Wednesday, February 17, 2016

ARC Book review: Barefoot with a Bad Boy (Barefoot Bay Undercover #3) by Roxanne St. Claire


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A man who trusts no one is forced to believe the unbelievable...

For years, former spy Gabriel Rossi has been secretly searching for CIA linguist Isadora Winter, a woman he loved and lost long ago. But recently, he learned of her untimely death in an accident...and death of her son named Gabe. Angry, hurt, and uncertain of his next move, Gabe is stunned when a woman he's never met approaches him on the beach and claims to be Isadora. She doesn't look, act, or talk like his beloved Isa, but she knows things about their past that only a lover could know, and she assures him that his son is alive as well. As much as he wants to believe her and knows that in the spy world, anything is possible, doubts and distrust plague him. Still, he sees glimmers of the woman he once knew shine through and she begins to melt his hardened heart.

A woman who is tortured by emotions must endure the pain of love...

Lila Wickham has been working deep undercover for so long that sometimes she's forgotten who she really is. Now that her assignment is over and the surgeries she endured left her utterly changed, she is determined to fix the broken life she left behind and assure that her little boy is safe. With lingering threats from an unknown source and blinding headaches that torment her whenever she feels deep emotion, she seeks Gabe Rossi for help and protection. But instead of setting her up with a new undercover identity, he insists on luring her nemesis to Barefoot Bay so he can end the threat to Lila and her son once and for all.

Can they survive the worst betrayal of all?

Even if they succeed in drawing out the killer who has Lila in his sights, a much more serious threat hovers over them...a treacherous, deadly truth that could not only destroy their love but end their lives as well.

Well finally we get a Gabe Rossi book. Feels like it's been ages waiting. It's hard to read a book you have been waiting for for so long but exciting too. There are expectations. Gabe was this larger than life character to many fans of Roxanne St Claire's Guardian Angelino's series. When that series was dropped for various reasons she was able to keep those characters alive in her Barefoot series of books. I am so glad she found a way to do that. Barefoot Undercover finally tells what happened to Gabe years ago that made him who he is now.  Is she or isn't she? Gabe the super spy has to figure out quickly if Lila is Isadora. Especially when he finds out she has a son that looks exactly like him. Seriously a twisty turny suspenseful story that leaves you wanting to turn the pages faster and faster. I have seen Gabe in bits and pieces in previous books and he's gruff and alpha but still a mystery in so many ways. Seeing him finally showing us his emotional side was a real treat. If anyone deserved a Happy ending it was Gabe. Figuring out what was going on was not very easy. I would've liked to see Chessie and Mal get more involved but they are regulated back to secondary characters and don't get to do much. Roxanne St Claire does a excellent job keeping me from figuring out who the real bad guy was.  Nothing obvious in the plot for me until it's finally revealed toward the end.  Long time readers of  the Guardian Angelino  and Barefoot series are in for a treat with this book.

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