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Reviewed in the United States on July 4, 2012
With BAREFOOT IN THE SAND, Roxanne St. Claire gives readers the first taste of an exciting new contemporary series.

When Lacey Armstrong loses everything she owns to a hurricane, it goes without saying that she is thankful or the sheer determination that kept her and her daughter alive. She excitedly decides to make a fresh new start by building a B&B where her family home once stood. She has a teen daughter to raise, an ex-husband to fend off, three long-time friends to confide in, and an architect to resist. When Clay Walker designs a retreat for Lacey, she is stunned to see that his visions are perfect for her beach property. When their attraction intensifies and Clay's secrets are exposed, Lacey needs to make decisions that could drastically affect her future.

Architect Clay Walker recognizes a prime opportunity when he sees it. When Lacey Armstrong needs an architect, he's excited to show her his ideas. Clay has some secrets and obstacles of his own and Lacey quite possible holds his success or failure in her hands. Given his attraction to Lacey, despite her concerns about being a handful of years older than him, he's determined to convince local officials to approve her building plans. Romantic competition in the form of Lacey's ex-husband may prove difficult as she becomes increasingly agitated by all of the decisions she's confronted with.

Roxanne St. Claire has penned a uniquely different romance in BAREFOOT IN THE SAND. This new series from an author best known for her popular romantic suspense novels, takes readers in a delightfully different direction with a sweetly sensual contemporary flare. Lacey and Clay are charming and their relationship is fresh and potent and while their age difference is discussed and understood, it isn't harped on continuously. I typically don't care for the "older woman" storyline, but because of the way it was written, it wasn't a negative for me. Secondary characters play a crucial role in this book and I'm looking forward to their stories in the future. I hope all readers, especially Ms. St. Claire's most loyal who may be like me and dislike change, will give this new series a chance because there will be no disappointments.

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