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No Tan Lines (Barefoot William #1)

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,208 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
There's a place where the ocean meets the shore, where kicking off your shoes and baring some skin is as natural as sneaking under the boardwalk for an ice cream cone and stolen kisses.

But life isn't all a beach for Shaye Cates, even if her idea of an office is a shady umbrella at the water's edge equipped with cell phone and laptop. Steely-eyed Trace Saunders is the incr
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Published May 29th 2012 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jane Stewart
Pleasant light reading. Enjoyable enough that I did not wish it would be over. But it needed something more to go to more stars.

About a hundred years ago William Cates founded a fishing village on the SW Florida Gulf Coast called Barefoot William. A little later Evan Saunders founded Saunders Shores next to Barefoot William. Today Saunder Shores is a high end resort for the wealthy. Barefoot William has amusement park rides and inexpensive gift shops. The two families have disliked e
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: 2.5/5

This story would make a good beach read; light, easy, a really fast read that has a main relationship between Shaye and Trace that’s nice, but doesn’t go very deep. These two people start out as enemies due mainly in part to a long standing family feud that has divided their small beach town. The Cates family is a hard working, big loving group that is more about fun and family then making money. Their side of town is where you go to rid
Sep 15, 2013 Kristin marked it as gave-up-on  ·  review of another edition
This was one of those books I just couldn't get interested in and couldn't finish. The storyline was so simplistic and the characters did not act like they owned a major chunk of real estate and trying to plan ways to increase revenue to their large corporations. Instead the characters felt like they were teens still arguing over homecoming parties or something trivial. Shaye still having hard feelings because Trace stole her cousin's girlfriend in high school was immature and their relationship ...more
Mar 22, 2012 Charity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as an ARC for my review through
This is a solid 4 Star read and completely addictive. Kate Angell has no problem sucking you into the story, the family feud, and the love.

Shaye is by far my favorite character in this story. She is strong, independent, smart, funny, loving, and the list can go on and on. Having to put feuding families aside to keep her town afloat has proved to be both stressful and sinful. She does what she has to as well as what she isn’t supposed t
Jun 19, 2012 Toni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kensington-arcs
No Tan Lines is fun, fun, fun.

The town of Barefoot William was founded on freedom, joy and fun. Leave your worries behind and come to paradise to relax and enjoy yourself. That has been the basis of this community for generations, unlike the neighboring community of Saunders Shores. They desire the high life of glitz, riches and exclusivity. They are the elite and they are far removed from the carefree lifestyle of the laid back town of Barefoot William. Since the conception of these two commun
Aug 07, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was by far one of my favorite couplings, I found the Trace and Shaye to be honest (even when being deceptive) and heart warming. Its nice when you run a across a couple that can given you that push and pull everyone loves but can also give you the realistic ending of a love story. I liked that they had become a couple and that they chose to see where they would take it instead of let it be ran by fear of what other might think. I liked that in the end there wasn't a huge dramatic moment whe ...more
Darcy Nikkel
I usually love Kate Angell especially the Richmond Rogues. With this book it was a cute read the only thing that bothered me was the inconsistencies of time lines. I don't know why but it bugs me. If there was only one I would not even bat an eye but there was unfortunately quite a few. But besides that It was a cute read. I would read the next one if there was one especially so we can find out what happens with Dune and Sophie.
Sarah Eiseman
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This summer I’ve had only a little time for free reading due to a crazy school schedule. I’ve been super-picky about what I’ve given myself for fun reading, often giving some books less of a shot than I typically do. Today’s book by Kate Angell unfortunately fell into the category of DNF. I hate giving books negative reviews, but this book had a few too many ups and downs for me to continue.

The story followed a long feud between two families in a small be
3.5 stars.

I really enjoyed No Tan Lines by Kate Angell. This is a good summer read. Shay Cates and Trace Saunders are long-time enemies. There's been a feud between their families for a hundred years. There's a line down the centre of the town which neither one really wants to cross.

The Cates family owns all the businesses along the boardwalk in Barefoot William whereas the Saunders family run high-end, exlusive businesses. However, Shay's businesses are in trouble and she organises a volleybal
Jun 19, 2012 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this novel as an ARC from Kensington Publishing.

Shaye Cates and Trace Saunders have hated each other from the time they were kids. Their bone-deep hatred of each other stemmed from a century-old feud between their families. Shaye’s great-great-great grandfather, William Cates, founded the small fishing village of Barefoot William located in Southwest Florida along the Gulf coast. The town was all about fun and existed peacefully for 2 decades until Evan Saunders, a capitalist, sought
A mediocre book and a mediocre romance,
I was not impressed with the book, the characters, the storyline was meandering and the entire book rather meaningless, unless you want to read a rambling description of nail polish colors, outfits for the women, outfits of the men, forced humour from a parrot and many other secondary romances thrown in willy nilly. The sex in the story seemed out of place because this was a book about every sport you can think of, certainly the focus was on plays and innin
Lady Lioness
The first half of the book, the part that focuses on Shaye and Trace is an excellent summer read. However, just as they're about to get to the nitty-gritty of their relationship, Angell switches perspective to Kai and Nicole. We never fully return to Shaye and Trace, which makes it difficult to fully relate to their sudden plans to get married. If one perspective jump wasn't enough, Angell goes from Kai & Nicole to Dune & Sophie. Any of these couples could have carried a book on their ow ...more
Just - The romance reader
I've become a major Kate Angell fan with her great characters and steamy romances and this book was really no exception. Shay and Trace appear to be so different on the surface with their feuding families but they're really cut from the same clothe when you get to know them. I adore Shay's tight-knit family and her laidback attitude. And Trace? The man is definitely crave-able! Shay's bird Olive cracks me up, but I was hugged by a lot of inaccuracies with her character - I had a Quaker and altho ...more
Tina Harris
Apr 19, 2016 Tina Harris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No Tan Lines is book 1 in the Barefoot William series. I absolutely loved at its best. This is a great summer beach read or even a winter read to bring some sun and fun to your day. I connected with the characters. The supporting characters were amazing too, letting us get a glimpse of the future books. I am a huge fan of Author Kate Angell. I loved all the books in this series.

There has been a line drawn between the Cates &
MarQuinta  Moore
There was so much build up for the main characters to get together yet when it happened it was rushed, everything seemed to be rushed! As much as I liked the secondary characters I didn't like how the last half of the book focused on them, I understand that the author wanted to set the stage for the next book, but she focused so much on the romances of the secondary characters that we lose seeing the main characters together, we dont get to see how they are in a relationship, we have very little ...more
Julie Mink
Apr 25, 2014 Julie Mink rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 1st book in the Barefoot William trilogy is a sweet hot romance. The 100 year feud separates the towns of Barefoot William and Saunders Shore. Shaye Cates is responsible for Barefoot Williams and the welfare of her family. She is sunshine and sand. Trace Saunders is the CEO of Saunders Shore and he is buttoned down and uptight. How will they work together to put on a volleyball tournament Shaye needs to help the bottom line of Barefoot William and save her family's summer profits.

A sweet exp
I loved that book. It was a beautiful, funny and sexy story and Olive just cracked me up. :)
Jul 24, 2012 Zina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It started off good, then kind of fizzled in the end. Not a bad book, though.
I really hope that the next book in the series is about Dune and Sophie!
Vickie Paye
I like this series because the women are always strong women, sometimes they don't realize it, which makes for a good read. Just like women in real life I know! Throwing an unexpected man into the mix makes it more interesting! Like in this story, when you have 2 complete opposites from feuding families that have known each other all their lives suddenly find themselves attracted to each other! Love Shaye with her big heart, and Trace who is nothing like you'd expect him to be. Cant wait to read ...more
No Tan Lines by Kate Angell (or Barefoot on the Boardwalk as I tend to think of this story) is a quick, light read. It's a good summer or beach read... I mean it has the sand and waves, the boardwalk, the fair, and most importantly, the romance.

The story began with lots of potential and a great background story. The Saunders and the Cateses are two families who have been feuding for 100 years. Barefoot William was once a united beach town in Florida, but became divided into Barefoot William and
Jun 08, 2012 ~JenRen~ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review: No Tan Lines, Kate Angell

Contemporary Romance
Published: June 2012
Publisher: Kensington Corp.

There's a place where the ocean meets the shore, where kicking off your shoes and baring some skin is as natural as sneaking under the boardwalk for an ice cream cone and stolen kisses. But life isn't all a beach for Shaye Cates, even if her idea of an office is a shady umbrella at the water's edge equipped with cell phone and laptop. Steely-eyed Tra
Aug 01, 2013 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Readers have to relish family feuds in order to enjoy Angell’s newest novel. We’re talking Capulets and Montagues, Hatfields and McCoys, without the body count, but with snarking and innuendo instead. How much of this readers can take in a romance before the love interests get together will determine how much readers will like this book.

A stretch of the southwest Florida shore breaks into two side-by-side communities with divergent purposes: Barefoot William boasts a boardwalk with family-run co
Tabby -  Shattered Hearts Reviews
I am huge lover of Contemporary Romance, which is why this book appealed to me in the first place. It's basically your modern day version of Romeo and Juliet. You know - "Boy meets girl, and both are from families who have hated each other for centuries" - type of book. Given that, one would think that this book would be a freaking awesome read, right?! While I can't say it was one of my favorites, it was a disappointment either.

Leading off you have Shaye. Tomboy Shaye, who's family owns the tow
Nice story. The cover copy says it's about Trace and Shaye, but at least as much time is devoted to two other couples, which was okay, I guess, but it would have been nice to have more time with the hero and heroine. There wasn't much angst to the story--both characters were well-adjusted and decent people, without issues except maybe of the workaholic kind. I guess that's why Angell had so many subplot romances. She needed to fill the space. The ending was sweet and just a little poignant. I li ...more
Michele ~ la Smoocherina
Amazon blurb : releases May 29

There's a place where the ocean meets the shore, where kicking off your shoes and baring some skin is as natural as sneaking under the boardwalk for an ice cream cone and stolen kisses.
But life isn't all a beach for Shaye Cates, even if her idea of an office is a shady umbrella at the water's edge equipped with cell phone and laptop. Steely-eyed Trace Saunders is the incredibly irksome fly in her coconut tanning oil. And running a kids' softball team with her longti
May 08, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is really more like 3.5 stars. The beginning is very slow and hard to get into. I felt like there was a lot of the emotional connection to the characters missing in the writing. It was a bit bland. However, the closer we come to the volleyball tournament, the better the characters and the writing becomes. I felt that the good part was too short. I knew the way the book would turn out almost from the beginning, but was still happy with the outcome. I liked Trace a lot, even when he was being ...more
May 31, 2013 Micah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a lot of Kate Angell's books. I find them impossible to put down and a perfect escape. More than the stories and even the characters, I love the communities she creates and describes. They seem so real, and I always end up wanting to visit them. During her baseball series, I really wanted to visit Richmond and catch a Rogues game. Now, I have a longing to visit Barefoot William ... and maybe go over to Saunders Shores for a day. "No Tan Lines" was a great introduction to these two new ...more
Jun 29, 2016 SyLvIa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kate-angell
overall it is okay, however i think the story could be concentrated on Shaye & Trace more instead of jumping the direction to Sophie & Dune or Kai & Nicole... content is "sparsely" spread out instead of focusing on main characters, like all of a sudden, Trace & Shaye have been sleeping together for some time and ready to get married...

in the end, makes me feel like the author run out of ideas on what to write about the 2 main characters therefore she turn the direction to other c
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