Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Barefoot in the Sun by Roxanne St. Claire

Title:  Barefoot in the Sun
Author: Roxanne St. Claire
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Barefoot Bay #3
Main Characters: Zoe and Oliver
Release Date: April 2013
Publisher:  Forever

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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
When running is all you've ever known . . . 

Caught between fight and flight, Zoe Tamarin has always picked flight. Since she was rescued from a nightmare childhood by her great-aunt Pasha, they've been on the move, never staying in one place long enough to risk exposing their precarious past. But now that they've reached the sun-baked shores of Barefoot Bay, Zoe may have to stay and fight--for her aunt's life . . . and for a love she ran from years before.

Sometimes the bravest act of all is to stand still.

Oliver Bradbury came to Florida to start over, as both a doctor and a father to his eight-year-old son. He never expected life to hand him a second chance with the woman he lost years ago--but one look at Zoe Tamarin and he knows he'll do whatever it takes to prove that this time, he can be the man she needs. But when demands of family and friendship threaten to shatter their rekindled passion, Oliver must heal Zoe's lifelong wounds with more than hot kisses . . . but will that be enough to keep her from flying off with his heart?



My Review:
Over the past couple of books, we've seen glimpses of Zoe's hero, Oliver. As a married man, they haven't necessarily been good ones...so I admit that I was really surprised by the beginning of this book and the whole backstory between Oliver and Zoe....and really everything about Zoe's story. Wow!

Zoe has a past that goes to her childhood, that no one knows about besides her Aunt Pasha and Oliver. She's never even told her best friends...the girls that are the heroines of this series. It was a past that tore Zoe and Oliver apart, even though they were both desperately in love. Circumstances were such so that everything fell apart....and Zoe ran not knowing the full truth of Oliver's actions. Oliver couldn't find her again so when they've run across each other the few times over the last couple of years, it's been a shock for both of them. 

At the beginning of this book, Oliver was the doctor on hand who delivered Lacey's baby. He's an oncologist and has just gotten a divorce. Signs show that Zoe's 80+ year old Aunt Pasha has cancer, but with their circumstances they can't go to a normal doctor for treatment...so Zoe tries to make a deal with Oliver for treatment, without records. Oliver is a very by-the-rules kind of guy so this doesn't set real well with him.

I'll admit that I didn't relate as closely to these two characters as I normally do with Rocki's books, but that was a purely a personality thing...nothing to do with the writing. Zoe isn't a person who sticks. Things get tough and she runs....that's what she's done her entire life. With her past, it's extremely difficult for her to connect with people. She has walls....big, huge ones! Oliver wants to get past those walls, desperately, but there was one point in the book where he pulled back and as a reader, I was so disappointed with him. He's pushed and pushed and pushed at Zoe and then basically abandons her. I did not like that. But what I did love was the addition of Oliver's son and the way that he and Zoe connected. It was so sweet. 

The other things I loved about this book...the discussions between Zoe and Tessa about foster children and then Tessa's realization about what Zoe's been through. These two friends have a really interesting dynamic...they seem to clash more than they get along. Since Tessa's book is next, it will be interesting to see if that plays out even further. 

I still love this series. The resort is an INCREDIBLE backdrop for the stories and provides wonderful ambiance. I like the four friends and reading the books is very compelling. They are simply great contemporary romance. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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