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

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

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  • File Size: 2220 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: HTJB, Inc. (April 28, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 28, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YKZIGI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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256 of 270 people found the following review helpful By T. Wheaton VINE VOICE on 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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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By nyy13girl on 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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70 of 77 people found the following review helpful By McReadsALot on April 11, 2013
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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.

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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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76 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Julie Kohlbauer on July 9, 2012
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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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64 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Davis on May 6, 2011
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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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