Sunday, June 14, 2015

Barefoot with a Bodyguard (Barefoot Bay Undercover #1) by Roxanne St. Claire

Book Blurb:

The Barefoot Bay Undercover Series

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.
My Review:

I really loved the fast pace, the action, and the romance in Barefoot With A Bodyguard.  Kate and Alec seem to be complete opposites, forced into a situation neither of them want to be in, but they make a great heroine and hero.  Kate wants to answer to no one, and definitely not be bossed around by yet another man.  If the situation she found herself in was organized without her knowledge, I would have found her attitude a bit annoying.  However, her character and the way she was fit perfectly with the plot.  I really liked Alec.  He is a hero with a past that haunts him, and he doesn't feel worthy of anyone, let alone a woman like Kate.  I just really liked who he was, what he stood for, and how he was.  He is a character that easily worked his way into my heart!

Surprising to them both, they are very drawn to each other and they have serious chemistry together!  Both of them just want to go back to their own lives, but the danger is very real.  I couldn't wait to see how life would work out for Kate and Alec, and the changes it might mean for both of them whether they were together or not.  Roxanne through in some interesting and unexpected surprises and twists to an already well developed plot that kept me immersed in Kate and Alec's story.

The secondary characters are fantastic and really have a lot to add to Barefoot With A Bodyguard.  I really liked finding out a bit more about the mysterious Gabe, and can't wait to find out more about him!  His grandfather Nino is also a strong secondary character who adds a whole other dimension to the story.

The setting is one I can easily feel like I'm in, and Roxanne's descriptions of the place and the people are vivid.

I will definitely be reading the next book in this series, and would recommend Barefoot With A Bodyguard to any reader who likes a well blended mix of suspense and romance between the pages.

4/5 stars

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