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Barefoot by the Sea (Barefoot Bay Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Roxanne St. Claire
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"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?

Editorial Reviews


"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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About 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:

Twitter @roxannestclaire

Product Details

  • File Size: 684 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (October 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,191 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tessa's Story - *Small Spoiler Alert* November 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
So, we've arrived at Tessa's story and what I presume is the end to the Barefoot series. This series was my first experience with Roxanne St. Claire's writing and I enjoyed the series overall. It dealt with many weighty topics that I haven't seen in recent contemporary romances. But Tessa is the character I struggled with the most throughout the series. Her struggles with infertility and her ex-husband's infidelity were heart-wrenching. However, her unrelenting determination to weed out all of her friends' innermost secrets got old very quickly. In this story, she manages to fall head over heels for a guy that has an insane amount of secrets. Given how she'd gone on and on in past stories about the importance of honesty and friends confiding in one another, it was hard for me to believe that she'd allow herself to get wrapped up in a guy that was setting off all of her *dishonesty danger* bells and whistles. And for all of her lectures on honesty, Tessa falls short on several fronts, but I won't spoil it! :-)

John also frustrated me. His back story is a tear-jerker and your heart had to go out to the guy because there were so many things that were out of his control throughout the course of this story. And yet, I still wanted him to have to work a little bit harder for his end of the HEA. There is a marriage of convenience plot in this story, but I couldn't get into it because the rationale that John was given for needing a wife didn't seem realistic.

In the end, we get a nice 'deus ex machina' solution to all of life's problems and while I always love a good HEA, I prefer when the hero/heroine put in the work to get there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate, Gripping & Intense! October 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
"Barefoot By The Sea

Oh Finally.... YES! The fourth book in the Barefoot Bay series totally grabs you from the very first, deliciously sinful scene with "sex-on-two-legs" John Brown! And of course, our favorite quad of BFF's from the Barefoot Bay series - Lacey, Jocelyn, Zoe and the STAR of SEA, whose story I've so eagerly awaited - Tessa Galloway! Well, you will NOT be disappointed because this, in my opinion, is the BEST in the series!

But don't let John's outwardly "stunning" package fool you ;) The author, St. Claire, builds powerfully real, complex characters, quickly but methodically. In SEA, she works her magic yet again as she pens one of her most honorable, secretly anguished, yet confidently passionate (in every way) heroes to date, while he effortlessly steals into your heart. In SEA, he's desperately seeking to find a way to drown out the painfully dark memories of his past that he must keep deeply hidden while waiting to be reunited with his two small children taken from him in a plan to keep them protected from harm after having been forced into the witness protection program. The only obstacles, land a stable job and get married.

The all-natural, perfectly lovely Tessa, lives and breathes her organic farming and the entire process of life and nature. She cherishes spending time with her best friends who have become her family, helping to create their dream of Casa Blanca. Forever unsuccessful in her attempts to conceive a child with her former cheating, "now" ex-husband, Tessa has been relentlessly seeking alternate ways to have a baby on her own. She also despises secrets and seems to have an internal radar for when someone is hiding the truth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect ending to a fantastic series November 6, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Originally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 5 Controllers
Reviewer: Ariel

The perfect ending to a fantastic series, Barefoot by the Sea was everything I hoped it would be. The story follows Tessa Galloway, the last of the four best friends who started Casa Blanca resort. All of her friends have managed to find love at Barefoot Bay, and Tessa is no exception.

Tessa is a wonderful character. She’s sweet, she’s loyal to her friends, and she wants to be a mother more than anything. Tessa has always wanted a baby, but she has never been able to conceive. Her bookshelf contains an entire section of books dedicated to getting pregnant. She’s looking into trying a surrogate, but she simply cannot find the perfect sperm donor. Then comes along John Brown, whose real name is Ian Browning. After his wife and brother were murdered by a London gang, Ian was forced to go into the UK’s version of the witness protection program, separated from his twin toddlers.

Tessa and Ian hit it off right away, although Tessa has no idea who Ian really is. If he somehow lets his identity slip, he gets relocated to start a new life elsewhere, and is one step farther away from getting his children back, the one thing he wants most in the world. Tessa can tell that Ian is hiding something from her, she just isn’t entirely sure what. This, if you’ve read any of the previous Barefoot Bay novels, is a huge problem considering Tessa hates secrets more than anything else.

This novel finally explains why Tessa hates secrets, and my heart went out to her. It’s a good backstory that ties into everything the reader knows about Tessa from the previous books, as well as from this story alone. The chemistry between her and Ian is done really well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars not up to par
Just couldn't force myself through this one. I am a huge fan of Ms. St. Claire's; however, this one was horrible. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Johnna Y. Ridenour
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great price cant wait to read thank you!
Published 5 months ago by LOri Nash
5.0 out of 5 stars Barefoot by the sea
This was by far the best read of the barefoot series. I could not put the book down. I let things go that needed to be done too read the book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by LNash
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 months ago by S. Lyall
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed them all very much
Last book in series of 4. Enjoyed them all very much.
Published 6 months ago by Carus Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Summer Read!
I got the book for free through Goodreads First Reads! I received it yesterday and couldn't put it down! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ashley Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Her characters are believable and this one by the sea has a great...
St Clare does a magnificent job story telling.. Her characters are believable and this one by the sea has a great story.
You will love it
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Much of a Stretch to Enjoy
Barefoot by the Sea is the fourth book in the series. I enjoyed all the books in this series but this one seemed a bit of a stretch to me. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Roxanne has done it again!
I have all of the Barefoot Bay novels. It's a great series. This one was especially good because the main characters had each decided that finding a lasting love was not in the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tazzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series
I love Series books, once I find the kind I like and I have loved each of this series. A little fantasy and Love happy endings. Read more
Published 11 months ago by B. King
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More About the Author

ROXANNE ST. CLAIRE is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of more than thirty novels of romance and suspense. She is the author of the Barefoot Bay contemporary series as well as two very popular suspense series, the Bullet Catchers and the Guardian Angelinos.

A six-time nominee and one-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award for the best in romantic fiction, Roxanne's books have also been awarded the National Readers Choice Award for best romantic suspense three times, as well as the Daphne du Maurier award, the Booksellers Best Award, the Award of Excellence, the Maggie, the Holt Medallion and many more. Roxanne's books have been published in dozens of countries and are routinely featured as selections in the Doubleday and Rhapsody book clubs.

Free reads, excerpts, character profiles, author news and contests can be found on her web site: You can follow her at and,or email her via her web site. Roxanne lives in Florida with her husband, two children and loves to hear from readers all over the world!

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