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Blue Streak: A Blue Series Novella (Blue) by Jules Barnard

Blue Streak: A Blue Series Novella (Blue) by Jules Barnard

4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
In the Blue Series, love in Lake Tahoe means looking beneath the surface.

Nessa Villanueva is tired of watching Zach Elliott go through women like water, while keeping her strictly in the friend zone. But Zach is hiding a dirty secret, and he’ll do whatever it takes to protect Nessa—even from himself. The trouble is, Zach doesn’t count on Nessa’s determination to break out of their friends-only relationship…

He’s hiding a secret. She won’t settle for less.

Nessa Villanueva is tired of watching Zach Elliott date every woman except her. What Nessa doesn’t know is that Zach secretly puts her on a pedestal.

Zach feels dirty from the long-term affair he’s been having with his mother’s rich friend. Nessa’s too good for him, so he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her at arm’s length and protect her—even from himself.

But Zach doesn’t count on Nessa’s determination to break out of their friends-only relationship and show him how right they are for each other…

Blue Streak: A Blue Series Novella is the 4rd book in the Blue Series. Each book in the Blue Series is a standalone and does not need to be read in order, but characters pop up again so it’s fun to read them sequentially.

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My Review
I’m a big fan of Jules Barnard and couldn’t wait to get my hands on Blue Streak. I love the characters, the setting, the drama-filled relationships she writes and Blue Streak is no exception. This time, we get to spend time with Nessa and Zach. Spunky little Nessa has been one of my favorite characters since the first Blue series book I picked up. It was fun to get inside her head and understand what makes her tick. And what makes her tick is Zach. Since I’ve been wanting a peek inside his head for awhile now, this made me one happy reader. Nessa is as fun-loving as ever as she pines for Zach. Zach’s got a pretty messed up past which drives his non-committal ways.

Because this is a novella, the story moves along at a rather clipped pace and that’s really my only complaint. I would have loved to have spent more time with them, watching the push and pull that Jules Barnard is famous for.

Plot
The plot is a pretty straightforward romance. The chemistry between Zach and Nessa is among the best in the series, so when they finally get together, it’s intense and satisfying. Even though it wasn’t a full-length novel, there was still a couple of subplots that worked well.

Characters
What can I say? I love Zach and Nessa and this was a fun, fast read.

The Ending
Although it came too quickly for me, it was a satisfying conclusion to Zach and Nessa’s story.

Top Five Things I Love About  Blue Streak
1. Nessa. I just adore her spunky personality.

2. Zach. He’s been my favorite character for a couple of books now, and now I know why.

3. Zach’s Dad. He’s far from perfect, but the way he’s still so devoted to Zach’s mom just slays me.

4. Mira. Still love her.

5. Hot Tubs. One of the steamiest scenes I’ve read that didn’t involve sex (although it comes soon after 🙂 ).

Bottom Line
Blue Streak is a worthy addition to the Blue series. I only wish it was longer!

Disclaimer
I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Book
Title:
 Blue Streak
Series: Blue #4
Author: Jules Barnard
Release Date: April 16, 2015
Pages: 114
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Author Jules Barnard

Author Jules Barnard

About the Author
Jules Barnard is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended UC Davis, whose college landscape often finds its way into her New Adult novels. She has a Master’s degree 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.

Where to Find Jules Barnard
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