by Roxanne St. Claire
Published by Hachette Book Group on October 29, 2013
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
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"Pack this one in your beach bag and get ready for nonstop fun."
--- Susan Mallery, New York Times bestselling author, on Barefoot in the Sand
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?
Barefoot by the Sea is the final book of the Barefoot Bay series and the one I was waiting for. If anyone deserves a happily ever after ending it is Tessa Galloway. After a painful divorce and disappointment in being unable to conceive Tessa has given up on falling in love. Instead her focus is on having a baby through a surrogate. But her plans get an unwanted distraction the moment she meets John Brown. He’s mysterious, sexy and has “bad boy” written all over him. He is trouble but she can’t help fight the attraction. For John the attraction is mutual but he is keeping a painful secret that can destroy their chances of happiness. Ultimately it comes down to fighting for love and family, but who will they choose? You have to read this to find out!
Roxanne St. Claire’s Barefoot Bay series is one of my favorite series. There is romance, friendship and humor that kept me coming back for more. Barefoot by the Sea was everything I expected from this author. The romance between Tessa and John was steamy and heartfelt. The ladies (Lacey, Jocelyn, Zoe and Tessa) still have a strong friendship and are supportive to one another. And there are the hilarious moments, thanks to the always crazy Zoe, that had me laughing out loud.
“Sperrrrrm.” Zoe made a disgusted face, her gaze drifting over the action in the bar. “Couldn’t man’s life force have a more inviting name? You know, like chocolate or Cabernet?”
The only problem I had was there were times the pace of the story was slow. Tessa and John have both had heartache so there was a lot of time spent on their indecision. I don’t want to spoil it but they both have hard choices to make that will impact everyone they love. Be sure to grab a tissue because there are some tear jerker moments!
Barefoot by the Sea is the final book of the series but it can be read as a standalone. But I recommend you read all the books in order to truly understand the strong bond between these ladies. Trust me you will fall in love with Barefoot Bay! I look forward to reading the spinoff series Barefoot Bay Brides and The Barefoot Billionaires.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2015 Reading Assignment
- COYER Winter 2014-2015