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Barefoot in the Sand (Barefoot Bay #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,196 Ratings  ·  248 Reviews
When a hurricane roars through Lacey Armstrong's home on the coast of Barefoot Bay, she decides all that remains in the rubble is opportunity. A new hotel is just what Mimosa Key needs, and Lacey and her teenage daughter are due for a fresh start. And nothing, especially not a hot, younger architect, is going to distract Lacey from finally making her dreams a reality.

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Published May 14th 2012 by Tantor Media (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I absolutely loved this book, I fell in love with it right away. I thought Lacey was was a strong, resilient heroine, and she felt very real and honest to me. Her relationship with her daughter Ashley was a lot like many single mothers and daughters, including myself; both the conflicts and the strenghts of it showed incredible reality to it. And when a hurricane literally turns her house (and her life) upside down, her relationship with her daughter always remains a priority.

Clay Walker, the h
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A quick light read that won’t tax your thought processes, which is great for an easy beach read. This had a chick-lit feel to it, especially in the beginning as so much is about Lacey and her friends, life, dreams…etc., but in the end it does pull out a good romance story too.

There were some enjoyable parts of this book, but unfortunately they were too far and few between for my liking. I would have liked more humor and more focus on the romance with Clay. I felt he got washed away with too man
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Barefoot In The Sand by Roxanne St. Claire is the perfect summer read. What a fantastic book! I am so glad I came across it! The story begins when Lacey Armstrong is victim to a hurricane that completely obliterates all her and her teenage daughter's material possessions, including their home. Lacey takes the opportunity of a clean slate to take a chance and build the hotel she's always wanted to have. All she needs is the best architect to build her dream. The architect that arrives, though, is ...more
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As a hurricane sweeps through Mimosa Key it takes everything single mother, Lacey Armstrong owns and almost takes the life of her and her daughter. When the storm breaks Lacey and her daughter emerge to see their life in shambles but Lacey also sees something else. Lacey sees an opportunity to start the business she has always dreamed of, a Bed and Breakfast.

Clay Walker is stepping out from his successful fathers shadow and Lacey’s Bed and Breakfast is the perfect architectural job for him to st
Christi Snow
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review:
Okay, I'll admit it. I was really upset when Roxanne said that she was going to start writing a contemporary series versus her normal romantic suspense. Not because I don't love contemporaries, because I do, but because I've always loved Roxanne St. Claire's romantic suspense writing. But I am OKAY WITH IT NOW, because this book WAS SO GOOD!

Lacey, the heroine of the story...OMG, I love her. I want to be friends with her!! She's thirty-seven years old and the mother of a fourteen year o
Mary Gramlich
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is love the one thing that can never be taken away?

Lacey Armstrong has spent her life chasing dreams that seemed so close yet like the horizon so far away. She was running a small but successful baking business until a hurricane came and took everything she owned away. Lacey is grateful that she and her daughter survived to build another day, but now the question looms what is she going to build and where?

A dream does answer her call in the form of Clay who is offering to help her build an exp
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Barefoot In The Sand
Barefoot Bay Series #1 by Roxanne St. Claire

I have to be honest in saying that I was a tad skeptical jumping from St. Claire's romantic suspense series' Guardian Angelinos and Bullet Catchers (my personal favorites in this genre) to her foray into contemporary romance. But I should have had more faith in her ability to bring brilliantly written characters to life on the page, sexual chemistry that has you anticipating and holding your breath like a teenager, and pulse poundin
When 36-year old Lacey Armstrong lost her home and all its contents in a Florida hurricane, she thought it was a chance to not only start over again with her 14-year old daughter but an opportunity to fulfill one of her dreams. Lacey decided to use her insurance proceeds to build her Bed & Breakfast, something she'd wanted to do since inheriting the house from her grandparents. The architect who showed up was not the elder gentleman on the website but his son, 29-year old Clay Walker, a man ...more
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roxanne St Claire’s Barefoot in the Sand is the perfect Summer time read! There is nothing I didn’t love about this book, from the wacky secondary characters to Lacey and Clay themselves. Barefoot in the Sand comes in with a roar, when Lacey’s because house is blown to bits by a hurricane. Rather than falling apart Lacey sees this as a chance to rebuild her life for herself and her teenage daughter, so she decides to take a chance and do what she has always dreamed of doing, running a bed and br ...more
Paula Robinson
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roxanne St. Claire's Barefoot in the Sand is one of those books I fell into. I loved all the characters, and I could relate to them in some way. This story is the first in St. Claire's Barefoot Bay series. It is about Lacey Armstrong and Clayton "Clay" Walker. The opening scene blew me away, pun intended. I lived that scene as if I was present in that storm. The emotions and questions Lacey had and felt we're realistic, and I could see each move that she made. Re-reading Barefoot in the Sand aft ...more
3/9 - This was a lot of fun to read. Also a very fast and engaging read that kept me off the computer all day, I started and finished the book instead. I thought the relationship between Lacey, Tessa, Zoe, and Jocelyn was what made the book. I loved the banter they had while they were encouraging Lacey to give Clay a chance. Clay's ideas about what he and Lacey could create in terms of the Casa Blanca resort sound idyllic and like a wonderful place to work as well as holiday. I would love to see ...more
Kat Latham
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The sultry Florida weather has nothing on Roxanne St. Claire when it comes to cranking up the heat!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Heat: Hot!

Lacey Armstrong and her 14-year-old daughter barely survived when a Gulf of Mexico hurricane slammed into their home. They lost everything they owned.

Six months later, with only an insurance check and a dream, Lacey contacts an architect to help her rebuild her home and turn it into a B&B.

When hot-as-hell Clay Walker - son of the architect she wanted to hire
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read several romantic suspense books by Roxanne St. Claire and was excited to hear she was writing a contemporary romance series. Barefoot in the Sand was a great book to read. Starting with the hurricane that wiped out Lacey's house in Barefoot Bay, this book jumped right in to the recovery and new life for Lacey and her daughter after the hurricane. Lacey's dream to own a bed and breakfast face many challenges and grows into reality along with her romance with Clay Walker. This is a gre ...more
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I enjoyed reading Barefoot in the Sand. Even if I wasn't a devoted fan of Roxanne St Claire (which I most definitely am) I would have picked this contemporary romance after reading the book description. She is a prolific & gifted writer.

This isn't the first contemporary romance she has written, however it's a bit of a departure from what she has been writing the last few years. Many of her fans know her best for her incredibly popular romantic suspense Bullet Catchers series. I believe a goo
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted here:

I am an absolute sucker for small town contemporary romances, and when the fairly new-to-me Roxanne St. Claire’s contemporary was posted on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to read and review this book. I’ve only read a few things by her, but everytime I put down one of her books, I immediately want to pick up another.

Lacey lost her entire life in a hurricane and is forced to start over with her teenage daughter. Her lifelon
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read a lot of Roxanne St Claire's romantic suspense. In fact I've devoured it once i discovered it. Her romantic suspense is pure magic. Barefoot in the Sand in Roxanne St. Claire's foray back into contemporary romance something I've read some of as well. This is book one in what will be 4 books in the Barefoot Bay series. The series is about 4 women who have been best friends since college. You get a peak at all 4 of them and what their books might be about but Barefoot in the Sand is all ...more
Maggie Lynch
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Taken from the author's own experience of the devastation a hurricane can bring, Barefoot in the Sand begins with a hurricane sweeping through Mimosa Key and taking every material thing single mother, Lacey Armstrong owns. When the storm breaks Lacey and her daughter emerge, ecstatic to be alive but devastated to see their life in shambles. The reader is invested, from the first page, in how Lacey puts her life and that of her daughter back together. After the destruction Lacey has the chance to ...more
Janette Bouerly
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roxanne St. Claire has done it again! I will admit I was skeptical when I heard she would be writing something other than romantic suspense - as I LOVED the Bullet Catchers and Guardian Angelinos. However, Roxanne did not disappoint with her debut contemporary novel. In fact, I found Barefoot in the Sand to be in my top five books ever! I could not love this book more! Barefoot Bay is a serene place on the island of Mimosa Key, just off the coast of Florida. The location was fabulous, and very o ...more
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Lacey Armstrong hires Clay Walker to build a bed and breakfast. She is thinking about having a relationship with him, but then her ex shows up. David Fox had left her when she got pregnant, and even though he was allowed to see her daughter, Ashley any time he wanted, he only saw her once, when Ashley was a year old. Ashley is now fourteen, and has been talking to him online. She thinks Lacey and David will get back together. However, Lacey is falling in love with Clay.
This was a great book. Bo
Sadie Carrieri
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a new fan of Roxanne St.Claire and thorough enjoyed reading Barefoot in the Sand an appropriate title for the setting. Lacy and Clay the heroine and hero are a perfect match. They love each other from the start but both have to overcome the past before they can fully commit to each other and the future. Lacy's friends are a great encouragement to her. Her daughter is somewhat antagonistic towards Clay and has secretly contacted her father whom she has not seen in six years. All adds up in t ...more
Gina Ceballos
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First book of a new series from Roxanne St. Claire and another hit.

The book start in the middle of a hurricane and the whole story pick that pace right away. There is never a dull moment. It was a wonderful story and spectacularly told. Had enough twist that had me guessing what was going to happen next. Clay was perfect.

I’m sure of one thing. If Ms. St. Claire is writing, I’m sure will be reading it.
Shelley Wall
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roxanne St. Claire was recommended to me by one of the judges in a contest I entered recently. It was a great read. I loved the way the characters were developed, not just the main ones but the sub-characters also.

It was a definite feel-good love story that had some interesting little twists and turns. I certainly will read more of Roxanne's work.
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great first book in the series. This is a book about Lacey the first of four best friends. Lacey, a single mother is strong, beautiful, and after a tragedy is ready to pick up the pieces and start again. Her hero, Clay also has had some rough spots in his life. This is a cute story of the two of them finding their way to each other. It was a fun, light read. I really enjoyed it.
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*4.5 Stars*

Really enjoyed this one! The hero and the heroine were great together. I liked that the younger hero actually felt younger (in terms of lingo).

Full review to come.
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars
I am so damn happy that Roxanne has a new series! I have been hooked on her books since the Bullet Catchers Series.

This new series is hot, humorous, and addictive.

I was hooked from the horrific, heart-pounding beginning of Barefoot in the Sand. Roxanne knows how to draw the reader in with such descriptive scenes. I felt like I had suffered along with Ashley and Lacey, huddled underneath the mattress as hurricane winds tore off the roof of her home.

The sexual chemistry is great betwee
Leigh Duncan
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always considered Roxanne St. Claire to be one of the finest Romantic Suspense authors in today's market. So, when she said she was going to try something a little different, I wasn't sure whether I'd like it or not. Well, I don't. I LOVE IT! Barefoot in the Sand has moved to the top of my all-time-favorite books. And I'm eagerly waiting watching for her next installment in the Barefoot Bay Series.
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. It is the first book of Roxanne St. Clair's that I have read. It was really enjoyable. It had parts that made me cry and laugh. I really loved the ending. I will be reading othe books by Roxanne St. Clair. Thanks for an awesome read!
Ann Mulholland
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Laughed, cried, was a very good read
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun and sexy beach read. I loved it and can't wait for the next in the series!
Mandi Schreiner
Favorite Quote: “How’d it go with the big stud? That’s an architectural term, you know.”

I believe this book is the first foray into contemporary romance for Roxanne St. Claire. I saw Nicole tweet that this book has a very "Ford-esque” (Ford from Jill Shalvis’s Lucky Harbor series) feel, and when someone compares a book to my beloved Ford, I pay attention. I’m glad I did.

Lacey Alexander and her fourteen year old daughter Ashley survive a hurricane in their Florida town of Mimosa Key. But unfortun
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

The story starts out with quite a bang as we’re dropped right in the middle of a hurricane. Lacey is trying to get herself and her daughter into a bathtub, covered with a mattress as the storm is heading right over their house. They manage to survive, but nothing else does. They home is gone, along with everything they own, but Lacey sees this as an opportunity. Thinking of her lifelong dream of running a B&B, she starts to envision what she can use t
Lindsay Mcneal
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with Roxanne St. Claire with her romantic suspense series. Both the Bullet Catchers and Guardian Angelinos series drew me in from the start, but I will admit I wasn't sure about Roxanne's switch to contemporary romance. After much debate with myself I decided that since I had loved all her other books I would at least read the first Barefoot Bay.

It was a quick read and a true story of friendship. Lacey and her three friends (Jocelyn, Zoe, and Tessa) always rally when one of them n
Mar 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lacey Armstrong and her daughter, Ashley are lucky to be alive. They have just survived Hurricane Damien. Now, Lacey and Ashley have to rebuld their lives. This means a brand new start for Lacey. She can finally build the bed and breakfast that she wanted.

Clay Walker is trying to make a name for himself and break away from his father's shadow. This is why, when Clay hears that Lacey needs a contractor, he knows he is the right man for the job. This will be his opportunity to show what he can do
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book out because of the Florida beach theme. So glad I did! Roxanne realistically captured the emotions of real life situations; surviving a hurricane (been there, done that,), a single mother trying to rebuild their life while trying to be a good example for her daughter (been there, done that), living in a small community where everyone knows everything (been there, done that). She infused all of this with humor, romance and emotion that left me laughing, crying a sighing. An awe ...more
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, read-in-2015
Read at the beach in Old Orchard, after browsing the local discount bookstore for a paperback because I was afraid of getting sand in my ereader. The beautiful weather and environment almost certainly improved this book at least 25%. But it was still great without it, with a ton of my catnip tropes - small town! heroine who wants to run an inn! architect hero!!! I cried twice and chuckled way more than that, and just generally had a lot of feelings.

I thought it set up the next books really well
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Roxanne St. Claire. Even tho this book is nothing like her alpha-male hero Bodyguards series, I see the strength of her writing come thru in this new story taking place in Barefoot Bay, Florida after a hurricane wipes out the beach. While I haven't quite forgiven her for ending her other series, this new one is pretty awesome :) and was a perfect vacation read.
I didn't think that I would enjoy this as much as I did. I dragged my feet picking it up, but when several people tell me that I will enjoy a book--they are usually right. And they were.

This is a lovely contemporary romance. The main character is strong and I really like the "triangle".

I recommend.
Julie Alvarez
Loved this book. Very well written. Enjoyed Lacey and Clay and can't wait to see what happens with her friends. Roxanne St. Clair is an amazing writer.
Glenda Bettin
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
as usual I love Rox's books, this one didn't disappoint me, was just as good, can't wait to read Barefoot in thr Rain, 10 stars to this one
Jessica Lemmon
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new favorite author! I adore this book, can't wait for Barefoot in the Rain...oh wait, I don't have to, I have an ARC. *grin*
Glynda Roy
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading her Guardian Angelinos series (love it) and decided to try some of her others. Loved this one too.
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Might be my favorite book ever by Rocki! Can't wait for next book in the series. Full review to come.
Linda Langford at Chatting About Cozies
Story is very, very funny!! Ending is REALLY good!! Loved it!!
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful. Can't wait for the second one.
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a new author for me, so going in blind.
This book started out so,so. I thought about dropping it.
The author was setting up some of the main character, Lacey's backstory;
I got that, but the dialog between Lacey and her female "pack" of buds was boring, silly, and didnt add to the story much. "Where is the plot?", I kept asking. I found myself skimming over some pretty useless chatter. Once I got past that...after the first 40 pages or so, the story really begins.
At that point, it pulled
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