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Giveaway Review BAREFOOT BY THE SEA by ROXANNE ST CLAIRE @roxannestclaire @ForeverRomance

 October 29, 2013

A Barefoot Bay Novel

When you think you know your heart's desire . . . 

Tessa Galloway is a gifted nurturer-her verdant garden at Barefoot Bay's new resort is living proof. If only the woman who can grow anything could grow what she wants most: a baby. Her friends think the right guy will come along, but Tessa doesn't want to wait. All she needs is the perfect donor to make her dream come true. Then John Brown is hired at the resort. If anyone could make beautiful babies, it's this gorgeous, mysterious man. So why does Tessa suddenly find herself wanting so much more?

Can you give up all your dreams for love?

It's been three long years since John Brown had to leave his old life. Forced into the witness protection program, he's desperate to be reunited with his toddler twins. When he gets that chance, there's a catch-he must prove he's got a steady job and a new wife. Landing a gig as a chef in Barefoot Bay is easy enough. And falling for lovely Tessa is even easier. The hard part? Can he win the heart of a woman who prizes honesty-when the truth may shatter it?

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About the Author

First published in 2003, Roxanne St. Claire is a RITA® Award-winning author of thirty novels, including her bestselling Bullet Catchers and Guardian Angelinos series. Her critically acclaimed books have been published in numerous languages and recognized with multiple awards including the National Readers' Choice Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and the HOLT Medallion, all for best romantic suspense. She currently lives on the east coast of Florida with her husband and two teenagers.

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My Thoughts
Loved it

Tessa has a serious case of Baby Lust so much so, that she is asking random, albeit handsome, strangers in bars about their DNA.  When said handsome stranger is falling in lust with her, she starts asking about his medical history, which of course, is a known lust-killer.  The handsome stranger turns out to be a chef with a PAST.  John Brown, aka Ian Browning, aka handsome stranger, applies for a job at the Casa Blanca resort where Tess is in charge of the gardens.  With the "help" of her friends and co-owners, Tess must face her PAST and in turn John must face his.  

There is a serious chemistry between the two and as you get to know John/Ian, he begins to grow on you.  His sordid past is not that sordid and I developed a strong sympathy for him. I mean what isn't there to love about him.  He knows his way around a kitchen and loves kids.  I did wonder if he was just too perfect on the inside and was afraid that Tess would never know about it since he was forced to keep that a secret. But there is a twist in the plot and what seems impossible becomes just what Tessa wants but now for all the wrong reasons.  Vague?  I know -- go read the book.  Sigh.  

The friendship between Tess and her girls is full of laughs.  You really want to meet these girls and hang out with them. There is also an undercurrent of tension there as well, since the four have combined to create a resort worthy of four star destination weddings.  Between that and the back story of John, the balance between light-hearted fun and serious consequences is well done.   I have read the whole series and each book does stand alone, but it is better to read them in order.  This is just a wonderful romance that will take you away.  If you enjoy Jill Shalvis or Robyn Carr.

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  1. I am a huge fan of Roxanne St. Claire's Barefoot Bay series. Carly Phillips' highly recommended the first book so I thought I'd give it a try. All I can say is WOW! This woman knows how to write. Her characters are full of every emotion...laughter, humor, sadness with a little bit of sex thrown into the mix. Each story just pulls at your heart and by the end of the 4th book I felt like these people were my friends. Read these books. You will not be disappointed.

  2. I love this series! There is something magical about the Barefoot Bay series and Mimosa Key, that makes you want to revisit it again and again with each book. So if you’re looking for a great read with lovable characters, witty dialogue and a compelling story pick up a copy of each of these today!

  3. I'm a big fan of Roxie's writing. I met her at RWA-NY and found her to be gracious and funny. I have the last book on hold at the library, but it would be so much nicer to actually own the complete set.

  4. I've read all the Barefoot Bay series books and loved them all. Each book deals with something deeper than just a light story, some hit close to home. Be sure to check her past romantic suspense series' as well. You won't be disappointed.

  5. I love this series and am super excited to read Tessa's story. The setting for this series is so beautiful so it will be great going back again!

  6. This series rocks! It really makes a person feel good after reading each one. I cannot wait for the spinoff!

  7. I enjoy the Barefoot Bay series and would love to read this book. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. Love the Barefoot Bay series. I loved the story of Tessa and Ian. It was great to revisit with the other girl friends too.

  9. I won the last Barefoot Bay book on Goodreads and I was immediately hooked by Roxanne's writing. She's so incredibly talented.

  10. these would be great to have to read in the cold weather to help warm me up

  11. Roxanne is a new author for me, but this giveaway would be a great way to be introduced to her work.

  12. I've heard a lot about this author but have never read any of her books! I hope I get the opportunity!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. This is my favorite book in St. Claire's Barefoot Bay series. Love the way you wrote up the post...very enticing. If I hadn't read the book already, I would have because of the vague nature of this post. You don't give anything away :)

    How could you not fall in love with John/Ian? I fell from the word tattoo in! I love that he was a much deeper character than you think when you first meet him. And, Tessa is just a great match for him.

    Peace and love,
    Paula R.

  14. Paula -- I wrote out three paragraphs of spoilers just to get it out of my system and then I deleted them all. . I LOVE her writing. There are certain authors I can always pick up and know I will love the book and Roxanne St Claire is one of them.

  15. I would love to be the lucky recipient of these books.

  16. Looks like a great book and series! Thanks for sharing

  17. I love Roxanne's books, and would love to win. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  18. I've been looking to read this series!! Sounds like a lovely romance. :)

  19. I have a tendacy to read romances during the holiday season.

  20. I have a tendacy to read romances during the holiday season.

  21. I love all of Roxanne's book but this was by far my favorite...two souls found each other...One who wanted desperately sought out a missing link in her life, and the other trying to piece his life back together...He knows and want to trust her...but can she do the same. What a lovely story..Roxanne St. Claire sweeps you away with this series of Barefoot Bay where you find these ingredients of....Love, Friendship, Heart, Understanding, Forgiveness, and above all Family the closeness of that is key...The characters in these books are real and you feel that that,,,

  22. I love her books and would really enjoy reading these. Thanks for having the giveaway.


  23. Love this series!! I have read this book and it's so good and will bring you to tears at least a couple times.

    Lisa B

  24. I loved all of the Barefoot Bay books... there's gonna be more!!!
    Every one of the girls Lacey, Jocelyn, Zoe and Tessa have their own unique very well developed story. Every one pulled me in and I resented each time I had to put it down!
    I'm giving 2 of my friends a 4 book series for Christmas!

  25. I love the Barefoot Bay books and so glad there's a new one! I also hope there will be more to come. Roxanne has a masterful writing style that will always put her on the front burner of my eReader!

  26. I am a big fan of Roxanne and love this series. Each book has been unique and full of charm. They will make you laugh, and might even make you cry but they are worth the read! This is a series I would read again and again. So glad to hear there will be more from Barefoot Bay!

  27. I'm just about to start reading barefoot in the sun - big fan of her books

  28. Would love to win and read! Thanks!

  29. Would love to read this book. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  30. I am a huge fan and proud owner of Rocki's Bulletproof and Guardian Angelino's series. I haven't read any of her books in this series yet though (hangs head in shame) so I really hope to win!

  31. This sounds like a good series and one I will enjoy. Barefoot By The Sea has good multi faceted characters while should make the story that much richer.
    Thanks for participating in the giveaway.

  32. Rocki is such an amazing person. So sassy and clever. I just love her. Her books take me to another life and I love those hours where I'm living on a beach instead of in the cold lol


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