Hey, my lovelies!
Today, we're honored to be hosting Jules Barnard as part of her blog tour stop for Blue Crush. Blue Crush is a New Adult Romance and it is the second book in The Blue Series.
I'll be posting my review for Blue Crush and if you scroll along, you'll more information about the book and about Jules. And Jules will be giving away fabulous prizes during the tour, so you might want to check out the Rafflecopter giveaway link below.
Genevieve Tierney moves to Lake Tahoe after college, determined to go it alone after being betrayed by her boyfriend. Working at a casino and avoiding cheating jerks seems like a good plan, until she meets the one guy tempting enough to drag her back down.
Lewis Sallee is six and a half feet of perfectly sculpted mountain man who threatens her play-it-safe approach and awakens a sex drive she never knew she had. Although Lewis is in a complicated relationship with one of the most beautiful women Gen has ever seen, she can’t seem to control her attraction to him.
To boost her confidence, Gen steps out of her comfort zone and signs up for the Alpine Mudder, a gritty endurance race. But as she prepares for the biggest physical challenge of her life, her emotional strength is pushed to its limits after she accepts Lewis’s help in training. He tests her willpower and has her fighting her body’s response to him—with her mind and heart not far behind.
Blue Crush is the second book in the Blue Series by Jules Barnard. It follows the story of Genevieve and Lewis. Gen, if you'll remember, is Cali's best friend and works with her at the casino.
Lewis is this mysterious guy who was a friend of another friend of Gen's. When they met, sparks flew and the attraction seems to be mutual. But there's one glaring complication: Lewis is in a complicated relationship with a childhood friend of his. It's complicated because while it's true that Lewis was not in a relationship with his "friend" he is very much involved with her and she with him to a point that he didn't have a relationship because this "friend" gets jealous and possessive.
On top of that, Gen is also being harassed at work. And then there's the issue with her mother and biological father. To gain control and confidence back in her life, Gen signed up for an endurance race which brought her closer to Lewis as he was her trainer.
What I really like about this book is Gen herself. Brave, insecure, and funny Gen. She has a lot of baggage and not much confidence in herself, so it was great to see her character grow throughout the book.
Lewis, I'm on a fence with. He's hot, mysterious and broody, which I would usually like but I didn't like how he strung Gen along all the while not being honest about his relationship with Mira. For someone who's supposedly smart, he had let Mira get away with a lot of thing including controlling his life! I just couldn't believe he would do that if his feelings for Mira were that of a sister only.
Plus, I felt that the whole Lewis and Mira thing was unnecessarily dragged out. Lewis' decisions when it came to Mira didn't endear me to him. And Mira? Well, she's just a waste of space. I could really care less about how broken she is. What she did was not cool.
One of the things that's really heartbreaking to read in this book was the abuse that Gen suffered in the workplace. It was very believable and it made me angry as a reader because you can feel her helplessness. I felt that Ms. Barnard really did a great job writing a character who is being harassed by her superiors.
Overall, I think Jules Barnard did a fine job writing these characters and their stories. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from her.
Overall Rating: 3.5
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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