Review: Deep Blue by Jules Barnard

Posted 19 August, 2014 in Reviews / 1 Comment

deep blue by jules barnard
Title: Deep Blue

Author: Jules Barnard

Release Date: March 6, 2014

Links: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Rating: 3 blue stars

Recommended for: anyone who loves a good new adult summer romance, and looks for reasons to sing Summer Lovin’ from Grease whenever possible. (Tell me more, tell me more!)

About Deep Blue:

First loves, second chances…

When Cali Morgan kicks off her perfect post-college summer in Lake Tahoe, she has everything she ever wanted: acceptance into a top law program, a gorgeous boyfriend, and an incredible summer planned with her best friend.

Confident about her place in the world, Cali makes it her mission to be her friend’s wingwoman and help her meet guys. What Cali doesn’t count on is running into Jaeger Lang, one of her older brother’s high school friends, or the sparks that fly when she’s around him.

Jaeger has changed, and it’s not just the added height and muscle. There’s something about him that’s deep and a little scarred. In spite of the changes, Jaeger becomes a top pick for her friend—if Cali can keep her hands off him.

But when Cali’s boyfriend dumps her and her carefully laid plans begin to unravel, she finds herself questioning what it is she truly desires. In the midst of doubts about her future, one thing is very clear: she wants Jaeger for her own. The question is, has her friend already fallen for him?

My Review:

This was a fun read, I guess. I started out really liking it. I loved seeing Cali’s relationship ending and her being totally okay (well, not okay, but she wasn’t okay for reasons besides her breakup…blergh). I liked reading about her at work, and the dynamics of the casino.

I LOVED Cali and Jaeger’s chemistry…the way they fell quickly into friendship with a layer of sexual tension. In other reviews, I saw people saying this was fast, but since they knew each other pretty well before, it didn’t seem that way to me. They fell into friendship, not a full-blown relationship or anything.

Where things started going sour for me…all the drama with Jaeger’s ex. I mean, you know I like some crazy ex drama (see this review), but here it was a little too much. It kind of felt like drama inserted for the sake of having drama.

Up until the end, I was definitely assuming I would give it a 4-star review, but then all of this came in, and it was just…too much, I guess. That said, I did like the majority of the book and have already purchased the next book in the series!

*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Deep Blue Playlist

  1. “Don’t You Worry Child (Radio Edition),” Swedish House Mafia
  2. “Demons,” Imagine Dragons
  3. “Cups (Movie Version),” Anna Kendrick
  4. “Keep It to Yourself,” Kacey Musgraves
  5. “Stay (feat. Mikky Ekko),” Rihanna
  6. “I Couldn’t Be Your Friend,” Tegan and Sarah
  7. “Summer Love,” One Direction
  8. “Too Close (Just to Love You),” Playlist AllStarts
  9. “Locked Out of Heaven,” Bruno Mars
  10. “It’s Time,” Imagine Dragons
  11. “Ho Hey,” The Lumineers
  12. “How Come You don’t Want Me?,” Tegan and Sarah
  13. “Tell Me a Story,” Phillip Phillips
  14. “House of Gold,” Twenty One Pilots
  15. “Daylight,” Maroon 5
  16. “So Easy,” Phillip Phillips

About Jules Barnard

Jules Barnard headshotJules 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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