by Jules Barnard
Overview (from B&N.com): 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 2nd book in the Blue Series. Each book in the Blue Series features a different couple and may be read out-of-order.
This New Adult book is intended for readers over the age of 18 due to adult language, sexual content, and adult situations.
Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author, via Goodreads, in exchange for an honest review.
My Thoughts: I really can’t read suspense, thriller, horror, fantasy and all of those for too long without it being too much. Every once in a while I like to read something a bit lighter. I’ve found that the new adult romances suit me better than a harlequin romance.
Blue Crush is actually the second book in the Blue series, but luckily they can be read out-of-order because each book focuses on a different couple. For me, in some ways this book was the ideal relationship guide (some of the quotes are ridiculously amazing and maybe a tad corny).
I seriously loved the character, Genevieve. She was relatable without grating on your nerves when she makes questionable decisions. The character, Lewis, was an interesting one. He was the ideal male lead in some ways and an enigma in others (I still don’t really understand the Lewis/Mira relationship). Alas, maybe we’ll find out more in book 3.
Since I knew you could read the books in this series out-of-order, I purposely read book 2 first. This was a good decision on my part (not to toot my own horn). I didn’t like Genevieve’s best friend, Cali, and since book 1 revolves around Cali seems like a good thing for me to skip. She was judgemental in the brattiest (I’m not sure that’s actually a word) way possible.
The story is solid. It’s entertaining and keeps a steady pace. It’s not the most realistic, but I try not to get too bogged down with that point since it is fiction. There are certain parts of Blue Crush that are a bit dark and for a more mature audience, but it is by no means inappropriate. The author’s way of story telling had my heart pumping like I was watching a really exciting movie.
Blue Crush does have its fair share of sexual content, so readers should be 18+. I sort of have to recommend it, considering I stayed up past 1am reading because I was so drawn into the plot (FYI: going to work the rest of the week was exhausting). With all of that mind, I would recommend Blue Crush.
4 out of 5 Bookmarks = I really enjoyed it and would read another book by this author.