Barefoot by the Sea

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"Pack this one in your beach bag and get ready for nonstop fun."

—- Susan Mallery, New York Times bestselling author, on Barefoot in the Sand

A Barefoot Bay Novel

When you think you know your heart's desire . . .

Tessa Galloway is a gifted nurturer-her verdant garden at Barefoot Bay's new resort is living proof. If only the woman who can grow anything could grow what she wants most: a baby. Her friends think the right guy will come along, but ...

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Overview

"Pack this one in your beach bag and get ready for nonstop fun."

—- Susan Mallery, New York Times bestselling author, on Barefoot in the Sand

A Barefoot Bay Novel

When you think you know your heart's desire . . .

Tessa Galloway is a gifted nurturer-her verdant garden at Barefoot Bay's new resort is living proof. If only the woman who can grow anything could grow what she wants most: a baby. Her friends think the right guy will come along, but Tessa doesn't want to wait. All she needs is the perfect donor to make her dream come true. Then John Brown is hired at the resort. If anyone could make beautiful babies, it's this gorgeous, mysterious man. So why does Tessa suddenly find herself wanting so much more?

Can you give up all your dreams for love?

It's been three long years since John Brown had to leave his old life. Forced into the witness protection program, he's desperate to be reunited with his toddler twins. When he gets that chance, there's a catch-he must prove he's got a steady job and a new wife. Landing a gig as a chef in Barefoot Bay is easy enough. And falling for lovely Tessa is even easier. The hard part? Can he win the heart of a woman who prizes honesty-when the truth may shatter it?

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"St. Claire, as always, brings a scorching tear-up-the-sheets romance combined with a great story: dealing with real issues starring memorable characters in vivid scenes. Best of all, since this is book one in the Barefoot Bay series, there's more to come." (on Barefoot in the Sand)
--- USA Today's Happy Ever After blog on Barefoot in the Sand
"Plenty of heat, humor, and heart!"
--- Susan Mallery
"Pack this one in your beach bag and get ready for nonstop fun."
--- Booklist
"St. Claire writes books that keep the reader engrossed in the story form cover to cover."
—- USA Today's Happy Ever After blog on Barefoot in the Sand
"Plenty of heat, humor, and heart!"
—- Susan Mallery
"Pack this one in your beach bag and get ready for nonstop fun."
—- Booklist
"St. Claire writes books that keep the reader engrossed in the story form cover to cover."
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"Plenty of heat, humor, and heart!"
—- USA Today's Happy Ever After blog on Barefoot in the Sand

"Pack this one in your beach bag and get ready for nonstop fun."
—- Susan Mallery, New York Times bestselling author,

on Barefoot in the Sand

"St. Claire writes books that keep the reader engrossed in the story form cover to cover."
—- Booklist

"St. Claire, as always, brings a scorching tear-up-the-sheets romance combined with a great story: dealing with real issues starring memorable characters in vivid scenes. Best of all, since this is book one in the Barefoot Bay series, there's more to come. (on Barefoot in the Sand)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455508235
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Series: Barefoot Bay Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 157,732
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

First published in 2003, Roxanne St. Claire is a RITA® Award-winning author of thirty novels, including her bestselling Bullet Catchers and Guardian Angelinos series. Her critically acclaimed books have been published in numerous languages and recognized with multiple awards including the National Readers' Choice Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and the HOLT Medallion, all for best romantic suspense. She currently lives on the east coast of Florida with her husband and two teenagers.

You can learn more at:

RoxanneStClaire.com

Twitter @roxannestclaire

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Once I jumped into this book, there was no stopping me. I finish

    Once I jumped into this book, there was no stopping me. I finished it in one sitting on a Saturday.

    Barefoot by the Sea was the perfect ending to the four book series. For those familiar with the series, you will see a lot of the characters you know and love. But you will also see the majority of the book focused on the relationship between Tessa and Ian (John). The book starts out with a bang with an unforgettable scene and never lets up.

    Roxanne St. Claire has truly created her own unique spin on contemporary romance that has me coming back for more. She has masterfully built a world that I want to live in every time I turn on my kindle or flip the page. And while it may seem obvious, it's not just the story she tells, but how she tells it. Drawing me in with every word.

    I already felt like I knew Tessa from the first three books, and this book only made me love her more. Her emotional journey felt authentic to me. And Ian is a hero that everyone can love. Fiercely devoted to his children, making tough decisions that only a true hero can make. The hint of a suspense subplot only adds to the story, but doesn't ever overpower it.

    I also liked the setup to the next set of Barefoot books--the Barefoot Brides. Overall, this entire series is praiseworthy. I would highly recommend.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

    Let's start out by saying I am a HUGE fan of the Barefoot Bay se

    Let's start out by saying I am a HUGE fan of the Barefoot Bay series, but this book just blew everything else out of the water! I loved the first three stories in this series and wasn't sure how Tessa's story was going to go. The other books didn't give much about Tessa except for the fact that she was divorced, really wanted a baby and hated lies.

    The first 75 % of this book revolves around Tessa and John/Ian's story. You learn what makes them tick and why they are like they are. As they slowly start to trust each other and reveal more of their pasts you start to fall in love with each of them even more. They are two people with very painful pasts and they each just want their own version of a happy ever after.

    By the last 25 % of the book they both realize that the happy every after they thought they wanted wasn't actually what they really wanted. Be prepared to go through very strong emotions in the last few chapters of this book, but it was all worth it in the end.

    Another winner from Roxanne St. Claire! Oh, and there is a sneak peek to the next Barefoot Bay book and let's just say I will be reading it! ;)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

    This is the fourth book of the Barefoot Bay series, my favorit

    This is the fourth book of the Barefoot Bay series, my favorite of all. Can be read as a stand alone but better if you have read the other books. The story of Tessa and John/Ian. Both have secrets in their pasts that they need to get through. Loved the hot romance between the two of them. Add the edge of suspense to make for a perfect read. It was great to revisit with the Tessa's friends from the previous books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    Loved it like all the rest.

    The last book in this series, Tessa's story. As good as the first three books. Ian is a great hero and what a hero he is. From his tats to his bike and, he's a great chef! At the start of this book I mistakenly thought it would be more light, fun, then the others. Boy was I wrong. It has more than its share of suspense. A great addition to the series, and a great final in this chapter. I loved it's segue into the next series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Great book

    This is a great book. Be sure to check out the whole series!

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  • Posted January 20, 2014

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    Roxanne St. Claire¿s Barefoot By The Sea is an emotional journey

    Roxanne St. Claire’s Barefoot By The Sea is an emotional journey of love and risking it all.




    Tessa Galloway thrives on making her garden thrive. She loves being able to supply fresh vegetables for Barefoot Bay’s resort. Tessa is thrilled to see her best friends finding love and building families. But having a family seems to have past her by a long time ago. She plans on going the donor route to get the baby she so desires. Tessa meets the sexy John Brown and  decides he would be the perfect man to give her her hearts desires.




    John Brown is once again starting over. Anymore that seems to be all he knows how to do. Its been three long years since he left his old life behind when he had to go into the witness protection program. To get is small children back he must prove he can support them and supply a family environment for them.  John stubbles into a job as head chef at the resort and is wildly attracted to its gardener Tessa. 




    John and Tessa start a wild and sexy affair. They both think its just a temporary thing that is going on between them but their feelings are sure and strong.




    But John can’t reveal his true situation and Tessa is a woman that values honesty above all else.  Will she be willing to risk her heart to a man who is hiding a serious secret?




    Barefoot By The Sea is one that I still think about long after reading it.  It is so moving and emotional. John and Tessa’s relationship is smoking hot but deeply heartfelt. I must admit this is my favorite of the Barefoot Bay series but they all are wonderful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Good read and a nice end to the series about the four girls! Glad to see it continue with more connected books. This one was a little hard to believe but was still good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    The Best in the Barefoot Series

    This was the best in the Barefoot Series!!! As I loved all of them, I just couldn't put this book down. I loved reading about all the characters and what has happened to them in each book. I only wish this series would continue so we can see how Tessa and Ian/John progress! Ms. Roxanne St. Clair did it agan!!!

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

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    Had been waiting for the conclusion to this series ...

    Had been waiting for the conclusion to this series and it did not disappoint me. I have enjoyed every book in this series! I will not post a synopsis because NOOK has already done that and to post anymore details ruins it for other readers. If you have read the other "Barefoot" books you will definitely love this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    Flameclaw

    This is the med den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2013

    Delightful

    This whole series if wonderful. Just read it.

    I wish this one had not ended quite so fast. I'd have loved more 'together' time at the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

    great

    Great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    Great series of romance/lifelong best friends

    10 stars

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  • Posted November 2, 2013

    "I suppose I could just walk up to a man and ask for sperm.

    "I suppose I could just walk up to a man and ask for sperm."  With that opening line which definitely made me laugh out loud, Roxanne St. Claire begins Barefoot by the Sea, the fourth book in her Barefoot Bay series.  Time is running out for Tessa Galloway and she desperately needs a man...a tall, intelligent, blue-eyed sperm donor. Ian Browning just happens to be a tall, intelligent, blue-eyed man who desperately needs a job and a wife.  Can these two desperate souls merge their goals or will they both be destroyed by secrets?  Tessa won't give her last name and Ian can't give his real name but he is very clear about what he can give.
    Tessa is a woman who hates secrets more than anything, yet she has a secret she has never shared even with her closest friends. Ian/John is a man who has so many secrets, it's hard for him to remember what is real...except for the pivotal event which brought him to this present situation.How can Tessa trust a man who told her not to trust him on their first meeting?  How can she not trust a man who offers her hope with a simple heart stealing gesture?
    Oftentimes series claims will indicate that a book is standalone and reading the first books is not necessary to understanding the story line.  In the case of Barefoot by the Sea, this is true.  In fact, reading Barefoot by the Sea has tempted me to read the whole series.  I'm looking forward to reading the stories of the other ladies of Casa Blanca the resort on Barefoot Bay.  This is a book that will appeal to readers on many levels.  If you love a romance with suspense and mystery, there's plenty of that.  And if you enjoy a little danger, then meet Ian Browning a.k.a. John Brown who's a lot dangerous.  And if you love a man who cooks as much as I do, you will love this book. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    drawn out

    The first and ladt chapters eere the whole book

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

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    In Barefoot by the Sea (Barefoot Bay #4) by Roxanne St Claire, T

    In Barefoot by the Sea (Barefoot Bay #4) by Roxanne St Claire, Tessa Galloway hates secrets. After her messy childhood and even messier divorce, she has decided to live her life as honestly as possible. That includes being up front with everyone about her primary goal of having a baby.

    Tessa's life on the island resort of Casa Blanca changes forever when she meets John at the local bar. Their brief but memorable encounter comes back to haunt her when he becomes the new chef at the resort. Not only must she work closely with him as she supplies the kitchen their organic food from her farmette, but she has somehow fallen for the intense stranger with hidden secrets.

    Life on the run in the witness protection program has been taxing to say in the least for John Brown, formerly Ian Browning. But all he cares about is getting his twins back eventually. And time is running out. The government keeps changing their requirements and now they say John must have a wife to show a stable lifestyle. The moment he meets Tessa, he can see himself falling easily for her. However, her abhorrence of secrets causes a moral dilemma. Can John trick Tessa into a marriage of convenience to get his kids back and still live with what it would do to her life?

    I can honestly say Barefoot by the Sea is now my favorite of the Barefoot Bay series. Be ready to get WAY too attached to all of the characters involved and for a whirlwind of emotions.

    Tessa and John's story is gut-wrenchingly emotional, wrought with longing and passion but yet still manages to have a lot of fun and flirty moments. Admittedly, from John's traumatic loss to Tessa's struggle to conceive, the raw emotions just wrecked me.

    Tessa had me frustrated a few times with the way she treated John. Her single minded goal of having a baby didn't allow her to see what was in front of her (although I do definitely understand her plight). Plus her hypercritical view of no secrets, even though she had one of her own, further complicated things. But Tessa will do anything for the ones she loves and that one redeeming quality in itself speaks volumes to me.

    My heart broke in a million pieces for John and his children. I can't imagine what he had to endure over the past three years to stay safe and the hoops he has had to jump through to try to get his children back. Yes, he may have lost himself occasionally in casual one night stands and scotch, and his temper may have flared, but he did the best he could with what little he was given.

    The secondary characters were just as crazy and wonderful as always: Zoe, Jocelyn, Lacey and their significant others still shared in the spotlight and even Lacey's daughter Ashley has a story of her own to tell this time. The writing was perfectly on point as always and the pace of the story was flawless.

    I absolutely recommend reading this incredible love story! But be forewarned that you will laugh, cry, and sigh with happiness. I sure did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    Her best book yet!!!

    I loved this book the most. You will not be able to put it down!!

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

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    Tessa Galloway has a great challenge, starting up a new resort i

    Tessa Galloway has a great challenge, starting up a new resort in Bayport Bay with her friends.  There’s competition but also over-crowding in those other well-known places.  So Tessa and her peers/friends know that if they can create a beautiful place with a great restaurant menu as well, they will do great!  Right now they are in need of a phenomenal chef to make that latter part of the resort become a reality.  Oh, is Tessa about to get one ultra-HOT chef!  
    Tessa initially meets John Brown and wonders if he’s the one to contribute to her dream plan – as a sperm donor for the child she wants desperately.  She’s not interested in a relationship but just wants an objective sperm donor and a surrogate mother.  Not too large a plan, right? But John Brown is quite a sexy guy who is totally put off by Tessa’s attitude and she feels the same way about him.  Not once but three times, the two who are highly attracted to the charge between them wind up being supremely harsh which revolts them both even more.  But they can’t deny that charge, like a dehydrated tourist desperately in need of water when he or she finds it.
    Tessa certainly has no idea that John Brown is a member of a Witness Protection Program.  As the plot progresses and she decides he’s the one to fulfill her dream and he decides that an “on paper” marriage to her will enable him to pick up his life where it left off after a supreme act of violence that stole his wife and separated him from his children.  Interestingly, Tessa starts to trust him more once he applies for that chef position – and wow can he cook – in more ways than one – and reveals secrets about her life but is put off by the fact he will tell her nothing about his own past.
    The romance sprouts and blossoms but not without many scenes that seem to degenerate to super-spats, intermingled with some very steamy sex scenes!  One wonders how it will all turn out; even though we know something will be resolved, the reader will be grandly surprised by the eventual outcome and the tough, threatening journey to get there! Honesty is called for on all sides!
    Roxanne St. Claire is a natural romance writer who also knows enough to add an interesting mystery into the mix, with all the flaming hormones rising and falling like an uncontrolled volcanic explosion!  Terrific romance with great plot and characters as well! Very nice job, Ms. St. Claire!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    If you have been following this series you know these books can

    If you have been following this series you know these books can be very emotional for the reader. This one definitely falls into that same description. Tessa has made no secret through the series she desperately wants a baby. She spent years trying with her ex-husband and at this point thinks it her fault she couldn't get pregnant and has moved on to getting a surrogate. Finding the perfect donor is a big problem but then the resort get a new chef, John Brown. John has some pretty big secrets. He's been hiding out for 3 years from people who would like to see him dead. He's got a set of twins he hasn't seen since they were babies and now he finds himself desperate to find a stable life and a wife so possibly he'll get them back. Getting there is not going to be easy. Tessa is leery of him but he makes falling for him easy. If only she could shake that feeling something isn't quite right. John doesn't mean to but finds himself falling for her and guilty for not being able to tell her everything about his past and who he really is. For me John kind of bugged me the first half of the book. It took me a while to warm up to him because he comes across as whiny. I think because I was more on Tessa's side and didn't want to see her hurt even though she was keeping her own secret. By the halfway point John won my affection and i was rooting for someway for it to all work out. This is a man stuck between a rock and a hard place if that's the correct saying. He wants and loves Tessa but he also wants and loves his kids. He can't see any way to have both without someone getting hurt. Tessa loves him so much that she will do anything for him and does even if it means not being with him in the end. It's a heart twisting tale of two people who are meant to be together. Breath taking ending

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