Barefoot with a Bodyguard by Roxanne St. Claire
Published by South Street Publishing on June 12, 2015
Series: Barefoot Bay Undercover, #1; Barefoot Bay Universe, #12
Genre(s): fiction, contemporary, romance
Format & Length: e-book, 307
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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 need to keep a low profile and stay safe while he helps them create new identities…and, sometimes, they find love. (To find out how Gabe started the operation, be sure to read the series prequel novella, Barefoot Bound.)
Barefoot with a Bodyguard – book one in the series
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 Kate 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.
So it’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a book I found for free through Book Bub. When I saw Barefoot with a Bodyguard was available, I decided to try it out, having read Secrets in the Sand, by Roxanne St. Claire a while back and enjoying it.
St. Claire has a few series based around Barefoot Bay that loosely connect in different ways. I have not read all of them, nor do I feel the need to. The ones I have read can easily be done so as standalones.
Basically a straightforward romance, this book is basically everything that the title says; if you imagine being barefoot on a beach with a bodyguard, you’ve nailed it. There were certainly elements of this story that were completely unbelievable, and it was quite corny and predictable. The characters weren’t fully fleshed out, but they weren’t completely one-dimensional, either, and I enjoyed the dialogue and witty banter.
Overall, Barefoot with a Bodyguard was an fun and quick, easy read. If you like romance and are looking for a beach read, definitely check this out! Bonus if you get it on nook or kindle – it’s free right now!