Friday, May 17, 2013

Barefoot in the Sun (Barefoot Bay #3) by Roxanne St. Claire

  • Title: Barefoot in the Sun (Barefoot Bay)
  • Classification: Adult Fiction
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance
  • Format: Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (April 30, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 145550825X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455508259
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She had issues with trust.
He had issues with his ex.
She thought he didn't care.
He thought she'd still be there when he was less distracted.
She was the one that got away.
He was the one she'd let go.
Have you ever met someone you connected with on so many different levels that you  could never forget them?
It's been nine years and neither one has forgotten the other.
Now she needs him more than ever and will ask him to choose between her and his principles.
With a second chance, can they finally get things right? 
Well, timing is everything, but will it be enough?


This is the third book in the Barefoot Bay series. I didn't read the previous two books, but didn't feel lost.You could definitely read this one by itself and be none the wiser that it is part of a series.

Zoe Tamarin has been on the run since she was ten years old. Her aunt isn't her aunt or even a blood relative of any kind, and her name really isn't Zoe Tamarin. She grew up knowing that at any given moment they might have to pack up and run. She has never truly set down roots anywhere. Nine years ago, Zoe decided to take a huge leap and confide in Oliver. She'd fallen in love, and he was the first individual she'd ever told. Not even her best friends knew about her past. Her secret wasn't her's alone, however, and it could endanger the woman who had saved her all those years ago--her psuedo great-aunt, Pasha. According to Zoe, Pasha had saved her from a grim fate, a fate she hadn't divulged.

Oliver was a doctor and carried a pager. He had just been told Zoe's big news when he'd gotten a text from his ex girlfriend that she was pregnant. Trying to take in both bits of information at approximately the same time, he was admittedly distracted. His initial response to Zoe had been they should do what they could to clear Pasha's name, which Zoe hadn't looked happy about. As he didn't know if his ex was telling the truth or making some last ditch effort to get him back, he didn't really give the conversation as much attention as it deserved. Still distracted a little while later, he took off to find out if he truly was going to become a father in a little more than a handful of months. When he went to go talk to Zoe later that night to resume their conversation, she was gone. The apartment she lived at was empty, and there was no forwarding address. 

Now it's been 9 years since Zoe disappeared and she's asking for his help. Pasha's life is in danger and
he may be her only shot at saving her. The fire that once sparked between them still flares, but he'll have to decide if helping her is worth the risk to both his career and his heart.

Nine years ago she made him face his fear of heights by making him ride in a hot air balloon, will he be able to help her face hers of settling down in one place?

"Once, along time ago, you took me up in a balloon. Do you remember?"
She gave him a look. "You know I do."
"Do you remember why you took me up there?"
To confess the truth. "I wanted to tell you about my life."
"You took me up there to face my fears. That's what you said. (...) I've faced mine, Zoe. And it's time for you to face your own."

Overall, I gave this book 5 out of 5 roses. I loved the way Ms. St. Claire managed to capture such raw emotions on paper. You could practically taste the fear, the angst, the trepidation, and longing between this couple. I loved the way Oliver handled Zoe and tried to protect her while trying to rid her of her fears. I liked the mystery of what happened to Zoe all those years ago and finding out what happened in Pasha's past that even Zoe knew nothing about. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one gets a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed.

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