As a firefighter, Captain Ken Cavanaugh knows his way around dangerous situations—but he'd rather run into a burning building than help plan his 25th high school reunion in Barefoot Bay. Unfortunately, it's his best chance of finally putting things right with Beth Endicott two and a half decades after they ended so badly. But the instant they see each other again, the years blow away like ashes in the heat of their combustible chemistry. For one single night, they let their incendiary passion consume them...but in the morning, they're still left with the smoldering wreckage of a relationship that ended in tragedy.
Raised under the thumb of a rich and controlling man, Beth has spent her adult years craving freedom. Now that she's finally managed to carve out an independent life, is she ready to risk her heart on the first man she ever loved—a man who blames her family for his father's death? With so much painful history between them, Beth can't see a way to have a future with Ken. But one stunning surprise will turn everything they ever believed upside down and send them straight into each other's arms.
Ken is willing to put everything on the line for the family he’s always wanted, but Beth knows the past that ruined them could flare into heartache again. It will take all her newfound courage to prove she would walk through fire for this second chance with the love of her life.
Release Date: August 1, 2016
South Street Publishing
Barefoot Bay Timeless #2
Review copy provided by publisher
I fell in love with the idea of the Barefoot Bay Timeless series when I first heard Roxanne St. Claire was writing about more mature heroes. I loved Barefoot at Sunset, the first book in the series and was so happy to see Ken and Bethany would be the couple in Barefoot at Moonrise.
Ken and Bethany have a history, as in they dated in high school and broke up after Ken’s dad died on one of Bethany’s dad’s jobsites. After trying to avoid Ken during the entire time at their class reunion, they hooked up on the last night and changed both their lives forever.
I absolutely loved the chemistry between Ken and Beth was every bit as strong 25 years after they dated as it was when they were in high school. Yes there were some issues from their past that made a future a challenge, but I loved that Ken and Beth both seemed to be ready to work to move forward.
I loved that Beth was such an independent woman and had started her own business of renovating homes. Seriously loved how strong she was and honestly believe she could do anything she set her mind to doing. I also loved that when push came to shove, and she knew she needed help, she didn’t hesitate to call Ken. I had mad love for Ken and loved that he has known he wanted to be a firefighter since he was there when his dad died. I loved he has a natural instinct to take care of others, and loved how hard he was willing to work to have a relationship with Beth. I did dislike Beth keeping a pretty big secret from Ken about something from the past. I felt like it really was important she share the information as soon as she saw it. I also didn’t love that Ken still let his anger at Beth’s dad pretty much rule his world. I did see major growth with both characters as their story progressed, but worried these issues could be deal breakers in the end.
I honestly loved Barefoot at Moonrise pretty much from start to finish. I felt like the growth of Beth and Ken as both individuals and as a couple made this story so very strong. I’m absolutely in love with the entire Barefoot Bay Timeless series and can’t wait to read Law’s story in Barefoot at Midnight when it is released later this year.
Rating 5 Stars (A)