“When 36-year old Lacey Armstrong lost her home and all its contents in a Florida hurricane, she thought it was a chance to not only start over again with her 14-year old daughter but an opportunity to fulfill one of her dreams. Lacey decided to use her insurance proceeds to build her Bed &...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“When 36-year old Lacey Armstrong lost her home and all its contents in a Florida hurricane, she thought it was a chance to not only start over again with her 14-year old daughter but an opportunity to fulfill one of her dreams. Lacey decided to use her insurance proceeds to build her Bed & Breakfast, something she'd wanted to do since inheriting the house from her grandparents. The architect who showed up was not the elder gentleman on the website but his son, 29-year old Clay Walker, a man on a mission to get this project no matter what. And, he's got a much bigger vision for Lacey and the project.
This is the first story in the new Barefoot Bay series and it is a winner. I loved everything about it, from the four women who have been best friends since freshman year of college, the setting in the town of Mimosa Key off the Gulf Coast, the offbeat people who live in the town to the conflicts Lacey faced following the loss of her home. Her romance with Clay is unconventional, fraught with issues and off-the-charts steamy, all the while juggling the challenges of a teen-aged daughter and a relationship from her past. Clay is pretty complicated and figuring him out was an interesting journey, too. I loved how the friendship between the women is so embedded in each of the characters without being inauthentic and predictable. They share a lot and support each other but they still have a fair amount of secrets individually that are yet to be discovered.
I'm really not a fan of love triangles but the one in this story was maturely presented. I always knew everyone's true feelings but wasn't always certain of the outcome because of outside pressures and factors. Lacey and Clay were pretty honest with themselves, if not always as open and straightforward with each other. I also liked how their age difference was handled, sometimes messy and at other times it being inconsequential.
There are a lot of characters in the story but all were pretty well fleshed out and strongly contributed to the storyline. The town is pretty small so everyone knows each other, their back stories and private agendas, which made them even more interesting. The story is really well written without falling into the trap of using well worn love triangle angst. I loved the story, am really excited about the rest of the series and cannot wait to start the next book.
(I received an ARC from NetGalley)”
“***original review posted at Romancing Rakes For the Love of Romance [reviewed by Jamie]***
Lacey Armstrong survived a hurricane in a bathtub with her teenage daughter Ashley. With her home completely destroyed she decides that it is the perfect time to fulfill her dream of build a bed and breakfast. That is until a hot, young architect shows up with his washboard abs and tries to change her mind.
Clay Walker has no designs on love even if he finds himself attracted to the redhead with killer curves. The only thing he wants to design is Lacey’s B & B, but his vision is more of a resort. But not only does he have to fight Lacey for a chance to prove himself but also the town who is against the idea of a large resort.
As if facing the town council isn’t scary enough, Lacey is facing the possibility of falling for Clay. However, Ashley doesn’t like that thought and decides to call for back up, her dad. David has been out exploring the world for as long as Ashley has been alive but now has decided to be a father, and get Lacey to love him again.
Good thing Clay has the support of Lacey’s friends because even though he says he doesn’t want love he can’t seem to stop thinking about the sexy redhead. Now he just has to win her over, beat the town council and get in the good graces of a fourteen year old girl.
“Here’s all you have to know about me, Lacey.” He brushed her knuckles with his fingertips, ostensibly to underscore the point he was about to make, but the touch sent chills up her skin and made her curl her toes around the barstool. “I don’t believe in obstacles, barriers, roadblocks, or anything else that says I can’t. I get what I want and I don’t quit until I have it. Now, can I have the job to design and build your resort?”
There was much going on that it almost took away from the story. I really wanted it to focus more on Lacey and Clay and their relationship especially with Lacey’s issue of their age difference. I really enjoyed Clay and Lacey but I wished more time was spent on just them.
So, not only did you have Lacey and Clay’s issues but also you had Clay and his daddy issues, Ashley and her daddy issues, exes showing up and three best friends with issues of their own. It’s a lot to keep tract of. Towards the middle of the book was when I really got into it. It was a good read, not one of my favorites but it would be a great beach read.
***review copy provided by Netgalley***”
“Roxanne St. Claire’s newest novel starts out with a bang! Maybe it should be called a roar! In either case Lacey Armstrong is trying to save her daughter Ashley’s life, as well as her own! She is in the middle of a hurricane, in the rickety beach house left to her by her Grandparents. It’s the only home she and her daughter have, and it’s falling apart around them. She drags them into a huge heavy bath tub, pulls a mattress over them, and rides out the storm. When the storm is gone, all that’s left is Lacey, Ashley, and the bath tub. Here the adventure begins.
Lacey sees this as a chance to start over, to do what she really wants with her life, baking and a lovely Bed and Breakfast on the shores of Barefoot Bay. The story has so many ups and downs, I don’t want to give any spoilers, but the cast of characters in her life deserve a mention! We have Clay the “almost architect” with serious family and love issues. He’s willing to do her dream for free, and he’s also gorgeous with lots of muscles! Her three best friends in the world Jocelyn, the life coach, Zoe the wanderer, and Tessa newly divorced, organic gardener, enter the adventure. Then, David. He ran out of Lacey’s life fourteen years ago, after telling her to have an abortion, and come to Patagonia with him. Obvious how that turned out! He has returned a successful chef, changed his name to Fox, and wants back in Ashley and Lacey’s life. Mix in small town characters, friend and foe, and you have a very delightful story! I’m very happy that this is going to be a series. After reading the preview for Jocelyn’s story I can’t wait!!
“I give kudos to Roxanne for venturing into the contemporary romance world, a job well done!
I have to admit, I prefer the scary stuff though just a tad. I'm not sure if that's just a generalization of my tastes or of her writing, but it didn't make me want more romance versus the edge-of-your-seat suspense. I just keep thinking back to her earlier books I have read and wished it was more like that.
With that said, if I hadn't been such a fan of the Guardian Angelinos series, without those thoughts I would have enjoyed it more. I realize that too.
I liked the story, it was quite charming with the setting... minus the hurricane.... and the love triangle was nice. I found it a little predictable, but those who read my reviews know in a romance, I like predictability.
So in all afterthought, I like it. I think Roxanne did a good job venturing out of scaryland, and I would give another book a go. ”
“Lacey Armstrong and her daughter, Ashley are lucky to be alive. They have just survived Hurricane Damien. Now, Lacey and Ashley have to rebuld their lives. This means a brand new start for Lacey. She can finally build the bed and breakfast that she wanted.
Clay Walker is trying to make a name for himself and break away from his father's shadow. This is why, when Clay hears that Lacey needs a contractor, he knows he is the right man for the job. This will be his opportunity to show what he can do both in and outside the bedroom.
It has been a while since I have read anything by this author. Barefoot in the Sand is a fun, flirty, summer, beach read! It has your usual...hot, sexy male love interest, drama, and a happy ending. No surprises but sometimes not being suprised is a good thing. I know I am not complaining about Clay. He could have appeared in the nude or semi nude state though out this whole book. Some one that did not do it for me was David. I did not really see the point in him returning. Yes, I applaud him for wanting to have a daughter-father relationship but I was not buying into the romance aspect or David's effort of trying to start one with Lacey.
Lacey had to grow on me. I did not like all her negative attitude in the beginning. She was mean to Clay and I thought she was the one that was acting like a child and needed to grow up. Another thing is that I wanted to see more romance between Lacey and Clay. This was the whole reason for this book. While, I did appreciate that was not just a fluffy romance novel, I am just saying for me that I wanted more romance. Again, not a bad book and a nice start to a new series from this author. I will probably check out the next book in the Barefoot Bay series, Barefoot in the Rain.”