I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Barefoot in Pearls by Roxanne St. Claire
Series: The Barefoot Bay Brides Trilogy #3
Published by South Street Publishing on January 30, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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As her two best friends settle into their happily ever afters, destination wedding designer Arielle Chandler is beginning to wonder if the promise of “The One” – one true love, meant only for her – is merely folklore passed down from her Native American grandmother. But when a mysterious man nearly mows her down on a hill overlooking Barefoot Bay, the legend of destined love suddenly feels very real. That is, until Ari learns of Luke McBain’s plans to demolish a piece of land she believes is sacred.
Luke isn’t proud of the fact that he spent ten years as a mercenary warrior, fighting battles for another country. With those dark days behind him, he’s focused on creating a new life instead of destroying others, so he’s moved to Barefoot Bay to launch a contracting business and build a house for an old friend. But when an enigmatic dark-eyed beauty steals his attention and stops his progress with her announcement that he is about to flatten a native burial ground, Luke has a new battle to fight.
While their immediate and potent attraction grows complicated, Luke and Ari discover the hills of Barefoot Bay could be hiding something far different – and even more valuable – than ancient art or graves. They are determined to discover the truth, but that will come at a cost. Will they risk their chance at once-in-a-lifetime love to uncover secrets that could change the landscape of Barefoot Bay forever?
This series is a spinoff of Barefoot Bay
Wedding planners Willow Ambrose, Gussie McBain and Ari Chandler decided to combine their talents and form a destination wedding consultant company called Barefoot Brides, located in the Casa Blanca Resort & Spa on Barefoot Bay. Willow specializes in food and beverages; Gussie is the stylist; and, Ari handles set design and decor.
Willow’s story (Barefoot in White)
Willow is the daughter of a rock & roll legend and a supermodel. She’s estranged from her parents but her issues are with her mother. Willow lost a LOT of weight and no one but her business partners know her true identity. When Nick Hershey, her only true love from 12 years ago, shows up as part of a wedding party, Willow must face her past in ways she’s never done before. This story had heartbreaking moments and is one of incredible substance. LOVED it and Chapter 19 has one of the most erotic seduction scenes I have ever read…without consummation of the deed! 5 ★
Gussie’s Story (Barefoot in Lace)
Gussie’s signature look is one that changes daily, always a colorful wig and lots of makeup. Only her partners know the true reason why she wears the wig but when she runs into Tom DeMille, a famous fashion photographer, he sees what lies beneath and her life changes in extraordinary ways, and so does his. He has some serious baggage from his past and both touch each other in ways that heal them both, creating the most lovely of relationships. I’m still in love with this story. *sigh* 5 ★ and a ♥
Ari’s Story (Barefoot in Pearls)
Throughout the series, Ari’s told both her partners that it’s their destiny to meet The One. With each of them, she used her intuitive skills stemming from her Native American heritage to put their mates to the test. When she literally is run over by Luke McBain on a remote property, Ari recognizes him as her “The One,” not knowing he’s Gussie’s long, lost brother. But, he’s there to manage the construction of a mansion on property Ari believes is sacred. There’s quite a bit of suspense with this one, too, as there’s lots at stake with this property. As Ari and Luke, who also has a murky past, try to grapple with whether what they’re feeling is real, they must also contend with outside dark forces in the meantime. It’s a lovely story and, like the others, incredibly romantic and sensual without being graphic.
I LOVED this series! When I reached the end it was a little bittersweet until I read the excerpt at the end. It’s the first book in another spinoff series, this time spiced with suspense and a crossover character from the Guardian Angelinos series. St. Claire writes great romance and provides so much substance to each character. The issues are relevant and you can’t help but be drawn into every story. The resort venue just makes it even more special.