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My plan was perfect. My friend needed a date, and my brother's best friend was single. Problem solved. Until I saw Jaeger for the first time in years, and sparks flew in the wrong direction. Jaeger has grown up and bulked up. But that shouldn't matter, because I have the perfect life. Really. And then my plans unravel and visions of Jaeger's hard abs, broad shoulders, and My plan was perfect. My friend needed a date, and my brother's best friend was single. Problem solved. Until I saw Jaeger for the first time in years, and sparks flew in the wrong direction. Jaeger has grown up and bulked up. But that shouldn't matter, because I have the perfect life. Really. And then my plans unravel and visions of Jaeger's hard abs, broad shoulders, and intense green eyes fill my head. I should hold back in case my friend is interested. Or in case of a million other reasons. But if Jaeger isn't willing to play by the rules, I don't think I can either. *The Men of Lake Tahoe is a standalone series that can be read in any order.*


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My plan was perfect. My friend needed a date, and my brother's best friend was single. Problem solved. Until I saw Jaeger for the first time in years, and sparks flew in the wrong direction. Jaeger has grown up and bulked up. But that shouldn't matter, because I have the perfect life. Really. And then my plans unravel and visions of Jaeger's hard abs, broad shoulders, and My plan was perfect. My friend needed a date, and my brother's best friend was single. Problem solved. Until I saw Jaeger for the first time in years, and sparks flew in the wrong direction. Jaeger has grown up and bulked up. But that shouldn't matter, because I have the perfect life. Really. And then my plans unravel and visions of Jaeger's hard abs, broad shoulders, and intense green eyes fill my head. I should hold back in case my friend is interested. Or in case of a million other reasons. But if Jaeger isn't willing to play by the rules, I don't think I can either. *The Men of Lake Tahoe is a standalone series that can be read in any order.*

30 review for Off Limits

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    Initial reaction: This is one of those times when you have one storyline that's given a lot of focus and seems to go in one direction, but then it jumps the shark and pulls a lot of things to where it becomes far too much and way too overdramatic. I had hovered at about 2 stars, maybe even close to 2.5 because it seemed like it was trying to find its voice (I hated Cali, but I was liking some of the other characters, including Jaeger), but then it just went...somewhere else. Why do NA writers do Initial reaction: This is one of those times when you have one storyline that's given a lot of focus and seems to go in one direction, but then it jumps the shark and pulls a lot of things to where it becomes far too much and way too overdramatic. I had hovered at about 2 stars, maybe even close to 2.5 because it seemed like it was trying to find its voice (I hated Cali, but I was liking some of the other characters, including Jaeger), but then it just went...somewhere else. Why do NA writers do this all the time? I'm just not here for this contrived melodrama. Full review: Always fooled by a pretty cover. It never, ever fails. =( The premise isn't so bad either from the description, but...I knew it would have contentions from that. Just not to the level that was actually taken in this book. It's not the worst NA title I've read, but I think it really dropped the ball, which saddens me. I'm having a hard time believing this is supposed to be a series, because the way this book built up a steady story only to throw a bunch of curveballs that had no development and were just there for melodrama, I couldn't take it. I'm sorry, but this is just poor writing and development. The sad thing is that if the author hadn't pulled all of those cheap shots for drama in the last 20% or so of the novel, I probably would be rating this a little higher, and even giving it the benefit of the doubt. Let me start at the beginning, and it's weird to start there because it's so different of a storyline than where it ends up. Cali is a young woman who's working in a casino with her friend Gen just before Cali goes off to graduate school at Harvard. The two have just graduated. Cali has ambitious goals, including going to law school, and she has seemingly the perfect boyfriend (Ben). But Gen has just been dumped in the worst way by her boyfriend. Cali decides she needs to hook her friend up so the girls can be happy together. But all is not well with Cali's relationship with Ben, as they seem to be growing apart. The two end up meeting Jaeger, a former athlete who got sidelined by an injury and is into woodworking at present. Cali has conflicts because she feels lust for Jaeger, but feels like she needs to find someone for Gen AND the fact she's with Ben complicates things just as much. Events transpire, it suddenly becomes very easy for Cali to be with Jaeger, but then it seems that Gen takes a liking to Jaeger. I knew it would happen, I just didn't know how. For a time, I actually liked Jaeger and thought he was a decent guy, and I liked his backstory. Cali always annoyed me beause I thought her narrative voice was trying way too much to be quirky, ditzy and humorous. It felt false, almost to the point where I think that was the only thing that was keeping me from liking the narrative. Well, that and the fact that the NA genre cliches were so much, you could put them all on a bingo board and hit the jackpot five times over. I think I was halfway between laughing and groaning in parts of the narrative. And some shares of *headdesk* (including the phrase "hot Native American deliciousness"). But then this book seems to lose its way into something completely in the vein of melodramatic curveballs. You think you're getting a romance story with some complications in the heroine's inner circles, but then it turns from a romantic conflict story to one with sexual harrassment, extortion, drug use, and just...a whole dumping of undeveloped conflict all in one felt swoop. I don't even know where some of this came from - there's no build up to it, and it felt very cheaply done. The ending comes across as something of a happy resolution, but by that point - I was just ready to be done with the explanations and drama that was there. It felt pointless and manipulative. At first I thought I was going to feel bad for giving this something of a lukewarm rating at about the midpoint of the novel (because even with the insufferable voice of the heroine - which was one of the only major problems I had with the narrative up to that point besides the NA cliches, it wasn't really that bad despite bad moments), but after the book jumped the shark, I don't have such qualms. I can't continue with this series. And I'm honestly worried that since the next book is going to focus on Gen and the "hot Native American" lover that she's supposedly meeting - it's just going to be even more offensive. Not doing it. Sorry, but I appreciate stories that don't try to milk my emotions in cheap ways and ultimately develop their characters and emotionally weighted subjects with more realism and maturity. This was contrived and utterly disappointing. Overall score: 1/5 stars Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher.

  2. 5 out of 5

    SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

    FREE on Amazon US today (11/9/2016) Stand-alone book 1. BLURB: 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. FREE on Amazon US today (11/9/2016) Stand-alone book 1. BLURB: 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. FREE: https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Blue-Book... FREEBIES are often good for MORE than one day. I have gathered all my FREEBIES on a special shelf: Kindle-freebies (currently over 600 books) https://www.goodreads.com/review/list...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen

    3 Angsty Stars I liked this book especially for being a "FREEBIE" on Amazon, but I didn't find myself engrossed. There were too many times the author would put in an angsty situation and then have it immediately disintegrate without any buildup or cool-down. Overall, it was an enjoyable read and I would read more from this author.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amber Addison

    *More Reviews at and giveaways at grownupfangirl.com**This is a New Adult title, only recommended for mature readers.** The Deep Blue follows Cali, who along with her friend Gen have just finished college and are taking a break, pre growing up for real. Cali has been invited to Harvard, and just wants to lay low until she goes. She got hooked up with a sweet job in Lake Tahoe, so it's looking like the perfect summer awaits.. until it all goes wrong. (dun dun dun) Cali's got it all figured out *More Reviews at and giveaways at grownupfangirl.com**This is a New Adult title, only recommended for mature readers.** The Deep Blue follows Cali, who along with her friend Gen have just finished college and are taking a break, pre growing up for real. Cali has been invited to Harvard, and just wants to lay low until she goes. She got hooked up with a sweet job in Lake Tahoe, so it's looking like the perfect summer awaits.. until it all goes wrong. (dun dun dun) Cali's got it all figured out prior to the summer she spends in Lake Tahoe. She has the perfect life. The perfect boyfriend, the perfect friends, the perfect future.. which is why I kinda love this book. We're all used to characters starting out weak and then becoming strong (or in bad situations, not learning from their adversity and coming out just as weak or weaker than they started). We aren't used to characters who are strong... being brought down by the harsh reality of life, and then learning how to struggle. That's what happens to Cali. She's confident, she's smart, and she's never really had to struggle. When her world comes crashing down, and she learns that sometimes confidence isn't what you thought it was, she becomes even stronger than she was in the beginning. I commend Jules for writing such a strong female character. People think strong females can't be in love, and can't have swoon worthy feelings for guys, but Jules proves that stereotype wrong with Cali as well. When Cali falls head over heals for a guy from her past, she learns that you can be independent and still receive help, still receive love. I think that's such an important lesson for not only young girls, but all girls to learn. The Deep Blue was an amazing read with plot twists that quite literally had my stomach in knots. If you're looking for a strong female character who still says and does crazy things for love, then look no further than The Deep Blue. Enjoy!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Heather andrews

    I loved this book I loved how jealous Cali got, "I lean all the way to the side and that's when I see Jaeger - talking to a petite brunette. She's wearing a tiny red bikini and smiling at him. The dread from a moment ago vanishes, and my stomach tightens, chest burning. Who's that? Jaeger looks over and our eyes meet. My breath catches and suddenly my heart's humming like he wasn't just talking to another girl, igniting jealousy." And you don't mess with his girl because the boy will go all ape I loved this book I loved how jealous Cali got, "I lean all the way to the side and that's when I see Jaeger - talking to a petite brunette. She's wearing a tiny red bikini and smiling at him. The dread from a moment ago vanishes, and my stomach tightens, chest burning. Who's that? Jaeger looks over and our eyes meet. My breath catches and suddenly my heart's humming like he wasn't just talking to another girl, igniting jealousy." And you don't mess with his girl because the boy will go all ape sh** on you, "it's her home and she asked you to leave," Jaeger says. "Get. The eff. Out!" He steps back and drapes a long arm over my shoulders, pulling me close. My heart slows, my breathing calms." Cali is an impatient one especially when it comes to the naughty and Jaeger doesn't get his clothes off fast enough, "damn it! His pants are still on. I flip open the snap and push down with my feet. My knees drop to the side and his fat tip rubs my entrance. I squeeze his a**. He's huge and silky and I want him inside."

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kennedy Fox

    4.5 stars... this one had my heart in my throat!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    ***I received a free copy of this book via Fiona's Book Reviews in return for my honest opinion*** 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 ***I received a free copy of this book via Fiona's Book Reviews in return for my honest opinion*** 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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    ND

    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. 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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marlene

    I don't read too much contemporary romance(I'm more of a paranormal/sci-fi romance junky), but I really, really liked this story. First of all, the writing is fluid, clear and easy to follow. The characters have depth and the plot is filled with real-world drama that's very relate-able yet not at all boring. And I love the unique setting: Lake Tahoe area. Since it's a New Adult, the tone is more mature, so there isn't any annoying lingering teen-angst. The characters are in their early twenties, I don't read too much contemporary romance(I'm more of a paranormal/sci-fi romance junky), but I really, really liked this story. First of all, the writing is fluid, clear and easy to follow. The characters have depth and the plot is filled with real-world drama that's very relate-able yet not at all boring. And I love the unique setting: Lake Tahoe area. Since it's a New Adult, the tone is more mature, so there isn't any annoying lingering teen-angst. The characters are in their early twenties, and Jules Barnard does a fantastic job at portraying their growth from care-free, naive college-grad types to full-blown, responsible adults while still maintaining their youthful free spirits. The romance between the two main characters develops slowly but once it gets there, is filled with so much achingly sweet emotion that I instantly became invested in their relationship. I constantly rooted for them. And now I'm excited to read the next story to see how the intriguing secondary characters will get their happy endings!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ***I received a copy in exchange for a honest review.*** 2.5 out of 5 stars I will keep this short and not so sweet. I wanted to love Cali, I really did, however I found her to be a huge contradiction. She's outspoken and witty, yet she can't seem to have a necessary conversation with her BFF, her brother, her mom or either of her love interests. The entire story line with Kate was stupid. From her just showing up on their date, Jaeger moving her in without any proof of the child...despite the ***I received a copy in exchange for a honest review.*** 2.5 out of 5 stars I will keep this short and not so sweet. I wanted to love Cali, I really did, however I found her to be a huge contradiction. She's outspoken and witty, yet she can't seem to have a necessary conversation with her BFF, her brother, her mom or either of her love interests. The entire story line with Kate was stupid. From her just showing up on their date, Jaeger moving her in without any proof of the child...despite the fact that he knew she was a complete liar, to her just maxing out Jaeger's credit cards, and he acted so nonchalant about all of it. I gave it 2.5 stars simply because there was some witty banter, but overall I just wasn't feeling it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marina Adair

    I was looking for New Adult book that was lighter on the angst and a friend recommended I read Barnard's THE DEEP BLUE. I have to say that I absolutely loved this book. I burned through it in one sitting, unable to go to bed until I reached the end. THE DEEP BLUE is a page-turner, amazing read with great characters and a strong female heroine that you can't help but get behind. I can't wait until the next book comes out! Barnard is a new author to watch out for.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Small Adventures, Full Hearts

    I devoured this book. I honestly could not put this down. This book had a little of everything I look for and a New Adult book. I think Cali is such a relate-able character, she has is an Extremely intelligent girl, she just graduated from College and not sure Law School is the best thing for her. She is following her mothers dream. Poor girl she moves to Tahoe, to work the Summer to work to save money for this dream. I can not believe the Stuff this poor girl had to go through. Poor girl.. She I devoured this book. I honestly could not put this down. This book had a little of everything I look for and a New Adult book. I think Cali is such a relate-able character, she has is an Extremely intelligent girl, she just graduated from College and not sure Law School is the best thing for her. She is following her mothers dream. Poor girl she moves to Tahoe, to work the Summer to work to save money for this dream. I can not believe the Stuff this poor girl had to go through. Poor girl.. She was back stabbed, lied to, cheated on, sexually assaulted, drugged...This girl could not catch a break. Jaeger.. Boy, he is completely 100% SWOON worth..I loved how special he made Cali feel, I loved how he treated her. He is PREFECT!! I could use a few Jaegers in my life. He probably was the best part of this book! This book is full of heart-pounding drama, I loved it. I could not put this down. Great Read.. I'm ready for the next!!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Petra Grayson

    My very first taste of New Adult romance was a winner. When I saw Deep Blue was set in Lake Tahoe, I just couldn't resist. It's so interesting to see novels written near where you live. I've found some that are a credit to the area and some that just don't work at all. This one was great; well researched, lots of places I could picture, and a good feel for the area experience. I came into this new-to-me genre with some general ideas of what to expect: fresh out of college, trying to figure out My very first taste of New Adult romance was a winner. When I saw Deep Blue was set in Lake Tahoe, I just couldn't resist. It's so interesting to see novels written near where you live. I've found some that are a credit to the area and some that just don't work at all. This one was great; well researched, lots of places I could picture, and a good feel for the area experience. I came into this new-to-me genre with some general ideas of what to expect: fresh out of college, trying to figure out where life is going, etc. This book lived up to that idea in an authentic way. It's written first person, so we only see what Cali is going through and it brought up all kinds of memories for me of what that age was like, the worry and stress and almost innocence to life. Also the thrill and anxiety of striking out on your own and supporting yourself. The heat level of this novel was very mild. Not exactly closed door, but not explicit or drawn out sexual situations. There's attraction and sexual tension, but most of the relationship lives as an emotional entity instead of raw lust. Cali was a complex character who was trying to figure out what her next step is after college. She was going to head off to graduate school, but she just doesn't feel passionate about it. The story is told first person and you truly feel apart of her emotional angst and depth of feeling. Most of the time, she seemed very even and steady, not overly emotional, but very attached to her friends. I read straight through the first half of the book with no breaks because I felt so emotionally tied to both Cali and Jaeger. That part of the book is their love story and it's filled with angst, misunderstandings, and attempts at emotional maturity. I respected Cali for having the wherewithal to concretely end things with her ex, and make sure her friend wasn't in love with Jaeger, before they started a relationship. I was thrilled that both characters were full of integrity and loyalty. Now, that was the first fifty percent. Pretty soon after that, they both said I love you and I was wondering how the book could possibly hold my interest another fifty percent That's when the real drama and mystery started. The story was pretty much non-stop action through the second half. Cali gets dragged into all sorts of trouble, like she's being ricochetted around in a pinball machine, in addition to her continuing struggle with where she wants her life to go. Some of it happened a little too fast and furious for me. Like, how many things can truly happen to one person in a couple weeks. It was a gripping adventure, but there were times I rolled my eyes at the shenanigans. The “evil woman” had no personality besides just being evil. And it was a creepy, skin crawling evil to me that made me feel distrustful of people in general. Cali is super trusting, which backfires many times. There were lots of plot threads coming from all different directions and they all coalesced into one answer that felt a little far fetched to me. There are also some loose ends that I assume will be worked out in the next book of the series. In the end, everything wrapped up nice and tidy. We don't really see a huge cathartic finish. The problems are solved and everyone moves on with happy times. No fake happily-ever-after here, but a content and on-the-road-to-fulfilled ending. I was satisfied that neither character was committing to forever and ever, but I felt like I wanted a little more of their life before we left them. All together, I thought the writing was fun and real. I liked the personalities inside the book. Cali and Jaeger were happy, well adjusted people, with fun foibles and accepting personalities. It was a good, solid introduction to the New Adult genre for me and I'll definitely look for more by this author. I received a complementary ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. **This review is archived on my blog: The Theory of Lieto Fine

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jena

    I was given this book for an honest review. I gave this book a 3.5 for three main reasons. One; Cali was borderline annoying. It's a fine line and there were times when I though "Uhg, how annoying and kind of dumb," but then there were times when I was thinking how funny she was. It was a fine line and in the end I liked her has a character. I think the first half the book was where she was pretty annoying ... but by the end I almost forgot why I thought that. In the beginning she was just kind I was given this book for an honest review. I gave this book a 3.5 for three main reasons. One; Cali was borderline annoying. It's a fine line and there were times when I though "Uhg, how annoying and kind of dumb," but then there were times when I was thinking how funny she was. It was a fine line and in the end I liked her has a character. I think the first half the book was where she was pretty annoying ... but by the end I almost forgot why I thought that. In the beginning she was just kind of a know it all and pushy with her friend Gen. I mean, Gen is a big girl, she can make decisions without Cali's approval. But Cali forgot about this and, although I think it was her trying to be helpful and supportive, it just came off as an I-know-better-than-you attitude. Also, she lacked complete communication skills. Why are authors doing this to their characters?!?!? Why can't they just communicate with each other? If Cali just talked to Gen, then half the drama in the beginning would have not been needed. And she believed Jaeger over Gen ... her best friend? It was a hard point to move past. But I did, and Cali has some pretty funny and relatable inner thoughts and I liked them. I would find myself laughing out loud at some things she would think. She really became more humble towards the end, which I guess was the point. Two; There wasn't any real climactic point in this story. There were all these little issues that were solved and then a new one popped up and solved. I'm not too bothered by this, so I will let it pass. But there just wasn't one big issue that was throughout the book. The positive point was that it made the book always seem fresh. There were no parts that I wanted to skim or seemed repetitive. I liked all the issues and I liked the resolutions. However, that part where Cali walks in on a topless women with Jaeger and handles it better than him hugging her friend ... a little unbelievable. Three; some of the issues were just too convenient and kind of came off as lazy writing or just written in an unbelievable way to make more drama. I mean, really?!?!?! Jaeger's girlfriend from four years ago just "happens" to show up at a fancy restaurant during his and Cali's first date to look for him? It would be more believable if she found him at his house ... or his work ... or really almost anywhere other than that situation. What are the odds? There are a few times things like this happen. Overall I did like the book though and the story flowed really well. The characters were all entertaining. Especially Cali's brother, Tyler. Laughed a lot during those moments. I know the next book is about Gen, but I'm hoping there will be one about Tyler also. I really liked Jaeger ... he sounds delicious and really sweet. I like the slow build up and his honesty. It really adds to the relationship. Like I said, Cali is a little annoying in the beginning, but she has mostly funny parts that make up for it and she really redeems herself in the end. I am really looking forward to reading Blue Crush and hopefully a book about Tyler. The author has done a really good job at setting up any subsequent books. I would definitely recommend this book if you are looking forward to some laughing with a lot of challenges.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jules Barnard

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  16. 5 out of 5

    Eliza

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. DNF this book! *SPOILERS* After perserveering and reading over half of this book, I finally had to give up. All the reviews said good things about this book so I was expecting a nice read, which is how it started - the setting was refreshing and made for a nice change, however the main character was awful, I could not emphathise with her at all, she was awful to her best friend, got jelous over nothing and I could not stand to read anymore! The plot seemed to go in no direction, they were DNF this book! *SPOILERS* After perserveering and reading over half of this book, I finally had to give up. All the reviews said good things about this book so I was expecting a nice read, which is how it started - the setting was refreshing and made for a nice change, however the main character was awful, I could not emphathise with her at all, she was awful to her best friend, got jelous over nothing and I could not stand to read anymore! The plot seemed to go in no direction, they were obviously going to get together so when they did it's like you ran out of things to do so threw in an unoriginal plot twist with an ex showing up with a baby... like we haven't read that one before. That's where I stopped reading but I'm sure it got no better afterwards and can no doubt predict the ending without reading anyway. I did really like Gen's character and would be tempted to read the next book about her to see if it's any better than this one...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anne OK

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. This story is set in Lake Tahoe where the female lead and her best friend are working a casino job for the summer. It is there that she reacquaints herself with a face from her past. I would describe this as a light and easy contemporary romance. It has some steam but doesn’t quite reach the sizzle mark. I did like the fact that numerous twists and plots helped keep the intrigue moving and the challenges I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. This story is set in Lake Tahoe where the female lead and her best friend are working a casino job for the summer. It is there that she reacquaints herself with a face from her past. I would describe this as a light and easy contemporary romance. It has some steam but doesn’t quite reach the sizzle mark. I did like the fact that numerous twists and plots helped keep the intrigue moving and the challenges fresh. In my opinion, the entire storyline was a bit underdeveloped and could have benefited from some tweaking. Including the main characters, Cali and Jaeger, the full cast proved entertaining. Jaeger was probably my favorite character. He was far more than first met the eye. Engaging banter and a few laughs between friends helped make for some fun-to-read moments. For me, a quick amusing read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    *The Angry Reader*

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. DNF at 81%. The writing wasn't bad. Basic premise is that Cali and her best friend Gen move to Tahoe for the summer before grad school. Cali is fixin to go to law school and has a long term BF. Gen is a bit of a mess. The plan is for Cali to help Gen get her shit together over the summer. Then Cali's life sorta unravels. Cali meets his brother's friend Jaeger. Decides she doesn't wanna go to law school. Gets fired from a casino job. Her BF breaks up with her. And then basically makes all kinds DNF at 81%. The writing wasn't bad. Basic premise is that Cali and her best friend Gen move to Tahoe for the summer before grad school. Cali is fixin to go to law school and has a long term BF. Gen is a bit of a mess. The plan is for Cali to help Gen get her shit together over the summer. Then Cali's life sorta unravels. Cali meets his brother's friend Jaeger. Decides she doesn't wanna go to law school. Gets fired from a casino job. Her BF breaks up with her. And then basically makes all kinds of assumptions about Jaeger. And Jaeger and Jen. And she just runs around acting like a twit. After that passes Jaeger's ex comes to a fancy restaurant and interrupts them during dinner to say they have a kid and she wants him back. Really, lady? After 5 years you have to tell him about his kid during dinner? Ups. Downs. Insanity. Nothing realistic. And I got bored and sleepy. So I'm done.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bj Hoover

    Ordinarily, I don't read New Adult fiction (I am 83 years old!), but received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I found Jules Barnard a very accomplished writer, and enjoyed her style very much. The plot was excellent, and development of the characters and flow of the story was very entertaining.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Willow

    So stoked for this :)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    Like so many things in life, the best laid plans can get waylaid, but maybe it’s for the best! Cali is kicking back for a great summer, with law school to look forward to, a boyfriend she has known forever, and a best friend to share it all with. Slowly, piece by piece many of her plans fall apart, but when one door closes, another one opens and behind that door is Jaeger, her older brother’s best friend, a teen she had a crush on, long ago. This Jaeger has changed, grown up, and, at first look Like so many things in life, the best laid plans can get waylaid, but maybe it’s for the best! Cali is kicking back for a great summer, with law school to look forward to, a boyfriend she has known forever, and a best friend to share it all with. Slowly, piece by piece many of her plans fall apart, but when one door closes, another one opens and behind that door is Jaeger, her older brother’s best friend, a teen she had a crush on, long ago. This Jaeger has changed, grown up, and, at first look has bad boy stamped all over his amazing body. Not wanting a rebound romance, Cali keeps Jaeger at a distance, but somehow, when she needs him most, he is there. Still, that seems to be his MO for everyone and Cali gets caught up with the green-eyed monster just a few times too many. Can they work through their differences and find a trusting, lasting love? How much must Jaeger put up with before he gives up on Cali’s immature attitude? When will Cali learn that all men are not created equal, and Jaeger is not like her cheating ex? Deep Blue by Jules Barnard will drive you down the twisted road of new love, broken dreams and finally growing up, as Cali must learn to roll with life, matters of the heart and learn to trust in a man like Jaeger. Jaeger is an amazing character, quiet, strong and supportive. Cali can be a bit immature, too doubting and sometimes a little too needy, but as she matures emotionally, their match fits perfectly. Ms. Barnard has written a high tension, quick paced romance with all of the bumps and detours of real-life love, testing the waters, sometimes failing at communication, but always there are heartstrings that connect a couple. A quick read, with a lot of activity to keep one glued to the pages. When an author can make me feel strongly about certain characters or situations, they have done their job for me. Series: Blue - Book 1 Publication Date: March 6, 2014 Publisher: Jules Barnard Genre: NA Romance Print Length: 291 pages Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Reviewed for: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  22. 5 out of 5

    Raquel

    Honestly, I don't know what I was expecting with Deep Blue, but Ms. Barnard definitely exceeded any preconceived expectations I might've had. Cali has a plan for the summer after graduating: work full time at a casino with her best friend and save up money for law school. Her relationship with her boyfriend is good and her future seems promising. Everything looks to be going good... until it isn't. She gets dumped by her boyfriend and on top of that, Cali and her best friend grow further and Honestly, I don't know what I was expecting with Deep Blue, but Ms. Barnard definitely exceeded any preconceived expectations I might've had. Cali has a plan for the summer after graduating: work full time at a casino with her best friend and save up money for law school. Her relationship with her boyfriend is good and her future seems promising. Everything looks to be going good... until it isn't. She gets dumped by her boyfriend and on top of that, Cali and her best friend grow further and further apart. It also doesn't help that she can't stop thinking about her older brother's best friend, and what started out as an easygoing summer is turning out to be anything but. Cali was a really fun character to read about. She's feisty, loyal, stubborn--and isn't likely to take shit from anyone. Breaking up with Eric wasn't something that came totally out of nowhere, and she feels more embarrassed than anything. Just the same, she doesn't want to rush into anything with Jaeger. So she keeps him at arms length, until she just can't anymore. Jaeger has the whole moody, tortured artist thing going on. He's reserved but if he puts his focus on you, then things get intense. He's also fiercely loyal and straightforward. What a breath of fresh air! Jaeger isn't afraid to go after what he wants and he makes that abundantly clear with Cali. Cali and Jaeger's relationship was a pretty realistic one. They argue, they make up and they move on. There were a couple of times where Cali's jealousy got a little annoying, but those instances few in between. Nevertheless, I was able to relate and sympathize with these characters. I did feel that the events towards the end were a little strung out and maybe a bit unnecessary. Still, I could follow along, and Cali and Jaeger did eventually end up right where they belonged. I'm curious as to what will happen with Cali's best friend, Gen and Lewis, as well as her brother Tyler, and I'll definitely be following up with these characters. Honest and sweet, Deep Blue is a perfect beach read! For more reviews, visit my blog at Bittersweet Reads.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    New Adult fans you are going to enjoy this debut novel by Jules Barnard. It is well written and the perfect length. I am truly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this book. 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! Cali, the main character is at a crossroads and is trying to figure what she really wants out of New Adult fans you are going to enjoy this debut novel by Jules Barnard. It is well written and the perfect length. I am truly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this book. 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! Cali, the main character is at a crossroads and is trying to figure what she really wants out of life and making those hard choices to get there. Cali is a recent college graduate. She plans on starting Law School the following year. Cali and her best friend Gen move to Lake Tahoe for the summer to work at a Casino. She has a boyfriend, the same guy for the past few years but things are slowly falling apart between the two of them. She meets Jaeger(LOVE THE NAME) and she feels like she knows him from somewhere.... Jaeger is hot as sin and a bit mysterious. He is an ex athlete, loves fishing and carving wood. Yep, carving wood. He is one lovable character that will have you swooning throughout the story. Misunderstandings, miscommunications, work drama, and one of the craziest exes I have ever encountered in a book make for one heck of a read. It looks like Gen(the BFF) is getting her own book next and once you read Deep Blue you will see how much her character needs her story told. I can not wait to find out all of her secrets and how her story plays out! 4 Stars <3

  24. 4 out of 5

    EmeraldMeadow

    This was somewhere between 2 and 4 stars. There were times that I really liked it, and then times when it was like "meh," just ok. Cali cracked me up many times and I was laughing out loud from some of the things she was thinking. I really liked Jaeger for the most part, but seriously some of the things that he did was so ridiculous. It's also a pet peeve of mine when a character has some "emergency" and tells their significant other, "I have to go deal with this and then I'll call you." And This was somewhere between 2 and 4 stars. There were times that I really liked it, and then times when it was like "meh," just ok. Cali cracked me up many times and I was laughing out loud from some of the things she was thinking. I really liked Jaeger for the most part, but seriously some of the things that he did was so ridiculous. It's also a pet peeve of mine when a character has some "emergency" and tells their significant other, "I have to go deal with this and then I'll call you." And they go off the grid for days or weeks at a time! I'm so sure! When you truly care about someone, you talk to them every day, especially when you are going through something serious. You don't just not talk to them and leave them hanging for days! So, that drove me bananas in this story!! There were quite a few storylines that came out of left field! I'm sure it was added in the story to make it more angsty but in reality, it seemed so random, that instead of feeling angst, it just kinda left me looking around confused, like, "What!? Where did that come from?? Okaaaaay." I can't quite put my finger on it so I'll leave it at that...but overall, I'd say it was a decent read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* Cali Morgan is a happy girl. She has everything she wants and needs. Great friends, especially her bestie Gen. She has a perfect boyfriend. Plus, she about to start college. So, when Cali and Gen begin their summer vacation together in Lake Tahoe, you know they're gonna have a blast! Unexpectedly, Cali runs into her brothers old friend from high school. Jaeger Lang. Boy, did he grow up to be a sexy man! MMmmm! He ends up *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* Cali Morgan is a happy girl. She has everything she wants and needs. Great friends, especially her bestie Gen. She has a perfect boyfriend. Plus, she about to start college. So, when Cali and Gen begin their summer vacation together in Lake Tahoe, you know they're gonna have a blast! Unexpectedly, Cali runs into her brothers old friend from high school. Jaeger Lang. Boy, did he grow up to be a sexy man! MMmmm! He ends up throwing a wrench right into Cali's plans. But it's okay because it just may be what Cali's been needing. This book was awesome. It was sexy. It was fun. I read it in one sitting! I loved Cali and Gen's friendship almost as much as Cali and Jaeger's new relationship! This was the first book I've read by Jules Barnard. I know it won't be my last. I'm excited to read the second book in he Blue series! 4 'sexy Jaeger' Stars!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Blackwood

    I loved Deep Blue! The dynamic between Cali and Jaeger was steaming hot! *fans face* Cali was an assertive, strong-willed girl that I could easily identify with and was rooting for the entire time. Loved the descriptions, and was really immersed in the Tahoe/casino atmosphere. Jaeger was a complete sweetheart and totally swoon-worthy! Definitely a great read <3

  27. 5 out of 5

    Vikki Vaught

    This one built up to a fantastic ending. I really liked both characters a lot, along with the secondary characters as well. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series. Happy reading!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  29. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** 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 **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**  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!  This review was originally posted on Book Briefs

  30. 4 out of 5

    Silvana [The Book Voyagers]

    My main problem was the main character. And that is a lot. Disliking the main character in a book pretty much ruins the book for you in a way. But maybe if there were great secondary characters, a great plot, and you only disliked the way the main character acted or did things in a way not so great, maybe the book could be saved. I'm not saying this wasn't enjoyable. In a way, it was a light, quick read that I passed my time reading. But I had so many problems with it. Cali is the name of the My main problem was the main character. And that is a lot. Disliking the main character in a book pretty much ruins the book for you in a way. But maybe if there were great secondary characters, a great plot, and you only disliked the way the main character acted or did things in a way not so great, maybe the book could be saved. I'm not saying this wasn't enjoyable. In a way, it was a light, quick read that I passed my time reading. But I had so many problems with it. Cali is the name of the main character. She is a very smart girl, going to law school after summer at Harvard. So as much as everyone kept saying and she kept saying she was very intelligent, in the whole book I never saw her acting intelligent. She was witty and she didn't trust the people around her and her inner monologues were not my favorite thing. Also insta-love. I'm not a hater when insta-love is in the house. If it is well written and fun and fluffy and hot and steamy and every little great thing in the world, it is so amazing. But this insta-love made me turn my head to the side and wonder "how" and shake my head. Jaeger and Cali have this attraction that only shows on her at first. And she imagines so much scenaries and thinks Jaeger is thinking them too. But we don't actually get to see Jaeger doing anything at the beginning. Like yeah he flirts with her but he doesn't say it. And then Jaeger finds out she had a boyfriend when all of this flirting took place (Cali's boyfriend was a douche and didn't talk to her in like a month and he is a douche) and Jaeger gets mad! I get that Cali is in the wrong too, flirting when having a boyfriend, even if said boyfriend is giving her the cold shoulder, almost at the breaking up point, but Jaeger had no relatioship with her. Maybe if he had said he liked her or wanted to spend more time with her or something, maybe. But he had no right to be angry. The story had many plots and they just appeared and disappeared which was very weird. The whole storyline went too fast for me. Like a month passed in three chapters. In all, I'm sad, I'm always sad when I put less than three stars, because you know I always put four to five stars because I love the books I read.

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