by Jules Barnard
Series: Blue #4
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Novella, Romance
Publication Date: April 16, 2015 by Self-Published
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In the Blue Series, love in Lake Tahoe means looking beneath the surface.
He’s hiding a secret. She won’t settle for less.
Nessa Villanueva is tired of watching Zach Elliott go through women, while keeping her strictly in the friend zone. 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…
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This is a very short novella that I wish had been made into a full-length novella. When I was reading the previous books in this series, I was very intrigued by Zach and Nessa and I wanted to know more about them. I finally did and while the story was great, I wanted more of it. I feel like it might have been a bit rushed. This book is a very quick read. I read it in less than an hour. Even though it’s a novella, it still was a very well-developed filled with humor and of course, some steamy scenes.
Zach is the type of guy that just sleeps around and doesn’t like to settle down with just one woman. Nessa has fallen in love with him and it has been a year and still, she only feels like Zach treats her like his little sister. Nessa finally explodes and lets Zach knows that she hates being treated like a child, that she wants to be treated like a grown woman. Zach has a dirty secret and Nessa keeps asking questions about it, about why is there this specific woman visiting him each month. Zach hates lying to her but he wants his secret to stay just that, a secret. Zach is in love with Nessa but this secret of his is on the way—a secret that could ruin what they have.
I’m so happy that Nessa was the one to make a move and boy she owned that move. I will say that I considered her previous outbursts to be childish but then I realized that she had been holding her feelings inside and she just finally said, “No more.” I think anyone in her position would burst one day. I’m glad that Zach and Nessa were very close friends. I love the friends-to-lovers kind of story. Not only did we get to read about these two, but characters from the previous story made an appearance and it was fun to read about them. Not only that, it gave an opening to New Blue, the fifth book in the Blue series.
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