Blue Crush by Jules Barnard
Series: Blue Series #2
Publication Date: June 3rd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
On the cusp of a humiliating breakup from the safe, conservative boyfriend, who ended up betraying her, Genevieve Tierney moves to Lake Tahoe with her best friend after college to lick her romantic wounds. Earning cash at one of Lake Tahoe’s lucrative casinos before grad school in the fall and keeping a safe distance from 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 captures Gen’s attention from the moment he walks in the door. Her play-it-safe approach to relationships flies out the window as Lewis’s presence awakens a sex drive she never knew she had. Lewis is in a complicated relationship with one of the most beautiful women Gen has ever seen, and despite all logical reasons to stay away—and she’s a logic devotee—Gen can’t seem to control her body’s attraction to him.
Feeling like a magnet for the worst sort of guys, Gen’s desperate to win the battle for self-control around Lewis and put the sleazy casino men pestering her in their place. 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 one of the biggest physical challenges of her life, her emotional strength is pushed to its limits when she needs Lewis’s help to train. He tests her willpower and has her fighting her body’s attraction—with her mind and heart not far behind.
After reading (and reviewing here) Deep Blue, the first book in the Blue series, I was looking forward to Genevieves story. The little wed gotten in Deep Blue wasnt really enough to form an opinion and I was curious enough to look into Blue Crush. Blue Crush takes place relatively at the same time Deep Blue, and I have to admit that I wouldve preferred if both books had different timelines. Nevertheless, getting to see specific scenes play out through different eyes was gave me an insightspecially since Id read Calis story.
Gen hasnt had the best luck with guys. Her last boyfriend kept the fact that he had a girlfriend back home hidden the entire time theyd been dating, and other guys havent fallen far behind. Furthermore, after seeing her mother go through boyfriend after boyfriend, Gen isnt in any hurry to follow in her mothers footsteps. Even if she hasnt admitted it out loud, Gen isnt looking to date or get involved with anyone and that includes Lewiseven if the attraction she feels is instant and powerful. After the mess with her ex, Gen has no interest in guys that are attached to someone else, no matter how hot and intense their connection is. However, staying clear of Lewis path is easier said than done, and the more time they spend together, the stronger their connection grows.
Gen has her fair share of issues regarding guys, and a lot of it has to do with the way she grew up. While the background was present, I still felt like it was just an excuse for Gen, and I didnt particularly find it fitting. Moreover, despite Gens desire to appear as a strong, capable woman, some of the decisions she makes (i.e., concerning Drake) speak otherwise, and were, frankly, unnecessary. Regardless, Gen does come off as a stubborn, determined young woman, which helped in connecting with her as a character. I kind of wish we would have gotten more from Lewis. His intensity was certainly hot, but I felt like he was a bit underdeveloped. He definitely fits the silent, mysterious type, and Im a sucker for brooding guys, so I was able to overlook some instances in which he felt a bit flat. Nevertheless, the connection Barnard creates for Gen and Lewis more than makes up for it.
If youve read Deep Blue, then I think youd enjoy Blue Crush. If not, then you should definitely check out Deep Blue. Im certainly curious about TylerCalis older brotherand Miras story, so Ill be on the look out for that.