New Blue (Blue #5) by Jules Barnard
Release Date: March 28, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
The survivor of a high school sabotage that made her flee her hometown at sixteen, Hayden Tate is no stranger to bullying. Now she has returned to Lake Tahoe to take on her dream job with a degree and a backbone. But her newfound strength is pushed to the limit as she fights to hold her own against the old boys club of Blue Casino.
Adam Cade is the prince of Lake Tahoe, born into one of the wealthiest families in the area. He’s used to doing what he wants when he wants. So when his powerful father threatens to cut him off without a dime unless he uses his Ivy League degree for a job his father got him at Blue Casino, Adam capitulates. Hayden, the head of HR, hates Adam on the spot, finding every way possible to put him in his place—and suddenly the lackey job his father found him gets interesting. Adam’s life of leisure lacks substance, and even though he’s not willing to give it up, he wouldn’t mind the distraction Hayden presents.
But when the casino’s sinister inner workings begin to reveal themselves and Adam is caught between the powerful executives he works for and the lovely Hayden, his loyalties are divided. Blue Casino offers Adam a lucrative career where he wouldn’t need his father’s money for the lifestyle he’s accustomed to, but at what cost? Hayden’s silly side shines through when Adam least expects it, charming his jaded heart, and forcing him to face a morality he never knew he had. For the first time in Adam’s life he finds himself yearning for something real, but will he risk losing everything to have it?
Title: New Blue
Author: Jules Barnard
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series or Standalone: Standalone Series (Blue #5)
Standalone series can be both a blessing and a curse.
If you’ve been with them from the beginning, it’s like coming back home and hanging with familiar family. When like me, you jump in at the end of the series, you have the worry that what takes place in book five, will leave you lost considering that there has been 4 books before it.
That did not happen here. While I may not have taken part in reading the first four stories, this one, with the way it read, the way it was written, felt as though I had. The secondary characters here (main characters from previous books), were as familiar to me as the main characters of Adam and Hayden were. It was like coming home. Being with old friends and it made what was already a pretty great book even more enjoyable.
I think what really worked for me here, beside the more suspenseful and intriguing angle of trying to figure out just what was being hidden from Hayden, was the way in which it was handled. The speed of it, drawn out in all the right areas, as well as pieces being dropped at what felt like the perfect times.
Add to that, the slow burn of Adam and Hayden’s attraction turned into romance, and the history that we find out they share and just how deep it runs and this is definitely a book that based on the blurb alone, I took the chance on.
It was refreshing to have a heroine that came off strong instead of weak. Was determined despite growing feelings for the man she wasn’t sure she could entirely trust, to get answers and do the right thing by not only herself, but the other innocent people she worked for so that the cloud that was hanging over her companies head, wouldn’t remain.
And Adam, while at certain times coming across like a lot of guys in stories, being more than that. Almost a puzzle in his own right. A puzzle that only a woman like Hayden could figure out. Getting to see different sides of him was an absolute treat given the way you see him in the beginning and I was hooked on him, and these two right from the start.
But hands down I think for me is the fact that while this series is coming to a close with this book, some of the characters present in this one will be getting their own. Which means, we haven’t quite seen the end of this group yet and even though this is my first go round with this author and these characters, I for one can’t wait to see where she takes Adam’s brothers next.
My thanks to the author and all others involved for letting me read an ARC of this story. Adam and Hayden’s journey was one, that while not always easy, was one that I’m so thankful that I got to be a part of.
Now where do I snag me an Adam? ;)
About the Author
Before turning to storytelling, Jules earned a master’s degree in public health 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.