Saturday, March 08, 2014

The Barefoot Billionaires

Meet the Barefoot Billionaires: One’s a gorgeous geek, one’s a lucky daredevil, and one’s a trying-to-reform bad boy...but all three are about to meet their match on the sun-drenched shores of Barefoot Bay. One book with three unforgettable love stories. 

Zeke Nicholas has turned his mathematical genius skills into a mountain of money. But Zeke sits on that mountain all alone, longing for the one thing money cannot buy: the true love of a lifelong partner. Enter Mandy Mitchell...the maid. Except to Zeke, Mandy is much more than that—she was once the object of his every teenage fantasy. 

Zeke is no longer a geek -- he’s gorgeous. And Mandy doesn’t feel so magnificent since her marriage fell apart and left her up to her eyeballs in debt and despair. One look at Mandy, and Zeke turns his relentless ability to get what he wants into a full-on seduction. But can Mandy face down the secrets of her past to find a fairy-tale future with Zeke? 

Like everything in his life, becoming a billionaire was easy for Elliott Becker. He bought some land in Massachusetts and discovered he sat on two billion dollars worth of rare Goshen stone. Lucky, charming, and blessed with every gift from every god, Elliott expects his simple purchase of property in Barefoot Bay will go the way everything does for him in life...easy. Until he meets the woman who currently owns that land and suddenly everything is...hard. 

Frankie Cardinale’s fondest memories took place on the tiny goat farm owned and run by her grandfather in the heart of Barefoot Bay. While she held her “Nonno” on his deathbed, she promised his land would never leave their family. Nothing -- not even a sexy, playful, intoxicating billionaire who always gets his way -- will convince her to break that promise. Because all the money in the world can’t buy Elliott what he really wants the most...Frankie’s love. 

Nathaniel Ivory is known in the tabloids as “Naughty Nate,” and this son of a huge, wealthy family that’s often referred to as “American Royalty” has done everything he can to earn that nickname. Nate’s penchant for trouble has kept him from fully earning a respectable spot in the many family businesses. But Nate is determined to change all that -- all he has to do is avoid even a hint of scandal. 

But then he meets Liza Lemanski, an irresistible, blue-eyed bundle of trouble who makes some claims about his past that rock him to the core. Can he give her what she wants to avoid another scandal...or is Liza the one woman who has what it takes to tame this sexy billionaire bad boy? 

My thoughts on The Billionaires of Barefoot Bay:

Secrets on the Sand

I loved Zeke and Mandy's story so much! Since I was a bank geek in high school, I love reading stories where the geek from high school makes it big later. Since Secrets on the Sand is a novella length story, it moves very fast. There was great chemistry between Zeke and Mandy from the moment they saw each other again. I really felt like Mandy was a pretty strong character even before Zeke came back into her life, but she seemed to finally see herself as strong once he was in her life. 

Seduction on the Sand

Frankie and Elliott's story was so fun. Seriously, any time you get a billionaire to help out on a goat farm and sleep in a barn, you have to have a fun story. I loved that Frankie didn't fall all over Elliott just because he was rich. She wanted to keep her Nonno (grandfather)'s farm and didn't really care how much money he was offering her for it. Not that Frankie wasn't just as attracted to Elliott as he was to her. The chemistry was amazing between them from the very beginning.

I really liked Elliott, even when I knew he was about to risk his future with Frankie. I love that Frankie had made at least one friend in the city offices and Liza was able to warn her of what was going on in advance. For some reason, I missed the clues as to how Frankie would be able to keep her land, but love how strong she was when push came to shove. While I was shaking my head as Elliott made his mistake, he really made a huge play to make things right. He won me over with how he showed his love to Frankie.

Scandal on the Sand

I loved both Nate and Liza so much in this book. Nate was trying to turn his life around and lose his “Naughty Nate” nickname. Of course this is right when he meets Liza. Liza is such a strong character. She has been helping her friend raise her son since he was born and has been his guardian for the last year.

I felt the connection between Nate and Liza from the moment they met, even as they argued about Dylan. I really loved that even thought they were so different, they worked perfectly as a couple for me. I also loved they both were super protective of Dylan. I loved watching them grow closer and start a real relationship the longer they spent time together. The chemistry got stronger and stronger between them as well.

Nate had already started turning his life around when this story started. I loved watching him grow even more as this story progressed. I’ve loved each of the Billionaires of Barefoot Bay stories so much. Just something about Nate and Liza’s story that made it my favorite of the 3.

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