Barefoot at Sunset
Barefoot Bay Timeless - Book One
By Roxanne St. Claire
Publisher: South Street Publishing
Release Date: June 10, 2016
When forty-eight year old widower Mark Solomon arrives in Barefoot Bay for his high school reunion, he's not quite prepared for the onslaught of memories or the attention from interested single women who've gathered for the annual event on the beach. He's ready to ditch the whole thing and resume his life as an adventure-seeking world traveler until he discovers a woman sobbing on his doorstep...and has an idea.
By her own admission, advertising copywriter Emma DeWitt is jaded, jilted, and jobless, but she goes over the edge when she learns that the resort villa that was supposed to be the site of her romantic honeymoon is occupied by a single man. But when the sexy silver fox who's staying in the villa surprises her with an irresistible offer to pose as his fake fiancée, Emma sees a way to have her week in paradise and begin healing her broken heart.
Mark believes every person has only one soul mate...and he's met, married, and buried his. Emma believes that love is a marketing concept created to sell fairy tales and expensive weddings. What if they are both wrong...and completely right for each other?
With Barefoot at Sunset, Roxanne St. Claire kicks off a new trilogy set within the Southwest Florida world of her popular Barefoot Bay series. This trilogy differs from the other Barefoot Bay books in that it features what many readers (including me) have been begging for: heroes and heroines with more years of life experience under their belts. But don't think that an almost 50-year-old hero and almost 40-year-old heroine mean fewer sexy-times! The Barefoot Bay Timeless stories are filled with all the humor, heart, depth of emotion, and delicious sizzle that I love and expect from a Roxanne St. Claire book.
Mark and Emma's story gave me all the feels I wanted. There are scenes that made me laugh out loud and others that had my heart clenching with compassion. Emma and Mark are both great characters and I was invested in them and their happiness from the start. I appreciated the slow journey they take, both individually and as a couple, from strangers who are closed off from the possibility of a new love to a chance at a happy life together. As a widower of 16 years, Mark is open to desire but he's had his "one love" and doesn't believe he can find that deep, forever kind of love again. Emma, a 37-year-old career woman, finally took a chance on marriage only to be jilted by her fiancé, who also happened to be her boss, and now finds herself single and unemployed, with not the slightest desire to throw her hat into that ring again. These two need time to get to know one another, build a foundation of friendship, and explore the desire that sparks between them and St. Claire wisely gives it to them...along with a little otherworldly nudge that adds a poignant element to the happy-ever-after they deserve.
Grab your beach bag and a cool drink and take another delightfully delicious trip to Roxanne St. Claire's Barefoot Bay with her newest book, Barefoot at Sunset.
How do you feel about heroes and heroines in their 30's and 40's?
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I'm giving away a Kindle copy of Barefoot at Sunset to one person who leaves a comment on today's post. Deadline for leaving comments to be included in the giveaway is 11:00 PM (EST) June 17, 2016.