Friday, August 5, 2016

Review: Barefoot at Moonrise (Barefoot Bay Timeless #2) by Roxanne St. Claire

Book Blurb:

As a firefighter, Captain Ken Cavanaugh knows his way around dangerous situations—but he'd rather run into a burning building than help plan his 25th high school reunion in Barefoot Bay. Unfortunately, it's his best chance of finally putting things right with Beth Endicott two and a half decades after they ended so badly. But the instant they see each other again, the years blow away like ashes in the heat of their combustible chemistry. For one single night, they let their incendiary passion consume them...but in the morning, they're still left with the smoldering wreckage of a relationship that ended in tragedy.

Raised under the thumb of a rich and controlling man, Beth has spent her adult years craving freedom. Now that she's finally managed to carve out an independent life, is she ready to risk her heart on the first man she ever loved—a man who blames her family for his father's death? With so much painful history between them, Beth can't see a way to have a future with Ken. But one stunning surprise will turn everything they ever believed upside down and send them straight into each other's arms.

Ken is willing to put everything on the line for the family he’s always wanted, but Beth knows the past that ruined them could flare into heartache again. It will take all her newfound courage to prove she would walk through fire for this second chance with the love of her life.

My Review:

In Barefoot at Moon rise by Roxanne St. Claire, teenage loves Ken and Beth reunite years later at a high school reunion.  Ken has the chance to finally apologize to Beth for how things ended between them, something he's regretted for a long time.  Finding themselves alone in a beach cabana, they also find the desire they felt for each other as teenagers has not faded with time.  With so much history between them, even after night of sizzling passion together, Beth is convinced that they can have no type of future together even now, no matter how much Ken might want to try.  They go their separate ways again, but an unexpected event brings them together again...can they have a future after all or is there way too much in the way?

I really enjoyed the multi-focal plot of Barefoot at Moonrise.  The story starts off in an expected way as two people who have an unresolved past meet again, but it quickly builds into so much more as a dynamic plot unfolds.  I liked Ken and Beth's story.  I liked that they are mature characters whose life experiences have shaped them into who they are today and how they react to and deal with situations.  There are so many parts to them and so much is driving them, they are both strong characters.  I liked seeing them come together again, feeling their struggles, and watching them work for and against what they are feeling.  Beth is very independent, almost frustratingly so, she keeps her walls up and at times tries hard to push Ken away.  As I got to know Beth's character better I could understand her and why she might be like this.  As circumstances unfold though, at times I felt like she was being more selfish than independent, and at times it was a little annoying!  This made Beth who she was though, and made her real, because neither her nor Ken are perfect.  I liked Ken, and I could feel his struggles.  I liked how he was with Beth, that he wasn't going to let her push him away easily.  Roxanne really brings Ken and Beth to life and really made me care for them and about what happened to them - because if they are going to have a future they are going to have to work for it.

Family dynamics, trust, secrets, misunderstandings and assumptions play a big part in the plot of Barefoot at Moonrise, and I liked how Roxanne wrote these all in and how they related to the main plot.  They made the plot exciting and unsettled enough to keep me guessing how things would turn out.

Barefoot at Moonrise is about second chances in more ways than one, that it's never too late!  With a great pace and flow, I was immersed in the story and almost sad to see it end!  I'd recommend Barefoot at Moonrise to any romance reader.

5/5 stars

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