Barefoot In The Sand
Roxanne St. Claire
A Barefoot Bay Novel, #1
Forever/Grand Centeral Publishing
April 24, 2012
Amazon | BN
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When all you hold dear is taken away . . .
When a hurricane roars through Lacey Armstrong’s home on the coast of Barefoot Bay, she decides all that remains in the rubble is opportunity. A new hotel is just what Mimosa Key needs, and Lacey and her teenage daughter are due for a fresh start. And nothing, especially not a hot, younger architect, is going to distract Lacey from finally making her dreams a reality.
A second chance is the only thing you have left.
Love has already cost Clay Walker everything. And if he’s going to have any chance of picking up the pieces of his life, he needs the job as Lacey Armstrong’s architect. What’s not in the plans is falling for the headstrong beauty. Her vision of the future is more appealing than anything he could have ever drafted for himself. Will Clay’s designs on Lacey’s heart be more than she can handle, or will she trust him to build something that will last forever?
About The Author:
ROXANNE ST. CLAIRE is a New York Times Bestselling author of nearly thirty novels of romance and suspense. The author of two very popular suspense series, the Bullet Catchers and the Guardian Angelinos, her most recent release is a full-length stand-alone romantic suspense novel, Space In His Heart.
A five-time nominee and one-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award for the best in romantic fiction, Roxanne’s books have also been awarded the National Readers Choice Award for best romantic suspense for two consecutive years as well as the Daphne du Maurier award, the Booksellers Best Award, the Award of Excellence, the Maggie, the Holt Medallion and many more. Her novel, The Sins of His Past, was selected as the Borders Top Pick in Romance for 2007, and will be reissued this March as part of the “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” trilogy from Harlequin. Roxanne’s books have been published in dozens of countries and are routinely featured as selections in the Doubleday and Rhapsody book clubs.
Space In His Heart is her first independently published novel, a never-before-released thriller about a Navy fighter pilot turned astronaut and the PR superstar who sends his heart to the moon. This spring, a brand new contemporary romance series set on a fictional island off the coast of Florida begins with the April 2012 release of Barefoot In The Sand. In addition, Roxanne has stories in multiple anthologies throughout 2012 and her entire backlist is available in electronic versions. This summer, her first Young Adult novel, Don’t You Wish, will be released in hardcover.
Never reading a Roxanne St. Claire novel before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was happy to learn, though, that this is the first book in a series, so I was getting to start fresh with both a new-to-me author and a brand new series. My surprise? I loved both the book and the author’s skills! Ms. St. Claire took humor, single parenthood and fun loving characters, whipped them together with a rocking great plot line and turned out a batch of fantastic reading.
Lacey Armstrong is a character that I can totally relate with. She’s a single mom, doing her best to make ends meet for her and her 14 year old daughter, Ashley. I’m a single mom of two boys doing the same thing. Each struggle she went through, I felt as if it was my struggle because I knew exactly how Lacey felt. When a cat-5 hurricane sweeps through Mimosa Key, however, I couldn’t relate to the pain and devastation that Lacey and Ashley felt. But, grateful to be alive, the make the best of it, and Lacey decides it’s the chance to begin her true dreams of building a B & B.
Clayton “Clay” Walker enters the picture and whoa! Holy smokes, that is one hot architect! Or atleast Lacey felt like he was. Trouble is, he’s not who she wanted for the job. But, Clay wants to be the one that works on this dream of Lacey and show her that there is so much more to be gained that just a simple 5 room B&B. He wants to show her the fun of living life and not worrying. But, will his past hinder that or will he be able to move on and show Lacey that love can conquer all, barefoot in the sand? Or, will he be able to show Lacey that he’s the guy to get the girl, and not her ex, David?
From fun loving Casablanca quotes to laughable moments with 4 college girlfriends to steamy spark-flying romance, Ms. St. Claire has hit a home run in my book with this awesome 5 Book worthy series debut. I didn’t want the story to end, and I wanted to find myself waking up on Barefoot Bay beach next to a hunky architect and lots of great friends! But, sadly, it ended and I had to wake up to my life :). The good news is, it’s not the end! I can’t wait to read the next installment in this awesome new series from a new favorite author!