Forever; May 2012
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, 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?
The title makes this book sound like a light beach read, but actually BAREFOOT IN THE SAND packed more of an emotional punch than I expected! The story was about love, forgiveness, and finding the strength to start over.
Lacey and her teenage daughter Ashley lost everything when a hurricane tore across Mimosa Key, a barrier island near Fort Myers, Florida. Surviving the disaster inspired Lacey to pursue a longtime dream – building an inn of Barefoot Bay. First, she wants to hire her dream architect for the job, but instead ends up with Clay Walker, the wayward son of her dream architect.Though there’s an immediate spark between them, winning Lacey over will not be easy for Clay. She’s hesitant to trust a hot younger man with her resort project or her heart.
Things get more complicated when Ashley’s absentee father suddenly reappears in their lives. It doesn’t help matters that Ashley wants Clay to disappear so her parents can get back together. On top of everything else, there are a couple of cantankerous locals hell bent on stopping Lacey’s dream project!
I could really empathize with Lacey’s struggle as she rebuilt her life. And, her arrogant ex-boyfriend, David! Ugh. I don’t think I’ve been so angry or annoyed with a character in a long time. The nerve of him pushing his way back into their lives after a 13 year absence. I wanted to whack him on the head with the tart pan he bought for Lacey.
This is the first book by Roxanne St. Claire I’ve read, and I enjoyed it. BAREFOOT IN THE SAND is a contemporary romance, but I will say that I thought the romance part took a back seat at times to other parts of the story. The book had a chick lit feel as well, because Lacey’s group of girlfriends played a big part in the book too. I really liked Clay. He was exactly what Lacey needed to help her get her life back on track, and to break down the protective walls she’d built around her heart. And, oh my, the chemistry between them was sizzling hot! A gorgeous setting and engaging characters make this book the perfect summer read. I’m looking forward to seeing where Ms. St. Claire takes the series in the next book.