In Review: Undeclared (Burnham College #2) by Julianna Keyes

Posted May 17, 2017 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 1 Comment

In Review: Undeclared (Burnham College #2) by Julianna KeyesUndeclared by Julianna Keyes
Series: Burnham College #2
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: February 27, 2017
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 236 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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Kellan McVey is Burnham College’s most prolific athlete, partier, and ladies’ man—and that’s just how he likes it. Returning to reign for his third year, he wants nothing to change. Then Andrea Walsh shows up.

It wasn’t too long ago that Andi and Kellan were lifelong friends, mortal enemies, and, for one hot summer, more. Then Kellan left and Andi stayed behind.

Kellan thought he’d moved past that last summer’s heartbreak, but with Andi sitting next to him in class, befriending his friends, and battling for the same once-in-a-lifetime job opportunity, he’s starting to remember why he hated her…and why he loved her.

Kellan has a long list of reasons that falling for Andi again is a terrible idea, though every new moment together challenges that theory. But Andi’s all too familiar with Kellan’s love ’em and leave ’em approach—and she’s found someone else to get serious about.

Burnham’s campus king has never had to fight for a girl, but if he wants Andi to give him another chance, he’ll have to do the one thing he’s never had the nerve to do: admit it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

So, by the time I’ve written this review, I’ve actually read Undeclared twice. I thoroughly enjoyed it both times — more than maybe I even thought I would. Why, you might ask. Well, I wasn’t totally sold on Kellan after the first book. He had his good qualities, but he was also a complete, total manwhore and, well, y’all know how I feel about that. The good news is that he changed his ways before this book. I guess gonorrhea will do that to you. If he’d still been acting the same way he was in the first book, I’m not sure he’d have ever won me over. But, he did. Completely.

I’ve probably said it a thousand times by now, but it’s worth saying again here: I am a total sucker for a second chance romance story. It’s one of my favorite tropes. So, while I wasn’t totally sold on Kellan as a swoony guy, I had high hopes that he would prove me wrong and that I’d find his relationship with Andi satisfying. And you know what? I did. Andi was a great heroine. She was strong and sassy and she didn’t take Kellan’s crap. She made him work for it, and after how things ended between them when he went off to college — and how he behaved afterwards — he absolutely needed to work for it. To his credit, he did.

I did love Kellan and Andi together. Mostly because I loved how Kellan grew over the course of this book. (Again, gonorrhea apparently puts things into perspective.) There was a great guy underneath those manwhore tendencies. Regardless of what made him begin to reevaluate his choices and make changes, I’m glad he did. It took some time, but he did win me over. It’s a good thing too, as we spend the entire book in Kellan’s head. I think that did help me to understand him better, though.

Long story short, though Undeclared lacked a little bit of the magic that I found with Undecided, I still really enjoyed it. The character growth was top notch and, while this might be a weird thing to enjoy about a book, I was happy to see Kellan learn that actions have consequences when it comes to sex. (I mean, okay, that wasn’t in the timeline of this book, but it was a large part of his inner dialogue and at least partially responsible for him making some changes.) The romance was great and I really did wind up loving the characters when it was all said and done. I think fans of the first book will be happy to see cameos from Crosbie and Nora, too. I sure hope there’s more to come in the Burnham College series! It’s one of my favorite NA series in the last few months.

FAVORITE QUOTES

Being made aware of the consequences of your actions makes stupid choices seem a lot more stupid, so after years of carefree stupidity, I’m ready to be a little smarter. 

“This is Kellan 2. All the fun, none of the gonorrhea.” 

“One day you’ll meet a girl who kicks your ass and makes you like it. And I’ll be there to say I told you so.”

“Convenient? You’re the opposite of convenient. You’re fucking impossible. You’re terrifying. You’re—”

I kiss her like she’s the first girl and the last girl and the only girl. 

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, 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.

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  1. That’s great that you loved this. Especially since you weren’t so sure about Kellan. I am actually not a big fan of second chance at love romances. I don’t hate them, and they aren’t deal breakers, but at the same time, I don’t really like them.