Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Review: Barefoot in the Sand-Roxanne St. Claire
Barefoot in the Sand, by Roxanne St. Claire
BACK COVER BLURB: 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?
I've never been a big fan of books with an age difference in hero/heroine, but Roxanne pulled this off. The book also had a lot of miscommunication between them, but it was a realistic conflict.
The book starts in the middle of a hurricane. Who can put that down? The heroine is a tough, single mom, and the hero a charming man with a past. Another draw. The most wonderful thing about this book, besides the believable chemistry, is how much the characters grew from start to finish. These were two characters who seemingly didn't need growing, but did. The setting was just perfect. This is so much more than a beach read, reminding us of the devastation a hurricane has, and can bring. The best friends were a great add, as well as the biological father, who readers will want to maim. Another gem from one of the best in the business. Recommended.