Francesca Rossi might be the youngest in a long line of badass siblings, but this computer whiz would rather hack a database than pack a pistol for the family business in Barefoot Bay. When an assignment forces her out of her comfort zone and into the field, Chessie decides to amp up the excitement quotient and has her first one night stand with a smokin’ hot stranger she’ll never see again.
Former CIA agent Malcolm Harris is fresh out of prison for a crime he didn’t commit, and knows the government is watching his every move, waiting for him to slip up. But the only mistake he makes is to assume the sexy, sassy woman he seduces on the way to Barefoot Bay is a spy. He learns too late that the beauty he’s bedded is really his best friend’s sister…and his undercover partner on a risky mission.
Chessie and Mal have to stay one step ahead of the CIA, navigate their way through a perilous country, and fight the insane chemistry that sizzles between them. It doesn’t take long for this hacker and spy to discover the power of their unplanned partnership…and learn that falling in love might be the riskiest business of all.
Roxanne St. Claire is a bestselling author of nearly thirty novels of romance and suspense. A six-time nominee and one time winner of the prestigious RITA Award for outstanding romantic fiction, her books have also won the National Reader’s Choice Award for best romantic suspense for two consecutive years, as well as the Daphne du Maurier Award, the HOLT Medallion, the Maggie, Booksellers Best, Book Buyers Best, five Awards of Excellence, the Aspen Gold and many others
Prior to launching a full time career as a novelist in 2003, Roxanne spent most of her professional life as a marketing executive and public relations consultant. She is a graduate of UCLA, an active member of several national writing organizations, and a lecturer on a wide range of writing-related topics. She lives in Satellite Beach, Florida with her husband and their two teenagers, and if you know her, you call her Rocki.
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I was lucky to receive an advanced readers copy of Barefoot with a Stranger by Roxanne St Claire, and I can honestly say that this is one awesome romantic suspense novel that kept me gripped in its pages.
Francesca (Chessie) Rossi is on her way to Barefoot Bay to help her brother Gabe, when a stranger offers her a seat at the airport when her plane is delayed Chessie is instantly attracted to the stranger who’s name is Malcolm Harris and when he asks her to go do a drink with him – she accepts.
Mal Harris has just been released from prison for supposedly stealing half a million dollars from the government and knows that he will be being followed but he is instantly attracted to the woman he thinks they have sent to watch him, one thing leads to another until Mal realises his mistake and leaves Chessie in his hotel room.
Chessie is upset that Mal just left and decides to hire a car and drive to her brother though the night instead of waiting for her flight, on arriving at Gabe’s home she is shocked that a few minutes after arriving, Mal Harris turns up and turns out to be Gabe’s friend. The reason why Mal and Chessie are in Barefoot Bay are to go to Cuba to find Gabe’s son that he has recently found out existed, he needs the help of Mal, who knows his way around Cuba and the ways of the Cuban people and Gabe trusts him to protect his little sister.
This story is about attraction, alpha men, misunderstandings, deception, second chances, romance and love. I loved how Roxanne managed to drop hints into the storyline that will now lead onto Gabriel Rossi’s book. I can not wait for the next instalment of the Barefoot Bay books, I hope I don’t have to wait to long. . This is a DEFINITE MUST READ.