Friday, May 4, 2012

Review & Giveaway - Barefoot in the Sand by Roxanne St. Claire - Blog Tour

Title: Barefoot in the Sand
Series: Barefoot Bay #1
Author: Roxanne St. Claire | Website
Available: Now
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reading Level: Adult

Synopsis via Goodreads:

When all you hold dear is taken away . . . 

When a hurricane roars through Lacey Armstrong's home on the coast of Barefoot Bay, she decides all that remains in the rubble is opportunity. A new hotel is just what Mimosa Key needs, and Lacey and her teenage daughter are due for a fresh start. And nothing, especially not a hot,younger architect, is going to distract Lacey from finally making her dreams a reality. 

A second chance is the only thing you have left.

Love has already cost Clay Walker everything. And if he's going to have any chance of picking up the pieces of his life, he needs the job as Lacey Armstrong's architect. What's not in the plans is falling for the headstrong beauty. Her vision of the future is more appealing than anything he could have ever drafted for himself. Will Clay's designs on Lacey's heart be more than she can handle, or will she trust him to build something that will last forever?

My thoughts:

Barefoot in the Sand starts a new contemporary romance by well-known author Roxanne St. Claire. Having enjoyed her romantic suspense novels. I was eager to pick this one up as well.

In this series debut we meet single mother, Lacey Armstrong. After having her home destroyed by a devastating hurricane, she decides to embrace her dream of building a B&B. This brings architect Clay Walker into her life.  It is pretty evident Clay isn’t being straightforward from the get go, but Lacey is blinded by his impressive plans for her property and his impressive physique. When her long absent baby daddy, David now known as “Fox”, shows up things become even more complicated. Add in a group of well-meaning long time girlfriends and you have quite a crazy ride.

I really enjoyed reading Barefoot in the Sand. I did find Lacey’s naiveté and indecisiveness a little frustrating over the course of the novel. Poor thing was seriously lacking a backbone (thanks to her overbearing mother). I was torn between wanting to shake her and hug her. Clay wasn’t really my type, but I could see why he rocked Lacey’s socks.  I didn’t like how quick she was to give David the benefit of the doubt, but not Clay. David had proved his lack of character for over 14 years and she barely knew Clay, but was so quick to push him right out of her life. Even with her serious lack of good judgment I still liked her. I especially enjoyed the interaction between her and her teen daughter. I am pretty sure that is what won me over in the end.

Loved the setting for this one, a beautiful sandy Florida locale. Great secondary characters as well. I love books that take place in a small town packed with eccentric characters. I’d consider Barefoot in the Sand a nice start to what I imagine is a new series. A cute, quick read. I’m not a big contemporary romance reader, but I really enjoyed this one. I look forward to continuing this series and getting to know all the characters more.

My Rating:

Giveaway Details:

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  1. Sounds cute. Like a fun beach read. Great review.

  2. Beach reads definitely in demand this year!

  3. this sounds cute!! i'm iffy on contemporary romance as well, I have to really be in the mood for it.

  4. I would love to read this book. It sounds good.

  5. I'm looking forward to reading Barefoot in the Sand because it's set in Florida in the aftermath of a hurricane. It hits very close to home and I'm interested to see how the story plays out.

  6. I liked Roxanne's romantic suspense stories and this story looks different but a story I would enjoy.

  7. Sounds good...would love to win!

  8. This sounds like a good summertime read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. I think Lacey sounds like the kind of heroine I can root for. Her circumstances sounds sound but also uplifiting. I can see why a lack of backbone can be frustrating. I've also seen a lot of that in these types of heroines. As long as she learns some lessons and find love, and isn't too too naive I won't mind. Thanks for the review and hosting the giveaway. It's different from Roxanne's romantic suspense but this contemporary sounds wonderful for a Summer read.

  10. Congrats to Roxanne's new book...a departure from her great romantic suspense stories. I've never been in a hurricane, but can imagine it must be quite a scary experience.

  11. The book sounds so good...I'd love to read it. Definitely on my TBR list!

  12. Sounds like a perfect summer read!
    Thanks so much for a chance,
    Lethea B
    Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

  13. Sounds like a great book. Love the cover. Thanks for having this giveaway.