Ready for Love (Gansett Island Series #3)

Ready for Love (Gansett Island Series #3)

by Marie Force


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Ready for Love (Gansett Island Series #3) by Marie Force

The McCarthys of Gansett Island, Book 3

For four of the best summers of his young life, Luke Harris was in love with Sydney Donovan, a wealthy seasonal visitor to Gansett Island. Then Sydney went off to college and never came back. She married another man and had two children while Luke remained on the island, working at McCarthy's Gansett Marina and wondering what had gone wrong between him and the only woman he ever loved. Fifteen months after Sydney suffers the tragic loss of her husband and children, she's returned to Gansett to figure out what's next, and that may very well be a rekindled love affair with the one man from her past she's never forgotten. But is she ready for a second chance at love?

The 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: 9781942295181
Publisher: HTJB, Inc. powered by EverAfter Romance
Publication date: 06/28/2011
Series: Gansett Island Series , #3
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 138,372
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(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.

Read an Excerpt

Chapter 1
“Are you ever going to say anything?”

Her familiar voice electrified Luke, startling him as he squatted in the dark beside her parents’ porch.

The peal of laughter that followed her question reminded him of the happiest time in his life, when she’d laughed at all his corny jokes, before she’d gone away to college and met someone she liked better.


He stood slowly, not sure if he was more relieved or mortified to have been caught watching her. “How long have you known?”

“Since the first time you came last summer.”

Okay, mortified. Definitely mortified. Luke released an unsteady laugh. “And here I thought I was being so sly.”

“As if I could ever forget the sound of your boat scraping against the beach. I used to listen for it every night.”

The reminder of those unforgettable summer nights made his heart race. When he’d heard through the island grapevine that she’d arrived on a ferry earlier in the day, he’d told himself to stay home, to leave her alone. But knowing she was here, knowing she was just across the pond… Like the summer before, he’d been unable to stay away.

“I’m sorry,” he said. “You must think I’m some sort of creep. I swear I’m not. It’s just when I heard about what happened… to your family… I had to come. To make sure you were okay. Well, of course you weren’t okay…” He ran his fingers through his hair. “Jesus, I’m screwing this all up.”

She smiled, and he was relieved to see it reach her expressive eyes the way it used to, back when she smiled at him every day. He took it as a sign that she’d recovered, somewhat—as much as anyone ever could—since he last “visited” her a year ago.

“Do you want to come up?” she asked.

“Oh, I don’t want to bother you or your parents—”

“They’re off-island for a few weeks. Family reunion in Wisconsin.”

“You didn’t want to go?”

She wrinkled her nose. “I’d rather be here in the summer than anywhere else.”

Somehow he worked up the fortitude to climb the five steps to the porch, his heart pounding so hard he wondered if it would burst through his chest. Keeping his hands in his pockets so she wouldn’t see them tremble, he was unable to remember the last time he’d been so nervous. Speaking with the love of his life for the first time in seventeen years would make any man nervous, he supposed. “You always did love it here.”

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Ready for Love 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 204 reviews.
Karen Johnson More than 1 year ago
I really liked the first two books of the series and I liked this book even better. The characters are really starting to evolve and show their uniqueness. I think that is why it helps to read the books in order to follow the characters easier. It is a good romance with some drama situations included. The McCarthy family which the books are based on could be any family in today's society! Please let the author know if you want this series to continue!
marianne68 More than 1 year ago
heartwarming and poignant. I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recently began reading Marie Force. Started with Maid for Love, Fool for Love, and now this one Ready for Love. I am now a big fan of her books. Although its fiction but it is nice to get wrapped into the love stories and forget about the day to day stress in real life. Great read! I will definitely be ordering more of her books, that's for sure!!
Georgianna Garrett More than 1 year ago
Loved this series. Indept characters, a great plot and steamy sex. What more could you want!
freybabyKF More than 1 year ago
Had to buy whole series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. If you like this book then you must read them all .
melissa haddix More than 1 year ago
Great series! Cant wait for the 4th book. I would recommend that you start with the first book though
Kimberly_Book_Addict More than 1 year ago
Marie Force is quickly becoming a force (haha) to be reckoned with in the world of indie self publishing. If you follow her Facebook and Twitter accounts not only will you find one incredibly hard-working individual, but one earning awards left and right for her many works. I count myself among the lucky to have found her works when doing my weekly scavenge for nook books. I came across the first book in this series, Maid For Love, and upon finishing it found myself quickly reading all five that are currently published. In her third installment of the McCarthy’s of Gansett Island series, Ready for Love, Marie Force tells the story of Luke Harris. Born and raised on the island, Luke had a summer romance with Sydney Donovan, whose wealthy parents had a summer home on the island. When the summer ended and Sydney was destined for college, the romance ended, as is most often the case. Fast forward many years later: Luke still lives and works on the island, and Sydney is happily married to another man with two beautiful children. However, all of this changes when a terrible accident claims the life of Sydney’s husband and children. Seeking an escape from this terrible loss, Sydney comes back to Gansett Island 15 months later, only to find that Luke is still there and his love for her is as strong as the day they parted so many years ago. Will they rekindle their love or will Sydney’s pain be so great that she cannot love anyone any more? I’m writing this review having finished the first five books of the series. Having read them all I can honestly say that Ready for Love is my second favorite. (Book one, Maid For Love, is the only one beating it!) Force has an extraordinary ability to create characters that are relatable, charismatic, and have great personalities, which in turn makes readers WANT to care about them. Her books are filled with a collection of characters that become like a second family the further you get in the series. For any author to achieve this is a great feat in and of itself, but Force continually does it book after book. It’s one of the main reasons I keep reading all the books in this series. I want to meet more of the Gansett Island folks! Knowing that there are several more books expected for this series makes me SQUEE with joy. Additionally, another great thing about Force’s writing is that her plots aren’t unrealistic. In my opinion, Ready For Love’s main theme is that true love waits. Luke has truly been in love with Sydney since they were teenagers. They definitely weren’t ready for “the rest of our lives” when they were 17, but the trials that life has put them through in the years since their last meeting have turned them into the people they are today, the people they need to be for their love to last. Sydney’s plight, albeit a sad one in that she lost her husband and children, teaches her that her life can be redeemed from the depression she’s been beholden to with Luke’s effervescent personality, charm, and sheer confidence in the strength of their love. It was a touching story from start to finish. (Reflections of a Book Addict)
ssmommie75TB More than 1 year ago
Luke seemed to be looking to have his heart broken again and I wasn't too sure about Sydney at the beginning.  Of course she couldn't help falling back in love with Luke again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read reviews before you purchase and read a book maybe you people that think the book is trashy would get a clue it was a good series
Julie Wills More than 1 year ago
Loove the characte. They feel like friends.
badkat17us More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the series and I think you should read them in order to fully get the story. In this book you get to read more about Mac and Maddie. Plus Janey and Joe get married in this book. While you do get to read about all the characters from the previous books this book focuses on Luke and Sydney mainly with a few side couples thrown in for good measure. Luke and Sydney were a couple when they were teenagers. Then one summer she didn’t come back and Luke knew that she had found someone else. 15 months ago Sydney was in a horrible accident and lost both her children and her husband. She was hurt badly herself. As soon as Luke knew Syd was back on the island he started visiting her (that was last summer). Now Syd has come back to island again and she lets Luke know that she knows about his little visits. When she truly sees Luke for the first time she is overcome with emotion. She hates the way things were left last time. She wants to be friends again but Luke wants to be more than friends. He has never stopped loving her. Sydney isn’t sure that she is ready to move on and try again. But, there is something about Luke that makes her feel safe and things just feel right. She isn’t sure if it is because they were together before or because she never stopped loving him either. Sure she loved her husband but not the same way she loved Luke. Syd suffers from guilt over trying to move on and from how she feels about Luke. So many things happen in this book and I love how all the other characters continue to be in the books. Will Syd be able to give Luke and herself a second chance? This series is such a great read and I am always excited to read the next one. I can’t say enough about what a great author Marie Force is.
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Another amazing story in this series:-)
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This was a great story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read...cain't wait to read the rest of the series:)
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Great love story
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CityBella More than 1 year ago
I am still loving Gansett Island Series!  I especially love that we get to keep up with all the characters that too me is the best. I especially love all the sexy scenes that Marie has written in Gansett Series! Luke Harris has loved Sydney Donovan all his life! Sydney left to go to college while Luke stayed home to take care of his ill mother which left Sydney to move on with life without Luke. While Sydney was away in college she met a man married him & had two children a boy & girl. Tragic stuck & killed both her children as well as her husband & left her badly injured! She went back home to Gansett to stay for the summer after the deaths of her family members! Luke finds out she is home & he goes to check on her & then the sparks begin! They start to realize that they both still love one another & rekindle the old flame! & of course if you wanna find out more about what has been going on with the other characters you better start reading & catching up! I promise its good & juicy & with each new book it only keeps getting better & better!
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