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Gansett After Dark (Gansett Island Series) (Volume 11) Paperback – May 12, 2014
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***Start reading Marie's New York Times Bestselling Gansett Island Series today with Maid for Love, free on Amazon.***
Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold more than 2.3 million books, and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books, which has sold more than 1.2 million books. In addition, she is the author of the Green Mountain Series as well as the erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the slightly modified name of M.S. Force. All together, her books have sold more than 5 million copies worldwide!
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The creak of the rocking chair on the new wooden deck, the warm afternoon breeze off the ocean, the heat of the baby asleep on his chest and the bustle of the town he now called home soothed and calmed Owen Lawry. Along the newly painted white porch rail were flower boxes containing the pink, lavender and white impatiens Laura had nurtured all summer.
Every square inch of the Sand & Surf hotel had been renovated in the last year, leaving the scents of sawdust and fresh paint behind. They’d been operating at full capacity since Memorial Day, and it was indeed thrilling to see the hotel open and once again full of happy visitors.
Almost a year ago, Owen had stood on this same deck and watched the last ferry depart on Columbus Day. It had felt symbolic then. With that ferry went his old life as a footloose and fancy-free troubadour, traveling from gig to gig, following the seasons and the work.
He’d stayed that day. He’d stayed because of Laura. He’d stayed because he could no longer imagine a day―hell, an hour―without her. And he’d never regretted it. Not for one second. Her son, Holden, the child they were raising together even though another man had fathered him, was now as much Owen’s as he was Laura’s. Earlier in the summer, they’d been surprised to learn they were expecting twins together. He who had never wanted the constraints of commitment or marriage or family was now as committed as any man could be, and he’d never been happier as their wedding date got closer with every passing day.
Just one thing stood between him and the future he wanted so desperately with Laura, Holden and the twins―his father’s trial. The thought of seeing his father again for the first time in more than a decade made Owen feel sick and anxious and fearful, as if he were still a five-year-old who couldn’t figure out what he’d done to stir his father’s wrath.
In a few days, he and Laura, his mother and Laura’s father, along with several friends who would be testifying, would depart Gansett on the ferry and travel to Virginia for the trial. Frank was coming to help out with Holden while they were in court. Owen didn’t want Laura to come, but she was insisting on being there for him. He hated the thought of her sitting in the courtroom listening to the nightmare that had been his life in vivid detail that would shock and horrify her.
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Welcome back to Gansett. The island that houses that loving family the McCartneys. Join Big Mac and Linda they watch the 5 kids and all the other members of their large extended honorary family go through daily life.
No central romance in this one but all of our stories make progress. Where to start where to start.
There are 2 big buildups in this one.
It is time for Owen and his mother Sarah to finally face the abusive bastard Mark. General Mark Lowery has enjoyed beating the crap out of his wife and 6 kids for over 30years. Time for him to face justice. The big trial is looming.
Owen is due to marry the love of his life. Owen and Laura are about to get their happily after.
Big Mac gets the surprise of his life when a young woman shows up at the Marina.
It is so hard not to give spoilers. I am bouncing off the walls still because I adore Gansett. My desire to move there will never come true. Although in a few years I am going to make my husband take me to Block Island so I can see the real life Gansett when we renew our vows. Thanks Marie for being so wonderful and bringing the world of Gansett to life. You have said multiple times that you will stop writing about Gansett when we get tired of it. Well I don't think we ever will. And Linda and Big Mac may live to be two of the oldest people to ever live. Maybe we will let you stop writing in about 50 60 years. IF you are lucky.
What a delightful series! I am so glad I decided to read the McCarthy’s of Gansett Island books. I am enjoying it tremendously and finding it quite addicting. Gansett After Dark is the continuation of Owen and Laura’s story, which started in Season For Love. I do recommend reading that book first to fully appreciate this one.
Owen and Laura have a big hurdle to get over before their wedding. His father’s trial is fast approaching and Owen is very unsettled by it. Laura is experiencing acute morning sickness that lasts all day and night to the point that she becomes dehydrated and has to spend time at the clinic where Dr. David and Victoria give her fluids so she’ll be able to travel.
Will Owen make it through the trial with Laura by his side so they can at last have their wedding, or will his torment get the best of him?
There’s a lot that happens in Gansett After Dark besides what’s going on with Owen and Laura. I thoroughly enjoyed Dan and Kara’s sub-plot and the way Tiffany tried to intervene at their engagement party was awesome. The cannon that is her ex-husband finally shot off!
There is a shocking turn of events for big Mac and Linda when Mallory Vaughn shows up on their doorstep. I won’t say more because I don’t want to give anything away, but hold onto your seats, Mallory is going to shake all the McCarthys, especially Janey and Mac.
I love following the other characters as they grow in their relationships. Adam and Abby get engaged and of course Abby wants them to get another tattoo. Sarah finally tells Charlie about the abuse she suffered for so many years at the hands of her husband and their friendship turns romantic. Seamus and Carolina throw a surprise wedding, and Brant finally gets Stephanie to set a date for Labor Day.
Again, I thoroughly enjoyed Holly Fielding’s performance. How she keeps all the characters from sounding the same is astonishing. She is the narrator for Kisses After Dark, but I have already downloaded Love After Dark and noticed there is a new narrator. She has some big shoes to follow in estimation!
If you’re looking for a series that will have you laughing one moment and crying another, then you will love the McCarthys of Gansett Island. While you could read these books out of order, I don’t recommend it. Start with Maid For Love, you will not regret it. Happy reading!
Issue number one: The general's trial. I didn't understand why his prior history was being used at trial. Prior history is only used at sentencing OR if the defendant takes the stand. Also why would he suddenly decide to plead guilty when a former friend decides to testify. It is still hearsay. I get the author wanted to wrap some previous loose ends up but if you are going to write a court/trial scene please do some basic research. When I read some of these scenes it made me stop and say that's not right and a quick search online found the information.
Issue number two: Laura's morning sickness. I don't know any doctor that would let her get away with extreme morning sickness without treatment. At one point Laura said she didn't want to take ANY drugs during her pregnancy and it just no! I know some women have a really hard time with morning sickness. There is nothing wrong with taking anti-nausea meds while pregnant. I also don't think it would be instant relief from the symptoms like it was with Laura but what do I know.
Issue number three: Too many people. The author goes over every single previous character and their are too many of them. It is hard to keep track and it causes repetitiveness.