Sunday, January 25, 2015

Review: Secrets on the Sand by Roxanne St. Claire

~ Genre ~ Contemporary Romance, Novella

~ Blurb ~

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Roxanne St. Claire has been enchanting readers with stories set on an idyllic slice of paradise off the coast of Florida known as Barefoot Bay for two years. In the first Barefoot Bay series, four friends joined forces to build and run a homegrown resort and spa and, in the process, found life-long love.

Now it is time to get to know some of the special guests of Casa Blanca Resort & Spa, which is fast turning into a playground for the rich and an elite destination wedding site. In the brand new Billionaires of Barefoot Bay trilogy, meet a trio of sexy heroes and the most unlikely ladies who steal their hearts in three novella-length (appx. 150 pages) love stories. 

In Secrets on the Sand, Zeke Nicholas has turned his mathematical genius skills into a mountain of money. But Zeke sits on that mountain all alone, longing for the one thing money cannot buy: a lifelong partner and true love. Zeke grew up near Barefoot Bay and is staying at the resort for a week while he’s in town for a family event. Enter Mandy Mitchell...the maid. Except, Mandy is much more than that to Zeke—she was the object of his every teenage dream back in the days when she was known as “Mandy the Magnificent” but he'd earned the unflattering high school senior adjective of “Ezekiel the Geekiel.” 

Zeke is no longer a geek—he’s gorgeous. And Mandy doesn’t feel so magnificent since her marriage fell apart and left her up to her eyeballs in debt and despair. The minute they meet again, Mandy knows he’s exactly the kind of trouble she should avoid...but Zeke does have one thing Mandy needs to gain the independence she craves. Will he give it to her? One look at Mandy, and Zeke turns his relentless ability to get what he wants into a full-on seduction and he’s ready to give her anything. But can Mandy face down the secrets of her past to find a fairy-tale future with Zeke?

~ My Review ~

Bestselling author Roxanne St. Claire has been done a brilliant job of writing an entertaining first book to the Barefoot Bay series. At the time of this post this book was free and I am so glad I picked it up.  I could tell by this book that I definitely want to read the next book.

This story centers on the Casa Blanca Resort & Spa where Mandy works as a maid and Zeke is staying as a guest.

Zeke is from Barefoot Bay and the author writes a very heartfelt story showing whom this billionaire was in high school, “Ezekiel the Geekie!” and who he became. His character was well written and I appreciate the way his character didn’t live in the past or make his schoolmates pay for how they treated him. It is refreshing to me that his character was developed in a manner that shows we don’t need grudges in our lives.

I felt that the harder character to balance was Mandy, “Mandy the Magnificent” who is now working as a maid. This was the one in school who had it all, looks, cheerleader, etc. Later she married into money. You’ll love who she became and will appreciate her honesty with her feelings and how she deals with her life. The author gave the perfect amount of her past life history to add a kink to a HEA.

This is a thoroughly entertaining read and I recommend it for all. I give it 4 Stars. I am off to read the next book in the series " Seduction on the Sand" come join me.

~ My Rating ~ 

~ About The Author ~

Roxanne St. Claire is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of more than thirty novels of romance and suspense. She is the author of the Barefoot Bay contemporary series as well as two very popular suspense series, the Bullet Catchers and the Guardian Angelinos.

A six-time nominee and one-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award for the best in romantic fiction, Roxanne's books have also been awarded the National Readers Choice Award for best romantic suspense three times, as well as the Daphne du Maurier award, the Booksellers Best Award, the Award of Excellence, the Maggie, the Holt Medallion and many more. Roxanne's books have been published in dozens of countries and are routinely featured as selections in the Doubleday and Rhapsody book clubs.

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