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BAREFOOT DREAMS (BAREFOOT BAY: UNDERCOVER) BY ROXANNE ST. CLAIRE
Release Date: February 7, 2017
A wedding day in Barefoot Bay is always joyous and exciting, but when the groom is none other than superspy bad boy Gabriel Rossi, the frenzy factor is high. Maybe that's the reason his beloved bride-to-be, Lila Wickham, wakes on her wedding day in a cold sweat from a bad, bloody dream.
As much as she wants to wipe away the memory and focus on the happiest day of her life, it soon becomes apparent that the dream heralds unhappiness—and tragedy. Terrified but determined, Lila knows she only has hours to take action against the daunting odds facing her son. But she's not alone anymore—she has Gabe at her back. And when it comes to defending the people he loves, there's no one fiercer than Gabe Rossi.
One single day, one embattled couple—one last shadow to dispel before they become the family they were always meant to be.
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REVIEW: BAREFOOT DREAMS (BAREFOOT BAY: UNDERCOVER) BY ROXANNE ST. CLAIRE
Barefoot Dreams by Roxanne St. Claire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
ARC Review: Barefoot Dreams (Barefoot Bay: Undercover) by Roxanne St. Claire
These lovebirds have seen their share of dark days, but having made it through the storm, their love is stronger than ever. Looking forward to a future filled with happiness and blue skies Gabe and Lila are on the verge of having it all. Love, family and a long, peaceful life together. That is if they can survive the wedding. A dark dream puts an eerie pall on what's meant to be a happy day. Lila's dream wedding, quickly becomes her worst nightmare. Can the bond they built survive their biggest storm yet? Barefoot Dreams is a whirlwind of dramatic action and suspenseful danger that will leave readers rooting for the hero at every turn. Complicated, emotional, mysterious and exciting. Roller coaster romance, all the way.
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BAREFOOT BOUND (BAREFOOT BAY UNDERCOVER) BY ROXANNE ST. CLAIRE
Barefoot Bound is the prequel novella (100 pages, no cliffhanger) that kicks off Roxanne St. Claire’s spinoff series, Barefoot Bay Undercover.
Former spy and current bad boy Gabriel Rossi is headed to Barefoot Bay to start and run a new covert operation, but before he goes, he has some business to take care of up in Boston. Family business. With the Rossi and Angelino family, that means there will be laughter, love, food, and forgiveness…and the possibility someone is in danger.
On the eve of his departure, Gabe learns that his grandfather, Nino, might be in some serious trouble. Gabe will stop at nothing to help the man he considers his best friend, even if that means risking his own life to save Nino’s. But even Gabe might not be sly and smart enough to protect Nino from the one thing that could really hurt this sweet old man…a broken heart.
So, before you slip off your shoes and go all the way undercover, get to know Gabriel Rossi, the hero at the heart of Barefoot Bay Undercover.
BAREFOOT WITH THE BODYGUARD (BAREFOOT BAY UNDERCOVER) BY ROXANNE ST. CLAIRE
The Barefoot Bay Undercover Series
Introducing Barefoot Bay Undercover, a romantic adventure series set on the tropical beaches of Barefoot Bay. When former CIA consultant Gabe Rossi creates a secret “privatized witness protection” operation hidden within the security firm at the local resort, things get a little more suspenseful on the island paradise. Gabe’s clients need to keep a low profile and stay safe while he helps them create new identities...and, sometimes, they find love. (To find out how Gabe started the operation, be sure to read the series prequel novella, Barefoot Bound.)
Barefoot with a Bodyguard – book one in the series
About to take the bar exam after ending a five-year marriage that derailed her career plans and her life, Kate Kingston craves independence and a vacation. Somewhere warm with sea breezes, sunshine, sand...and no scary threats against her that have been showing up in her dad’s office. Barefoot Bay is the perfect place for some serenity while she studies and puts her life back together. But when she meets the brooding wall of muscle her father hired to protect her, Kate feels her hard won independence slipping away as fast as her resolve to avoid men who wield power over her.
Mixed martial arts trainer Alec Petrov has been on the run for a long time. Guarding a feisty attorney-to-be while pretending to be her husband is not a bad way to live off the grid, hidden from the Russian mobster who is hunting Alec with deadly intent. But Kate brings out a tender side Alec doesn't understand, or believe he deserves, and he soon realizes that keeping them both safe is only half the challenge. Keeping his hands off her and his attraction under control will be every bit as difficult in the close quarters of an exclusive resort.
When their make-believe honeymoon in paradise turns sensual, complicated, and dangerous, Alec and Kate realize it’s not just their lives that are in jeopardy, it’s their hearts. And they’ll have to fight to the end to save each other…and their love.
REVIEW: BAREFOOT WITH THE BODYGUARD (BAREFOOT BAY UNDERCOVER) BY ROXANNE ST. CLAIRE
Barefoot with a Bodyguard by Roxanne St. Claire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
On the run, Alec is fighting circumstances beyond his control. Trying to stay one step ahead of the game. He never saw Kate coming. With exciting characters and an intriguing story-line Barefoot with The Bodyguard is an adrenaline pumping thrill ride. Every twist and turn takes you deeper into a world of suspense and darkness that is so mysterious you have to find out more. By the time I finished this story I knew I had to read the next. Am loving this series so far.
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BAREFOOT WITH A STRANGER (BAREFOOT BAY UNDERCOVER) BY ROXANNE ST. CLAIRE
Introducing Barefoot Bay Undercover, a romantic adventure series set on the tropical beaches of Barefoot Bay. When former CIA consultant Gabe Rossi creates a secret “privatized witness protection” operation hidden within the security firm at the local resort, things get a little more suspenseful on the island paradise. Gabe’s clients all need to run, hide, or transform themselves…and, sometimes, they find love.
Barefoot with a Stranger is the second book in the Undercover series, and this one features Gabe’s younger sister, Francesca Rossi, who teams up with a former military man, Malcolm Harris, to launch a search for a child living in Cuba who they believe is Gabe’s son. Like all the books in the Barefoot Bay Undercover series, this novel is blend of romance and suspense, full of heart-stopping action and heart-wrenching emotion.
“Chessie” Rossi is the youngest in a long-line of bad asses, yet she’s pretty certain the risk-taking genes didn’t make it to her. More comfortable behind a computer screen, Chessie has to conquer her fears to help her beloved brother, Gabe, who is forbidden by the government to step foot in Cuba. On her way to Florida to help Gabe, Chessie meets a sexy stranger and when all the flights out are shut down due to weather, their unplanned overnight stay in a hotel becomes an unexpected sexual encounter that leaves them both rocked to the core. They part as strangers…but meet the next day as partners on an assignment neither one wants but both know they must take.
Gabe enlisted help for his sister from a close friend who is far too familiar with Cuba’s terrain. Mal Harris was a guard at the Guantanamo Bay prison when Gabe was there working as a consultant to the CIA. They both saw things they knew were wrong, and teamed up to do something about it. After they did, the CIA targeted both of them. They can’t nail Gabe unless he comes into the country of Cuba, but they were able to put Mal in a Federal Prison for four years on trumped-up treason charges. He’s out now, but they’re after him. Still, he’s the only person who can help Chessie.
Determined to join efforts to help someone they love, Mal and Chessie are thrust together in a thrilling chase to find a missing child, all the while fighting the attraction that draws them together. Once they lose that battle, they soon realize that their lives will only be complete with each other. The only problem, one of them is going to have to put their life on the line to save Gabe’s son.
Roxanne St. Claire’s roots in romantic suspense come to full bloom in this new series that combines the best of her popular Barefoot Bay contemporary novels with her well-loved thrillers featuring bodyguards and investigators. Readers can expect a page-turning read that sweeps them away to sun-washed beaches and tropical settings, stealing their breath with action and their hearts with romance.
REVIEW: BAREFOOT WITH A STRANGER (BAREFOOT BAY UNDERCOVER) BY ROXANNE ST. CLAIRE
Barefoot with a Stranger by Roxanne St. Claire
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
In the past few months I have gotten more and more into romantic suspense. That is largely thanks to authors like Roxanne St. Claire. Specifically through the Barefoot Bay Undercover series. Her heroine's are normal people put in situations they never expect to face. For me that is a crucial to these stories. It allows the character to prove to themselves what they are capable of and it allows the reader to take that journey with them. I am also a fan of a woman not playing the victim or the damsel in distress. Barefoot with a Stranger in Francesca has a smart girl thrust into an adventure she never saw coming. An adventure born out of love, leads to her finding answers, falling in love and standing on her own. Ms. St. Claire created two characters that complimented each other in personality and the chemistry was heated no matter how you slice it. A really good read. I received an ARC of Barefoot with a Stranger in exchange for an honest review.
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BAREFOOT WITH A BAD BOY (BAREFOOT BAY UNDERCOVER) BY ROXANNE ST. CLAIRE
A man who trusts no one is forced to believe the unbelievable...
For years, former spy Gabriel Rossi has been secretly searching for CIA linguist Isadora Winter, a woman he loved and lost long ago. But recently, he learned of her untimely death in an accident...and death of her son named Gabe. Angry, hurt, and uncertain of his next move, Gabe is stunned when a woman he's never met approaches him on the beach and claims to be Isadora. She doesn't look, act, or talk like his beloved Isa, but she knows things about their past that only a lover could know, and she assures him that his son is alive as well. As much as he wants to believe her and knows that in the spy world, anything is possible, doubts and distrust plague him. Still, he sees glimmers of the woman he once knew shine through and she begins to melt his hardened heart.
A woman who is tortured by emotions must endure the pain of love...
Lila Wickham has been working deep undercover for so long that sometimes she's forgotten who she really is. Now that her assignment is over and the surgeries she endured left her utterly changed, she is determined to fix the broken life she left behind and assure that her little boy is safe. With lingering threats from an unknown source and blinding headaches that torment her whenever she feels deep emotion, she seeks Gabe Rossi for help and protection. But instead of setting her up with a new undercover identity, he insists on luring her nemesis to Barefoot Bay so he can end the threat to Lila and her son once and for all.
Can they survive the worst betrayal of all?
Even if they succeed in drawing out the killer who has Lila in his sights, a much more serious threat hovers over them...a treacherous, deadly truth that could not only destory their love but end their lives as well.
REVIEW: BAREFOOT WITH A BAD BOY (BAREFOOT BAY UNDERCOVER) BY ROXANNE ST. CLAIRE
Barefoot with a Bad Boy by Roxanne St. Claire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Reading is believing. This story is marvelous. Barefoot With A Bad Boy answers so many questions about Gabe. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Barefoot With a Bad Boy is the final link in the chain of a series that is laden with suspense, powerful performances by well developed characters and an exceptionally gifted writer. Ms. St. Claire's writing expertise is put on full display with Gabe and Isa. As a reader the more complicated the plot I tend to shy away from but this read just would not let me go. There were so many puzzles I had to solve that it was easy to become wrapped up in this amazing story of love, hope, forgiveness and second chances. This is a mind game worth the trip. This series has exceeded my expectations but I adored this story most because it's a story of how love can survive the worst of circumstances.
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BAREFOOT BAY: UNDERCOVER BY ROXANNE ST. CLAIRE
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I don’t know about you, but when I check out an author's bio, it’s usually because I’ve read a book I liked and wondered about the person behind it. Let's skip the formal bio and I'll give you the inside scoop on who Roxanne St. Claire really is.
First of all, call me Rocki. Everyone does. Evidently, when my mother brought me home from the hospital I seemed too scrawny and small to pull off “Roxanne” (she’d read Cyrano de Bergerac while pregnant or I would have been Judy) so they called me Rocki.
I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, the youngest of five (overachievers, every one), and fell in love with words and stories the summer I read Gone With The Wind. That year, for my twelfth birthday, my parents gave me a typewriter (with italic font – it was the coolest thing) and from that day on, I’ve had my fingers on a keyboard, pounding out love stories for fun. My AP English teacher taught me the two most important lessons an aspiring author ever needs: 1) verbs are the key to life and 2) a writer should get a real job. After attending UCLA and graduating with a degree in communications, I tried acting and television broadcasting. Oh, they aren’t real jobs? I learned that the hard way. I changed my last name from Zink to St. Claire because a news producer told me Roxanne Zink had too many harsh consonants for a TV personality – apparently Katie Couric didn’t get the memo. I got some fun gigs, and even met Tom Hanks when I did a guest appearance on Bosom Buddies. I liked on camera work, but wasn’t too crazy about starvation, so I moved to Boston and got that “real” job. In fact, I placed my foot on the bottom rung of the corporate ladder and didn’t look down until I’d climbed all the way up to the level of Senior Vice President at the world’s largest public relations firm. On the way up, I met the man of my dreams in an elevator. Two years later – in the same elevator! – he asked me to marry him and I wisely said yes.
I stayed in PR, moved to Miami, had a few babies, lost my home in a hurricane, built another one a few hours north and all along, I kept writing my “stories” for fun. One night, I read a particularly fabulous romance novel that changed my life for good. That night, I decided I wanted to make someone else feel as whole and happy as that author made me feel. (Everyone asks! It was Nobody’s Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.) With two small children and one big “real” job, writing my first novel wasn’t easy, but I did finish a manuscript that managed to get the attention of a literary agent. She told me to do one thing and one thing fast: write another book. (The first one is usually a “learner” book, honestly.) That second manuscript sold to Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books and was released in 2003 as Tropical Getaway. Since then, I’ve written almost thirty more, in multiple genres, and long ago replaced the corporate ladder with the rollercoaster of publishing as a full-time novelist. Finally, writing is my real job.
Today, I live in a small beach community in Florida with my husband and two dogs. Our kids are off to college and law school, which means my nest is empty! I spend my time writing, working with the kids at my church, enjoying my husband's gourmet cooking, and hanging with my many writer friends. Of course, I love to read. I’m still crazy about words and stories and hope to write at least a hundred books in my lifetime. And, yes, verbs are the key to life. My favorites? Love. Work. Believe.