Review: Barefoot in the Sun (Barefoot Bay #3) by Roxanne St. Claire
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Barefoot in the Sun by Roxanne St. Claire
Series: Barefoot Bay #3
Published by: Forever Romance, Grand Central Publishing on April 30, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC From Publisher
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About the Book:
When running is all you've ever known . . .
Caught between fight and flight, Zoe Tamarin has always picked flight. Since she was rescued from a nightmare childhood by her great-aunt Pasha, they've been on the move, never staying in one place long enough to risk exposing their precarious past. But now that they've reached the sun-baked shores of Barefoot Bay, Zoe may have to stay and fight--for her aunt's life . . . and for a love she ran from years before.
Sometimes the bravest act of all is to stand still.
Oliver Bradbury came to Florida to start over, as both a doctor and a father to his eight-year-old son. He never expected life to hand him a second chance with the woman he lost years ago--but one look at Zoe Tamarin and he knows he'll do whatever it takes to prove that this time, he can be the man she needs. But when demands of family and friendship threaten to shatter their rekindled passion, Oliver must heal Zoe's lifelong wounds with more than hot kisses . . . but will that be enough to keep her from flying off with his heart?
Barefoot in the Sun is the third book in the Barefoot Bay series by Roxanne St. Claire, and my first taste of the Barefoot Bay series. The novel is filled with both romance and secrets, and I found myself falling in love with the characters.
The novel focuses on Zoe Tamarin, a woman with a mysterious past, and Oliver Bradbury, the only man Zoe has even come close to loving. Zoe has been on the run with her great-aunt Pasha since she was ten, and she has learned not to get too comfortable in any one place for too long. However, she takes Oliver up into a hot air balloon, prepared to tell him everything about her past. Oliver was prepared to ask Zoe to marry him but things got in the way, such as his ex-girlfriend’s pregnancy. Before Oliver can decide what he wants to do, Zoey and Pasha have disappeared.
Flashforward nine years and this is where the story really begins. I must say, as a character, Zoe drove me nuts at times. She is really witty and sarcastic, which I loved, but she refuses to stand still (both literally and figuratively) and I just wanted to grab her by the shoulders and shake some sense into her. At the same time, it was hard not to love her as she came to grips with her past and began to piece together why it is she has such a hard time staying grounded and discovering that she might actually be in love with Oliver.
Speaking of Oliver, he makes a great leading man. Recently divorced from the mother of his son, Evan, he struggles to adapt to being a single father, especially to a son whose IQ is over 162 at the age of 8. It’s obvious that Oliver loves Zoe and would do just about anything for her, but he also has his limits, which I appreciate. It is also amusing to watch Zoe and Evan team up against Oliver, knowing that when the two of them team up, there’s no way Oliver can say no.
One of the things I loved about Barefoot in the Sun is that it was so much more than simply a romance story. It had plenty of romance as well, but it was also a story about Zoe struggling to deal with her past, including facing the fact that the one person she has always trusted in her life has been less than honest with her over the years. It’s a story of Zoe learning to trust other people and let them behind the wall she’s built around herself, including her best friends, who have no idea that she has been keeping her past from them.
I’m giving Barefoot in the Sun 4 out of 5 controllers. It’s a great romance and a great novel in general, but there were definitely some moments where Zoe got on my nerves with her constant need to run.
4 Out of 5 Controllers