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Maid for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island Series) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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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.
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.
If this series starter sets the precedence for the rest of the Gansett Island books, then this series has a tamer and sweeter feel to it than the two other Marie Force series that I've read, which isn't really a surprise given that majority of small-town romances that I've perused are more sweet than sexy. Mac and Maddie have an interesting story to tell, given that the latter has been the target of gossip and rumor mongers on the island. She's basically suffered in silence and simply focused on creating a better life for herself and her baby, but Mac isn't the kind of guy to sit idly by while someone's reputation is being disparaged, especially if it happens to be the woman he's falling for. Maid for Love's a very sugary-sweet, small-town romance that's worthy of four stars. ♥
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