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Barefoot Chaos

(Beach Squad #3)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Chaos - a state of complete disorder and confusion; unpredictable; a gaping void I spend my days a buttoned up schoolteacher coordinating the CareDare program for my high school English students and my nights with my book boyfriends, not daring to think I could procure one in real life. It's precise, it's controlled....and boring as hell. The tide shifts and I find myself ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published April 4th 2018
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Barefoot Chaos caused me to want to do two things: One, take off my shoes and walk on the beach; and, Two, find a beach bum as hot and wonderful as Kai. Honestly, there were times when I laughed out loud and then there were times that I got totally frustrated – with both characters. But, all in all, Barefoot Chaos was a fun read with a little bit of mystery.

Hessa was an uptight woman until she met Esa, Bailey, Brinley and Shasta. Then her totally orderly and boring life took a major turn. All of

Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book three in the Beach Squad series by Marika Ray is officially my favorite book.

I loved Kai and Hessa. The seemingly straight laced school teacher with a love of the book boyfriends on her Kindle and the sad past. She was an instant connection in the story for me. Kai was this great combination of relaxed and yet serious about certain things.

They were complete opposites on the surface but something about them just worked so well. I loved the instant chemistry and then everything that followed
Lisa Hemming
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hessa loves her job as a high school English teacher and she enjoys working with the seniors, getting them ready for their journey into the real world. She spends her evenings grading papers and when she is done, she relaxes with a sexy romance novel featuring a different book boyfriend every night. A girl can dream, right? Hessa is tired of meeting boring guys and sometimes she feels like giving up on dating because it is just too much work. One of her favorite places to go is Chocolate Dreams, ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it

What do you get when you mix an uptight teacher with a laidback lifeguard? I can tell you it’s not what you’re expecting. This is a story that breaks down stereotypes.
It shows what can happen when you’re willing to open yourself to new experiences and take a chance and go against your own preconceived notions. It’s also a story about balance in your life and true friendship. You get to meet real people, all types of people and watch the blending of their personalities and watch them grow. Relat
Becky Baldridge
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
While I wouldn't necessarily call this a RomCom, it is an amusing and engaging read and even has a bit of suspense to keep the pages turning. In the beginning, Kai and Hessa don't appear to have much in common, other than terrific chemistry, but even when I got a little frustrated with their push and pull, I still found myself rooting for them. It's impossible not to fall a bit in love with the sexy, laid-back Kai and Hessa's serious teacher side is the perfect contrast to make for an interestin ...more
Cindy Fong
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kai is my new book boyfriend. What is not to like, a mellow hot Hawaiian lifeguard that plays the ukelele, yes please! I really liked this story. It was fun to watch Hessa come out of her shell with Kai's prompting. I need a Beach Squad of my own to hang out with. This book has all the feels. Now I need to go back and read the other stories.
This is the third book in the series. This was a good book. I really liked Kai and Hessa together. I also really liked the way Esa and her friends welcomed Hessa into their group. Esa's squad is #squadgoals. The little mystery woven throughout kept me entertaining and guessing the whole way through.

Reviewed by: Clare M.
Britt Franks Red Hatter Book Blog
I’m quickly becoming addicted to this series. Barefoot Chaos has been my favorite addition yet! Outrageously funny, incredibly sweet, and deliciously hot every bit of this book is a joy to read. Marika Ray perfectly balances fantastic humor with sweet romance in a way that completely captivates. I devoured this book in a matter of hours!

Kat and Hessa are the perfect opposites attract. Kat with his laid back island vibe and Hessa with her proper English teacher style may seem like they clash, but
KarenJo Custodio
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.25 ★ – Chaotically Swoony, Sweet and Delightfully Entertaining

This book made me smile throughout the entire time. Just like Sweet Dreams and Beach B!tch, Barefoot Chaos was funny, swoony, and a wonderfully entertaining read.

The storyline was not as dramatic or emotionally intense as the first two books, but there was a bit of mystery and the concept of Care Dare kept the plot interesting. I enjoyed catching up with the beach squad again and seeing how much they had gotten closer together. I t
Kristen Lewendon
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I want my own beach squad! When Hessa comes face to… muscles with the HB lifeguard patrol, she also gets adopted by Esa and her entire Beach Squad. Hessa’s a curvy bookworm with some serious trust issues when it comes to the male of our species thanks to an absentee hippie father. Hawaiian-born lifeguard Kai pushes all of her buttons – good and bad – making her want to run from him as hard as she wants to hold on to him. A spate of injuries resulting from dares amongst her students puts Kai and ...more
Jennifer Pierson
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once again, the talented Marika Ray has taken me to the beach with Barefoot Chaos, as her writing style is so rich in description that I could smell the sand, while transporting me completely so couldn't get enough! Hessa is a High School English Teacher, who loves her students by day, and book boyfriends by night. She's tired of meeting boring guys, and loves spending time at Chocolate Dreams. One night she gets lucky enough to see a group of hot lifeguards come in, and one in particular catche ...more
Laura Williams
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Barefoot Chaos Is the third in the beach squad series. Each of these books are stand-alone books that can be read in the series. I first read the second book and immediately bought the first and as soon as I have finished the first book this one was available so I was very happy girl.

Hessa is a conscientious caring teacher is in charge of a high school senior class project called caredare. This is supposed to be where high school students are challenged to do things that scare them that will mak
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This was my first book by this author and while this is the third book in this series it completely standalone but after reading I want the other books as I am in love with this series. hessa is a teacher who teaches seniors and getting them ready for real life. She leads a very predictable life grading papers and then a new book boyfriend everynight! She loves to go to her special place for hot chocolate and on one night there a group of hot lifeguards but one strikes her more than the others a
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was asked by the author for an honest review. I would like to give Barefoot Chaos 4.5 stars.

I liked the themes of liking your body as-is, not being perfect and girls having each others' backs. Overall I really enjoyed the book. I would recommend reading the other Beach Squad books first because the setting and characters overlap, but there aren't any cliff hangers so you could read it on its own if you really wanted to.

I did question why, with all the emphasis on being comfortable in your own
Jennifer Soppe
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The ladies of snark are back in the third installment of The Beach Squad.

This time around we meet Hessa, a high school English and Literature teacher, and Kai, the laid back Hawaiian transplant lifeguard, that keeps rescuing people who have been dared to complete unsafe acts. As the story progresses the readers are drawn into the mystery of who is causing people to complete dares that are far from safe, getting a chuckle or five from the snarky Beach Squad, rooting for Hessa and Kai to get thei
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marika strikes again! I love this series with all its drama and problems. Marika has a way of making her characters so life like and real that you're drawn into the tale as if you're a part of the plot. With all the twists, unpredictable surprises and emotional whirlwind she reaches staggering heights. I was mesmerized as I followed the characters on their journey and thrilled as their personalities bloomed and blended beautifully. One thing I have come to expect from Marika i
Pelusa Rivera
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author. So we meet another hottie Lifeguard Kai. Kai is a down to earth lifeguard some would even say that he is a hippie he meet Hessa a straight laced teacher and is intrigued but wonders why she is so different than the woman that he is normally attracted to as he continues to bump into her he decides that he wants to have more with her now he just has to convince her. Hessa is immediately attracted to Kai but he is a hippy and she does not want to go that route when ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Funny, sweet, touching. Loved Kai, I’d follow him to Hawaii!
Hessa took a bit to warm up to, just because of my personality, not the character. Wanted to slap her a few times when she became stuck a few times. But her Beach Squad did it for me!
Loved the ending of story.
One thing I’m puzzled over is how the person that took over her account, dared her to sing, knew that she wrote songs. According to story only one that knew were her Sister and Kai when it was posted.
Can’t wait to Jack and Bailey
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Opposites attract and each finds out that stereotypes are not always accurate. Kai is a steamy lifeguard with a heart of gold and Hessa was an uptight high school english teacher. Her closest thing to a boyfriend was one in a book. Her life went from boring and predictable to exciting and chaotic when she met Kai. This book was humorous and fun to read. Well written with likeable characters who come to life. The setting is beautiful and you'll feel like you're right there. A great read that I re
Elizabeth Mularski
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of this book with no expectation for leaving a review. This review is being left voluntarily and any and all opinions are my honest thoughts on this book and the authors work. This is the third book in a series of standalones. I have read all three and the books are great. They are laced with humor and Summer hotness in more ways than one. Loved the story line that was refreshing and different from other rom-coms. Read in one afternoon and was left feeling lighted ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely devoured Kai and Hessa's story. He was a strong and supportive male character and she was a strong and independent female character. I really enjoyed watching Hessa grow and find her confidence and come out of her shell throughout the book. Kai was such a huge support and full of encouragement in helping Hessa realise what she was capable of. I also loved seeing her interactions with the beach squad. They gave her so much love and support and gladly accepted her into the fold. I tru ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally swoon worthy!

The latest beach squad addition Hessa is a high school teacher that’s an introvert. She meets the sexy lifeguard Kai and she tries to figure out how to get to know him better. She enlists her new beach squad pals to give her some pointers. Kai takes one look at her and finds her irresistible. I enjoyed reading how they went from checking each other out to being soul mates. Excellent read!
Wendy Livingstone
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in this amazing series. Hessa is an English teacher by day and a bookworm by night. Kai is a laid back lifesaver, who is looking for the missing part of his life. These two are total opposite, but attracted to each other. No spoilers; this is a must read, you will not be disappointed! This story is entertaining, fun, humorous, filled with diverse characters, and is a definite page turner. I was hooked throughout, and look forward to reading more from this author.
Tiffany Levin
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the sweet romance!!

Another great story! Loved the growth in the female lead character and the patience and love shown from the lead male. Loved all the sweetness with just a little touch of heat! Would love to see more from this series!
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definite beach read

Sweet fun read. The feelings and language were a little cliche for the pace of the timeline, (and there were a few glaringly annoying spelling errors). But it's a nice way to pass a few hours.
Kim Gauger
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh Kai

Yep I'm in love with Kai!!! What a great book full of heat and sparks flying. A special book that will keep you warm ring a lot more. Oh and you get Kai in this book!! Great read
Sherry Westendorf
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was great. Funny, exciting, emotional, hot and so much more. Talk about a life change. Boring no boyfriend life to a complete opposite lifestyle boyfriend and playful friends. I loved it. I was given a review copy and voluntarily review it.
Michelle Strommen
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Love the romance, the little side stories and the comraderie of friendship in the beach squad. Great escape fro reality!
Roberta Horsfield
Fun book

this was my first time to read This author and This book was a a lot of fun to read. Story line was good all the way through.
Scarolet Ellis
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is as good as the first 2 books in the series I loved it so much. It was well written and loved the characters.

I received an ARC and am giving an unbias opinion.
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Marika Ray spends her time behind a computer crafting stories, walking the beaches of southern California, and making healthy food for her kids and husband whether they like it or not. Prior to writing novels, Marika held various jobs in the finance industry, with private start-up companies, and then in health & fitness. Cats may have nine lives, but Marika believes everyone should have nine c ...more

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Beach Squad (5 books)
  • Sweet Dreams (Beach Squad, #1)
  • Beach B!tch (Beach Squad, #2)
  • Beach Bum Billion-Heiress (The Beach Squad Series Book 4)
  • Brighter Than the Boss (The Beach Squad Series Book 5)