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Deep Blue (Blue Series Book 1) by [Barnard, Jules]
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"Jules Barnard deftly avoids NA cliches, delivering fresh settings, realistic characters and smart writing that will have readers eagerly awaiting her next release." ~ Lauren Layne, USA Today Bestselling Author

"Engaging characters and a fascinating background setting . . . Barnard is off to a great start with this new adult series." ~ Library Journal

"This one is recommended for anyone who likes a good NA story, but actually I think it would also appeal to people who usually avoid them." ~ Fiona's Book Reviews

"Addictive and marvelously refreshing." ~ Rumpled Sheets Blog

"As of late I have found that I am a bit burned out on the New Adult genre. Same storyline. Same Character types. blah blah blah. Her characters are relatable, intelligent, sexy and pretty realistic. No poor me heroine here!" ~ Her Juicy Reads

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  • File Size: 733 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 099156040X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 6, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IU69PTI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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This was a really good read that forced me to remember what it felt like to be twenty one. Yikes.

Cali, the main character is on the cusp of the rest of her life, battling with all of the insecurities and uncertainties of being a new adult. Some NA stories I've read have me rolling my eyes and grinding my teeth with frustration at the main character, unable to understand their juvenile hang ups. This author totally nailed those feelings and brought them to life in a way that had my belly churning anxiously on Cali's behalf. This wasn't a comfortable read at times - we experience the full force of her insecurities after her boyfriend dumps her and she can't figure out whether the guy giving her goosebumps is even interested and whether her friend is all that she seems. But this story is about more than that. Cali has spent her whole life trying to make the grade for law school. Now she's achieved that goal and she's all set to go, she's questioning everything about her goals and what she really wants to do in life. There are no easy answers for Cali and her thoughtfulness and introspection really made me reflect on life choices too.

I wouldn't want to give the impression that this is a completely heavy and angst-inducing read because the real toe-curlingly good love story in this also had me completely engrossed . Jaeger, a friend of Cali's brother is a huge, hulking viking figure with his blond good looks and naturally built physique. The chemistry between them built up to a frenzy and the sex was deliciously steamy.

I really enjoyed reading this one. This story is complete and the next in the series deals with other characters. I'm really looking forward to reading them.
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DEEP BLUE achieves something special. I'm not just talking about the fact that Jules Barnard makes fishing--yeah, that's right, fishing--incredibly sexy (trust me on this one, you'll be face fanning). What's different is that she doesn't give us the typical damaged heroine in need of rescue. Sure, there's a strapping hot guy, Jaeger Lane (hottest NA hero name ever? yep. pretty much). WHO CARVES WOOD! AND IS A SNOWBOARDER! AND RESPECTS WOMEN!!! Sorry, I had a Jaeger moment....
But Cali is strong. Smart. Comfortable in her sexuality.
She has it all.
It's just...not what she wants. Deep Blue is about having the courage to follow your dreams, even if those dreams seem a little crazy. I appreciated the fun, flirty tone and the Lake Tahoe setting was perfect escapism.
I like reading a wide range of New Adult, but sometimes the McDamage aspects seem a little too heavy handed. DEEP BLUE is light, but it still has just the right heart. Bonus points for heroine's awesome friendship with bestie Gen. It appears the author has a second book planned telling Gen's story next. Looking forward to watching this debut author.
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Set in Lake Tahoe, this is realistic new adult romantic fiction - What a great fresh breath! Twenty-somethings who are relate-able, reasonable, logical, emotionally mature (at least for being in their early to late 20's as the various characters are) with realistic uncertainties and insecurities, and yet realistically playful and lustful and hormonally eager, too. No unusual hobbies or interests that tend toward an extreme end of the spectrum -- good ol' boys and girls.

Our heroine is a strong, realistic female, pretty much on the straight and narrow with a logical, thoughtful mind and caring and loving heart. Our hero is a rugged, strong, independent, realistic man who stands tall after being knock from his original plans for the future/his career, with a respectful behavior to women, and a tender heart to boot. A group of good people fresh out of college; ordinary, honest, well-meaning, friends, that is who is cast in this story by Jules Barnard. Add to this a few hearts recovering from recently ended relationships, a bit of miscommunication between friends, new and old, and the absence of extreme/overboard reactions. I really like that Ms Barnard ha created a story with real people, having fairly normal interactions with one another.

Of course, this alone wouldn't make for a good story, as every good story needs conflict or something for the characters to "overcome". Enter a jerk executive who gets away with sexual harassment and possible assault who then proceeds to blacklist our heroine from future summer jobs in town, and a conniving, lying, free-loading ex girlfriend out to fleece her next victim. It shouldn't be hard to predict that our hero and heroine will prevail -- that's not really a spoiler!

With all of this goodness, why a three-star rating?
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This book was so slow & felt like it was written by a young teenager. I also don't care for story written in the first person, it's like only getting one side of the story. There was a lack of real emotions, with all the characters, not just one or two.
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Deep Blue is the first book in the Blue Series. The Blue series is what I think has become the standard series setup for New Adult books. Each book is a standalone about a different guy and girl pairing. It is their story told in Dual Narrative between the two of them, and even though all the books focus on different couples and can stand on their own, they are normally interconnected in some way. Most of the time the series is about a group of friends, each one getting their own book. I understand that this setup might not be for everyone, and I have heard a lot of people complain (in general, not about this book) that it makes new adult books all seem formulaic and the same. This setup does not bother me at all. In fact, when it is done well I love it! There is still a ton of room for creativity in the plot and I really like the dual narrative point of view story telling for romances. I really enjoyed Deep Blue.

The Blue Series is one that I initially read out of order. I read the second book, Blue Crush several months ago and I loved Gen and Lewis' story. So I knew I wanted to go back and read the first book before the third book came out. And I have to say, it was kind of cool that I did read it out of order. It was fun to see the interactions between Gen and Lewis in Deep Blue knowing what was coming for them in their story. It was like having the ability to see into their future and it made me giggle and smile at times. But back to the book at hand. Deep Blue is the story of Gen's friend Cali and Jaeger.

It was so easy for me to see that Cali was in a dead end relationship. Her boyfriend seemed like a class A jerk. I loved seeing Cali react to Jaeger. That's what it felt like for me.
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