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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 year 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.


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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 year 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.

30 review for Barefoot at Moonrise

  1. 5 out of 5

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    Barefoot at Moonrise is one of the best contemporary romance stories I've read. It's humorous, passionate, romantic, and poignant. Start to finish I was captivated by Beth and Ken's story...their trials and their triumphs. What a pleasure it was to read about a couple in their 40s because, while there was some angst, there was no immature, contrived drama. It was refreshing to read about people who are settled adults not actively looking for love or relationships, but are content with just being Barefoot at Moonrise is one of the best contemporary romance stories I've read. It's humorous, passionate, romantic, and poignant. Start to finish I was captivated by Beth and Ken's story...their trials and their triumphs. What a pleasure it was to read about a couple in their 40s because, while there was some angst, there was no immature, contrived drama. It was refreshing to read about people who are settled adults not actively looking for love or relationships, but are content with just being themselves, living their lives. In fact, the way this story unfolds is storytelling at its finest! An ARC was provided by the author. In appreciation I'm giving her an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Originally posted on The Book Nympho Firefighter Ken Cavanaugh's sole reason for agreeing to be on the class reunion planning committee was Beth Endicott, who owns her own business flipping houses and is the daughter of a wealthy real estate developer. See, 25-years ago he cruelly walked away from her and their wonderful relationship. Now he wants the chance to apologize and maybe have another chance at romance. Beth learns he's all about want of a family and doesn't think she's the one to fit th Originally posted on The Book Nympho Firefighter Ken Cavanaugh's sole reason for agreeing to be on the class reunion planning committee was Beth Endicott, who owns her own business flipping houses and is the daughter of a wealthy real estate developer. See, 25-years ago he cruelly walked away from her and their wonderful relationship. Now he wants the chance to apologize and maybe have another chance at romance. Beth learns he's all about want of a family and doesn't think she's the one to fit those goals. After avoiding him for a week, things culminate on the last night of the reunion in a lovely beach cabana on Barefoot Bay. It's hard not to adore Ken as he's honest, straightforward and wears his heart (Beth) on his sleeve. Beth's a lot tougher to warm up to as she's built a wall of control around herself and can be a little touchy. But there's lots to admire about both of them so it makes it easier to stay with the romance and their developing relationship. Ken never gives up and Beth always offers him a lifeline. This series is so refreshing. Even when there are tough issues facing these characters, they always showed their maturity by facing them head on and honestly. I loved their complicated story and the strong themes of family. That's 2 for 2 so far with Timeless! (I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Barefoot at Moonrise by Roxanne St. Claire is a 2016 South Street Publishing release. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. First of all, I must applaud the author for creating a romantic series featuring mature adults, who is given a second chance at love at a stage in their lives I can relate to. Yay! This series proves romance is ageless and timeless! When Ken’s father died in a work related accident, he blamed Beth’s father. He said some truly horrible things to Barefoot at Moonrise by Roxanne St. Claire is a 2016 South Street Publishing release. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. First of all, I must applaud the author for creating a romantic series featuring mature adults, who is given a second chance at love at a stage in their lives I can relate to. Yay! This series proves romance is ageless and timeless! When Ken’s father died in a work related accident, he blamed Beth’s father. He said some truly horrible things to Beth and broke up with her. Over the years, Ken married and divorced, as did Beth. Ken is now a firefighter, and Beth flips houses. With Ken’s upcoming high school reunion on tap, he decides to attend hoping to touch base with Beth in order to apologize for the things he said to her all those years ago. The apology goes much better than he ever could have hoped, as the old chemistry between he and Beth still sizzles and burns, hotter than ever before. But, Beth escaped a controlling father and husband, and has managed to forge her own way, meaning she is not ready to jump back into a relationship, and is fiercely protective of her hard earned independence. But, the main issue between the couple is Ken’s continued resentment and hatred toward Beth’s father. His grudge has festered for twenty-five years, and would most assuredly resurface time and again, if he and Beth got back together. But, a shocking turn of events will tie the couple together with inescapable bonds, forcing them to deal with the past once and for all. Was Beth’s father responsible or is there more to the story? Can Ken ever find a way to forgive in order to have a future with Beth? This is a terrific second chance at love story that pits two people together who are at emotional odds with each other. While there is no doubt Ken is ready to take the plunge with Beth, he has many issues to work through before the relationship can ever solidify. I admired Beth’s ability to step back and view the whole picture, to keep an open mind, and to think through all her options as selflessly as possible. She shows grit and determination, and stood up to the men in her life, while trying to keep the peace between them. The underlying theme here is the danger of harboring hatred in your heart, because it will only poison every relationship you try to foster. Forgiveness, as difficult as it is at times, is the only way to know inner peace, for yourself and those you love. I loved the way things worked out for Ken and Beth, and the very special circumstances that brought them back to one another. This couple deserves all the success, hope, and happiness they received, and can now share their lives with true joy and peace between them! Overall this one gets 4 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

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  5. 5 out of 5

    Bette Hansen

    LOVED! The stories in this series seem to be getting better and better. These characters had my emotions all over the place. I laughed, I cried, I sighed....just wonderful! The last place firefighter Captain Ken Cavanaugh wants to be is at a committee meeting for his 25 year high school reunion. He's doing it though because he is determined to see Beth Endicott again and apologize for being such a jerk all those years ago. Beth is doing everything she can to avoid Ken. The last thing she wants i LOVED! The stories in this series seem to be getting better and better. These characters had my emotions all over the place. I laughed, I cried, I sighed....just wonderful! The last place firefighter Captain Ken Cavanaugh wants to be is at a committee meeting for his 25 year high school reunion. He's doing it though because he is determined to see Beth Endicott again and apologize for being such a jerk all those years ago. Beth is doing everything she can to avoid Ken. The last thing she wants is to revisit the painful past. She knows he still blames her father for the death of his own father. Nothing has changed so why go through it again. When she sees him headed her way she makes a quick escape down the beach but he's not giving up and follows her. Coming face to face one thing is clear. The fire and passion between them has never died. After one passionate night, Ken knows he needs to try and leave the past in the past but it's not that easy. He quickly learns that some things are worth fighting for! I highly recommend this one!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Hutson

    I liked this story from the beginning. But at 23%, I fell in love with it. The characters are wonderful. They aren't perfect. They are people that have lived. Lived through horrible tragedy and sadness. They have grown up and been around the block a time or two. Its rare for me to read a book in just over one day. But this one made me do it. Its surprises, romance, happiness, uncertainty, flirtation and hope hope hope. I recommend Barefoot at Moonrise to anyone who loves reading stories of love and lif I liked this story from the beginning. But at 23%, I fell in love with it. The characters are wonderful. They aren't perfect. They are people that have lived. Lived through horrible tragedy and sadness. They have grown up and been around the block a time or two. Its rare for me to read a book in just over one day. But this one made me do it. Its surprises, romance, happiness, uncertainty, flirtation and hope hope hope. I recommend Barefoot at Moonrise to anyone who loves reading stories of love and life.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    This one was just ok for me. Ken and Beth had a lot between them that caused hard feelings. Neither seemed willing to let go of their father, which is what pulled them apart as kids. One stupid night ended up bringing them closer, but the original obstacle was still there. I was a bit surprised at the real truth, surprised that they all were able to get over things.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Iluvbooks44

    Phenomenal book!!! I love Roxanne’s books, she is one of my favourite authors. I love this series. I loved this book from start to finish. I love the characters and the story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Will continue

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    In Barefoot at Moon rise by Roxanne St. Claire, teenage loves Ken and Beth reunite years later at a high school reunion. Ken has the chance to finally apologize to Beth for how things ended between them, something he's regretted for a long time. Finding themselves alone in a beach cabana, they also find the desire they felt for each other as teenagers has not faded with time. With so much history between them, even after night of sizzling passion together, Beth is convinced that they can have no In Barefoot at Moon rise by Roxanne St. Claire, teenage loves Ken and Beth reunite years later at a high school reunion. Ken has the chance to finally apologize to Beth for how things ended between them, something he's regretted for a long time. Finding themselves alone in a beach cabana, they also find the desire they felt for each other as teenagers has not faded with time. With so much history between them, even after night of sizzling passion together, Beth is convinced that they can have no type of future together even now, no matter how much Ken might want to try. They go their separate ways again, but an unexpected event brings them together again...can they have a future after all or is there way too much in the way? I really enjoyed the multi-focal plot of Barefoot at Moonrise. The story starts off in an expected way as two people who have an unresolved past meet again, but it quickly builds into so much more as a dynamic plot unfolds. I liked Ken and Beth's story. I liked that they are mature characters whose life experiences have shaped them into who they are today and how they react to and deal with situations. There are so many parts to them and so much is driving them, they are both strong characters. I liked seeing them come together again, feeling their struggles, and watching them work for and against what they are feeling. Beth is very independent, almost frustratingly so, she keeps her walls up and at times tries hard to push Ken away. As I got to know Beth's character better I could understand her and why she might be like this. As circumstances unfold though, at times I felt like she was being more selfish than independent, and at times it was a little annoying! This made Beth who she was though, and made her real, because neither her nor Ken are perfect. I liked Ken, and I could feel his struggles. I liked how he was with Beth, that he wasn't going to let her push him away easily. Roxanne really brings Ken and Beth to life and really made me care for them and about what happened to them - because if they are going to have a future they are going to have to work for it. Family dynamics, trust, secrets, misunderstandings and assumptions play a big part in the plot of Barefoot at Moonrise, and I liked how Roxanne wrote these all in and how they related to the main plot. They made the plot exciting and unsettled enough to keep me guessing how things would turn out. Barefoot at Moonrise is about second chances in more ways than one, that it's never too late! With a great pace and flow, I was immersed in the story and almost sad to see it end! I'd recommend Barefoot at Moonrise to any romance reader.

  11. 4 out of 5

    E-Reader Addict

    I am going to go ahead and confess that my main draw to this series (Barefoot Bay Timeless) is that it's about men and women who are in their forties. I've read a lot of young adult/new adult books over the last couple years, and I'm a little fatigued by all drama, angst and repetitive descriptions of how hot the heros are. To find a series that is about mature people, who deal with real situations in a mature way, is very refreshing. Ken Cavanaugh and Beth Endicott fell in love when they were te I am going to go ahead and confess that my main draw to this series (Barefoot Bay Timeless) is that it's about men and women who are in their forties. I've read a lot of young adult/new adult books over the last couple years, and I'm a little fatigued by all drama, angst and repetitive descriptions of how hot the heros are. To find a series that is about mature people, who deal with real situations in a mature way, is very refreshing. Ken Cavanaugh and Beth Endicott fell in love when they were teenagers, but their relationship ended badly, leaving hurt and regret to linger for 25 years. When the two end up on a committee to plan a high school reunion, Ken jumps at the opportunity for them get reacquainted. But their road back to each other is filled with landmines from the past, and Ken needs to decide if his love for Beth is stronger than his hatred for wrongs that happened in the past. Roxanne St. Clair continues to write solid, well written stories with well developed characters. I wouldn't say these are amazing books that I'll re-read time and again, but this story was compelling enough that I did stay up WAY past when I should have gone to bed. And, she's doing what few other authors are right now - writing about people in their 40s, who are realistic, dealing with realistic conflicts, in realistic ways. Bravo to Roxanne!

  12. 4 out of 5

    MK

    Loved it, #2 in the Barefoot Bay Timeless Series. Roxanne did not disappoint. Heartfelt, warm. She made me cry. Always does. Laugh Out Loud. Captain Ken Cavanaugh is a firefighter. The one thing in his life he regrets was being a jerk to his girlfriend Beth Endicott. When he sees her at there 25th high school reunion it's now or never. They only thing is before he gets to her she's gone. When he comes across her shoes in the sand. Perfect. He'll follow her footprints. They share a beautiful mome Loved it, #2 in the Barefoot Bay Timeless Series. Roxanne did not disappoint. Heartfelt, warm. She made me cry. Always does. Laugh Out Loud. Captain Ken Cavanaugh is a firefighter. The one thing in his life he regrets was being a jerk to his girlfriend Beth Endicott. When he sees her at there 25th high school reunion it's now or never. They only thing is before he gets to her she's gone. When he comes across her shoes in the sand. Perfect. He'll follow her footprints. They share a beautiful moment on the sand, and a little more. Beth is taken by Ken. She isn't sure what to make of there time on the beach together. The one thing she does know is that she won't be told what to do. She's been told all her life. No more. Now she's on her own and it will stay that way. It's just Ken as a hold on her. He always had her heart, maybe still does. As Beth and Ken spend more time together the chemistry it's still there. The hurt is also still there. Now what will they do? He won't let her walk away again. But can he finally forgive the past and move forward. When he realizes what's at stake. In a blink of an eye all can be lost. What will he choose? Highly recommend. Truly touching.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kay Pflueger

    Barefoot at Moonrise is the second in the “Silver Fox” trilogy written by Roxanne St. Claire. The first book in the series was a wonderful romance, so when I was offered a chance to read and to review this book, I jumped at the chance. Firefighter Ken Cavanaugh and Bethany Endicott have a history… they were high school sweethearts and believed they would end up married and live happily ever after. A tragic event changed that path for them, and when they encountered each other at their high schoo Barefoot at Moonrise is the second in the “Silver Fox” trilogy written by Roxanne St. Claire. The first book in the series was a wonderful romance, so when I was offered a chance to read and to review this book, I jumped at the chance. Firefighter Ken Cavanaugh and Bethany Endicott have a history… they were high school sweethearts and believed they would end up married and live happily ever after. A tragic event changed that path for them, and when they encountered each other at their high school reunion 20+ years later, they realized how much they had missed by going separate ways so many years prior. Their chemistry is just as strong as it ever was and they struggle to put the past behind them. But life continues to throw them curveballs as they negotiate the pitfalls of their past and the visions of their future. Secrets come to light that may threaten their relationship… which Roxanne turns into some great suspenseful moments as well as some emotion filled scenes. This was a great book and I enjoyed the more mature aspects of their relationship. Grab a cool tall glass of iced tea, your favorite beach chair and spend some time in Barefoot Bay with Ken and Bethany. You will not be sorry!

  14. 5 out of 5

    RachelW (BamaGal)

    I enjoyed this as always; however, I must also say that I didn't get as much of a feeling that this was a middle-age couple as I did in the first book. A couple of mentions of gray hair and their age was not quite enough to set the tone. There was also a bit more family soap opera than I cared for. Still, this was a very good second chance romance; and St. Clair is doing a great job with these 'Silver Fox' stories. I enjoyed this as always; however, I must also say that I didn't get as much of a feeling that this was a middle-age couple as I did in the first book. A couple of mentions of gray hair and their age was not quite enough to set the tone. There was also a bit more family soap opera than I cared for. Still, this was a very good second chance romance; and St. Clair is doing a great job with these 'Silver Fox' stories.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Janeiowa

    I love the mature characters, realistic plot, and excellent writing. I'm looking forward to Law Monroe's book later this month. I love the mature characters, realistic plot, and excellent writing. I'm looking forward to Law Monroe's book later this month.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nate Brightman

    Barefoot at Moonrise is the 2nd book in the Timeless trilogy, the last sub-series in Roxanne St. Clair’s Barefoot Bay Series. It is IMHO among the very best of what I found to be a delightful series. I read 3 to 4 books a week and most of them are contemporary romance. I rarely give a 5 star rating to one. But this book IMHO deserves 5 stars. The Timeless series is focused on romance between older couples in their forties rather than the usual contemporary romance couples in their twenties and t Barefoot at Moonrise is the 2nd book in the Timeless trilogy, the last sub-series in Roxanne St. Clair’s Barefoot Bay Series. It is IMHO among the very best of what I found to be a delightful series. I read 3 to 4 books a week and most of them are contemporary romance. I rarely give a 5 star rating to one. But this book IMHO deserves 5 stars. The Timeless series is focused on romance between older couples in their forties rather than the usual contemporary romance couples in their twenties and thirties. You can tell this immediately because the hunky male cover models have salt and pepper hair. Because of this the characters usually come with more history and more baggage. In this second chance at love story our male lead Ken Cavanaugh and female lead Beth Endicott dated for six months some twenty-five years ago when 15 year old Beth was a sophomore and 18 year old Ken was a senior in high school. Don’t think about that for too long because wow, Ken could have gone to jail in most states, but it’s not important to this story. What is important is that Ken came from a lower middle class family and his dad worked for Beth’s dad who ran a multi-million dollar construction business. Ken’s dad was killed in a work accident that Ken blamed Beth’s father for and that ended their budding romance before Ken stole home. Two and a half decades later Ken and Beth are both divorced and attending the Mimosa Keys high school reunion. Ken very much wants to reconnect with Beth and apologize for the unkind things he said to her after his father’s death, and hopefully more. Beth badly wants to reconnect with Ken, but when she hears through the gossip grapevine that Ken wants something she can never give him she spends most of the reunion trying to avoid him. If you’ve read Barefoot at Sunset, the first book in the Timeless series you already know most of this information. As the reunion comes to a close Ken finally gets Beth alone to apologize. That apology turns into far more than either ever expected. What I really enjoyed about this story is that from the moment of the morning after when Beth quite succinctly lays out to Ken why their one night of passion can sadly never be more St. Claire had me wondering what happens next? Beth had some very valid points. How was this couple going to overcome them to find their happily ever after? It seemed like every chapter right up until the final chapter brought another surprise. Some drew the couple closer together and some pushed them further apart. Also thankfully while Emma never made an appearance in this book, Mark did so the author allowed us to keep up with the goings on of the couple from Barefoot at Sunset. We also got to spend a little time with Law and Libby whom will be the third and final couple featured in this trilogy in Barefoot at Midnight. Enough to keep the reader interested in the final book but not so much as to feel like they were just in this story to promote their own book. I loved how even though at times this couple seemed to take two steps backwards to every one step forward they gradually helped each other. Ken helped Beth see that she could be part of a couple without giving up her hard won independence. Beth helped Ken learn to forgive. The final chapter with the conversation between Ken and Ray was as moving as any conversation between the two lovers. Just a fantastic book that already has me feeling sad that the series is nearly over.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2.5 Beth and Ken reunite at the high school reunion. Back in the day, Ken dumped Beth because of a vendetta against her father and they hadn't spoken sense. On the night of the reunion, they have a one night stand, but the reasons for their being apart still exist, so they part. But then, Beth learns the impossible has happened and she's pregnant. So she tracks down Ken to tell him, before going on about her life. But Ken isn't about to let her walk away again. He's ready to fight for his family, 2.5 Beth and Ken reunite at the high school reunion. Back in the day, Ken dumped Beth because of a vendetta against her father and they hadn't spoken sense. On the night of the reunion, they have a one night stand, but the reasons for their being apart still exist, so they part. But then, Beth learns the impossible has happened and she's pregnant. So she tracks down Ken to tell him, before going on about her life. But Ken isn't about to let her walk away again. He's ready to fight for his family, which includes Beth, so he sets out to convince her that they can be together and she can be a part of a couple without giving up her independence. But they still have to figure out how to work as a couple, and with Beth considering taking over her father's company, which Ken highly resents, their past and Ken's grudges might get in the way of their potential future. I'm sorry to be in the minority on this one, but this came down to a matter of preferences and I just didn't enjoy this one as much as the first one. Granted, I think I built up my expectations during the first story as it looked like a simple second-chance romance between these two, but it turned out to be 5% second-chance romance and 95% dealing with the results of a one-night stand...and that whole getting together because of a pregnancy and figuring out how they're going to work together to have a baby is just not for me. Especially when you've got a heroine who is so crazy independent that she refuses to use the pronouns "we" or "our" in relation to the baby. It's "my" baby. Ken was remarkably patient, but I just couldn't buy into his reasons for being so patient with her neuroses. He didn't know her well enough to really love her, and what he was learning about her, I didn't think was all that endearing. It's also another one of those stories where the couple would never have gotten back together if it weren't for the pregnancy, especially with Beth's independence issues and Ken's hatred of her father. And the fact that he was willing to walk away because of that, means he didn't really love her all that time. I did, however, like that Ken was dealing with issues regarding Beth's father. That added a facet to this story that made it unique and set it apart. It also made Ken a little less perfect in my mind, and a flawed hero is a good hero (as long as he doesn't reach asshole proportions - and Ken doesn't come anywhere close).

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michelle the Romance Witch

    Rating: 4.25 stars Heat Rating: 4 Review: Wow the heat of this story is unbelievable. This second story in the trilogy of sexy silver foxes finding love in Barefoot Bay was beyond amazing and filled with angst, fun, sweetness and passion. If you enjoy reading a story about a man who is finally finding love with the woman that he let slip through his fingers or a woman that is finding the true love that she thoughr she’d lost long ago, then this is the story for you. Roxanne St. Claire is the kind Rating: 4.25 stars Heat Rating: 4 Review: Wow the heat of this story is unbelievable. This second story in the trilogy of sexy silver foxes finding love in Barefoot Bay was beyond amazing and filled with angst, fun, sweetness and passion. If you enjoy reading a story about a man who is finally finding love with the woman that he let slip through his fingers or a woman that is finding the true love that she thoughr she’d lost long ago, then this is the story for you. Roxanne St. Claire is the kind of author that can take you from an intense gun battle between secret agents to the sweet and serene love story of a small beach community without a single hitch. One of the greatest skills of this author is that she always makes you feel like you have really gotten to know the characters and seen your friends fall in love. I am loving this trilogy within the great Barefoot Bay series and am beyond glad that Rocki decided to leave behind the norm and just write books that she herself would want to read… because lets be honest that’s what we want to read too! I cannot wait to read the final in the trilogy and see Lawson bite the dust when his heart gets taken over. Ken Cavanaugh has made a lot of mistakes in his life, but none he regrets more than breaking up with the girl that could have been the love of his life after a tragedy came between them as teenagers. Beth Endicott was the girl he planned to spend the rest of this life with, but when Ken’s father was killed, he blamed her father and in the heat of youthful passion broke her heart. But now they are both older and wiser and he know he owes her an apology and there’s no better time or place than the high school reunion that has brought them both to the Casa Blanca resort in Barefoot Bay. When Ken finally corners Beth to apologize the passion that pulled them together as kids, flairs hot and heavy and soon they are losing themselves in each other’s arms. Beth is determined that being with Ken will be a onetime thing, but when circumstances require that they rely on one another, Beth isn’t sure that she’ll be able to protect her heart again. Ken needs to show Beth that he is a changed man and can actually be the man she needs, even if she doesn’t think she needs any man. Can a love that was severed twenty years earlier be replanted in two hearts that have both been bruised or will their fears keep them from the greatest love they’ve ever had? Captain Ken Cavanaugh is the kind of man that I hope to have by my side when I am in my middle years. Sexy, sensual, strong and brave, Ken walks into deadly dangerous situations ever day without a thought, but when it comes to matters of the heart he has made enough mistakes that he’s not sure he’s ready to try again, until he sees Beth. I loved his determination to keep her safe and happy without encroaching on her all-important independence. His willingness to deal with her quirks and still offer his love whole-heartedly makes him the perfect mate in my eyes. However, no man is ever perfect; Ken has never fully forgiven or accepted his father’s death or the circumstances to lead to it, leaving a heavy weight on his heart and soul. Even when he is willing to look past the issues between them in order to have the woman he loves, you can see that he isn’t really even ready to try to forgive. I swore more than once that I wanted to beat him senseless for his callousness about Beth’s dad, but luckily, he finally learns that the only path to love is with an unburdened heart. I will also say that I loved his playful side and can see him even now doing a naked cannonball into the pool with a huge grin on his face. :D Ken’s heroine on the other hand irritated me more than a little. I more than understand a woman standing up for her independence especially with a controlling family that is good at manipulating, but there has to be a line. Cutting off your nose to spite your face has never been a way of life for me. Beth obviously desires Ken more than just about anything, but even when he offers to let their romance bloom slowly and follow nature’s course, she cuts him off at the knees. Her unwillingness to compromise, until circumstances force her to, was hair-pullingly irritating. Interestingly enough, once she has to think about someone else every minute of her life she begins to see that perhaps she doesn’t need to do everything herself. Once she softened and started to fall in love with Ken, allowing him to be the man she needed, I began to like her more. Especially when she called Ken on his crap more than once. I will say that I liked the fact that she was a strong woman and I enjoyed seeing her fall in love and get her HEA with Ken AND with her family. Barefoot at Moonrise is a story of redemption, love and the miracles that can sometimes come around more than once, but should always be treasured. Ken has decided it is time to give the girl whose heart he broke so long ago that long awaited apology, but he never imagined it would lead to the best night (and future) of his life. Beth has always known that Ken held a special piece of her heart, but she is determined to never depend on a man again, until Ken begins to break down the fortress walls around her heart. Ken and Beth are obviously two people that have lived life and understand that tragedies that can come along, so when a miracle happens there is no way they can deny the need to live that joy together. I enjoyed learning more about Ken and Beth and getting to watch as they re-found their love together and found a way to an HEA. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, Barefoot at Midnight, coming out soon, and cannot wait to see more of these silver foxes and the women that have captured their hearts in future Barefoot Bay stories. Rocki has struck gold again and I promise that the next release she puts out will be on my shelves and ready to read ASAP. Keep up the great work Roxanne. *eARC provided by author for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review. No compensation was provided.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Whispers From

    Loved it Ken is a firefighter and is attending his twenty five year high school reunion. Beth flips houses and Ken’s father worked for Beth’s when a generator fell on him and killed him. Ken has always blamed Beth’s dad but he wants to make amends with her. Beth likes her independence and won’t let anyone take that from her. After one night together, what she never thought could happen does. Can they put the past behind and have a future together? Great story with romance and secrets. A woman who Loved it Ken is a firefighter and is attending his twenty five year high school reunion. Beth flips houses and Ken’s father worked for Beth’s when a generator fell on him and killed him. Ken has always blamed Beth’s dad but he wants to make amends with her. Beth likes her independence and won’t let anyone take that from her. After one night together, what she never thought could happen does. Can they put the past behind and have a future together? Great story with romance and secrets. A woman who has been under the thumb of men all her life and the man who just wants her under him.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Barefoot At Moonrise is the second story in the Barefoot Bay Timeless series by Roxanne St. Claire. Ken Cavanaugh has been looking forward to seeing Beth (his high school girlfriend) at their class reunion so he can finally clear some things up and apologize for his behavior decades ago. He’s never been able to get over her or the past. Beth’s character (although a bit annoying at times) grew on me as the story progressed. I enjoyed the bit of mystery and the HEA. I enjoyed the audiobook version Barefoot At Moonrise is the second story in the Barefoot Bay Timeless series by Roxanne St. Claire. Ken Cavanaugh has been looking forward to seeing Beth (his high school girlfriend) at their class reunion so he can finally clear some things up and apologize for his behavior decades ago. He’s never been able to get over her or the past. Beth’s character (although a bit annoying at times) grew on me as the story progressed. I enjoyed the bit of mystery and the HEA. I enjoyed the audiobook version and thought Narrator B J Harrison did a fantastic job with these characters and also bringing extra heat to the story! Great job!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Akers

    Barefoot Bay 13 Ken and Beth met in high school but a series of events ended that relationship. Fast forward 25 years and the couple reconnects at an all class reunion for Mimosa HS. Will the past keep these two apart or will they be able to work through all issues from the past and love for the future?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tonya Peterson

    Releasing the anger Beth and ken had a past 25yrs ago and it ended with harsh words from Ken. But 25 yrs later he was determined to apologize for what he said but she was trying to ditch him every chance she could. The things they find out about themselves and the past will through you off you won't want to put it down. Releasing the anger Beth and ken had a past 25yrs ago and it ended with harsh words from Ken. But 25 yrs later he was determined to apologize for what he said but she was trying to ditch him every chance she could. The things they find out about themselves and the past will through you off you won't want to put it down.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Judi

    Love these characters and this community... Misunderstandings and secrets color this emotional character driven second chance love story. Ken and Beth haven’t spoken in twenty five years, but when they finally speak at their high school reunion the old chemistry plus some is in full force. Their journey to a HEA is sweet and sassy and a sometimes tearful read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    I love that this story revolves around characters who are a little older than we expected! These characters reconnected at a class reunion, overcame several obstacles, and made their relationship work. A very steamy read and such a good story!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anne Blyth

    As with previous books in his series I thoroughly enjoyed it. A mixed group of characters from book one and their individual stories. There is humour, emotion and some drama but put together into a great story. Love it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jeffery Wiggins

    Older is hotter Thank you for writing a delightful story about an older couple finally coming back together, healing old wounds, forgiving, letting go, making room for love. Great story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Brouillard

    Simply put...a good read A very enjoyable book. The characters all had issues but it wasn’t a book where everyone is out to get each other. Ken and Beth are good people...even the rest of the clan in this book are good. This makes for a wonderful HEA!!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Horvath

    Barefoot at Moonrise: Ken and Beth were great. I loved how Beth kept trying to void him at the reunion because of their past. I loved all the challenges that they put themselves through. I liked that she was a strong woman. You could really feel the love that they had. I loved the Sparks and fires between them. It had fantastic writing and storytelling. Hot Silver Foxes.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gloria Kojakanian

    Took me away to a wonderful place I enjoyed this story and was pleasantly surprised to find it something a preteen could read without embarrassment. The backstory was skillfully woven through the plot. The author is a treasure.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Spate

    Deception. Love. Angst. Triumph. A roller coaster of emotion. Soul deep love with the message of forgiveness. An absolutely wonderful read. Well done Roxanne St. Claire!

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