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Maid for Love: Gansett Island Series, Book 1 Hardcover – April 11, 2016
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"With the McCarthy's of Gansett Island, Marie Force makes you believe in the power of true love and happily ever after. Over and over again." ―Carly Phillips, NY Times Bestselling Author of the Serendipity series.
"No one tells a love story like Marie Force or makes characters come alive for the readers. She has an incredible ability to pull you into the story and long after you finish the book the scenes still play out in your head and your heart. The McCarthys of Gansett Island sets a very high standard for all other series." ―Desiree Holt, author of the popular Phoenix Agency and Naked Cowboys series
From the Author
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.
Welcome to Gansett Island! Maid for Love is the first book in the series. 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.
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Top Customer Reviews
Now I suppose I don't have the same definition of "true romance" that so many other readers do. If you haven't read this yet, I'll give you this book in a nutshell, and no, I am not making this up.
-Mac bumps into Maddie (literally), she falls down and gets banged up. He picks her up and carries her, which gives him an erection.
-Mac goes to Maddie's house and she is sleeping on the sofa, he looks at her and gets a throbbing erection.
-Mac takes Maddie to dinner and she rides on the back of his motorcycle, causing him to have a massive, throbbing erection.
-Mac helps Maddie take her bra off so she can shower, which causes him to get an erection.
-Mac touches Maddie's soft skin and gets an "impressive erection"
-Mac gets many, many more erections throughout the book, sometimes "impressive" but usually throbbing. Repeated erections do NOT equal romance, people. Unless your definition of romance is purely physical, in which case this is the book for you.
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!