Thursday, July 5, 2012
Maid for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island #1) Review
Maid for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island, Book 1) by Marie Force
Maddie Chester is determined to leave her hometown of Gansett Island, a place that has brought her only bad memories and ugly rumors. Then she’s knocked off her bike on the way to her housekeeping job at McCarthy’s Resort Hotel by Gansett’s “favorite son,” Mac McCarthy. He’s back in town to help his father with preparations to sell the family resort and has no intention of staying long. When Mac accidentally sends Maddie flying over the handlebars, badly injuring her, he moves in to nurse her back to health and help care for her young son. He soon realizes his plans for a hit-and-run visit to the island are in serious jeopardy, and he just may be “maid” for love.
First things first... as of right now Maid for Love is free on Amazon... so click on the link above to download your free copy for your ereader before it's too late!
I have to say that I like Marie Force... but sometimes her books are hit and miss for me. The last book I read was a total miss, it started off great and then the hero made me so angry there was no coming back from it. So needless to say I was a tad hesitant to read this book, but then again it was free so what did I have to lose right? I'm glad that I took that chance... so glad. The fact that is was a free download turned into major bonus, because I would have paid for this book and not been the least bit upset about it, it was sweet and heartfelt. I felt the connection between the characters and I couldn't help but pray that they were both able to get what they wanted and deserved out of life.
Maddie was a sweetheart... she was hardworking, loyal, and a fabulous mother. But she had a reputation... a reputation she never earned... a reputation that was just down right ugly, especially considering the rumors were so far from the truth that it made the reality of the way she was treated that much more painful.. not only for her... but for me to read about. She was basically shunned in town because of a boy in high school who didn't get what he wanted. So she's lived her life as quietly as possible, trying to just ignore the rumors, and the way the people of Gansett Island treated her. That is until the gorgeous Mac McCarthy walks right in front of her bike, causing a very painful, but ultimately very special accident.
Mac is your typical playboy... he doesn't do relationships... he doesn't have feelings for women that go beyond a little fun between the sheets... he has no intention of finding a woman to settle down with... but then he has no control over all of those thoughts when he walks in front of Maddie's bike. He's instantly drawn to her like a moth to a flame. There is something about her that he feels the protective and possessive feelings of a man recognizing what's his and he intends to stake his claim. Only he's having a little problem with Maddie.... Maddie is nothing like the women he's used to.... she's trying to get rid of him, get him to leave her and her son alone... but he can't do it. Not only does he feel responsible for her getting hurt so badly, but he can't shake the feelings she's instilled in him and refuses to give up.
When Maddie finally gives in and decides to throw caution to the wind and let Mac try to woo her and prove that there is way more to their feelings than just lust... it turns into one of the sweetest relationships I've seen. Mac just grabbed my heart right out of my chest with not only the way he treated Maddie by taking her feelings into consideration... especially when it concerned a certain body part of hers that she absolutely despised... but he takes to her 9 month old son Thomas as if he were his own.... it was beautiful to watch... and it had me smiling with happy, sweet tears throughout the book.
The only thing that got to me in this book was Maddie's reaction to a few things... I understood where she was coming from but I couldn't help but feel like she was over reacting over Mac's way of helping her. She was snippy with him when he didn't deserve it and she treated him poorly for a very thoughtful, even though it was kind of stupid, gesture. He was only trying to protect her and make things right... but she just couldn't see that, at least not for a while and even then it had to be pointed out to her... that really kind of made me angry, but then again.. if it were all peaches and cream the story wouldn't be as interesting and the love they had for each other may not have seemed as realistic.
Maid for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island, Book 1) by Marie Force was a sweet, fast, easy read that had me cheering for the couple to get their happily ever after... and we all know how I feel about my HEA's. Marie's writing style is almost always addictive and I've read a lot of her books in the past... but I have to say with the exception of her book The Wreck ... this has to be one of my favorites with the sweet way the hero swoops in and brings joy to the life of a woman who has seen nothing but sadness and disappointment.