Monday, February 15, 2016

Review: Barefoot with a Bad Boy (Barefoot Bay Undercover #3)

Book Blurb:
 A man who trusts no one is forced to believe the unbelievable...

For years, former spy Gabriel Rossi has been secretly searching for CIA linguist Isadora Winter, a woman he loved and lost long ago. But recently, he learned of her untimely death in an accident...and death of her son named Gabe. Angry, hurt, and uncertain of his next move, Gabe is stunned when a woman he's never met approaches him on the beach and claims to be Isadora. She doesn't look, act, or talk like his beloved Isa, but she knows things about their past that only a lover could know, and she assures him that his son is alive as well. As much as he wants to believe her and knows that in the spy world, anything is possible, doubts and distrust plague him. Still, he sees glimmers of the woman he once knew shine through and she begins to melt his hardened heart.

A woman who is tortured by emotions must endure the pain of love...

Lila Wickham has been working deep undercover for so long that sometimes she's forgotten who she really is. Now that her assignment is over and the surgeries she endured left her utterly changed, she is determined to fix the broken life she left behind and assure that her little boy is safe. With lingering threats from an unknown source and blinding headaches that torment her whenever she feels deep emotion, she seeks Gabe Rossi for help and protection. But instead of setting her up with a new undercover identity, he insists on luring her nemesis to Barefoot Bay so he can end the threat to Lila and her son once and for all.

Can they survive the worst betrayal of all?

Even if they succeed in drawing out the killer who has Lila in his sights, a much more serious threat hovers over them...a treacherous, deadly truth that could not only destroy their love but end their lives as well.

My Review:

Barefoot With a Bad Boy is a fast paced romantic suspense that sucked me in and didn't want to let me go.  Gabe is a former spy now in the security business with his own private agenda.  Lily is a mysterious woman who is not at all who she appears to be.

I really enjoyed Barefoot With a Bad Boy and didn't want to put it down!  Roxanne's smooth, well paced writing along with great characters and a unique, believable plot kept me feeling like I was in this story with Lily and Gabe.  Lily and Gabe are a powerful pair separately and together.  They make a strong heroine/hero.  Gabe is not one to give up until he has all of the answers...I could feel his strength, his love and that he was a total alpha!  I could easily picture him in my head.  I felt for both of these characters - what they've been through and what they are going through now.  Lily is really struggling and I was intrigued to see how she would deal with things.  I liked how Roxanne wrote this, how Lily worked through things.

I liked the thrill of the suspense.  With all the interwoven connections and the unexpected plot twists, Barefoot With a Bad Boy made me feel fear, but at the same time a glimmer of hope.  I felt like what was happening in Lily and Gabe's world was something that could happen in real life.

I felt like I had a clear picture of past relationships and how these were playing a strong role in the present and would in the future.  The characters are mature and well developed.  The secondary characters add a lot of depth to the main plot, and I've seen a lot of them in previous books in this series.  However, they are supporting characters in this book and Barefoot With a Bad Boy can easily be read as a stand alone.

Showing us life will always throw us the unexpected and how we react to this will guide our path, Barefoot With a Bad Boy is a romantic suspense that at times took my breath away.  I'd recommend it to any romantic suspense reader.

5/5 stars

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