Thursday, December 10, 2015

Review: "Barefoot in White (The Barefoot Bay Brides)" by Roxanne St. Clair

Meet the Barefoot Brides -- three destination wedding planners who are experts at arranging dreamy "I do's" but haven't found their own happily ever after...yet. All that's about to change in Barefoot Bay, a beloved tropical setting for heartbreak and happiness from New York Times bestselling author Roxanne St. Claire. 

Willow Ambrose has fought a battle with the scale for much of her life, but she has finally won the war. She hasn’t just cut calories -- she’s cut all ties to her past, too, and successfully carved out a new body and a new life. But when she comes face to face with someone who left an indelible mark on her heart years before, all that threatens to crumble. 

Navy SEAL Nick Hershey is on medical leave, doing a friend a favor as a stand in “man of honor” at a beach wedding. He might not be that interested in the nuptials, but the wedding planner catches his eye the minute they meet. When he realizes Willow is a girl he knew in college -- and a girl he unintentionally hurt to the core -- he knows he has some making up to do. 

Willow has learned how to beat every temptation...but Nick’s sweet as candy kisses just might be the one thing she can’t resist. However, the closer they get, the more the past threatens to tear them apart. Nick and Willow learn the hard way that they can’t change history, but does that mean they won’t have a future? 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

My Review:
I loved Barefoot in White. Second chance romances are some of my favorites and Roxanne St. Clair spins a great one. Neither Nick nor Willow expected to run into the other when they did, and it even took Nick a moment to realize who she was. Each had been affected by their previous interactions, which fell short of intimacy, and Nick spends most of the book convincing Willow that he's the right man for her.

I love Nick as a character. I love how Willow even points out to him, "you're always walking around naked." And he was. It's how she first caught Nick, performing a naked karaoke performance in his hotel suite. What a great way to run into each other again! And Nick spends most of the rest of the book trying to get Willow to take her clothes off while she's always telling him to put his on. This book has sweet moments, intense moments, and even some laugh-out-loud moments. Wonderful introduction to the Barefoot Brides and I look forward to reading the stories of Willow's wonderful business partners and friends.

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About the Author:

Roxanne St. Claire is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels of suspense and romance, including three popular series (The Bullet Catchers, The Guardian Angelinos, and Barefoot Bay) and multiple stand alone books.

In addition to being a six-time nominee and one-time winner of the RITA Award, Roxanne’s novels have won the National Reader’s Choice Award for best romantic suspense three times, as well as the Daphne du Maurier Award, the HOLT Medallion, the Maggie, Booksellers Best, Book Buyers Best, the Award of Excellence, and many others. Her books have been translated into dozens of languages and are routinely included as a Doubleday/Rhapsody Book Club Selection of the Month.

Roxanne lives in Florida with her family, and can be reached via her website, or on her Facebook Reader page, and on Twitter at

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