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Carolina Man

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Meet the Fletchers of Dare Island
Steady Matt, the son who stayed
Ambitious Meg, the daughter who never looked back
And warrior Luke, the Marine who never expected to return.

A heartwarming new novel in New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra’s beloved series about family ties, second chances, and the power of love…

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Meet the Fletchers of Dare Island
Steady Matt, the son who stayed
Ambitious Meg, the daughter who never looked back
And warrior Luke, the Marine who never expected to return.

A heartwarming new novel in New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra’s beloved series about family ties, second chances, and the power of love…

Marine Luke Fletcher is determined to do his duty—first to his country and now to his ten-year-old daughter, the unexpected legacy of a high school girlfriend. But his homecoming to Dare Island in North Carolina's Outer Banks challenges his plans for the future and forces him to face everything that's missing in his life. He wasn't prepared to lose his heart to this child he never knew. Or to fall hard for coolly reserved small town lawyer Kate Dolan.

Former military brat Kate knows Marines can make lousy fathers...and she's got the scars to prove it. Giving her heart to a man who's bent on leaving seems one sure way to have it broken.

Now, no matter what it takes, Luke must prove to Kate and to his daughter that Semper Fi is more than a motto—and to himself that there’s more than one way to be a hero.

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A Marine's world is completely upended when he receives a letter saying he's the guardian of a 10-year-old daughter he never knew about, and the attorney handling the matter feels like the woman he's been waiting for all his life. Staff Sgt. Luke Fletcher is in Afghanistan when he gets word that his high school girlfriend Dawn has died and left him custody of a daughter he didn't know he had. Flying halfway around the world to get Taylor safely ensconced with his family at their North Carolina inn, he meets Kate Dolan, the attorney handling the legal issues. Luke has to finish his current tour and decide whether or not to re-enlist, a question complicated by a blazing attraction to Kate, a heart-melting loyalty to his new-to-him daughter and some emotional threats to their well-being from Dawn's family. Best-selling romance author Kantra continues her popular Dare Island series with this heart-warming story about a smart-but-damaged heroine who learns a few lessons about love and family from her Marine hero. With a swirl of successful and engaging features—small-town charm, family loyalty, a strong-but-gentle warrior hero—combined with strong writing and powerful storytelling, Kantra delivers a sexy, satisfying love story. Contemporary romance as warm and gratifying as a perfect day at the beach.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425268872
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Series: Dare Island Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 201,380
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 4.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author of the Dare Island novels, including Carolina Home and Carolina Girl, and the Children of the Sea series, including Forgotten Sea and Immortal Sea, Virginia Kantra has won numerous industry awards, including Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award and two National Readers’ Choice Awards. Her stand-alone novel, Close-Up was also a Golden Leaf Award winner.

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  • Posted March 5, 2014

    Impossible to read this book and not fall in love with Luke Flet

    Impossible to read this book and not fall in love with Luke Fletcher. What an outstanding guy!!! He was a great Sargent in the marines and when he found out he had a 10 year old daughter, Taylor, he became an outstanding dad. A long flight home did not stop him from meeting his daughter the first chance he got. I loved that the author really gave us so much insight into his thoughts and intentions. For a tough guy- marine, who didn’t express his emotions he was really very considerate and knew how to handle all the different situations thrown at him. Luke had a fantastic support system around. His parents and his siblings added to the family atmosphere of the book. Since they are a military family it was interesting to see their dynamic and how much they supported each other. I was especially touched by how well the author described Luke’s emotions when he was coming home. I loved that scene with his family.

    For me the heroine Kate Dolan was harder to figure out. Although the author clearly explains her past and her family relationships and how they shaped her, she was harder to relate to. Luke is an outstanding guy and she seems determined to put him in a box. She has already decided that she prefers “cerebral” guys or more professional men. Since she is an attorney, she believes that she should date an attorney as well. Although Kate doesn’t date because she finds herself working all the time. Kate’s work is admirable. She defends women and children, especially in domestic violence cases. Luke really went out of his way to prove himself as a good father and as a good boyfriend. Although I didn’t think that they had a lot of chemistry they did make a cute couple and I was definitely frustrated with Kate and her reluctance to acknowledge Luke for who he was.

    Even though I really enjoyed the story and loved Luke I thought that there was too much going on in the end. There was too much crammed in. We find out some of the dark secrets in Dawn’s family. It is never really clear why Dawn keeps Taylor a secret for so long. The truth is that Luke found out he had a daughter only when Dawn died! From what we learn about Luke he is a fantastic guy, aside from leaving to join the marines why would Dawn keep their daughter a secret and for so long? Without giving away too many spoilers, if Dawn knew that there was a danger in her family why didn’t she seek out Luke before? Finally, one last problem that I had. The author skips around form different points of view. She quickly jumps to Taylor’s point of view and I found that it broke up the flow of the story instead of adding to it. But regardless of these issues. I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

    If you’re looking for a story about a fantastic guy, a girl in need of some tender love and care and a great family, this is a great story to sink your teeth into. The story had a little bit of everything from abandoned strays to adopted local police officers. Another interesting character was introduced in this book, Jack Rossi and he promises to be an excellent character to read about. Jack had some small but very important parts in this story. I personally am looking to add it to my to-read list!

    **ARC provided by Publisher**

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  • Posted November 4, 2014

    I started the series because of a review I saw in RT Book review

    I started the series because of a review I saw in RT Book review for book #3 and I like to read the books in order.  I LOVED this book and can see why it got such a good review.  So far I think this is my favorite book of the series and it is how Virginia Kantra writes her characters.  What Luke goes through at home and the glimpse of things we see when he was deployed is what happens to many.  The family dynamics is wonderful and so real you can see someone saying and doing those very things.  One of my favorite things is how she continues to bring family members back into each book other authors you don't see that and sometimes the story can be missing that piece.  The Fletchers are a wonderful real family with real problems and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

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  • Posted August 11, 2014

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    Loved this story! Virginia Kantra ALWAYS makes me fall for not o

    Loved this story! Virginia Kantra ALWAYS makes me fall for not only the hero, but the heroine, the family, the kids-- everyone in the entire book. I will be the first to admit that stories about Marines that feature kids prominently are not my usual romance novel fare, but I really enjoyed this one. Excellently done.

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    Luke Fletcher comes home from his deployment overseas. Now fully

    Luke Fletcher comes home from his deployment overseas. Now fully faced with raising a daughter he hardly knows, Luke is finding it difficult. He reaches out to Kate Dolan, the attorney who first notified Luke about his daughter. As she offers her advice, Luke can’t help but notice the growing attraction he has for the lawyer. Kate is dragging her feet but Luke won’t rest until he has her in his life, permanently.

    I’m so glad we finally get Luke’s book. We’ve only seen glimpses of him in previous books and it’s so nice to finally get more of his story. Luke doesn’t have a lot to say but when he does speak, it’s with absolute assuredness, unless it’s a conversation with his daughter. Luke didn’t stumble for long though, he received advice and help from Kate and his family.

    I really didn’t like Kate though. Yes, she did have an abusive childhood and a mother who can’t admit or doesn’t lover her. I really felt bad for her but I felt her character to be too…I think the closest world I can come up with is inflexible. She’s very practical but I felt more emotion out of Luke than I did Kate. There felt like something was missing with her. Maybe it’s just me, but I thought she didn’t translate well.

    Taylor’s secret fear is finally revealed in this book. I was thinking the worst and so glad it wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be, but it’s still terrifying. I enjoyed watching Taylor grow through the books and finally figuring things out with her dad. Every time she called him “daddy” my eyes got a little misty. Their relationship was beautifully portrayed.

    I’m looking forward to more books in the series and watching the growth of all these characters I’ve come to love. If you’re looking for a small town romance series, I highly recommend the Dare Island novels.

    ***I received an ebook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***

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  • Posted March 26, 2014

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    Author Virginia Kantra continues her popular Dare Island series,

    Author Virginia Kantra continues her popular Dare Island series, with her latest book, Carolina Man. The Outer banks is a perfect backdrop for this series about family and the ties that bind. Kantra draws the reader in with stories of everyday people and how they live their lives. Her fictional family the Fletchers have been through a lot and now their son, Luke must deal with learning he is a father with a ten year old daughter he never knew about. This a great feel good novel and a great romance all wrapped up into one.

    What I liked:

    First, let me say that I think Virginia Kantra is fast becoming one of favorite contemporary romance writers. I used to be fond of saying that I really didn't like contemporary romance, that I preferred a historical setting or a paranormal setting for my romance, but lately I have reviewed a ton of this kind of novel and I'm finding that maybe I made a snap judgement based on the few contemporary novels I had read. Virginia Kantra's book are going a long way toward changing my view of what makes a novel set in today's time period exciting and readable. 

    The Dare Island series, is one of my favorites. The Fletchers are such a great family. Readers would probably enjoy the latest book Carolina Man, much more if they have read the previous two books in the series, Carolina Home and Carolina Girl, primarily because of the relationships developed between all of the characters. Several make appearances in Carolina Man and there are several threads that are a part of the book that began in other books. It's my personal advice to read them in order. Not to mention the fact that all of the books in this series are feel good romances that have realistic characters and story lines that readers won't want to miss.

    Kate Dolan is the attorney that gets in touch with Luke Fletcher, serving as a Master Sargent in Afghanistan, to let him know that he has a ten year old daughter. Kate is a hard nosed lawyer with her chip on her shoulder where military dads are concerned because her father was not the best example. She expected Luke to be sharp tempered and bitter, but she was got was a tender and expressive man who wants to know his daughter and bring her into his family. I loved watching Kate's walls begin to crumble as she realized that the entire Fletcher family made her long for that kind of a life and that Luke was not at all what she expected. I think Kantra really got to the heart of the matter with this one and I loved every part of it.

    Luke is like all of the other Fletchers. He is the epitome of a good man. He loves his family, his country and now he wants to love the daughter he has never known. He is like men, he doesn't start too well but he eventually warms up where Taylor is concerned and develops a deep love of her. The relationship between Luke and Kate forms the romantic side of the story, but the love he has for Taylor is the real shining aspect of the book. Kantra gives readers a very real character in Luke, a man who wants to be a good father, but doesn't really know how. I loved watching him learn how to navigate the treacherous waters of parenthood and how his relationship with Kate developed as well.

    Bottom Line:

    If you are looking for a great romance about real people and a real family, this is it. Virginia Kantra gives readers everything they are looking for when it comes to a tender romance and a great love story featuring a father learning to love his new daughter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    From desert sand to island sand...

    Marine Staff Sgt. Luke Fletcher went from leading his men in Afghanistan to returning to his Dare Island home in North Carolina all because his mail caught up with him after he'd been out on patrol. And the first letter, from an unfamiliar lawyer, was a doozy: seems the high school girlfriend who'd dumped him upon his enlistment had died suddenly and left him a bequest...a 10 year old daughter he never knew he had.
    An emergency leave and almost 2 days travel later, he's sitting in Kate Dolan's office learning that his suspicions are correct...that life as he knew it was in for a drastic change. And that Dare Island had a beautiful new lawyer.

    Book 3 in the Dare Island series combines one man with doubts about his future, a woman with a shadowed past, and a child who needs their help in fitting into her new life. Humor, family, and romance combine in a sweet and sexy tale reminiscent of JoAnn Ross' Shelter Bay books. I have to backtrack now and read books 1 (Carolina Home) & 2 (Carolina Girl) so I'll be ready for book 4 (Carolina Blues).
    I received Carolina Man in a Goodreads giveaway which in no way obligated me to read or review it. (But, boy, I'm glad I did!)

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