Author: Julianna Keyes
Thanks to NetGalley and Patchwork Press - Cooperative for letting me receive a digital copy of this book before its release.
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…
Of course I didn't manage to read this book on time. As always. Or quite often, to say the least. I am sorry for that, but you may wanna know that I mentioned this book to a lot of friends and other people and that was even before I started reading it. So I made some promo. I hope it gets picked up after my recommendation. Hope I could help a little with that.
I expected to read about a triangle romance, considering the cover and parts of the description. However, it doesn't include any triangle romance, a bit of triangle flirt maybe, but no romances. Definitely not that. And though I finished this book a few days ago, I can't decide whether I'm glad about that or not. I am undecided, so to speak, haha.
I found the female main character a bit annoying. I gotta admit that. Sure, she wasn't all that bad, but I am actually very happy we don't get a point of view from her former self - she used to be kinda like a party animal. When the author described that certain time of her life, I found myself being relieved Julianna didn't decide to write a whole book about that time. I wouldn't have liked it. Like, at all. I can see why some people behave like that and I also accept the fact that authors want their characters to be a little challenging and not too plain, but I couldn't have releated to that girl. And I think relating to characters is always an important thing too. Anyway, I couldn't relate to Nora - the character - in a lot of scenes, so there goes that theory...
Now, I really, honestly and seriously disliked her former friend Marcela. Nora still works with her, but she's mad after Marcela didn't stand up for her when being arrested and so on. It's complicated. Whatever. She seemed to be even more of a slut than Nora. (Alright, it's out there, I'm sorry. That's my opinion. I'm normally not a judging person and I'm not saying the character was badly written or anything. She was just a lot to handle for me. They all were.) The funny thing, Marcela secretly likes Nate - their boss - but would never admit it. And Nate's also in love with Marcela, not so secretly. But since Marcela doesn't give him that time of the day, Nate starts dating someone else. This is just a side story of the actual one, but I kind of enjoyed reading about the two. Do they get their own story? I would read that, no matter how much I dislike Marcela.
So, now off to the main part. The romance. Crosbie has a certain reputation, just like his best friend Kellan. But Nora has been there, done that and though she think Crosbie is handsome and very attractive, she doesn't want to end up as a Crossbabe. That's what the girls Crosbie slept with are called. (I liked that, by the way.) There are many situations in which is clear that Nora and Crosbie are attrachted to each other. And when they finally both realize this, there is still a secret Nora keeps that could ruin everything between them.
The secret Nora keeps isn't so secret. I mean, it is to Crosbie, but us readers find out pretty fast. Within the first chapter actually. I could complain about this, but I won't. Simply because finding out so soon didn't bother me. At least the author didn't want to drag this into eternity. I hate when that happens. However, I was annoyed by how many times Nora pointed out she didn't wanna be a Crossbabe. Alright, girl, we understood you the first time you mentioned that. Sometimes, she appeared to be a little naive, which was weird concerning her previous behaviour. Women, huh? haha.
All in all I really liked this book. I liked the author's writing, it was great! And the story might not have been mysterious or something like that, but it was fun to read. I liked the costumes described for the Halloween party and there were tons of other scenes that I enjoyed. Also, I am desperate for a Kellan book. I need one so bad! Forget about Crosbie! Once you finish reading Undecided, you'll want a Kellan.