Gansett After Dark (McCarthys of Gansett Island Series #11)

Gansett After Dark (McCarthys of Gansett Island Series #11)

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by Marie Force
     
 

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A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!

Owen Lawry is days away from leaving Gansett Island to attend the trial of his father, who is charged with assaulting his mother almost a year ago. He has spent his entire adult life trying to outrun his violent past, but the upcoming showdown with the father he hasn't seen in more than a decade has him spending far more

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A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!

Owen Lawry is days away from leaving Gansett Island to attend the trial of his father, who is charged with assaulting his mother almost a year ago. He has spent his entire adult life trying to outrun his violent past, but the upcoming showdown with the father he hasn't seen in more than a decade has him spending far more time in the past than in the present. His biggest challenge is convincing his pregnant fiancée, Laura McCarthy, to sit out the trip. The last thing he wants is to expose the woman he loves to the pain of his past.

Laura is determined to stand by Owen's side throughout the trial and into the life they have planned together. The trial and her final divorce papers are the only things standing between them and the wedding they have looked forward to all year. Can she convince Owen to let her in and allow her to help him through this difficult time? And what will become of the man she loves if his father walks free?

As Owen and Laura prepare for the emotional battle with his father, his mother, Sarah, finally comes clean about her violent marriage with Charlie Grandchamp, the man who has been her friend and companion for months now. How will Charlie react to hearing Sarah's secrets, and will their relationship move forward now that he finally knows the truth about why she can't bear to let him touch her?

Catch up with all your favorite Gansett Island characters from the past ten and a half books and meet several new characters, including some McCarthy cousins on the island for Laura and Owen's wedding, who will be featured in future books.

While Gansett After Dark could be read as a standalone story, readers will enjoy it more if they have read the rest of the Gansett Island Series, particularly book 6, Season for Love.

McCarthys of Gansett Island Series

Book 1: Maid for Love

Book 2: Fool for Love

Book 3: Ready for Love

Book 4: Falling for Love

Book 5: Hoping for Love

Book 6: Season for Love

Book 7: Longing for Love

Book 8: Waiting for Love

Book 9: Time for Love

Book 10: Meant for Love

Book 10.5: Chance for Love, A Gansett Island Novella

Book 11: Gansett After Dark

Book 12: Kisses After Dark

Book 13: Love After Dark

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780991418237
Publisher:
HTJB, Inc. powered by EverAfter Romance
Publication date:
05/09/2014
Series:
McCarthys of Gansett Island Series , #11
Pages:
356
Sales rank:
413,341
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Chapter 1

The creak of the rocking chair on the new wooden deck, the warm afternoon breeze off the ocean, the heat of the baby asleep on his chest and the bustle of the town he now called home soothed and calmed Owen Lawry. Along the newly painted white porch rail were flower boxes containing the pink, lavender and white impatiens Laura had nurtured all summer.

Every square inch of the Sand & Surf hotel had been renovated in the last year, leaving the scents of sawdust and fresh paint behind. They’d been operating at full capacity since Memorial Day, and it was indeed thrilling to see the hotel open and once again full of happy visitors.

Almost a year ago, Owen had stood on this same deck and watched the last ferry depart on Columbus Day. It had felt symbolic then. With that ferry went his old life as a footloose and fancy-free troubadour, traveling from gig to gig, following the seasons and the work.

He’d stayed that day. He’d stayed because of Laura. He’d stayed because he could no longer imagine a day—hell, anhour—without her. And he’d never regretted it. Not for one second. Her son, Holden, the child they were raising together even though another man had fathered him, was now as much Owen’s as he was Laura’s. Earlier in the summer, they’d been surprised to learn they were expecting twins together. He who had never wanted the constraints of commitment or marriage or family was now as committed as any man could be, and he’d never been happier as their wedding date got closer with every passing day.

Just one thing stood between him and the future he wanted so desperately with Laura, Holden and the twins—his father’s trial. The thought of seeing his father again for the first time in more than a decade made Owen feel sick and anxious and fearful, as if he were still a five-year-old who couldn’t figure out what he’d done to stir his father’s wrath.

In a few days, he and Laura, his mother and Laura’s father, along with several friends who would be testifying, would depart Gansett on the ferry and travel to Virginia for the trial. Frank was coming to help out with Holden while they were in court. Owen didn’t want Laura to come, but she was insisting on being there for him. He hated the thought of her sitting in the courtroom listening to the nightmare that had been his life in vivid detail that would shock and horrify her.

Meet the Author

With more than 4 million books sold, Marie Force is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of more than 40 contemporary romances. Her New York Times bestselling self-published Gansett Island Series has sold 2 million e-books since Maid for Love was released in 2011. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Fatal Series from Harlequin's Carina Press, as well as the New York Times bestselling Green Mountain Series from Berkley Sensation, among other books and series. Marie's new erotic Quantum Trilogy was released under the name of M.S. Force in April 2015, and all three books were New York Times and USA Today bestsellers. The trilogy is now set to become a series.

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Gansett After Dark 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
XXXOOOBookwormOOOXXX More than 1 year ago
Oh Marie - you've captured my heart again with this book. Seeing Owen and Laura go through so much to get where they wanted to be had me laughing, crying and clapping my hands when it all worked out for them. I expected Big Mac and Linda to do exactly what they did when the daughter he never new he had came into their lives, and their kids are all so loving and caring I couldn't see it being any other way. Janey will come around. I was Oh So Happy to see Francine and Ned get their Happy Ever After - Mac has a heart of gold for sure!! The other stories, engagement and weddings entwined in the book with all the people that I've grown to love as "my own family and friends" is always a pleasure to read! A sure winner with me.
MichelleKemp More than 1 year ago
You have done it again !! I love series and im so glad that every book has everyone in it. It's an amazing series and you are a Amazing  writer. I can't wait until the next book so many need to find their true love.
gsb4728 More than 1 year ago
Again Marie has delivered exceptional story of the McCarthy's. If you are looking for a series this is the best. You can also read everyone of Marie's books as standalones. Looking forward to the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Marie's books,esp this series. It was great catching up with all of the couples from the previous books.
DOWNS More than 1 year ago
I LOVED every book that has come out of this series and I can’t wait for more to come.  I love not only the new romances that come out of every book but the ones that keep going.  Mac and Maddie they still make me laugh.  I must say though that Owen’s story had me though.  He came to the island because of his best friend Evan and their music but when he fell in love with Laura and her soon to be child and then as their love grows and she has Holden and he loves him as his own.  When they get the happy news that they are expecting twin’s he had me all over again.  Owen has a bit of a rough patch in this book because of his father’s court date.  He doesn’t want Laura to go with and hear about everything he had to go through with a father that abusive. Laura is not only there for Owen during his time of need but there are a few other shockers throughout the stories Couple surprise marriages, wedding dates set, engagements… You don’t want to miss out; this is a story that will keep you wanting more.  And let me tell you I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK TO COME!!!     
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of excitment: love and weddings
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series, and I loved this book.  Want to know more about Mallory, and Erin, and Owen's siblings.  Keep writing those McCarthy family books ... faster ... faster ... faster!! Marie Force can't write a bad book, they are all so good!!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series. Can't help but fall in love with all the characters. Can't wait for the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book and all of the others in the series. Marie can really make you feel like you are part of the story that is being told.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marie Force has done it yet again making me want to hop a ferry for Gansett Island. I love all the characters and how their stories intertwine so well. Everytime I think I have figured out who my favorite coyple is, something else happens that makes me reconsider. I cannot wait for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved catching up with all of the island happenings again. Counting the days until the next addition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I think about Gansett Island I have a great wish to visit and meet all of these friends I read about with each new volume... I do giggle because as Ms. Force introduces each new character I wonder how she manages to remember all of them to include them in future offerings... The story of Laura has pulled at my heart from the first time she was introduced... That she finally marries her perfect match pleases me as much as it does the characters in the book... Love this series and can't recommend it highly enough... This is about book 11 and if you want to sign on you really need to start at book 1 because they are all outstanding... There are writers and authors and story tellers and Marie Force is a wonderful story teller...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are suprises afte another. I judst love this series I have read this series over and over she is an awesome writer just can not get enough thank u Marie
cindys1952 More than 1 year ago
I love this series and book 11 is wonderful!!! Keep 'em coming :-)
Wendylu4 More than 1 year ago
Wow, wow, wow. That about sums up this wonderful book about our favorite island. Marie hit it out of the ballpark once again. In this book she takes us back to Gansett to catch up on our favorites characters. The main story is about Owen dealing with his fathers upcoming trial and his wedding to Laura. Several more couples get engaged, set dates and a couple of surprise weddings and one HUGE SHOCK for the McCarthy family. We also meet a couple new people. That is all I will tell you since I don't want to give out spoilers. This is an absolute feel good book and it will leave you wanting more as it always does. Definitely a 5 star read!!
jltrhines More than 1 year ago
Another amazing Gansett Island book! Marie Force is my go to author. Every book in this series is better than the last! Already anxious for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed, I cried, I couldn't put it down! This was a great story and Marie knocked it out of the ball park. Now to wait until the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book .
Ms.Idealist More than 1 year ago
I love this series.  I can't say anything else except I wait for the next book to come out, buy it as soon as I wake up, then make myself read it slowly to make it last longer.  Marie doesn't disappoint.  I want to visit Gansett Island and meet all the McCarthy's and their friends and family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read from Marie!! She is able to tell the story of Owen and Laura yet still keep you up to date on the other characters and what they are going through. Did not like the turn that Big Mac and Linda took, but its still a 5 star read!!
gc253 More than 1 year ago
OMG! Another great book, Love the series can't wait for the next one, each one gets better and better. A WONDERFUL FAMILY!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one emotional roller coaster after another!! So many unexpected twists but 1 very big gratifying event! Loved this book so much!!!
PhoebesGrammy More than 1 year ago
Bliss. Pure bliss meets a roller coaster ending back at pure bliss. Somehow, some way Marie Force draws her readers in to a point where we love these characters more and more with each page. She makes us love them to the point that we , as readers, become totally investested in the Gansett Island life. To say anything about the events in this book would amount to spoiling this delicious read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was so good was almost late for work because I didn't want to stop reading it.
Sweetpea53 More than 1 year ago
My only complaint is.... these books end too soon! I love taking trips to Gansett Island where family, friends and love are all important. Marie's books are humorous and sexy but yet deal with real life issues. I have read all the books in the series and each one gives us a glimpse into life in this special place. This book is no exception. I recommend it without any hesitation.