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3.0 out of 5 stars Pure Prince Charming Fantasy, June 16, 2011
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This review is from: Maid for Love (McCarthys of Gansett Island Series, Book 1) (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. I like Marie Force's writing style and I like the bones of story if not necessarily all the meat of it. I also just can't get past the super sticky sweetness of some of it or my skepticism at the trajectory of the romance.

Mac is a long-time confirmed bachelor who really has no desire to be back home. Yet he bumps into Maddie, takes her home, cleans her up, moves into her house, takes care of her kid, takes over her cleaning shift at the inn, and takes over her duties as a day care helper. And this is all just within the first day he gets back home. Within the first week he and Maddie are madly in love and within weeks after that he has completely restored her tarnished reputation.

This is pure Prince Charming fantasy. It works on some levels and on others it simply doesn't.

I heartily recommend it for readers who really like that in their stories.

Other readers however, if you don't like love-at-first sight stories or want a it more meat with your stories this one may not work completely for you.
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Initial post: Aug 10, 2012 2:16:36 PM PDT
great review. Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2012 8:11:10 PM PDT
TinaW says:
You're welcome. Glad you enjoyed it.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 11:57:14 PM PDT
Helen says:
Excellent review.

Thanks.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 10:54:21 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 26, 2012 10:54:45 AM PST
I wish I had read this review and trusted the reviewer before reading this. =S
Great review. Thank you!

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 2:11:51 AM PST
Mary Jane C. says:
Thanks for this review! I've already read the book and was going to write a review myself. I think instead I'll add a comment to yours. As you pointed out, this is a fun and light-hearted read. Prince Charming Solves It All. I can deal with that--I can suspend disbelief that far. What I couldn't really deal with, was the fact that Maddie's "tarnished reputation" received in high school (namely, a bunch of guys claimed that they had all slept with her in an evening) managed to follow her through adulthood. And everyone believed it. Everyone! Until Prince Charming sweeps in and makes those guys apologize, at which point all the town folk decide she's an OK woman. The character Maddie gets mad--she's mad that her boyfriend has made a public display of her--but she doesn't get mad for the right reason. The happily-ever-after is really happily-now-that-everyone-knows-that-she's-not-a-slut. Maybe I'm too much of a feminist to read romance novels, but this aspect of the plot rubbed me the wrong way. ;)

Posted on Apr 3, 2013 6:05:09 AM PDT
Lilah Brown says:
I know this may sound strange, but that was one of the best reviews I read. It was detailed but honest and objective. I appreciate you writing it!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2013 8:02:27 AM PDT
TinaW says:
Hi Lilah-
Thanks for your comment and hope the review helped you in some way.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 2:38:44 PM PDT
McReadsALot says:
Don't forget the controlling behavior and "I'm not going to take no for an answer" attitude. I thought he was a jerk.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 9:53:02 AM PDT
D Stone says:
This was a really good review and was pretty much my take on the story as well. It's nice to see reviews that are "real" and give the pros/cons without negativity.
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