No Tan Lines (Barefoot William)
Author: Kate Angell
Published: May 29, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher (Kensington)
Reviewed by: Tabatha
He glanced at his watch. "We have twenty minutes before the truck arrives with the drywall."
"We can do this in ten."
"Damn you're pushy."
"You need prodding."
"I get the job done."
"Not fast enough."
A muscle ticked in his jaw. "Ease up."
summary from Goodreads
There's a place where the ocean meets the shore, where kicking off your shoes and baring some skin is as natural as sneaking under the boardwalk for an ice cream cone and stolen kisses. But life isn't all a beach for Shaye Cates, even if her idea of an office is a shady umbrella at the water's edge equipped with cell phone and laptop. Steely-eyed Trace Saunders is the incredibly irksome fly in her coconut tanning oil. And running a kids' softball team with her long-time rival is going to have everyone in her little Florida town buzzing. Her scads of laid-back relatives and his whole uptight clan know that Shaye just wants to play ball while Trace thinks only of business. But beneath the twinkling lights of the ferris wheel, the magic of sea and sand can sweep away every inhibition...Suddenly, it's summertime, and the lovin' is easy.
I am huge lover of Contemporary Romance, which is why this book appealed to me in the first place. It's basically your modern day version of Romeo and Juliet. You know - "Boy meets girl, and both are from families who have hated each other for centuries" - type of book. Given that, one would think that this book would be a freaking awesome read, right?! While I can't say it was one of my favorites, it wasn't a disappointment either.
Leading off you have Shaye. Tomboy Shaye, who's family owns the town of Barefoot Williams on one side of the street separating both towns, She also happens to have an extreme hatred for Trace. Hot, sexy, melt in your mouth Trace - who's family just happens to own the town on the other side of the street.'
Fast forward years and you find that they are each the current runners of their respective towns. The only time these towns get together are for the yearly sport matches between the two. So it comes as a shock, when during the planning of an event to help bring some money to her town, Shaye has to enlist the help of Trace. After all, she needs his approval to use some of his beach for a Celebrity Volleyball tournament. Unable to put centuries of feuding behind them, the two seem to question and distrust each other at every turn. Yet, somewhere in the whirlwind 3 weeks leading up to this volleball tournament, the two began to fall for one another. Can the two towns handle this romance?
One thing that threw me with this book is that it not only followed Trace and Shaye, but the lives of Kai (Shaye's Cousin) and Nicole (Trace's Ex) and even hinted at a budding relationship between Dune (Shaye's brother) and Sophie (Trace's Sister).
One of my favorite parts of this book has to be Olive, Shaye's Parrot. She is freaking hilarious!