular player of the school, he’s also the party king. And all player’s needs a sidekick and that comes in the form of Crosbie, her roommate’s best friend and player extraordinary as well. When she realizes that he’s more than just a hot jock and they start to grow closer, Nora starts to be afraid that her past mistakes are finally catching up with her.


I don’t read much New Adult these days, but this was definitely a sweet and refreshing book. The MC’s were likable with a solid relationship, and I loved the banter between them and how their story progressed. The supporting characters are really good and I would love to read Kellen’s story. There was a little predictability at moments and this story as a slow-pace feeling to it, which made it seem a bit dull at times, but it was interesting and despite slightly juvenile at some moments (but oh well, this is NA), it was a solid reading, If you’re looking for new New Adult books to read, this may be a good choice.

Rating: 3,5 Stars.
Steam: Some hot moments.
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1,513 reviews3,756 followers
July 31, 2017
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was ok...yep, that's about it. I was a little bored at times, and other times I was engaged. I didn't feel particularly moved by any of it, but I didn't dislike it either. I liked the H more than the h, but I usually do. So...yeah. Just ok for me.

Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Nora and Crosbie's story. Nora is wanting to make a big change this year and focus on school instead of acting like the party girl she was last year. When answering an add asking for a studious roommate, she faces one of her mistakes (ONS) and his best friend Crosbie. The ONS (Kellan) doesn't remember her but the deal is too good to pass up, so she ends up moving in. They all form a friendship of sorts, but more so with Crosbie than Kellan. Their friendship heats up eventually, and they finally give in to their attraction. There is some friend and past mistake drama, some sexy times, some sweet moments -- and they get a HFN ending.

POV: This was told in Nora's POV (I would've appreciated Crosbie's POV too).

Overall Pace of Story: Ok. There were some points that I was skimming, but overall it was ok.

Instalove: No. There is sufficient time before stronger feelings were developed.

H rating: 4 stars. Crosbie. I liked him. Yes, he was a manwhore before the h -- but he was never obnoxious and he was actually pretty sweet in his pursuit of the h. He reacted badly to her secret, but he came around in the end and fixed it.

h rating: 3 stars. Nora. I just thought she was ok. Nothing too interesting about her IMO.

Sadness level: Low. No tissues required.

Push/Pull: Yes

Heat level: Moderate. Their scenes are ok.

Descriptive sex: Yes

Safe sex: Yes. Mention of condom use. No mention of past practices that I remember.

OW/OM drama: Mild

Sex scene with OW or OM: No

Cheating: No

Separation: Yes

Possible Triggers: Not really

Closure: This didn't have enough closure for me. I would call it a HFN ending. I would've really appreciated a jump ahead of epilogue.

How I got it: It was part of my scribed subscription.

Safety: Safe with exception
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1,257 reviews272 followers
September 9, 2020
reread 9/2020 well, there's this thing that happens. I knew I wanted to reread something by JK, for like..ever...I'm feeling this brand of angst and flawed characters so hard that my rereads are faring way better than my new reads...so here I am. Looking at a 3 rating, for a book I've reread and will certainly get bumped up in the process of this review. There are so many great moments in this book, I'm a bit stumped by my initial rating. It's a unique story that stuck out in my head like a...red corset...so clearly doesn't deserve the rating I gave it.

There's this time in this book that as a gal whose been stood up before and gets very hangry is one of the best gestures...
Because despite how much I wish I could be invisible at this very moment, I've been complaining about how easily overlooked I am all the time, and Crosbie did his very best to make sure I wasn't.

And this is Julianna Keyes so that wonderful humor that you can totally see happening in real life happens.
"Crosbie," I mumble, touched. "You..."
"I gave it some thought," he says, "and I know how desperate you are for attention. Now you're a star."
I shake my head. "You do the sweetest things. And then you ruin them by talking."

Original Review:
What's so great about this book is all of the characters make stupid college-level mistakes. And they also try. None of them deserve a label as a character, they stand out in multi-faceted ways. It's delightful. And for its subgenre, and maybe genre in general, it's not 3 stars. It's at least 4.5.
This was an relatable, cute, funny story about the way you mess up your freshman year and reinvent yourself. It was exactly what I needed! I also seriously, 100% appreciate the dealing of promiscuity and college hook-ups in this book, they were really well done.

I don't understand the legs on the cover, however.
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501 reviews454 followers
July 31, 2016
3 stars

This was quite good for a college NA book. I liked the pace of the story and there wasn't any petty unnecessary drama. Crosbie was the sweetest hero. Nora's secret was revealed very early on and you can sort of predict how the conflict will play out.
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662 reviews2,414 followers
October 20, 2016

➦This is a really sweet book. There is no love triangle here at all.

➦Nora is UNDECIDED about her major in college, not men. Actually, I don't really get why the book was named that either.

Nora has two extremes: a party girl and a bookworm. She isn't undecided about which one she wants to be, she is just trying to find a balance.

Cosbie is on the college track team and loves to party. But beneath the facade is a very sweet guy who loves performing magic tricks and works hard to excel at school.

➦These two have made mistakes in the past but they are both trying to fix them. This book had great banter and was pretty free of drama. Oh yeah, it was very romantic too :) I think it sends a pretty good message about making mistakes, paying for them and moving on with your life.

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2,300 reviews721 followers
April 11, 2016
I ADORED this book. Crosbie is just --- swoony. The heroine is great. And Crosbie's relationship with Kellan, his BFF and heroine's roommate is the best.

Ignore the cover - this is NOT a love triangle at all. Just what ends up being three best friends. And a great romance.

Highly rec this one.
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1,654 reviews993 followers
May 11, 2016
**4.5 Stars**

I really enjoyed this one. I don't have a ton of time for a review; but do want to say that it is NOT a love triangle-even though I thought that it was at first...This was a wonderful read and I want to read more of this author's work. Well worth the read!!!
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315 reviews327 followers
May 6, 2017
4.5 stars

After a year of hard partying, sex, booze, an arrest, charges for public intoxication and indecent exposure and three hundred hours of community service, nearly losing her scholarship and flunking College, Nora Kincaid is ready to start the new College year with a clean slate. No more Red Corset, back to Nora Bora, her nickname in High School, and then: study, study, study, work, work, study, study.

For that, she needs to find a new place and a person to live with who shares her agenda. When she arrives at the address, however, she finds out that the place has been rented by no other than Burnham College’s hottest hot jock and her one-time hook-up Kellan McVey. He’s so well known and doesn't want to attract those who will do anything but study, that he emailed with Nora under his second name, Matthew. But he’s renting out a room in his apartment which is exactly what she is looking for. Besides, Kellan doesn’t recognize Nora. They had a quick hook-up at his then frat house party, in a closet, Kellan super drunk. To add insult to injury, she witnessed him getting a very public blowjob less than an hour later. But Kellan, aside from being a manwhore, is not as bad as he sounds, and she agrees to move in with him. Roommates. Motivators to each other to study hard. No parties at their place.

Sounds like Undecided is about Nora and Kellan. No, it’s about Nora and Kellan’s BFF Crosbie Lucas, another hot jock, manwhore, etc. That’s pretty much it. Sounds like nothing, I know but don’t be fooled. Undecided is one of those books that takes a cliché ridden sub-genre (which romance genre, or any literary genre, isn’t cliché ridden, anyway) and manages to paint a fairly realistic picture of College life, the silly mistakes 21-year-olds are prone to make and how they learn from it – in the most endearing, funny, sexy, laugh out loud and smirk-worthy way possible. I loved the writing and I loved the spot on dialogues.
Kellan links his fingers behind his back and stretches. “We figured we should get in a few runs while we could, so here we are. I’ve gotta step up my game. I came in third in nationals last year— I can’t let that happen again.”
“Third in the country sounds pretty good.”
“It’s not.”
Er… “It’s better than fourth?”
Kellan jerks a thumb over his shoulder. “Crosbie came fourth.”
Crosbie nods at me. “’ Sup.”
Frick. “Are you guys hungry?”
I think because the NA sub-genre is so full of those overly dramatic, ‘woe is me’ and ‘cue the tears’ plots, that books like Undecided are easily overlooked. As mentioned above, Nora and Crosbie, along with a formidable cast of secondary characters, live through the motions of college life with everything that is attached to it – parties, obligations, relationships, friendships. And it is a) very well executed and b) very believably executed.

Nora and Crosbie don’t fall in lust or love at first sight. As she’s Kellan’s new roommate, it’s inevitable that their paths will cross. And each time it happens, they get to know one another a little better; they feel the slow build-up of mutual attraction and all the insecurities that come with that attraction. It’s truly funny, sexy and – as there is obviously The Big Secret of the one-time hook-up – a little dramatic. There, I said the infamous D-word.

The story is told solely from Nora’s first person PoV. It’s my least liked narration technique. I get bored being stuck in exclusively one person’s head quite quickly. One of the very few exceptions is The Hating Game. Undecided is now another exception.

I digress.

So, the story is told by Nora and the reader knows what only Nora and her best friend Marcela know: The Big Secret. The infamous closet-hook-up in a red corset with Kellan. And we know it’ll come out. But how it comes out, how Nora and Crosbie deal with it, how Kellan – once he finally remembers – reacts to it, is wonderfully and realistically done.

Nora herself is a very funny but also down-to-earth person. Being in her head had me grinning for most of the time. Crosbie, however, is quite swoon-worthy. Being a – now former – manwhore, he realises how much damage he’s done to himself. The little things he does for Nora, the ways he finds to get closer to her are truly swoon-worthy at times. And as I’ve read this author’s previous work, Julianna Keyes knows how to set the pages on fire when they get together.

Undecided is as non-judgmental as possible which I liked a lot, but it also asks legitimate questions about how far any person can go, however young and wild this person may be. As I always say when I read NA and when I can actually relate to the characters: 'been there, done that.' Easy to judge years later, but difficult to live through when your hormones take you for a ride.

Kellan’s story will be out in a few weeks. Can’t wait!
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583 reviews65 followers
March 20, 2016


There have been a couple of books by Julianna Keyes that I've been interested in but I've never had the opportunity to pick one up. Until this one! I was really excited to get started on Undecided because I thought that the blurb sounded just amazing. Thankfully, this one delivered and it is one of my favorites for the year!

If I had to describe this book in one word, I would use the word effortless. The flow of the story was completely seamless. It went from one plot point to the next without the reader even noticing. I was completely carried away by the happenings between Crosbie and Nora. The way that Keyes constructed these two characters is what makes me love reading.

Nora is the bad-girl turned hopeful good-girl. From the very beginning, you'll find yourself cringing at her old ways and then you'll be hoping that she changes her old ways but not too much because if she totally flips away from the dark side, she just might miss her chance with Crosbie. And no one should miss their chance with Crosbie. The chemistry between Crosbie and Nora was amazing. Every interaction was filled with sexual tension and I couldn't help but root for both of them, sometimes for them to be together but sometimes for them to be apart also.

I just really appreciated how fabulously this book was written. I can only hope that every book that I read for the rest of the year is this amazing. I read this one in about a day and I couldn't put it down. I just had to know what was going to happen next and if Nora was going to make the right decisions. It was very realistic in that sense. I think that most ladies who went to or are in college have had at least a moment of the turmoil that Nora was in ... maybe not to this serious of a degree but something like it.

Oh! As a side note ... when you pick this one up, remember that the author is Canadian. Does that really matter? No. Unless she's talking about Thanksgiving being on a Monday and you say to yourself, "Pretty sure that Thanksgiving has NEVER been on a Monday." Which is true ... unless you're Canadian. So I apologize for the rude comments I said in my head about someone not knowing that Thanksgiving is always on the fourth Thursday in November.

Anyhow ... great characters, great plot, great author. I'll definitely be picking up more books by Keyes and she's one that I'll keep an eye on in the future because I have no doubt that there will be some more fantastic novels coming from this lady.

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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1,307 reviews545 followers
July 19, 2016
Guys! I LOVE this book! Maryse recommended it to me and it was a part of our giveaway a few weeks ago - I read it in a day and it was AMAZING! If you like New Adult, pick this one up - there is a giveaway for a signed copy too!

4.5 stars!
I haven't read a New Adult book in a while as lately a lot of the books have been too similar in plot for my liking.
My blog is doing a giveaway with 5 other blogs this week and this book came highly recommended from Maryse so of course I had to give it a try.
I read this book in one day - it was so good! I have another new author to fan over...I am SO EXCITED about that!
Without giving away too much as the blurb really says it all for the reader to know, this book was SO MUCH FUN! I found myself laughing out loud at the character's dialogue and I truly enjoyed every being reminded of college life with this refreshing storyline. This book is a true gem and is a must read on this summer's reading list.
With a good combination of humor, sexiness, a perfect hero and heroine - look no further than UNDECIDED by Julianna Keyes. This is an author to add to your #mustread list and I look further to reading more from her (and hopefully of secondary characters in this book...hint hint lol)
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222 reviews25 followers
February 9, 2017
When reviews begin to appear in my feed, I was intrigued. What was in this book that everyone seems to love it? After finishing it I see its appeal. I read a lot of NA. It saddens me to admit, but average NA book usually brings instant-love romance with two broken characters healing each other, spiced up with sex and dirty talk. It often features your usual womanizer athletic hero and nerdy virginal heroine. After some time this concept loses its appeal.

Undecided definitely stand out among others. I think its strongest aspect is romance: realistic, mature, low on angst. Julianna Keyes also wrote great characters: real and likable.

Nora was an invisible nerdy girl in high school, her nickname Nora Bora. She wanted to start a new life in college. So she partied a lot. By the end of the year she almost lost her scholarship and got arrested after drunken stupid stunt. So that year she planned to be a Nora Bora again: she said good-bye to parties, alcohol and Marsela (her best friend, who apparently was a bad influence). One day she saw an ad about studious studend looking for a serious nerdy roommate and went for it. To her surprise her new roommate is Kellan, infamous player Kellan who is well known for his athletic results and a long list of hook-up girls which is placed on the wall in men bathroom. Kellan with whom Nora had drunken sex in closet at a party last year. Kellan who have no recollection of their closet fumbling at all. Kellan has the best friend Crosbie – also an athlete and womanizer with his own list of Crosbabies on a bathroom wall.

I loved the romance in this book. Both Crosbie and Nora had presumptions about each other. I enjoyed how they peeled off superficial layers and got to know each other.

I also like that this book is written in first POV. I usually relate more to female main character and I also feel like books with dual POV are lacking mystery element. I like to guess what the other character think. I also find annoying that some authors think that a way to write a male POV is by throwing several f*ck words and a lot of sex thinking. There aren’t many books with male POV that I loved.

My only complaint about this book is that I felt like the plotline with Nora’s parents was left unfinished. I wish the author would explore this aspect of Nora’s life.

All in all I enjoyed Undecided a lot. I highly recommend it to fans of NA, as well as to those of you disappointed by this genre. Give it a try. This book is worth it.

PS. I see the author changed the cover. It definitely doesn’t have “love-triangle vibe” like previous, but I don’t like this new version.

You can find my reviews: Ksenia's blog SomethingDelicate.com
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1,510 reviews219 followers
July 16, 2016
I LOVED this book! Everything from the characters, the banter, the sexy times - it was complete perfection! I really liked Nora but I loved Crosbie. I would be a Crosbabe if this book was real life, okay, maybe not but still - I adored him. There was a fantastic build up to the romance in this one and it really delivered on all that amazing chemistry between Nora and Crosbie. This is going on my best of 2016 list and my all time favorites list because I know I'll want to reread this book again - it was that good! I can't wait to read whatever this author writes next!
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778 reviews
May 4, 2016
4.5 stars

this was a good one. the type of NA i like reading. all of our characters were fun and easy to like. the banter was on point and the romance was full of chemistry and hot! there was no unnecessary drama for the sake of it. good storyline that flowed effortlessly, you can't ask for more. definitely recommend to those that enjoy NA or college set books. i was in a bit of a book rut and this fixed my problem right up. really liked it.
184 reviews
August 31, 2022
On the surface, this is an average college story with nothing especially stand-out about it. It doesn’t help that it has a forgettable title, and a cover that makes it look like a love triangle. But the story, writing, and characters all come together to create something unexpectedly great. This book is way too underrated. No shade to The Deal, I like that! But this deserves the same level of hype that book gets.

Nora, the heroine, was boring and studious when she was in high school. So, her first year of college, she went the opposite direction, partied too hard, and nearly got expelled. Now when this story begins in her second year, she’s resolved to buckle down, study, and not socialize. She’s found housing with a roommate who she THOUGHT was a fellow studious person when they were chatting online…but it turns out to be Kellan, the hottest guy on campus, manwhore, AND a guy she hooked up with last year.

At first, it seems like he might be the hero. But, I wouldn’t call this a love triangle. Almost right away, it becomes clear who the real hero is: Kellan’s best friend, Crosbie. Kellan turns out to be more of the comic relief character – which is rare for the hot guy! The story isn’t too ridiculous, though, the way some rom coms go overboard to try to create wacky situations. This book walks that line between “genuinely funny, but not trying too hard” well.

Nora doesn’t have a good impression of Crosbie. She remembers seeing him around last year being a loud, obnoxious party animal type. This isn’t quite enemies to lovers, though, because even though Nora doesn’t think highly of him, she doesn’t hate him. It’s more…forced proximity acquaintances who judge each other wrongly, to lovers.

I’m surprised that I liked a sweet rom com with a devoted hero, that’s not my usual type of book. But a lot of times, rom coms don’t do it for me because they don’t deliver the comedy part – they try to be funny, but they’re not, and it's cringey. This book has good banter and got some genuine laughs out of me (like the morning after their first hook up). But it’s also not too light and fluffy, it does still have some serious life angst (but not too heavy). And, it has good side characters, too. Kellan is entertaining, and Marcella used to be Nora’s best friend, but Nora pushed her away in an effort to stop partying. Because of that, there’s a rift between the two girls, and the way their friendship slowly heals feels authentic. It doesn’t happen too fast, it feels true to life.

The story also has some great social commentary about the way men get applauded for sleeping around, versus the way women get judged for the same behavior. But it doesn’t hit you over the head with it, it’s woven in well. This book is smart, has good characters, writing and banter, and it just makes you smile. It’s rare that I love a rom com, but this one is worth it.
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