Monday, March 28, 2016

Release Blitz, Eliza's Review & Giveaway: New Blue by Jules Barnard


New Blue by Jules Barnard 
Publication Date: March 28, 2016 
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance


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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?

Enemies to lovers is always a trope that always excites me, so you can imagine after reading the blurb to New Blue, I was keen to dive in.

Hayden Tate is a woman with a past. So much so that an incident at sixteen sent her fleeing her home town of Lake Tahoe. Eleven years later, she’s back. No longer the timid girl she was when she left, she’ll need to call on her newfound strength to survive working in a male dominated and competitive environment like Blue Casino.

Adam Cade embodies everything Hayden resents. Rich, entitled and newest member of the Blue Stars. Told from alternate POV, we actually see a different side to Adam than Hayden does. The last thing Adam want to do is be dependant on his father. Determined to make his own way in the world he is more than happy to take is place among the Blue Stars without asking too many questions about their practices.

Initially we under the impression Hayden’s dislike of Adam comes from what his underserved fast track up the career ladder. We soon learn their history goes deeper and is more personal than that.

As someone who hasn’t read any of the previous books in the series, I was reliant on pieces of information garnered throughout the novel. Personally, it didn't impact on my ability to relate to Hayden and Adam’s story. I have to confess it did grate slightly the amount of friendly advice given. I love to see my couple work out their differences without so much outsider intrusion.

Conflict arises as Hayden and Adam’s relationship takes on a more the professional turn and he tries to protect Hayden from what he discovers is a seedy side to the Casino’s dealings. For me conflict translates into good reading. 

Although not as gritty as I usually like and leaning more to the side of PG, overall I found New Blue a more than enjoyable read.

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About Jules Barnard: 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.


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