Barefoot with a Bodyguard

Barefoot with a Bodyguard

by Roxanne St. Claire


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Barefoot with a Bodyguard by Roxanne St. Claire

The Barefoot Bay Undercover Series
Introducing Barefoot Bay Undercover, a romantic adventure series set on the tropical beaches of Barefoot Bay. When former CIA consultant Gabe Rossi creates a secret "privatized witness protection" operation hidden within the security firm at the local resort, things get a little more suspenseful on the island paradise. Gabe's clients need to keep a low profile, stay safe, and possibly transform themselves...and, sometimes, they find love. (To find out how Gabe started the operation, be sure to read the series prequel novella, Barefoot Bound.)

Barefoot with a Bodyguard - book one in the series
About to take the bar exam after ending a five-year marriage that derailed her career plans and her life, Kate Kingston craves independence and a vacation. Somewhere warm with sea breezes, sunshine, sand...and no scary threats against her that have been showing up in her dad's office. Barefoot Bay is the perfect place for some serenity while she studies and puts her life back together. But when she meets the brooding wall of muscle her father hired to protect her, Kate feels her hard won independence slipping away as fast as her resolve to avoid men who wield power over her.

Mixed martial arts trainer Alec Petrov has been on the run for a long time. Guarding a young attorney-to-be while pretending to be her husband is not a bad way to live off the grid, hidden from the Russian mobster who is hunting Alec with deadly intent. But the beautiful young law student brings out a tender side Alec doesn't understand, or believe he deserves, and he soon realizes that keeping them both safe is only half the challenge. Keeping his hands off her and his attraction under control will be every bit as difficult in the close quarters of an exclusive resort.

When their make-believe honeymoon in paradise turns sensual, complicated, and dangerous, Alec and Kate realize it's not just their lives that are in jeopardy, it's their hearts. And they'll have to fight to the end to save each other...and their love.

"Plenty of heat, humor, and heart!" - USA Today Happily Ever After
"Fun and engaging! A celebration of family and forgiveness." - Publishers Weekly
"Lively, light, pure entertainment!" - Carly Phillips
Don't Miss a Minute in Barefoot Bay - the books can be read in any order and all stand alone!
Barefoot Bound - The Undercover Series Prequel
Barefoot with a Bodyguard (June 2015)
Barefoot with a Stranger (October 2015)
Barefoot with a Bad Boy (Date to be announced - Gabe's book!)

Secrets on the Sand (always free!)
Seduction on the Sand
Scandal on the Sand

Barefoot in White (currently free!)
Barefoot in Lace
Barefoot in Pearls

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990860730
Publisher: South Street Publishing
Publication date: 06/14/2015
Pages: 364
Sales rank: 732,031
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Roxanne St. Claire is New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of forty romance, suspense, and young adult novels. A six-time nominee and one-time winner of the Romance Writers of America prestigious RITA Award, Roxanne's novels have also been recognized with dozens of other industry awards, including the three National Reader's Choice Awards, the Booksellers Best Award, and the Borders "Top Pick" of the Year. She resides in Florida and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and at the beach.

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Barefoot with a Bodyguard 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful read, who wouldn't like a Russian :) I love Roxanne's books but I am loving the suspense. Gabe's character is hilarious and a wonderful addition to the Barefoot family. Wonderful read, I would recommend reading the prequel just to get a feel of Nino and Gabe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who doesn't love a good "turn your life around" book?!? I enjoyed this story very much. I just love a happy ending. If you haven't read any of the Barefoot Bay series you're missing out.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of romance novels and this one was one of the best. I could relate to a lot of this story. So glad I chose it.
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Rhodes123 More than 1 year ago
Kill Or Be Killed Extraordinary! Addictive! That's just a couple adjectives that describe Roxi St. Claire's books. This is the first book in the Barefoot Bay Undercover Series and Wowsa, what a start! I can't wait to read the next one. These books are stand alone issues that don't have to be read in order and contain no cliffhanger but do have a HEA.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A different kind of romance. Enjoyed it.
SeaWolf More than 1 year ago
Great book. Well written with a good plot and well developed characters. Will buy more from this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little too drawn out for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet story with a good amount of action - enjoyable read. However, being a medical person, there are a couple of errors that bothered me: one cannot stretch his biceps with his hands clasped on his head as the biceps are actually shortened in that position; neither do "tendons pop." There are facet joints in the neck that may pop prior to breaking the person's neck, but tendons are soft tissue that attach muscle to bone. One tendon might rupture with a specific directional force, but it would not create the sound the author is describing. It's the little details that make a story believable and show an author's thoroughness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely worth reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Touching,tastefull, thrilling. Indepth characters you realy can care about. Sexual tension without the usual moaning and growning. One of the best I HAVE EVER READ.
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PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
This book had a very exciting conclusion. I loved that, and, I loved that we are learning more about Gabe and Chessie and still involved with everyone at the resort. I love this series.
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LS135 More than 1 year ago
If you like Romantic Suspense you won't be disappointed! Kate and Alec have a wonderful adventure in Paradise....of course it wasn't supposed to be an adventure at all. The Romance is HOT and the Suspense is nail biting. Great read!
KimberlyDawn55 More than 1 year ago
Gabe has started a private witness protection program in Barefoot Bay. Kate's father has been getting threats against her, so she goes to hide out in Barefoot Bay. Alec is assigned to protect Kate, and pretend to be her husband, but he is also hiding from the Russian mafia. They aren't supposed to share any real details of their lives with each other, but they can't help it. The chemistry between them is uncontrollable. Will Kate be safe from the threats? Will the Russian mafia find Alec? Will Alec and Kate find more than protection? This book has just the right amount of romance and suspense.
sportochick More than 1 year ago
5 STARS full of action, intrigue, romance ~ FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THE BOOK ~  "I NEVER REALIZED THAT MY HANDS COULD BE GOOD, UNTIL I USED THEM TO TOUCH YOU."  This 1st book in the Barefoot Bay Undercover Series will not disappoint the reader. I was excited to see that this book wasn't a straight out romance. It had intrigue, conflicts, drama, attempted murder and yes eventually love. The plot kept me interested as to how two people from such extremely different backgrounds could find a common ground. It was also interesting how the author wove in future characters and plots for the next book in the series. The main characters are Alec and Kate. Kate comes from money, a bad divorce, a dislike of marriage and being controlled. Alec comes from the other side of the track and is so rough around the edges you just want to break down his walls. They are portrayed in a manner that you don't doubt their reasons for their actions. I love the Epilogue that leads into the next book and all I can say is you can feel Gabe's pain when he got some surprising information but you will need to read the book to see what I am talking about. It is a wonderful read for everyone. A copy was gifted in exchange for an honest review. To see the full review visit my blog: sportochicksmusings.blogspot .com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J: This story had better get moving because already she is annoying me. She is suppose to be so smart but is acting pretty stupid!
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Heather_94 More than 1 year ago
After reading the latest Barefoot book, Barefoot with a Bodyguard, I again would like to sell my house and move to Barefoot Bay! Roxanne hits the target again with this new series premiere by bringing her A-game when combining the charm of Mimosa Key and the thrill of the Guardian Angelinos. I first started reading Roxanne’s books when she wrote romantic suspense. I thoroughly enjoyed all of her books and was excited to read her new contemporary series starting with the original Barefoot Bay books. Then Roxanne announced she was writing a new twist on her contemporary books, with a revisit from an old favorite from her Guardian Angelino books, I was thrilled and could not wait for this new series. This new book, Barefoot with a Bodyguard, was everything I’d hoped for and more! It contained familiar characters in the vibrant setting of Barefoot Bay but had a new spin with the element of suspense Roxanne is so good at creating. The chemistry between Alec and Kate was instant and kept me turning the pages. In her usual style, Roxanne created intriguing main characters as well as her usual quirky and entertaining supporting characters. With each new Barefoot book, I am more and more swept away and left wanting. I cannot wait for the next few books in the series; they look as captivating, amusing, and suspenseful as the first one in this new series. And it all leads up to Gabriel Rossi’s story, one I’ve waited many years to read!
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
Alec Petrov has Dmitri Vlitnik, a Russian mobster, looking for him. Vlitnik thinks the time has come for Alec to be part of his group as the killer he knows Alec can be. Alec wants no part of this life and his friend Gregg helps him to go into hiding with the help of Gabriel Rossi. Gabe has the perfect plan....Alec will pretend to be the husband to another client who also needs to go into hiding, while also being her bodyguard. Kate Kingston is finally free of her ex-husband and all she wants to do is study, pass the law exam and practice law. Unfortunately, someone is threatening Kate and her father wants her protected so he gets in touch with Gabe Rossi. Gabe decides that Kate will pretend to be the wife of Alec, while on their honeymoon at Casa Blanca Resort & Spa...a perfect ruse. As Kate arrives at the spa, she meets Alec and is not happy about the arrangement. She does not want to rely on a man ever again! Gabe explains that she has no choice. In their villa they can be Kate and Alec but out of the villa they need to be Benjamin and Mathilda "Tilly" Carlson, two honeymooners happy in love. I just adored these two. I loved how they each had such an aversion to relationships based on their pasts. It was wonderful watching these two develop into such a fun and great couple. I loved how they kept blurring the lines of real and pretend. The added intrigue was fun. Totally did not guess what was going to happen! Love when I'm blindsided! It was a perfect mixture of intrigue and romance. Loved the secondary characters too! Poppy and Nino are a hoot together. Madame Valaina was awesome. Loved what she had Alec and Kate do. That was great! Overall I really enjoyed this first book in the new series from the Barefoot Bay line. I can't wait for the next one either!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the barefoot bay books and a few of her bullet catcher series and this one was by far the best book i have ever read of Roxanne StClaires!!!!!!! Loved the characters, great balance of romance and suspense. I could not put it down, and now i am counting the days until Barefoot With A Stranger comes out!!!!!!!
TKD_TKD More than 1 year ago
This is a blend of contemporary romance genre & romantic suspense that Roxanne St. Claire has hit out of the park!! I found this author thru her romantic suspense collection so it was EASY to fall in love with this book. Characters that will return in the series include an octogenarian Italian grandfather, Nino Rossi, who loves to feed everyone. Poppy, a Jamaican housekeeper charges EVERYONE for swearing in her presence with all monies going to the Jamaican Children’s fund. These too will continually bring a smile & laugh with every encounter. Gabriel Rossi, former CIA spook, is sexy and in charge. This book adds a Russian MMA fighter who is wanted by the mob, Alec Petrov. Gabe brings him to Barefoot Bay as a bodyguard to protect Kate Kingston, a prestigious judge’s daughter who is receiving death threats. Alec & Kate will be each other’s ‘cover’ while trying to protect their hearts from one another. The Epilogue isn’t typical but contains a surprise that will have you gasping and wanting more!