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No Kissing Under the Boardwalk

(Barefoot William Beach #7)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  260 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Will a first love get a second chance?

Zane Cates has fallen in love twice--once with flying, and once with Tori Rollins, the girl who stole his heart in high school. For a brief, shining moment, their future looked bright. Then the offer of a place at the Air Force Academy got between Zane and his beautiful young wife, and he found his marriage over as abruptly
Paperback, 260 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, netgalley
It's been too long since I read a book by Kate Angell. She's a wonderful author who's really great at combining gut-punching feels with fun sexy times. Her books are always a lovely pick me up, and this one in particular makes for a lovely beach-read!


I do have some issues with this one. Mostly the pacing. This is basically a story about two couples, Zane and Tori, and their respective best friends Race and Blu. They've know each other since high school, Zane and Tori being high school sweet
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, own, kindle
You just can't go wrong with a Kate Angell book.

In No Kissing under the Boardwalk, we see Zane and Tori as high school sweethearts. They love each other desperately and Zane would do anything for Tori.

We see young love, heart-break, angst, and possible second chances. Choices may rip them apart, literally, but will adult choices bring them back together or will past hurts never heal?

We have got to see Zane and his crazy dog Oswald in past Barefoot William books, but it was good to see him as a
This was my first book by Kate Angell, but it definitely won't be the last. I've already put the first six books on my TBR list. The setup of the book was interesting. I expected, from the blurb, that the early part of Tori and Zane's romance would be covered in a chapter or two, with the larger part of the book devoted to them getting back together. Instead, it was evenly divided between the two. While I thoroughly enjoyed seeing them fall in love, I would have liked a bit more time and depth t ...more
Bette Hansen
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love the little town of Barefoot William that author Kate Angell has created and this book and characters are a addition to the series. This is a wonderful tale of two people finding that perfect love too early in life and not always knowing how to handle life's ups and downs. It's a love that's lasting. A love that years apart can't end. Zane realizes this and returns home hoping for a second chance with Tori. Tori's pain is still too real and convincing her to trust him again will be the big ...more
Micky Cox
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was quite surprising. It started off as just another sweet teenage romance set in a tourist area on the beach, but then takes quite a turn with death, devotion, heartbreak, struggle and reconnection after 18 years apart. It was a much meatier drama than your traditional romance. As adults with different perspectives of what happened as teens, it was interesting to see how the author wove the story as it came to conclusion. I have to say the author wove quite a story and I would be intr ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
The first half of this book was great, and the whole thing was skillfully written and well edited. I loved the idea of two very different people having a chance at love. Zane comes from a large, wealthy extended family with several generations who have made a touristy, Florida beachside community home. Tori’s parents have moved from place to place, eking out an existence. In spite of their differences, Zane and Tori fall in love but delay any marriage plans until after college – interior design ...more
Sally Coles
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Zane and Tori were childhood sweethearts who got married very young and who's marriage ended abruptly when he joined the air force as a pilot. Now back after many years Zane is determined to find Tori and win her back as she had always been the one that got away..... but how will Tori feel about that after all those years?

I enjoyed this second time around book I liked the characters, although I thought it a bit arrogant of Zane to think he could just come back and get her back, I haven't read t
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I love the town of Barefoot Williams and the Cates family in general. I enjoyed the teen romance of Zane and Tori as they fall in love. I didn't like their breakup and this weird time in the middle before they come together again years later.

Angell does give all the emotions.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
A great beach read! A fun, quick, feel-good story.

Thank you #netgalley and #kensingtonbooks for this eARC.
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Started off real well, but I found their reconnection to be too fast for the issues that Tori had and that Zane was beyond pushy when he first came back to town. Would have liked to see a longer reconnection period.
May 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
One of the lamest books I've ever tried to read.
Cathy Geha
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
No Kissing Under the Boardwalk by Kate Angell
Barefoot William Beach #7

I have loved the books set in Barefoot William Beach and looked forward to reading this one even though second chance romances are not my favorite as so often what was wrong to begin with is still wrong in the future. The fact that nearly twenty years elapses between the first and second chance at love for Zane Cates and Tori Rollins is hard to take in.

What I liked:
* The early relationship between Zane and Tori
* The love Tor
Aug 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read any other books by Kate Angell and honestly after trying to read this one I highly doubt I will try any others. I just couldn't get into the story or the characters and unfortunately the blurb about the book content gives away the story. So no thanks on this one.

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While No Kissing Under the Boardwalk is the seventh book in the Barefoot William Beach series it had a different flavor to it. It wasn't as much of a beach read like some of the author's other books since this book was concentrated on Zane and Tori, high school sweethearts, along with Tori's grandmother and his dog. His cousin, Race, and her friend, Blu, also play a major role in the story. The Cates family were mentioned but had minor roles in the telling of the story. The story begins in late ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author
I loved, loved, loved Zane and Tori and their second chance story in No Kissing Under the Boardwalk by Kate Angell. This wonderful book brings the reader once again back to Barefoot William and the Cates family. Zane was the first real friend Tori ever had, since her family moved around a lot, and was able to open up to him despite knowing she was opening herself up to being hurt. Zane understood how difficult her life was and wanted to make sure she knew she was loved and had someone to lean on ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I really like Kate Angell’s books. They often have a funny side to them that makes me laugh out loud as I read them. This book seemed more serious than the previous books that I have read by this author. That seriousness did not make the book less enjoyable. I devoured it in one sitting.
Zane Cates grew up in Barefoot William with his entire family. He has never known anything different. He loves the beach and the beach town. His family is well-off so he doesn’t have to worry about money or secur
I've been waiting for this story ever I caught my first glance of Zane and the painful but love-filled history he shared with Tori.

However, this is not the book I was expecting.

Is that bad? It might be, for some readers. Which is why I'm warning you now: this is decidedly NOT how you expected this book to be.

With struck me the most, is that Zane and Tori's love story doesn't necessarily happen in the "now". Most of the book is actually their past romance - how they fell in love in the first plac
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
No Kissing under the Boardwalk by Kate Angell was a surprise because it is a book in two parts , Zane and Tori’s early relationship then their relationship many years later. It was an unusual type of story compared to the ones I had read by Kate Angell. It has all of her witty style and wonderful storytelling that she does so well. However, this story also has tragedy, heartache, dreams shattered into a million pieces while also giving new dreams of hope and love.

I guess Zane and Tori would say
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Zane Cates is Barefoot William royalty. The city was founded by his family and even though Zane worked hard, and played harder, his life seemed to be on track; graduate, go to the Air Force Academy, fly hurricane planes and retire.

Tori Rollins had just moved to Barefoot William. It was her senior year and her dream was to become an interior designer. Her grades were good, her goals were set and she was working hard to achieve her dream.

Zane had seen Tori
Sarah Pie
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this touching tale of first love, heartbreak, and second chances. Tori suffered more heartache than one person should ever have to endure in such a short time and my heart broke for her. Zane - sweet, reliant, protective Zane - became her rock during the storm, but when his dream of being accepted to the Air Force Academy came true, he had a tough decision to make. Follow his dream or his heart.

I wanted to wring his neck for leaving her behind. But at the same time I unders
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is my first book read this year, and my 1800th listed in Goodreads. If I’d realized going in that this book would be so non-momentous, I might have chosen something else. I gave this book two stars because of its only redeeming quality — the characters seem to be good people. But oh my, was this book poorly written. The sex scenes made me laugh instead of tingle, and the constant discussion of erections every time each of the couples interacted was just embarrassing. Often nouns were left o ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Tori and Zane. They meet and fall in love as high school seniors, but are torn apart by life and non-communication.
I loved many things about this book and had to resist staying up all night to finish it in one sitting!
The book is written in two sections, 18 years apart. I was surprised that the first section was longer than the second. Usually it is the opposite, but I enjoyed this variation.
I was also surprised by Tori’s plot line in the second half, but again it worked, a
Heather Nobbs
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book in the Barefoot William Beach series. This time we get Zane Cates and Tori Rollins. They were high school sweethearts that got married young when tragedy struck Tori’s family and Zane wasn’t sure of his future. You could tell they were really in love and you really wanted them to work out. I liked the side story of Race and Blu. Race was a cousin to Zane and Blu was Tori’s coworker and good friend.
I liked how the book opened in 1999 and told you the story of Zane and T
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
I usually enjoy this author's books, but this one left me unsettled. The main couple were high school sweethearts who got married and divorced in one week when the hero got an opportunity go to the Air Force Academy. He intended to come back after graduation and marry her again but...

She'd just lost her parents in a plane crash. Her grandmother, who had a stroke and needs a lot of care has become her sole responsibility and her husband ditches her to fulfill his dream. She of course has to put a
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
When Zane leaves his young wife to pursue his lifelong dream of getting into the Air Force Academy nothing will ever be the same. Tori, said young wife, is heartbroken; especially since she has no family left except for her grandmother that has several health problems.
Twenty years goes by and Zach is retired from the Air Force and has returned to his home town and to the love he left behind...but Tori wants nothing to do with him. Hellbent on winning her over for a second time Zach will do anyt
Jill Stewart
Mar 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
The book drags too long in the past and not enough in the present. Perhaps the author was on deadline and the editor demanded she turn it in, because it feels unfinished. 18 years of pain and anger, snap, gone.

Also, what kind of a moron retires from the military at 18 years? I guess because he's a pilot his career is over sooner, but in real life one does 20 years. At 18 years, he wouldn't get full benefits.

Finally, a 20 year old dalmatian? It was a puppy when they met, dated for a year, 18 ye
Alex Richards
Apr 17, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was... A tough read. The first half was unbearably slow. I honestly almost gave up on this story. I wasn't feeling any excitement to read on. The second half though... I couldn't put the book down! I loved that Ozwald stayed on throughout the whole book and Nana was a cutie. I appreciated the relationship of Race & Blu not being pushed aside. There was some great focus there. So multiple relationships to follow. I was grateful for the connection Tori and Zane had. The simple moments we ...more
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is by Kate Angell and she does what she does best. Barefoot William is the town where Zane Cates meets Tori Rollins. Tori has just moved to town with her grandmother and parents. An accidental meeting with Zach when his dog steals her bikini top on the beach, leads to friendship. As they go through their senior year of high school, friends turn to love.
Marriage is abruptly halted when Zane gets a letter accepting him to the Air Force Academy. Tori has the marriage dissolved. Years lat
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USA Today bestselling author Kate Angell lives in Naples, Florida. She’s an animal lover, avid reader, and sports fan. Bookstores are her second home. She takes coffee breaks at Starbucks. Her philosophy: Out of chaos comes calmness. Enjoy the peace.

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