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Maid for Love (McCarthys of Gansett Island Series, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Marie Force
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With more than 1.5 million copies of the New York Times Bestselling McCarthys of Gansett Island Series sold since Maid for Love debuted in April 2011, this series has quickly become a fan favorite! See where it all began for FREE!

The McCarthys of Gansett Island: Book 1

Maddie Chester is determined to leave her hometown of Gansett Island, a place that has brought her only bad memories and ugly rumors. Then she’s knocked off her bike on the way to her housekeeping job at McCarthy’s Resort Hotel by Gansett’s “favorite son,” Mac McCarthy. He’s back in town to help his father with preparations to sell the family resort and has no intention of staying long. When Mac accidentally sends Maddie flying over the handlebars, badly injuring her, he moves in to nurse her back to health and help care for her young son. He soon realizes his plans for a hit-and-run visit to the island are in serious jeopardy, and he just may be “maid” for love.

Book 1: Maid for Love
Book 2: Fool for Love
Book 3: Ready for Love
Book 4: Falling for Love
Book 5: Hoping for Love
Book 6: Season for Love
Book 7: Longing for Love
Book 8: Waiting for Love
Book 9: Time for Love
Book 10: Meant for Love
Book 10.5: Chance for Love, A Gansett Island Novella
Book 11: Gansett After Dark
Book 12: Kisses After Dark

"With the McCarthy's of Gansett Island, Marie Force makes you believe in the power of true love and happily ever after. Over and over again." Carly Phillips, NY Times Bestselling Author of the Serendipity series.

"No one tells a love story like Marie Force or makes characters come alive for the readers. She has an incredible ability to pull you into the story and long after you finish the book the scenes still play out in your head and your heart. The McCarthys of Gansett Island sets a very high standard for all other series." Desiree Holt, author of the popular Phoenix Agency and Naked Cowboys series

Books In This Series (12 Books)
Complete Series

  • Editorial Reviews


    Maid for Love was a charming beach read that had you believing in the HEA." —
    Joyfully Reviewed

    From the Author

    Author's Note
    My favorite place in the world is Block Island, located twelve miles off the southern coast of Rhode Island. A tiny slip of land with a Great Salt Pond in the middle, Block Island is the place time forgot. You won't find a stop light on the island or a hospital. Internet connections are sketchy at best, and good luck finding a hotel room or a spot on the ferry for your car in the summer if you haven't planned months in advance. What you will find is peace and quiet and beaches and bluffs and quaint shops and a laidback atmosphere that soothes the soul.

    The island has played an important role in my life from the time I was a small child arriving on my parents' boat, through a college romance and now as a favorite family vacation spot each summer. I've never been anywhere that inspires me more. Block Island pops up often in my books, so I suppose it was only a matter of time before I made up my own version of the island and set a series there. Thus Gansett Island and the McCarthy Family were born. "Gansett" is a tip of the hat to Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay, one of my favorite places to spend a summer day.

    Maid for Love is the first book in the series. Fool for Love comes next then Ready for Love, Falling for Love, Hoping for Love and Season for Love, with much more coming from Gansett Island.

    Welcome to Gansett Island! I so hope you enjoy Mac and Maddie's story. Stay tuned at the end for a sneak peek at Joe and Janey's story, Fool for Love.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1800 KB
    • Print Length: 265 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publisher: HTJB, Inc. (April 28, 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004YKZIGI
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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    233 of 246 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Pure Prince Charming Fantasy June 16, 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This is one of those books that I really think that you have to read with either a) a fair amount of disbelief suspended or b)you just love the romance fantasy of a basic Cinderella story.

    Mac McCarthy is from a wealthy family who are well known and liked on a small New England island.

    Maddie Chester lives on the same island but is of a decidedly less golden family. She was tormented in high school for developing early. And one lie by one guy resulted in a tarnished reputation that followed her into adulthood. She is either ignored or shunned by most of the townspeople, her mother is in jail and she is given the worst of the clean up jobs as the maid in the inn Mac's family owns.

    When Mac comes back home for an enforced vacation, he bumps into Maddie precipitating an accident that results in Maddie's bike (her lone transportation) getting destroyed and causing her injury.

    Mac wants to make it right so he decides he is going to help Maddie out while she is recovering.

    The set up is fine. The writing is good and the storytelling flows quickly and easily. This is one of those contemporary romances that just goes down smoothly and is tailor made for a light summer read.

    My issues, and why I can't give this more than 3-stars, has to do with credulity. I know many readers will be perfectly fine with the swiftness of the romance and the way Mac swoops in and makes everything just right for Maddy in a matter of weeks. That's fine. That is where the fantasy part of the romance comes in. For a lot of romance readers this is catnip and this book would be right up their alley.

    I am not one of them though. I like a little more grit sometimes with my books.
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    50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a new Marie Force series April 30, 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Maid for love is the 1st book of a new Marie Force series.. its a wonderful start.. Mac (a big "bad" McCarthy) is finally coming home for a must needed vacation (medical reason).. not in town 30 mins when he steps off the curb into oncoming bike traffic, Maddie is a single mother from the "wrongside of the street" according to the rest of the town.. she has been made fun of since high school for "early development".. Mac makes Maddie fall off her bike and she is hurt very badly. unable to work, or take care of her son, Mac steps in and takes charge in every area of her life..

    I have read all of Marie Force's books available on Kindle and i have to tell you that this is a great start. I can't wait for the next one with Joe and Janey.. I laughed, I got teary, and of course couldn't wait to see if she was willing to let someone in her life.. Great Job Marie Force!!!
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    61 of 67 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars I Read Through Work May 6, 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Oh dear... Having access to my Kindle ap through my iPhone doesn't do me any favors. While I was supposed to be working, I instead took an extra long lunch break to finish up Maid for Love! I first got started on Marie Force from Love at First Flight. I was SO happy to hear she self-published a few more books because I felt she wasn't writing fast enough!

    Maid for Love was a wonderful story that I adored. There were some clichéd moments but every-time I was about to sigh and think it was typical, she took the story in another way and made me smile instead.

    I can't wait for the next two. Marie Force has jumped to the top of my auto-buy list!
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    46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Mac wasn't a hero for me April 11, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I've read several other reviews, and I can see where they are coming from -
    If you are looking for a really cute, cheesy, romantic read, this could definitely be the book for you.
    If you are looking for a little more depth and character development, this is probably not it.

    I enjoyed a lot of scenes (not just the sex, which I've already forgotten, honestly) but not the whole story.

    Maddie is okay, a little weak and annoying, but okay. Her sister is never developed past over-protective and annoying.

    Mac, though, was a big disappointment. Throughout the book he makes decisions that concern Maddie FOR her, without consulting her, because obviously he knows what's best for her. When she refuses his advances, he talks with his father about how he's not going to take No for an answer...And gets encouragement about making her see that they are right for each other. Uhhh...slightly creepy. Granted, this is a romance novel, but I would have much preferred it if he were willing to accept her words and back off until she came to him. I like my characters to be someone I'd like to meet, and if I met someone like Mac I'd be pissed at him. You don't just take a woman's baby for a walk without leaving a note, make her a public spectacle, or lie to her face about life decisions you've made for her. It's not romantic, it's controlling. And he's like that for most of the book.

    Maddie irked the crap out of me when she confronted him about his behavior and finally stood up for herself by saying she couldn't be in a relationship like that, then she just GIVES IN when he tells her, "That's who I am!"
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    64 of 73 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous July 9, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I try to be very careful when reading free books and this book was one of the reasons why. The characters, in my opinion were not realistic. What was expressed in their thoughts in the book didn't translate to their actions or the storyline. I finally couldn't read anymore it was too painful and cheesy. The plot sounded good and could have been a good book, however the characters never really developed and all they were interested in was sex, from the beginning. There are a lot of better series to read if I am just looking for That type of genre.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars OMG
    I really loved this romance novel it so good the guy character was so sweet I wish I could have a love story like this
    Published 16 hours ago by Lexi kiefer
    3.0 out of 5 stars And at least there were no super erotic sex scenes in it
    I think it was actually quite well written. And at least there were no super erotic sex scenes in it, which I for one appreciate it.
    Published 2 days ago by Sheila M Stuart
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    This was a quick and very sweet read! Paired nicely with a cup of hot tea! :)
    Published 3 days ago by Wendi
    3.0 out of 5 stars Cinderella-esque Story
    If you like Cinderella type stories, this is right up your alley. Maddie is your Cinderella who lived on an island and was treated like an outcast because of things hateful people... Read more
    Published 4 days ago by hilndgirl
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Sexy and Fun Romance
    Maddie Chester has had a hard life since high school. Having said no to the wrong guy brought her nothing but misery. Read more
    Published 5 days ago by Adriana A.
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    Easy read
    Published 6 days ago by barbra a pytlik
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    great reading
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    Marie Force is another one of my favor this sires and I hope there will be a few more .
    Published 6 days ago by Dallas R. Bittinger
    5.0 out of 5 stars Maid for love
    Great book! It's amazing a person could be treated a certain way because of how one was so unjustly talked about.
    Published 7 days ago by Craig Emig
    5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this book
    Wow, I really liked this book, it has just the right amount of resistance from the female character and just enough push from the male. Worth taking a look.
    Published 7 days ago by PJackson
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    More About the Author

    With more than 3 million books sold, Marie Force is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of more than 35 contemporary romances. Her New York Times bestselling self-published McCarthys of Gansett Island Series has sold more than 1.5 million e-books since Maid for Love was released in 2011. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Fatal Series from Harlequin's Carina Press, as well as the Treading Water Series and numerous stand-alone books. All You Need is Love, book 1 in her new Green Mountain Series from Berkley Sensation, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller in February 2014 The second book, I Want to Hold Your Hand, was also a New York Times and USA Today bestseller in June, and the third book, I Saw Her Standing There, is coming in November. In 2014, Marie will have seven mass-market print releases--the first four Fatal Series books from Harlequin and the first three Green Mountain Series books from Berkley.

    While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. She is the mother of two teenagers and two feisty dogs, Brandy and Louie.

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