Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ARC Book review: Barefoot in Lace (The Barefoot Bay Brides Trilogy #2) by Roxanne St. Claire

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Kick off your shoes and fall in love again in with the Barefoot Bay Brides! 

Destination wedding planner Gussie McBain needs a man . . . specifically, a wedding photographer. Just her luck that the shutterbug she runs into is more used to snapping pictures of glamorous models in couture gowns than brides in white lace. But Gussie's never been one to let bad odds stop her from a good gamble, so she asks for a favor she never dreams superstar TJ DeMille will actually grant.

Tom DeMille lives his life exactly as he pleases—always alone. In fact, he’s got that motto tattooed in Greek on his arm. But when Tom is suddenly saddled with guardianship of his twelve-year-old niece, he'll lose more than his freedom if he can't figure out how to take care of her. Then an alluring young woman with pink hair and a sassy mouth shows up at his door, and he agrees to do the unthinkable . . . photograph a wedding in exchange for some help with his niece.

As they work together, Tom begins to take down the walls Gussie has erected around herself to discover a truly beautiful and tender woman he knows he could love. But will his own heartache and refusal to lay down roots prevent him from giving Gussie the family life she craves . . . or could she be the one woman who can finally break his vow of solitude?

Book 2 in this series bring us to Gussie, the quirky wedding planner whose hair color could change every day with her mood or her outfit. She's way more than just her outward appearance though. She's got a huge heart and a big hurt or two in her heart along with some big regrets. Tom DeMille lives life on a fast train to the next city and the next city. You get the picture. Circumstance put him right in Gussie's path at the Super min the local convenience store. She knows exactly who he is. A world class photographer whose work she's admired for a long time.  Not long after that guess what she needs for a wedding when the photographer just dropped out last minute?  Tom is back in Florida after the death of his sister puts him as guardian of his 12 year old niece Alex and the relationship between the two is not going well at all. Then Gussie steps into the mix and is amazing with her. Gussie and Tom both have events in their lives that have changed their lives and bruised their hearts. Then add Tom's niece he has her to worry about when he's given up on any kind of lasting relationship years ago. Alex finds  herself motherless and with a Uncle who has trouble relating to her and her to him. Really you have three lost souls trying to make it work. This book had it's funny and light moments but also the sad and frustrating moments. I really felt for the characters but Tom is the one who ends up having the hardest time letting go and make the commitment to living a whole life again. An amazing story from beginning to end. 

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