Saturday, February 27, 2016

REVIEW Barefoot with a Bad Boy by Roxanne St. Claire

Barefoot with a Bad Boy
(Barefoot Bay Undercover #3)

by Roxanne St. Claire

A man who trusts no one is forced to believe the unbelievable...

~ Categories ~ contemporary romance, Intrigue

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A man who trusts no one is forced to believe the unbelievable...

For years, former spy Gabriel Rossi has been secretly searching for CIA linguist Isadora Winter, a woman he loved and lost long ago. But recently, he learned of her untimely death in an accident...and death of her son named Gabe. Angry, hurt, and uncertain of his next move, Gabe is stunned when a woman he's never met approaches him on the beach and claims to be Isadora. She doesn't look, act, or talk like his beloved Isa, but she knows things about their past that only a lover could know, and she assures him that his son is alive as well. As much as he wants to believe her and knows that in the spy world, anything is possible, doubts and distrust plague him. Still, he sees glimmers of the woman he once knew shine through and she begins to melt his hardened heart.

A woman who is tortured by emotions must endure the pain of love...

Lila Wickham has been working deep undercover for so long that sometimes she's forgotten who she really is. Now that her assignment is over and the surgeries she endured left her utterly changed, she is determined to fix the broken life she left behind and assure that her little boy is safe. With lingering threats from an unknown source and blinding headaches that torment her whenever she feels deep emotion, she seeks Gabe Rossi for help and protection. But instead of setting her up with a new undercover identity, he insists on luring her nemesis to Barefoot Bay so he can end the threat to Lila and her son once and for all.

Can they survive the worst betrayal of all?

Even if they succeed in drawing out the killer who has Lila in his sights, a much more serious threat hovers over them...a treacherous, deadly truth that could not only destroy their love but end their lives as well.

A fast paced suspenseful, deeply emotional 5 STAR read.

Gabe's story is a mysterious web of intrigue filled with a multitude of emotions and danger. I sat on the edge of my chair the whole time praying that Gabe would find the happiness he deserved.

Both of the main characters, Gabe and Lila have a hardness in their personalities that created for me a intense need for an HEA for this tortured pair. The author does an astounding job of balancing this hardness of character with the deep abiding feeling of hope, lost love and new found love.

Although some people may feel the surgery part of the plot regarding Lila/Isadora was not believable I felt myself drawn deeply into the explanation and felt it was plausible. But I wasn't drawn to Lila as much as I would have wished and a part of me was angry with how she treated Gabe. But when Isadora came out to play I could see what Gabe had loved about her causing me to open my heart to what she went through.

This is a great read and there will be some tears but what an amazing book.

A copy was gifted in exchange for an honest review

~ Reading Order ~ Barefoot BoundBarefoot with a BodyguardBarefoot with a StrangerBarefoot with a Bad Boy

~ My Series Reviews ~ Barefoot Bound, Barefoot with a Bodyguard, Barefoot with a StrangerBarefoot with a Bad Boy

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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