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Deep Blue (Blue #1)

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,387 Ratings  ·  287 Reviews
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 wing-woman and help her meet guys. What Cali doesn’t count on is run ...more
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Published March 11th 2014 by Self Publisher (first published March 6th 2014)
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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.
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
Mar 01, 2014 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*More Reviews at and giveaways at**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 pri
Heather andrews
Feb 28, 2014 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Mar 04, 2014 ND rated it it was amazing
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.
Marlene Relja
Mar 02, 2014 Marlene Relja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of New Adult contemporary romance
Recommended to Marlene by: A friend
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 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
Marina Adair
Mar 02, 2014 Marina Adair rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 10, 2014 Jena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Petra Grayson
Mar 08, 2014 Petra Grayson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 wh
A Beautiful Book Blog
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 w
Anne OK
Sep 22, 2014 Anne OK rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
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
Bj Hoover
Mar 10, 2014 Bj Hoover rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 10, 2014 Willow marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
So stoked for this :)
Mar 24, 2015 Raquel rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, arc, reviewed, blog-tour
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 fur
Mar 11, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 l ...more
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
Nov 24, 2014 Dianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Raquel-The Babbling Reader
Deep Blue starts off with Cali and her best friend Gen, moving to Lake Tahoe after finishing college. They will be working at a casino for the summer. Cali is extremely confident in herself, about to study law at Harvard. She has a hot boyfriend, Eric. Everything is right in her world. When Cali meets Jaeger, sparks fly. They have this instant attraction to one another. Cali has never felt this way about anyone before, not even with Eric. She is also unsure about going to study law and have no i ...more
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Synopsis: 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 h
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 the
Dec 13, 2014 Dali marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Synopsis: 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 h
*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 throwi
Mar 05, 2014 Elissa rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This a quick light read about Cali & Jaeger and the relationship. I enjoyed the attraction and the humorous dialogue. I did enjoy the storyline but at times I want it to give me more info or at times it left me with questions and I don't know if they'll ever get answered. I will be getting book 2 Blue Crush cause I am intrigued by Gen and what she's been up to.

*ARC provided by Fresh Fiction thru Netgalley*
Sep 22, 2014 Ashley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, hot, arc
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Tory Michaels
This dragged in a lot of places and didn't have much of a plot. That said, I actually enjoyed it. strange. Guess I just wanted a quiet book.
Sep 19, 2014 Steph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cali has her life all figured out...spending the summer in Lake Tahoe with her best friend dealing cards at a casino will be just what she needs before starting Harvard law school in the fall. Best friend, fun job and a hot boyfriend...Cali has everything she needs. Until she runs into a man from her past who makes her question everything she thought she wanted.

When her boyfriend dumps her and she is fired from her job Cali is forced to make some difficult decisions about her future and who she
Lisa Fallon
Sep 07, 2014 Lisa Fallon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r2r
this book Is a really nice loveable story you can't help but not like the characters and one thing I really liked was that even though jealously made an appearance it's didn't take over the story yes cali thought that there was something going on with her best friend and fella she has her eye on ( although she didn't say she liked him to gen). I liked when jeagers ex Kate came into play cause even though I really wanted to smack Kate I think her appearance gave the story that edge instead of bei ...more
Dawn Smith
Mar 22, 2014 Dawn Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given an ARC of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Cali has the perfect summer planned. In fact, Cali has the perfect everything- life, boyfriend, job. Cali and her best friend are going to work in Tahoe for the summer before Cali heads to Harvard, but then it all goes wrong, oh so wrong. Enter Jaeger who helps Cali to set her summer right and have some sexy times along the way.

The main things that I loved about this book was how strong and resilient Cali was. Cali wa
Cali gets a summer job where she'll work with her best friend- Gen, in a casino, due to time and distance it becomes difficult to be and talk with her boyfriend. She made one of her objectives forthis summer to find a boyfriend for Gen, since Gen's boyfriend had a girlfriend in his hometown.
One night to relax at a bar with Max, a coworker and his friends, Cali thinks she knows Jaeger from somewhere. The attraction is almost instant and the curiosity is too much, he looks at her in a way that ma
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A RITA-nominated author, Jules Barnard began her publishing career in 2014 with Deep Blue, the first book in the contemporary Blue Series, hitting bestseller lists on Amazon, iBooks, and All Romance. In 2015, she launched
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