Author: Roxanne St. Claire
Series: Barefoot Bay, #2
Published: October 2012, Forever
Source: Personal copy
They say you can never go home again . . .***Short & Sweet Reviews are short, quick reviews. These will mainly be used for series books where I have already done full reviews on some of the earlier books or for books that I feel will suffice with a quick review. These will not be used for review requests or blog tours.
When "Life Coach to the Stars" Jocelyn Bloom is embroiled in scandal, the only place she can hide is the one place she wishes she could forget. She left Barefoot Bay-and the boy next door who knew all her secrets-years ago. Now nothing about the tiny island off the coast of Florida is quite how she remembers it, especially Will Palmer. He's even more gorgeous and tempting . . . and still capable of turning her world inside out.
But what if someone is waiting for you?
To Will Palmer, Guy Bloom is more than the elderly, senile neighbor he looks after-he's the last connection to Jocelyn, the woman Will loved and lost. But the reunion with Jocelyn doesn't go smoothly. Shocked by the change in her father's personality, Jocelyn struggles to reconcile her dark childhood with the sweet, confused man who has grown close to Will. Jocelyn has guided countless clients to happiness-but can she escape the rainy days of her past for a new sunny future with Will?
My thoughts: As soon as I had read the first book in this series, Barefoot in the Sand, I just knew it was going to be a series I was going to continue reading. The characters are completely relatable, the story lines feel as if they could happen in real life and the romance is sweet.
This book is more than just a romance novel, though. It touches on real life issues, including Alzheimer's and domestic abuse. The emotion that comes out of the characters is raw and real, and had me tearing up quite a few times. But, the story is also uplifting - it's about second chances. It finds the main character, Jocelyn, answering the question, how far would you go for those you love?
I enjoyed the first book in this series and had been looking forward to reading this one. Jocelyn's story is heartbreaking and I found myself rooting for her all the way. I thought Wil was a great match for her and loved watching them find their way to their HEA again. As in the previous book, the three friends were great as secondary characters, as was the town. I can't wait to catch up with these characters again soon with Zoe's story, which is up next!
Books in this series:
- Barefoot in the Sand
- Barefoot in the Rain
- Barefoot in the Sun
- Barefoot by the Sea