Monday, October 24, 2016

Review: Barefoot at Midnight (Barefoot Bay Timeless #3) by Roxanne St. Claire

Book Blurb:
Lawson Monroe is a chef without a restaurant...until his friend and mentor makes a deathbed promise to leave Law the only dive bar on Mimosa Key. Law has big plans for the Toasted Pelican until he walks directly into the luscious body and gorgeous face of Libby Chesterfield and her outrageous claim that the bar and restaurant should come to her.

When Libby learned that the man who once owned the crappiest watering hole on the island was actually her biological father, she decided the least he owed her was his unclaimed business. The old man wasn't there for her when she and her brother were growing up in Barefoot Bay, but his legacy can help her build a new future when she transforms the property into Balance, a yoga studio. The only obstacle? Her father apparently named former bad boy and current sexy silver fox Law Monroe his heir.

Law never thought he'd want anything more than the chance to make a living cooking his food for the people of Barefoot Bay...but Libby arouses an irresistible hunger in him. Battling an attraction that sizzles hotter than one of Law's cast-iron skillets and uncovering long-buried secrets with more twists than one of Libby's yoga poses, they'll have to find a way to both get what they want...especially if what they really want is each other.

My Review:

Barefoot at Midnight was an intense, emotional read.  I felt drawn to Lawson from the start...who he was, where he'd come from, and what he'd overcome.  He is open and honest, and I just really liked him.  Roxanne St. Claire really brought him to life for me, and I truly hoped things would work out for him.  Libby was a difficult character to like!  With her mixed up past, her dramatic mother, and her never ending assumptions I didn't feel as connected to her as I did to Lawson.  Despite all that, there are definite sparks between Lawson and Libby.  A connection neither expected or were looking for is palpable, no matter how much either of them try to deny it.  There are a lot of unresolved issues, and as they each work through these, there are a lot of bumps in the road and surprises in store.  The growth of their relationship is slow, steady and rocky, and a future between them is uncertain.

I liked that there is so much going on in Barefoot at Midnight.  With mature characters and life experience, the plot is rich with emotion, relationships, unknowns, and hope.  The plot is multi focal, but well blended into a well paced, easy to follow story.  There are some very unique and interesting secondary characters in a setting that is always a treat to return to!

The third book in Roxanne St. Claire's Timeless series, Barefoot at Midnight is a stand alone book that contemporary romance readers will enjoy.

4/5 stars

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