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Deep Blue (Blue Series Book 1) by [Barnard, Jules]
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Sometimes it takes meeting the right guy to realize you've been dating the wrong one.

On paper, my life is perfect: a sexy boyfriend, a fantastic summer job, and law school in the fall. Until my boyfriend turns out to be a douche, I lose my job, and my life plan falls apart.

Jaeger was my brother's best friend in high school. I haven't seen him in years, and the way he looks at me now has heat spreading down my chest and farther south. I should focus on getting my life back together, but all I can think about is him. 

Jaeger is insanely hot, with Viking good looks the women in Lake Tahoe can't resist, yet he's chosen me, the girl with no job and no future.

Our chemistry is off the charts, but I worry I have nothing to offer this guy as we move forward in the best relationship I've ever had. And then his ex-girlfriend returns to town and my claws come out. I'm getting my life together, slowly, but Jaeger's ex has speared her pointy heels into him, threatening our future. 

Nothing has gone right since I came home--except Jaeger. After all that's crumpled, Jaeger's the one thing I can't stand to lose. 

Each book in the series is a standalone and does not need to be read in order.

Deep Blue (Blue Series #1)-- Cali & Jaeger 
Blue Crush (Blue Series #2) -- Gen & Lewis
True Blue (Blue Series #3) -- Mira & Tyler
Blue Streak: A Blue Series Novella (Blue Series #4) -- Nessa & Zach
New Blue (Blue Series #5) -- Hayden & Adam 

About the Author

Jules Barnard is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended UC Davis, whose college landscape often finds its way into her New Adult novels. She has a master’s degree and spent many an hour running statistical analysis, until she realized her favorite part of the job was writing reports. She decided to cut out the math and add in some hot guys, and so began her career as a novelist. Jules is a Northern California native living on the coast with her husband and two children. She has no impulse control around cupcakes and credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 733 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 099156040X
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IU69PTI
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,124 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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A very sweet and romantic read about two artistic characters. I found this book to have just the right amount of pull to keep me turning the pages. Jaegar is by far one of my favorite swoon worthy male leads in a novel. Both characters are talented and funny and compliment each other very well. I enjoyed all the secondary characters also. Unfortunately I did have an issue with the main character Cali at the beginning but she definitely redeems herself throughout. It was a quick easy read that I very much enjoyed.
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This was well-written and I did enjoy it, but it had some flaws. The characters fell into a relationship too quickly. The main drama that drove them apart was contrived and spiraled into a direction that stretched it into something completely implausible. And the ending happened so abruptly and wrapped everything up in a not-very-believable HEA.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa22435dc) out of 5 stars NA written for grown ups March 15 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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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. 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 - this is NA written for grown ups.

***I was gifted a copy of this book from the author via Fiona's Book Reviews in return for my honest opinion***
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa240284c) out of 5 stars Fun & Flirty read March 7 2014
By Marie - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
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.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2309cd8) out of 5 stars Simply a Good Book Sept. 25 2014
By Pemberley Proud - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
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? There's no "wow" factor. It is a good, good story. It is not exceptional, not amazing, not best seller list phenomenal. This story is good, and it is, although, it's not particularly moving or gripping and it is predictable. It is easy to put this book down when the real world requires your attention. It is calm and comfortable, but possibly too calm. Secondly, the "conflict" of the ex-girlfriend was resolved far too easily and, because it was resolved easily, I do not understand why our H and h didn't resolve it much much sooner! Our Hero was so nice, he let himself be walked over. When he finally had proof to support his suspicions, he seems almost too calm about rectifying the situation.

In all honesty, part of my it-ended-too-soon issue probably stems from my e-reader. It shows location and percent complete (don't they all?), without paper pages to flip through. When I reached 93%, I actually reached the end of the story, because the first chapter of the sequel (our heroine's roommate's story) took up the last 7% of this book. In a book book, I might have discovered the first chapter of the sequel earlier or at least sooner and would have been prepared for "abrupt" ending of this story. As it is, I read the end and expected 7% more of the story and feel short changed.

I do recommend this book. I think most readers who enjoy new adult will enjoy this, including those of us no longer new adults ourselves. When you're 40-something, many New Adult books are too immature, but this story is realistic. It has some steamy parts, but not overly explicit or uncomfortably so. It has some drama, but not weird drama. It has good characters and two villains. It is a stand-alone story, with a sequel, if you simply don't want to say goodbye to this cast just yet. It does not, however, have a cliffhanger (thank goodness!!!!!!).

Disclaimer: I received this ebook free of charge through a GoodReads opportunity to read the book for review.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2563aec) out of 5 stars A good NA series Sept. 30 2014
By Michelle@Book Briefs - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
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. He caused such a strong reaction in her thoughts and actions, and really all parts of her. Something that didn't even remotely happen with her ex. It was nice to see him get under her skin. And he was a real sweetheart. I thought their story was a great journey. They have a lot of stuff thrown at them. At times it felt like too much that Jaeger (and Cali) were dealing with, but I just rode it all out with them. What I liked most about Jaeger was his job. I thought it was beyond cool and I want to see some of his creations. I also really liked how well it paired with Cali's talent.

Blue Crush did a great job of giving you glimpses of all of the guys and girls from the first three books. I really enjoyed Deep Blue. I don't know if I liked it more than Blue Crush but it is really close. If you like New Adult romances, the blue series is one that you will be sure to enjoy!

*Disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my thoughts.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa22aee4c) out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Time Feb. 9 2015
By MMay007 - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am not sure how this book has received so many positive reviews! The writing is similar to that of a middle school student. The character development is severely lacking and the story is very difficult to follow. The characters are suddenly supposed to be in love, yet there is hardly any build up to a relationship. There are also several "plot twists" thrown in that are so cliched it is actually laughable. I had a difficult time finishing this one and if it hadn't been free, I would have asked for a refund.