Barefoot with a Bodyguard
Book 1, Barefoot Bay Undercover
Roxanne St. Claire
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Introducing Barefoot Bay Undercover, a romantic adventure series set on the tropical beaches of Barefoot Bay. When former CIA consultant Gabe Rossi creates a secret “privatized witness protection” operation hidden within the security firm at the local resort, things get a little more suspenseful on the island paradise. Gabe’s clients all need to run, hide, or transform themselves…and, sometimes, they find love.
About to take the bar exam after ending a five-year marriage that derailed her career plans and her life, Kate Kingston craves independence and a vacation. Somewhere warm with sea breezes, sunshine, sand...and no scary threats against her that have been showing up in her dad’s office. Barefoot Bay is the perfect place for some serenity while she studies and puts her life back together. But when she meets the brooding wall of muscle her father hired to protect her, Kate feels her hard won independence slipping away as fast as her resolve to avoid men who wield power over her.
Mixed martial arts trainer Alec Petrov has been on the run for a long time. Guarding a young attorney-to-be while pretending to be her husband is not a bad way to live off the grid, hidden from the Russian mobster who is hunting Alec with deadly intent. But the beautiful young law student brings out a tender side Alec doesn't understand, or believe he deserves, and he soon realizes that keeping them both safe is only half the challenge. Keeping his hands off her and his attraction under control will be every bit as difficult in the closed quarters of an exclusive resort.
When their make-believe honeymoon in paradise turns sensual, complicated, and dangerous, Alec and Kate realize it’s not just their lives that are in jeopardy, it’s their hearts. And they’ll have to fight to the end to save each other…and their love.
It was a perfect mixture of intrigue and romance.
Alec Petrov has Dmitri Vlitnik, a Russian mobster, looking for him. Vlitnik thinks the time has come for Alec to be part of his group as the killer he knows Alec can be. Alec wants no part of this life and his friend Gregg helps him to go into hiding with the help of Gabriel Rossi. Gabe has the perfect plan....Alec will pretend to be the husband to another client who also needs to go into hiding, while also being her bodyguard.
Kate Kingston is finally free of her ex-husband and all she wants to do is study, pass the law exam and practice law. Unfortunately, someone is threatening Kate and her father wants her protected so he gets in touch with Gabe Rossi. Gabe decides that Kate will pretend to be the wife of Alec, while on their honeymoon at Casa Blanca Resort & Spa...a perfect ruse.
As Kate arrives at the spa, she meets Alec and is not happy about the arrangement. She does not want to rely on a man ever again! Gabe explains that she has no choice. In their villa they can be Kate and Alec but out of the villa they need to be Benjamin and Mathilda "Tilly" Carlson, two honeymooners happy in love.
I just adored these two. I loved how they each had such an aversion to relationships based on their pasts. It was wonderful watching these two develop into such a fun and great couple. I loved how they kept blurring the lines of real and pretend.
The added intrigue was fun. Totally did not guess what was going to happen! Love when I'm blindsided! It was a perfect mixture of intrigue and romance.
Loved the secondary characters too! Poppy and Nino are a hoot together. Madame Valaina was awesome. Loved what she had Alec and Kate do. That was great!
Overall I really enjoyed this first book in the new series from the Barefoot Bay line. I can't wait for the next one either!
I really enjoyed this book! I just kind of stumbled upon this book and was pleasantly surprised!! I would definitely recommend this book.
Just the right amount of romance and light suspense, with two really likable main characters and a great supporting cast.
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Jun 15, 2015
- Publisher: South Street Publishing
- Seller: Roxanne St. Claire
- Print Length: 362 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, Barefoot Bay Undercover