Maid for Love (Gansett Island Series #1)

Maid for Love (Gansett Island Series #1)

by Marie Force


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She’s a single mom with no patience for a playboy until he proves he’s playing for keeps.

The Gansett Island Series: Book 1

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.

Book 1: Maid for Love (Mac & Maddie)

Book 2: Fool for Love (Joe & Janey)

Book 3: Ready for Love (Luke & Sydney)

Book 4: Falling for Love (Grant & Stephanie)

Book 5: Hoping for Love (Evan & Grace)

Book 6: Season for Love (Owen & Laura)

Book 7: Longing for Love (Blaine & Tiffany)

Book 8: Waiting for Love (Adam & Abby)

Book 9: Time for Love (Daisy & David)

Book 10: Meant for Love (Jenny & Alex)

Book 10.5: Chance for Love, A Gansett Island Novella (Jared & Lizzie)

Book 11: Gansett After Dark (Owen & Laura)

Book 12: Kisses After Dark (Shane & Katie)

Book 13: Love After Dark (Paul & Hope)

Book 14: Celebration After Dark (Big Mac & Linda)

Book 15: Desire After Dark (Slim & Erin)

Book 16: Light After Dark (Mallory & Quinn)

Book 17: Victoria & Shannon (Episode 1)

Book 18: Kevin & Chelsea (Episode 2)

Book 19: Mine After Dark (Riley & Nikki)

Book 20: Yours After Dark (Finn & Chloe)

Book 21: Trouble After Dark (Deacon & Julia)

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942295167
Publisher: HTJB, Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/2011
Series: Gansett Island Series , #1
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 536,374
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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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Chapter 1Madeline Chester retrieved her nine-month-old son Thomas from his crib and checked her watch. She was due at the hotel for the morning housekeeping shift in fifteen minutes. After a diaper change, she handed Thomas his bottle, grateful that he could now hold it himself.
He let out a squeal of delight that drew a smile from Maddie.

“You like that, huh, buddy?”

His pudgy legs bounced about on either side of her hips, and she tightened her hold on him while attempting to tame his soft blond hair. She grabbed the diaper bag, the tote she took to work, retrieved her lunch from the refrigerator and headed out the door. Across the yard, she entered her sister’s house through the screen door on the back deck.

“Morning,” she called out.

“In here,” Tiffany said from the living room where she sat amid three babies and a variety of toys. One of the babies was her daughter, Ashleigh, born just a month before Thomas. The other two Tiffany cared for as part of her in-home daycare business.

Maddie kissed Thomas, whispered that she loved him and plopped him down on the mat with the others. “I’m running late as usual.”

“Go ahead. We’re fine.”

“I’ll be back by three.”

“See you then.”

Tiffany watched Thomas for free during the day in exchange for Maddie taking over the daycare from three to six while Tiffany taught dance classes in her studio under the apartment Maddie rented from Tiff and her husband Jim. The delicate balancing act left Maddie worn out at the end of every long day.

She jumped on her bulky old bike and set off for McCarthy’s Gansett Inn on the other side of the island. Checking her watch one more time, she groaned when she saw how close she was cutting it.

From his vantage point in the ferry’s wheelhouse, Mac McCarthy watched the bluffs on the island’s north coast come into view and felt the vise around his chest tighten. Just the sight of the island where he grew up made Mac feel confined.

“Never gets old, does it?” Mac’s childhood best friend, Captain Joe Cantrell, owned and operated Gansett’s thriving ferry business.

“What’s that?” Mac asked.

“The first view of the island. Always gives me a thrill to see it appear out of the fog.”

“Even after all the times you’ve seen it?”

“I still love it.”

Mac studied his old friend. Time had worn some lines into the corners of Joe’s hazel eyes, and his sandy hair was now shot through with streaks of gray that hadn’t been there on Mac’s last trip home.

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Maid for Love 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 482 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the book was NOT fantastic or great, it was a decent to good read for the most part. A predictable storyline with twists and turns, I do believe in love at first sight, but the writer's weak transitions left me disappointed. Some of her word choices had me scratching my head. The ending was stronger than I anticipated. I will read the next one in the series though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good bodice-ripper. As for those who didn't like the sex....umm...have you ever read books in this genre before?! That's what it is! If you don't like the genre, don't read it! At least it wasn't a typical free "romance" book with preachy biblical overtones...there's been too many of those lately.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would have enjoyed it more without the sex. A great author doesnt need to add smut. And this is a great author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While this book has an interesting premise, quickly the reader discoveries there is no depth....even though the hero has no experience with children, he does not have any trouble bathing or changing diapers, etc.... the entire story is like that -- the hero is perfect, the heroine completely wronged and misunderstood by the entire town....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series highly recommend all four books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book i've read from Marie Force but it won't be the last. Very enjoyable reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Humor, love, sex, sweet. imagine; if falling off your bike is the best thing that ever happened to you, than you have to read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg loved it so much.. I was laughing out loud with maddis sarcasim and crying along with their pain. . Newest obession cant wait to read them all
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow i LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. It made me cry. So beautiful. Well written. Sooo recomended. If Mac knocked me off my bike and took care of me i would sooo die of pleasure. Even when they did it wow. Just read it. -K
LaurenDabney More than 1 year ago
This was a cute story. It was not exceptional, I wasn't dying to turn the page to see what happened next, but I enjoyed it. The plot was predictable, the characters somewhat shallow. It passed the time, though, and it was enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series!! This is a must read -- I read Book 1 Maid for Love on a Friday and am already on book 8 !! Maid for Love is the intro to the McCarthy family and the romance of Mac and Maddie! Marie Force does an exceptional job of updating all characters with each book!
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DunnFunKat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the McCarthys of Gansett Island series and the story is about Mac McCarthy who comes home for a visit and meets Maddie and falls in love. At first it seems way to fast for a couple to fall in love but I have met people that actually fell in love that quickly and are still happily married 30 and 40 years later. So, I actually felt like it was a sweet story.
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Good sweet story. A tad predictable but still couldnt pyt it down.
badkat17us More than 1 year ago
This is the first by Marie Force that I have read and it was fantastic. This book completely pulled me in right away. Marie Force writes a story that makes you wish you could be friends with the characters and live where they live. I felt for the characters and was pulling for them so much. In this book Mac McCarthy has come back to help his parents but doesn’t plan to stay. He wants to get in and get out. He is on a forced leave from work on doctor’s orders. All his plans change quickly after arriving on the island. He steps off the curb and right into Maddie, knocking her off her bike and badly injuring her in the process. Maddie can’t work with her injuries and then there is her son and taking care of him. Mac offers to cover her shifts and his family’s hotel and help care for her son. After all it’s his fault she is hurt. There is just something about Maddie that brings all kinds of things that Mac has never felt before to the surface. He wants to help her, protect her, and so much more. Maddie isn’t so receptive to Mac’s help much less anything else from him. Maddie refuses to acknowledge what she feels for Mac. Maddie has a reputation that is undeserved and comes from her high school days. Maddie tries to stay out of way as much as possible and just live day to day. Mac wants to fix everything for her. Will Maddie accept Mac’s help? Will Mac be able to prove to Maddie that he is different from all the other men she has encountered before? I can’t say enough about how much I love this book. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in this series. Marie is fantastic author. This series is a must read for sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hardly ever read books more then once. But this one I did. And it was even better the second time.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Gansett Island books. This is a great start for the series.
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I got this abou