Author: Roxanne St. Claire

Barefoot at Midnight by Roxanne St. Claire

Posted November 22, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

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Barefoot at Midnight by Roxanne St. ClaireBarefoot at Midnight by Roxanne St. Claire
Series: Barefoot Bay Timeless #3
Published by South Street Publishing on October 18, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 322
Format: eARC
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Lawson Monroe is a chef without a restaurant...but his friend and mentor makes a deathbed promise to leave Law the only dive bar on Mimosa Key. Law has big plans for the place, until he walks directly into the luscious body and gorgeous face of Libby Chesterfield and her outrageous claim that the Toasted Pelican should come to her.

When Libby learned that the man who once owned the crappiest watering hole on the island was actually her biological father, she decided the least he owed her was his unclaimed business. The old man wasn't there for her when she and her brother were growing up near Barefoot Bay, but his legacy can help her build a new future when she transforms the property into Balance, a yoga studio. The only obstacle? Her father apparently named former bad boy and current sexy silver fox Lawless Monroe his heir.

Law never thought he'd want anything more than the chance to make a living cooking his food for the people of Barefoot Bay...but Libby arouses an irresistible hunger in him. Battling an attraction that sizzles hotter than one of Law's cast-iron skillets and uncovering long-buried secrets with more twists than one of Libby's yoga poses, they'll have find a way to both get what they want...especially if what they really want is each other.

 

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Lawson (Law) Monroe was the sous chef at the Mimosa Key Ritz-Carlton when Jake Carpenter, his surrogate father, friend and proprietor of the Toasted Pelican, dies of a stroke. Law has begged Jake for years to allow him to turn the seedy bar into a “gastropub” and on his deathbed, Jake told him that he wanted him to have the bar. But, soon after, Law runs into serious obstacles finding Jake’s will and the owners of the shell company barring him from taking over. Libby Chesterfield, Law’s high school dream, is behind the stonewalling and the two of them go head-t0-head in battling over the property and their obvious personal attraction.

 
Honestly, I wasn’t looking forward to Law’s story as I’d judged him (unfairly) as shallow and sexist. Trust St. Claire to turn my opinion on its head as not only was he a man of true substance but was someone quite admirable given all he’d overcome. Libby represents all those gorgeous women we think are so lucky to have those physical gifts but is dying inside to be taken seriously and judged for those things other than exterior assets.

 
This was a complicated story despite Law and Libby’s glib banter. Figuring out the mystery behind Jake’s ownership of the bar and Libby’s true paternity was a bit gnarly and interesting. But, I wasn’t charmed by her offbeat mother, who created lots of unnecessary drama in her children’s lives. It was such a good book and am glad I didn’t put it off. And, the good news is there will be three more silver fox stories! Well done as it’s such a nice change of pace to read about more mature characters. Loved it!

About Roxanne St. Claire

Roxanne St. Claire is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty novels of suspense and romance, including three popular series (The Bullet Catchers, The Guardian Angelinos, and Barefoot Bay) and multiple stand alone books.

In addition to being a six-time nominee and one-time winner of the RITA Award, Roxanne’s novels have won the National Reader’s Choice Award for best romantic suspense three times, as well as the Daphne du Maurier Award, the HOLT Medallion, the Maggie, Booksellers Best, Book Buyers Best, the Award of Excellence, and many others. Her books have been translated into dozens of languages and are routinely included as a Doubleday/Rhapsody Book Club Selection of the Month.


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