Barefoot at Sunset
Book 1, Barefoot Bay Timeless
Roxanne St. Claire
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BAREFOOT AT SUNSET
When widower Mark Solomon arrives in Barefoot Bay for his 30th 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 soulmate…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?
Amazing Second Chance Romance
I absolutely love that Roxanne St. Claire has brought her readers back to Barefoot Bay with the Barefoot Bay Timeless series. As I'm not close to my own 25th high school reunion, I love reading about a little bit older hero. I absolutely loved Mark Solomon from the moment he appeared on the page.
I loved that Mark not only fell in love with his high school girlfriend, he still loved her years after she passed away. I grew up in a small town so totally got the whole concern from Mark that everyone would still bring up him and Julia at their reunion. I also loved that Mark still talked to Julia and listened to her advice all those years later. I also absolutely loved that Mark wanted to help Emma out as soon as he met her.
Emma is such a fun and strong character. I love that even though she had been jilted by her fiancée and lost her job, she still went to Barefoot Bay for her honeymoon. I loved that Mark and Emma connected so well from the very first moment they met. Yes Mark is one of those heroes who takes cares of everyone, but they also had an amazing attraction from the very beginning. I loved they didn't really rush into anything to quickly. Yes they were pretending to be engaged to one another, but they talked and connected on every single level.
I loved watching Mark and Emma fall for one another. They had absolutely amazing chemistry together and I loved them as a couple. I didn't love that Mark didn't share when he learned more about Emma's ex, but understood he wanted to protect Emma. I have to admit that as Mark and Emma grew closer to each other, I loved them more and more as a couple.
Roxanne St. Claire pulled every single emotion possible out of me while reading Barefoot at Sunset. I went from laughing out loud at times to crying like a baby at other times. I love a book that makes me feel so many different emotions. Ms. St. Claire gave me hope for second chance romance with Mark and Emma. I absolutely adored everything about Barefoot at Sunset and am anxiously awaiting the next 2 books in the Barefoot Bay Timeless series.
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Ever read a book that just reaches you on an emotional level and doesn't let go?
Ever read a book that just reaches you on an emotional level and doesn't let go? I should have known just when I read Roxanne St. Claire's dedication for the book that this would be that type of story.
Mark Solomon, 48 years old is back home in Barefoot Bay after being away for 16 years. 16 years ago, Mark lost his wife, Julia to cancer. Julia was his high school sweetheart and the love of his life. After her death, Mark sold their company for a nice profit and found different ways to spend his time....mostly doing death defying extreme sports. It's time for the Mimosa High high school reunion and Lacey Walker has convinced Mark to be on the reunion committee. As Mark is walking back to his Casa Blanca bungalow, he stumbles upon a woman, sobbing in front of his place. Being the compassionate guy he is, he invites her in and learns that Emma DeWitt was suppose to be there, in that bungalow, on her honeymoon, but her ex, Kyle, broke it off with her. Kyle was also her boss....so now Emma had no relationship and no job. Emma is a copy writer and designed all of the brochures that Casa Blanca uses and had always dreamed of visiting the place.
Mark decides to offer Emma a deal. She can stay with him for the next week, in the bungalow, if she will pretend to be his fiance. He is so tired of everyone asking him about Julia, or woman hitting on him that he thinks this will be a great solution. Emma is hesitant but ends up agreeing. I loved how these two made a pact to always be honest with each other. It really helped solidify their relationship. I just loved the way these two started having feeling for each other. They both were hesitant for different reasons but in the end they were just meant to be. I liked how Julia would talk to him in different ways.....that was fun. I really enjoyed how Mark and Emma just complimented each other....it really was a case of twice in a lifetime for Mark.
Overall this was a wonderful story with wonderful characters that will make you laugh, swoon and cry (or sob in my case). It really touched my heartstrings, and I highly recommend this.
The Silver Foxes Have Arrived!
Finding romance at any age is a special treat and not just for the young ones but also the middle age silver foxes!! I was so excited when Rocki said she was going to write about silver foxes, and this book was a pure delight to read. I love returning to Barefoot Bay and reacquaint with past characters. This book will bring smiles, tears and more smiles. Loved Mark and Emma.
Mark has returned to Barefoot Bay for a class reunion, he lost his wife, soul mate sixteen years ago never expecting to find true love again. Emma has arrived for her honeymoon, that never happened since she was jilted at the alter. Mark is staying in Emma's room since her fiancee has cancelled the reservations. With no where else to stay, Mark offers up a deal with Emma. Will she be his fake fiancee for the week for a place to stay. There friendship develops into so much more, as they face their fears.
I can't wait to read the next two books in this series!!
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Jun 12, 2016
- Publisher: South Street Publishing
- Seller: Roxanne St. Claire
- Print Length: 304 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, Barefoot Bay Timeless