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Love After Dark: Gansett Island Series, Book 13 (Volume 14) Paperback – August 18, 2015
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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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Paul Martinez loved everything about September on Gansett Island―from the cornflower-blue sky, to the cool fresh air and the quiet of the island returning to normal after another busy summer. The year-rounders got their island back in September. The tourists went home, back to school and work, after playing on Gansett all summer. During three crazy months, the island’s regular population of a few hundred hardy souls swelled to thousands.
As he drove home following a long day of landscaping work, Paul appreciated that the island roads had returned to “normal,” with hardly any cars, mopeds or bicycles impeding his ride. Islanders appreciated the tourists and the boost they brought to the economy. But they were also happy to see them go after Labor Day, when a collective sigh of relief greeted the cooler days and nights of September.
As the co-owner of Martinez Lawn & Garden, summer was Paul’s busiest time of year, followed closely by autumn, when the leaves turned brilliant colors before they dropped into yards that needed to be cleaned up before the winter set in. By the first of next month, the pumpkins would be in and ready to harvest.
A lot still had to be done before they settled in for the long, cold winter on Gansett. Other than plowing snow, their business slowed to a crawl in the winter, which was why Paul loved those months best of all. By the time the snow came, he was ready to sleep for months.
This fall promised to be extra busy with his older brother Alex’s upcoming wedding to Jenny Wilks and their move into the house they’d been building on land near the house where he and Alex had grown up. Paul hadn’t expected to still be living at home in his early thirties, but his mother’s dementia had derailed a lot of his plans, including having a family of his own.
Alex’s relationship with Jenny had given Paul hope that it might still happen for him, too, but he wasn’t holding his breath waiting for Cupid to strike, even if a lot of their friends had taken the plunge in the last few months.
His future sister-in-law had gone so far as to try to fix him up with her friend Erin, the island’s new lighthouse keeper. They’d hung out with Alex and Jenny a few times. He liked Erin and admired her resiliency after losing her twin brother―who had also been Jenny’s fiancé―during the 9/11 attacks on New York City. But he didn’t feel that spark of something extra with her, no matter how much Jenny might love to see both Martinez brothers fall for lighthouse keepers.
It wasn’t going to happen between him and Erin, and she knew it as much as he did.
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THE KISS THAT CHANGES EVERYTHING
Paul Martinez and his brother Alex have been run ragged by the demands of running the family landscaping business and caring for their mother who is battling dementia. They have hired nurse Hope Russell who brings relief to caring for their mother but brings a new problem for Paul - lusting after one of his employees. Hope and her young son need to restart their lives and Gansett Island is perfect for them. While she admires the way Paul cares for his mother and her son, she fights falling for him. She can’t risk losing her job and new home by falling for her boss. He’s tortured by falling for one of his employees, something he knows his late father wouldn’t approve of. Brother Alex has found his happy ever after (book 10) and the wedding is approaching but something is bothering Jenny, his future wife.
In this book we get to catch up on all our favorites from the series and see new relationships starting to form and hint of new arrivals. All emotions are in this book. It’s a fun, warm, sexy, romantic book. The healing power of the island, as Gansett fans refer to it, is in full force. Marie did a good job walking us thru the disease of Dementia. One of my favorite lines is when Hope explains the patient’s behavior as that “they don’t mean to be insulting or demeaning, or nasty. That’s it’s the disease talking not the perfectly nice people they’d been before dementia struck.” As always, Marie seamlessly weaves multiple story lines throughout the book. She writes with humor (the girl’s epic prank on the guys). Writes feel good stories with HEA. She writes strong, committed people who have strong morals and values. One of my favorite things about this series is that the women don’t do drama. They really care and support one another. The Island is filling up with youngsters so Marie is sure to have plenty of islanders to write about for decades.
The main focus of this book is on Paul and Hope. Paul and his brother Alex have done all they can to help their mother with her dementia. They have rearranged their entire lives as well as the family business to make it so she can stay at home, leaving little time for anything else. The greatest thing they have found is Hope and her son Ethan.
Hope is looking for a change in her life and accepts the position of being a caretaker for Paul's mother. She is willing to relocate with her son to Gansett Island to give her family the change they need. She has been destroyed in the past by counting on others, so she does everything possible to make sure that doesn't happen again. But will she be willing to put aside her fears to find happiness?
I cannot wait for more from this series. The characters from this series resonate in your heart and never let go! I felt so many emotions as I read each trial and tribulation they experienced. I laughed as well as cried often and I fell more in love with this community. Marie Force is a brilliant author with amazing talents!
The problem I have is that I wanted to enjoy the story of Hope and Paul. I didn't need to read everyone else's story all over again. I wanted to enjoy the new couple she was telling the story about.
I didn't mind her throwing in Slim and Erin but it should have been at the end of the book to introduce us to her next book with them. I'm not sure if I will read anymore of the Gansett books as they are starting to get boring and it's the same story over and over again.
Hope came to Gansette Island as a nurse and caretaker to Marion Martinez, Alex and Paul's mother, as she copes with progressing dementia. While Paul tries to keep her arm's length, fearful of disappointing his father by having relationship with an employee, both he and Hope soon find their attraction is too strong to avoid.
We get to be there for Alex and Jenny as they prepare for their upcoming nuptials, all the while Jenny worried she will again face devastation rather than elation in the end. They are sweet together. I loved how everyone was there for them, supported them, and loved them.
Erin and Slim have a chance encounter and their chemistry is one for books, hmm maybe. Then again, loving Uncle Kevin.
Hope and Paul, as well as sweet Ethan, have a great story and HEA. Loved it!