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Maid for Love (Gansett Island) Mass Market Paperback – April 24, 2018
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"MAID FOR LOVE was a charming beach read that had you believing in the HEA." ----Joyfully Reviewed --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler,Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series, written as M.S. Force. All together, her books have sold 6 million copies worldwide. Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can, and to never be on a flight that makes the news. Please visit her online at marieforce.com.
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This is my first book I’ve read by Marie Force. I met Ms. Force at a conference where she was the keynote speaker and enjoyed her talk a great deal. She is a true success story. At the time, I got the impression that she wrote romantic suspense novels, which are not my first go-to read. After seeing her again at another conference, I decided I needed to read one of her books. Since I enjoy romances set in a small town involving family dynasties, I chose Maid for Love, the first book in her McCarthy’s of Gansett Island series. I’m so glad I found this book!
Maddie Chester is an unwed mother and has been looked down on by the citizens of the island since her high school days. Rumors abound concerning her supposed promiscuous ways. Maddie has no faith in men and her one foray into having a relationship leaves her pregnant and alone, further destroying her trust in the male species.
Mac McCarthy has returned home for a visit after being away for years and steps off a curb causing Maddie Chester to crash her bike and that moment changes his life and outlook forever. Feeling responsible for Maddie’s accident, he barges his way into her life determined to help her during her recovery. His father had told him that when he met the right woman he would know instantly, and Mac knows that Maddie is that woman.
Will Mac break through the barrier surrounding Maddie’s heart, or will his take charge attitude and determination to right the wrongs concerning her reputation send her away forever?
Maid for Love is a moving portrayal of a how a rumor can affect a person’s life, changing the course of one’s very existence. That is the case with Maddie. I found her story heart-breaking. I loved Mac’s dedication to right the wrong that happened years before, even if he goes about it in the wrong way.
Maddie is an endearing heroine. Her character is a waif with a touch of spunky kid rolled together. Even though she should resent her nine month old son, Thomas, for making her difficult life harder, her love for him is fierce and protective. I could feel her pain over what has shadowed her life since she was a teenager, but I admired her determination to rise above and carry on.
Mac is a hero that women love, and I’m one of them. He’s protective, caring and loves whole-heartedly. I fell in love with him right away. When his misguided attempt to restore Maddie’s standing in their small community backfires in his face, tears clouded my eyes. At first he is bewildered over Maddie’s reaction, but once he realizes his mistake, he fights to re-gain her trust.
Since I listened to the audio version as well as reading this book, I want to mention the narration. Eva Kaminsky reads with a great deal of emotion, helping to pull me into the story. She give the male voice a bit of a raspy quality that helps distinguish them from the female characters. I would have enjoyed it more if she had been able to make each voice unique to the character, but I'm sure that is difficult for many narrators.
I truly enjoyed Maid for Love, and I have already bought the next book in this great series. I look forward to reading Janey and Joe’s romance. If you haven’t read books by Marie Force and enjoy stories set in small towns, then Maid for Love is a great introduction to Ms. Force’s enchanting books. Happy reading!
Maddie Chester is barely getting by as she tried to save up enough money to get away from her hometown of Gansett Island. Her ample... cleavage has only brought her pain (and I don't' mean backache) as horrible rumors had plagued her since high school that she's easy, and having a 9-month old baby because she was knocked up by someone who swore he had a vasectomy (then did a runner) didn't help. On the way to her housekeeping job at McCarthy's Resort, she was run over by someone on a motorcycle... and wounded enough that she can't work for several days... and she was in deep despair as she cannot afford to lose any work... it was only worse when she realized who ran her over... Mac McCarthy, the prodigal son of the McCarthy clan... but Mac wasn't anything like Maddie expected. Mac wasn't snotty, despite the rich upbringing. In fact, Mac wanted to stay and help nurse her back to health and take care of her baby, and this is in spite of all the warnings from the rest of town about her "reputation". But Maddie refused to be swept off of her feet, because Mac was only here on vacation, and soon he'll leave for Miami. But Mac had already fallen for the strong and vulnerable Maddie...
Part of the problem with Mac is we don't know enough about him that all we witnessed upon his arrival was his valiant attempt to save Maddie to make up for running her over. He was being sincerely nice, but offering to take her back home, call her supervisor to make sure she doesn't lose her job, AND pay her wages and help with babysitting was NOT something one normally do for strangers, even if he did run her over. So it's either insta-lust (which was not described) or he's afraid of lawsuits (which he wasn't). We were left with a character who was basically being... superhuman! We have a hard time believing he really is this nice! There was no setup for him to be this nice to a stranger, and that, made him not believable.
The rest of the book was actually quite sweet, as Mac then proceed to right every wrong heaped upon Maddie, from the rumors that dogged her for a decade to the baby daddy... heck, even her job! OMG, he really *is* superman! (Insert eyeroll here) It was clear this was one of Marie Force's earliest books and the plotting wasn't quite up to par, and the FMC balks at the way MMC is "fixing" her problems... Uh, that's your PRIDE talking, honey. And that lead to the darkest hour? Lame.
So basically, you have stubbornly independent girl vs. superman hoping to fix everything wrong in her life, and they STILL fall for each other? Hmmm... Must be her D-cup... No, NOT really.
Okay, enough snark. I find the book enjoyable through the first read-through but upon reflection all the problems came out. In the end, I can only assign it an OK rating. Because I did enjoy it, despite the rest of the problems named before.