The sultry Florida weather has nothing on Roxanne St. Claire when it comes to cranking up the heat!
Six months later, with only an insurance check and a dream, Lacey contacts an architect to help her rebuild her home and turn it into a B&B.
When hot-as-hell Clay Walker – son of the architect she wanted to hire – shows up and offers to do the work for free, Lacey is full of misgivings but eventually gets swept up in his vision of building a resort.
Unfortunately, the island Lacey lives on is firmly stuck in the 1950s with one family influencing all zoning decisions – a family that owns the only tourist accommodation on the island and wants to keep it that way.
I’ve been looking forward to Barefoot in the Sand for months, ever since I wandered onto Roxanne St. Claire’s website and saw she was bringing out a contemporary romance series. As a fan of her romantic suspense novels, I couldn’t wait to see what she would do with my favorite romance genre. And I wasn’t disappointed.
Roxanne St. Claire writes some of the hottest heroes in romance, and Clay Walker’s no exception. A southern boy with the soft accent to prove it, Clay is a charmer with a kind and gentle heart.
Lacey felt incredibly real to me. She’s resilient enough to save her daughter from a hurricane, yet vulnerable enough to gain the reader’s sympathy. She’s been on her own since having her daughter. At nearly 37, she longs for a partner, and maybe another baby. Being a single mom is hard enough, but losing everything and having to completely rebuild her life leaves absolutely no time for romance.
Both Lacey and Clay have been seriously burned by loved ones, and both find it difficult to believe they could have a lasting relationship. Add the fact that Lacey’s seven years older than Clay, and the conflict mounts quickly.
But so does the sexual tension. Yowza! Book me a flight to the Keys!
Lacey has three friends with equally painful pasts, and I’m really excited to see how they get their happily ever afters as this series progresses.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars