Barefoot in the Rain (Barefoot Bay Series #2)

Barefoot in the Rain (Barefoot Bay Series #2)

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by Roxanne St. Claire
     
 

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A Barefoot Bay Novel

They say you can never go home again . . .

When "Life Coach to the Stars" Jocelyn Bloom is embroiled in scandal, the only place she can hide is the one place she wishes she could forget. She left Barefoot Bay-and the boy next door who knew all her secrets-years ago. Now nothing about the tiny island off the coast of Florida is quite

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A Barefoot Bay Novel

They say you can never go home again . . .

When "Life Coach to the Stars" Jocelyn Bloom is embroiled in scandal, the only place she can hide is the one place she wishes she could forget. She left Barefoot Bay-and the boy next door who knew all her secrets-years ago. Now nothing about the tiny island off the coast of Florida is quite how she remembers it, especially Will Palmer. He's even more gorgeous and tempting . . . and still capable of turning her world inside out.

But what if someone is waiting for you?

To Will Palmer, Guy Bloom is more than the elderly, senile neighbor he looks after-he's the last connection to Jocelyn, the woman Will loved and lost. But the reunion with Jocelyn doesn't go smoothly. Shocked by the change in her father's personality, Jocelyn struggles to reconcile her dark childhood with the sweet, confused man who has grown close to Will. Jocelyn has guided countless clients to happiness-but can she escape the rainy days of her past for a new sunny future with Will?

Editorial Reviews

Susan Mallery
"Pack this one in your beach bag and get ready for nonstop fun."
From the Publisher
"St. Claire writes books that keep the reader engrossed in the story form cover to cover."—Booklist"

On the fast track to making her name a household one."
Publishers Weekly"

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

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)
RT Book Reviews"

This first installment in the new Barefoot Bay series from award-winning author St. Claire (Killer Curves) features steamy sex in warm gulf waters; readers will be delighted."
Library Journal

Booklist
"St. Claire writes books that keep the reader engrossed in the story form cover to cover."
RT Book Reviews

"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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455508273
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
10/30/2012
Series:
Barefoot Bay Series , #2
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
520,928
Product dimensions:
4.32(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.22(d)

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

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

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Barefoot in the Rain 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a light read that is great for a day at the beach or to read on an airplane. It will keep you interested and you'll get to meet some interesting characters.
clw9900 More than 1 year ago
WOW!!  This series only gets better!  Humor, romance and emotion jam packed in this story set in a Florida Beach Community.  As many laugh out loud moments as grab the Kleenex moments.  Couldn't put the book down until I was finished.  Can't wait for the next one!!!
izzybBI More than 1 year ago
I didn't want to put it down. I will definitely read more of her books.
survifam More than 1 year ago
Touching story of what it's like to come home! Loved Jocelyn and Will! Can't wait to read Zoe's story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a tough one. Abuse and forgiveness. I would have a hard time forgiving but I know it is much healthier to do so. 30 something virgin, really? Not a bad read just differrnt.
Rhodes123 12 days ago
This Is ONLY My Opinion! What can I say? I Loved Roxanne's Bullet Catcher Series So This Was Different For Me. I Fell In Love With The Love Story And Was Distraught Over The Father/Daughter Story. Will Palmer And Jocelyn Bloom Are Trying To Find There Way Back To Each Other After Being Torn Apart By Her Abusive Father Fifteen Years Ago. Jocelyn Is A Life Coach. She Returns After A Scandal Has Hit The Tabloids About Her And Will, Who Is A Baseball Player Turned Carpenter Is Taking Care Of Her Father Who Has Alzheimer's. Jocelyn Is Estranged From Both Of These Characters And Must Find A Way To Knock Down The Walls That She Has Surrounded Around Herself. She Gets A Second Chance With Both Men, One Is An Honest To Goodness Love Story And The Other Is An Emotional Tale Between Father And Daughter. One Breaks My Heart And The Other Touches My Heart... This Story Also Involves Her Three Closest Friends Who Arrive On The Scene To Help A Dear Friend Out. We Get To Learn About Them Too And Know There Stories Are Next. OUTSTANDING ARE ABOUT THE ONLY WORDS THAT DESCRIBES THIS BOOK FOR ME!!!
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A great read about friends and hot romance!
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Ditto" he retreated in his stall
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Back..i hate school..hey apache...wanna ride around.
TKD_TKD More than 1 year ago
Roxanne St Claire's story of Jocelyn Bloom & Will Palmer, the 2nd of the Barefoot Bay Series, is an emotionally intense account of how childhood affects the choices you make as an adult. Jocelyn Bloom has built a wall around her heart. She seeks safety & security while aching for love. She disappears from Mimosa Bay because of her abusive father and his threats against the man she loves. Fifteen years later Jocelyn comes home to hide and discovers that Will Palmer has been helping the man that she has avoided for years. Will doesn’t know why Joss disappeared from his life but wants a second chance with the woman he has never forgotten. He wants to break the shell around Joss’s heart but knows he must be careful or she will disappear from his life again. Jocelyn can’t bear for anyone to know her secrets, even her best friends. Coming back to Mimosa Bay stirs up emotions that Joss has kept buried for years. She walked away so the man she loved would have a future. Now she must reevaluate everything she thought was true so that maybe she can have a chance at happiness. This is not the typical book that I purchase but I am so glad that I did because not only did I LOVE this story but it touched my heart & soul.
Snag61 More than 1 year ago
.I am an avid fan of Roxanne St Claire – she is an auto-buy/keeper shelf author for me. When she introduced her contemporary romance series Barefoot Bay, I was thrilled. I loved the first book Barefoot in the Sand. This is the second in the series, and while I didn’t love it quite as much as I did “Sand” -- I did enjoy it. In this story, the hero (Will Palmer) and heroine (Jocelyn Bloom) have to overcome some pretty major emotional baggage before they can have their happily ever after.  She is a life coach for the rich and famous, but it is her own life that needs help. She is back in Barefoot Bay and learns that the boy next door, who she happened to love when she was a teenager, is also back and is now the care-taker for her father. Which wouldn’t be that big a deal if her father hadn’t been abusive to both Jocelyn and Will.  Guy Bloom isn’t a nice man. We see this right from the start – but this is one of the things I love most about Roxanne’s writing—she writes characters so well, we gradually become empathetic towards this old man. I found myself actually feeling sorry for him.  Will Palmer is a stand-up guy and a sexy, baseball player. Can’t go wrong there, in my book.  The story is sprinkled with humor and, of course, some hot loving. Also available:Barefoot in the Sun
Heather_94 More than 1 year ago
I was hooked on this series after reading the first book. This one continues in Barefoot Bay with Jocelyn and Will. Jocelyn is one Lacey's (from book #1) best friends and Will was her neighbor growing up. This book is a second chance at love romance and has emotional elements that will tug at your heart strings. In the first book it was evident that Jocelyn had issues with going home and they are addressed in this book with heart wrenching circumstances involving Jocelyn's father. Again, the secondary characters in this series are entertaining and the setting of Barefoot Bay is easy to see in your imagination. Looking forward to more books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Barefoot in the Rain is the second book of the Barefoot Bay series. This is Jocelyn's story & what a story it is! It's very emotional and contains all the elements of a love story and so much more. Love - Two people trying to reconnect Indecisions - Jocelyn has so many very emotional decisions to make Strength - She is a very strong woman with a few weaknesses tossed in Friends - She and her friends at Barefoot Bay share a special closeness and are always there for each other, almost on a mystical level And so much more I've always loved Ms. St Claire's style of writing and the Barefoot Bay series is no exception. Although each book in the series does quite well on it's own I love to start at the beginning to get a good feel of all the characters. The Barefoot Bay Series is a must read. Grab Barefoot in the Sand and I think you'll be grabing them all! You can find Roxanne St. Claire on Facebook as well as her blog.
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
Another great Barefoot Bay book. This story is about Jocelyn and Will, who used to be high school sweethearts. After a horrible incident , with her father in their senior year of high school, Jocelyn breaks up with Will and goes off to college, then moves from the East Coast to the West Coast to get away from Barefoot Bay. Now, Jocelyn is a life coach, helping others get their lives back into order. Too bad her's isn't. After a terrible scandal, she flees Hollywood to go back to Barefoot Bay to hide out from the paparazzi and be with her 3 best friends, and not let her father know she is there. Little does she know, her high school sweetheart, Will, is back in town, still living next door to her father and helping him since he has dementia. Jocelyn and Will slowly find their way back to each other. Will also wants Jocelyn to forgive her father. This story was emotional, sweet and sexy all at the same time. Read Jocelyn's story. You will not be disappointed.
paula_02912 More than 1 year ago
When we first meet Jocelyn "Joss" Bloom, she is this helpless young girl, who had no control over her situation in life. She is wildly into the boy next door, Will Palmer, star athlete at her high school. She is one of those teenage girls that was the perfect wallflower at parties, and school dances. Her goal was to blend in, without causing a tremor, which was pretty much how she had to live her home life. After the prologue, St. Clair artfully brought us to present day, and the chaos of Joss' life. She is a "Life Coach to the Stars" who found herself in an untenable situation. Her name, once heralded through Hollywood is now spoken with disdain throughout the Hollywood Hills. So, she had to don disguises to escape rumours and a mob of paparazzi, and go back home, a place she never expected to turn to for solace. The seeds of wonder, now sown by St. Claire, pushes you to continue, then she veers off to the hero of the story, Will Palmer. Will is your quintessential boy next door, major hottie who finds himself at home, trying to find his way back to what he was. His life is now in stasis while he waits for The Call, the one that will give him a career he desperately wants and needs. However, he finds himself doing the unexpected, and once that is revealed it creates a nice external conflict for him to battle with Joss. This layer of tension between them, made watching them come together that much more appealing.  Throughout the twists and turns of the novel, we see both, Will and Joss, grow and change. Through their conflicts they had  to recognize and admit their faults, as well as realize that their feelings for each other were not buried as deeply as they thought.  When they came together, Joss finds herself being "coached" by Will, who helps her to see that she is more than what she wants people to see. Both scarred by life, and scared by their feelings and desire for each other, Joss and Will relearn each other. They learn that depending on others for help is not a bad thing, and that in life, you need to find that someone who gets you, who understands you for who you are. Joss had to learn to love herself, as she was as a child, and overcome her feelings about her father. With Will's help, she learned to look beneath her dad's faults, to see the changed man he was. His disease changed him dramatically, and Joss found that she now had to be the parent to this man whom she felt terrorized her life. The sexual tension between Joss and Will was quite palpable, and I loved watching them dance around the issue, well, Joss dancing around the issue since Will was not at the top of her "list". I loved the scene where they first come together; it was reminiscent of her high school days after all, and who wouldn't want to make it around the bases with the captain of the team? I loved, how, St. Claire didn't make sex the central theme of this story. The overarching conflict conflict was front and center, coupled by the internal conflicts both Will and Joss had to deal with, it made for an interesting read. We learned a few things about the resident hoyden of Barefoot Bay, Charity Grambling, as well, and I was pleasantly surprised after looking beneath her external armour. No, I didn't fall in love with her, I mean she is a terror when it comes to keeping things the same after all, but what she did for Joss helped to reveal her humanness, and gave some insight as to who she really was beneath that tough exterior. It was the multifaceted nature of tis book that caused it to leave an indelible mark on me. Watching Joss try to navigate her new reality made me think about my own insecurities and the way I deal with things in my life. Her childhood was somewhat emblematic of my own, in the sense that the emotions she dealt with were mine, though the situation was different. I cried a lot during the reading of this book, and I'm sure that as I continue reading the other books in the Barefoot  Bay series, I will need many boxes of Kleenex :) You should check it out for yourselves. Happy reading!!!
Linda-Hankins More than 1 year ago
Tears in the Rain. In this second book of the Barefoot Bay series Roxanne St. Claire tackles a few tough subjects. Abuse, Alzheimer's and aging. You are introduced to the main characters Jocelyn, Will and Guy when the Will and Jocelyn are teens. Then the main part of the story is how Jocelyn deals with the emotions of the past and coming to terms with her father as well as her feelings for Will that have never truly changed. You will continue to see how the four women of the series interact and support each other without having known the whole truth about their friends even though they have known each other for a long time. Be prepared to go through a gambit of emotions as Roxanne takes us on the journey of Jocelyn's return home. This is one book that was both a joy to read as well as hard to read. The subject matter of abuse and Alzheimer's can be hard for some people to deal with, but I think she did a good job showing how things are not always how they appear when you first see them. I think this is the best book out of the series and will most likely re-read it again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this entire series. Great story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did what?!
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JLGD More than 1 year ago
Good story and a nice second book in this series, but so sad! Kind of a few twists and turns though to stay interesting. Just not what I expected.
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