Season for Love (Gansett Island Series #6)

Season for Love (Gansett Island Series #6)

by Marie Force


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His idea of permanence is the VW van that takes him from one gig to the next. . .

The Gansett Island Series, Book 6

Owen Lawry has made a living as a traveling musician and enjoys his footloose and fancy free lifestyle. But after meeting Laura McCarthy and helping her to land the job as manager of his grandparents' hotel on Gansett Island, Owen decides there's something to be said about a roof over his head and a warm, sexy woman in his bed.

Laura, a newlywed who discovered that her husband never quit dating, came to Gansett for her cousin Janey's wedding, but ended up staying after she met Owen and took on the renovations to the dilapidated Sand & Surf Hotel.

As Owen and Laura's attraction simmers during months of close proximity, they form a tight bond that will be tested when her estranged husband refuses to grant her a divorce. As summer turns to autumn and Laura and Owen take baby steps toward love, favorite characters from past Gansett Island stories continue to live their happily ever afters.

The Gansett Island Series

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: Episode 1: Victoria & Shannon

Book 18: Episode 2: Kevin & Chelsea

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

Marie Force weaves a magical story with Hoping for Love! I’m totally enamored with Grace and Evan! When I got to the last page I said, “noooooooo I don’t want it to be over!” I just love everything about Ms. Force’s McCarthys of Gansett Island series! These people have become like family. They make me laugh and cry and dream of love. Grace and Evan’s beautiful relationship blooms stunningly in Hoping for Love. Both characters have a lot of questions about their feelings and I love how Ms. Force leads these two down the path of love. —Joyfully Reviewed

"Ms. Force has the ability to make you fall in love with her Island and all of the quirky and sweet characters that reside there. I can’t wait to read the next story in this fantastic series! Falling For Love is another keeper in the McCarthy’s of Gansett Island series!" —Joyfully Reviewed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942295211
Publisher: HTJB, Inc.
Publication date: 06/03/2012
Series: Gansett Island Series , #6
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 301,021
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(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 1
Owen Lawry stood on the porch of the Sand & Surf Hotel to watch the last ferry of the day leave South Harbor for the mainland. He and his van were supposed to have been on that boat. With his obligations on Gansett Island over for the season, he’d planned to be heading for a two-month gig in Boston, the same autumn engagement he’d had the last five years. It paid well, and, after all this time, the club owners were friends.

His gaze was riveted to the ferry as it steamed past the breakwater into open ocean, where it dipped and rolled in the October surf. As the sun set on Columbus Day, officially ending another summer season on Gansett, Owen wondered what the hell he was still doing here when he was supposed to be on that boat, leaving for good-paying work on the mainland.

“You know why you’re still here,” he muttered, thinking of the blonde beauty who had him all tied up in knots. He was at the point where he wondered if a man could actually die from pent-up desire.

It might’ve been better for them both if he’d left as scheduled, if he’d taken the gig in Boston and gone about his carefree existence with the same lack of responsibility that had marked his entire adult life.

What was he doing here pining after a woman who was still married to someone else and carrying her estranged husband’s child? What was he doing spending every waking moment with a woman who’d made it clear she was unavailable for all the things he suddenly wanted for the first time in his thirty-three years? He was driving himself slowly mad. That was the only thing he knew for certain.

Before he met Laura McCarthy, he was perfectly satisfied with his life. He spent summers playing his guitar and singing on the island—the closest thing to a real home he’d ever had—worked autumns in Boston and winters in Stowe, Vermont, playing to the ski crowd. In the spring, he headed for a few months off in the Bahamas. It was a good life, asatisfyinglife. Watching the last ferry of the day fade into the twilight, Owen had the uneasy sensation that he was also watching that satisfying life slip through his fingers.

He usually felt sorry for guys who allowed themselves to be led around by a woman. His best friends, Mac, Grant and Evan McCarthy, Joe Cantrell and Luke Harris, had fallen like dominoes lately, one after the other finding the women they were meant to be with. Only Adam McCarthy remained untethered and seemed happy that way.

Owen, on the other hand, was stuck in purgatory, caught between the single life he’d embraced with passionate dedication and the committed life he never imagined for himself. He wasn’twithLaura, per se. He just spent all his free time with her. Weeks ago, they’d shared a couple of chaste kisses that had been hotter than full-on sex with other women.

Since then, there’d been nothing but an occasional hand to his arm or a brief hug here or there. He’d continued to collect her off the bathroom floor each day until the relentless morning sickness suddenly let up as she entered her fifth month of pregnancy.

As he leaned against the railing he’d recently replaced on the hotel’s front porch, Owen realized he actually missed that time with her in the mornings when she’d been so sick and he’d been there to prop her up. “You’re such a fool,” he said to the gathering darkness.

The autumn days were shorter, the nights longer and the chilly air a harbinger of things to come. Shivering in the breeze, Owen questioned his decision to stay with Laura this winter for the millionth time. Did she even want him here? Did she want company, or did she wanthim? If she wanted him, she was doing a hell of a job hiding it. For a while there, he’d thought they were at the start of something that could’ve been significant for both of them. Now he wasn’t so sure.

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Season for Love 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another in her Gansett Island series, the characters draw you in with lots of crossed story lines, but ultimately unsatisfying because it lacks the scenic detail elements of the initial stories, too much is left unresolved, and the main storyline ends abruptly with a rushed Epilogue ending. This one needed a lot more editing to focus on developing characters, settings, conflicts and relationships for those who haven't read earlier books in the series. Instead, we are dropped in the middle of too many stories at once. This is supposed to be mostly Laura and Owen's story, but details of that relationship are left out while multiple secondary characters become the focus. Joe and Janey are away from the island so she can attend vet school, and dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, but family and grandparents are ecstatic. Sydney and Luke get engaged, and Sydney is reaching out to the newly hired lighthouse caretaker, who lost her fiance in 9/11. But themes of dealing with life after loss are brushed over lightly here. Joe's mom Caroline, widowed at an early age, has decided to winter on the island, and has an incredible one nighter with the sexy 38 year old Irishman who's filling in for Joe as ferry captain, and also 18 years younger than her. Stephanie gets engaged to her screenwriter. Ned the millionaire taxi driver is making plans to fund a recording studio for Evan, who is still waiting for his Nashville demo to be released but dreading the thought of touring. Dan has succeeded in getting Charlie released, wants to spend time on the island writing, has a trial in LA, but is intrigued by Kara, who's come to the island to start a new branch of the family boating business. And Maddie is excited to resume sex with her husband after giving birth to their daughter, and making plans for a Thanksgiving feast and affordable housing projects for seasonal employees who winter over. Linda flits about as a secondary character in this, instead of the controlling hotel matriarch she's portrayed as in the first book. And Maddie's sister Tiffany has the hots for sheriff Blaine after one hot makeout session, and his command to come to hime as soon as her divorce is final. Meanwhile, our heroine Laura has left Justin, had a rough early pregnancy, and is working at refurbishing the Victorian Sand and Surf with Owen's support, but is afraid he doesn't want to give up his vagabond troubador lifestyle. Her ex husband, Justin, won't concede to a divorce (no no-fault divorce in this state) or reasonable custody arrangements for the baby he doesn't really want unless Laura gives up Owen. Owen and Laura acknowledge their connection, declaring love for each other, and finally having amazing sex. But Owen's mom has finally left her abusive military husband, so he's forced to reveal his nightmare childhood. Then more sex, but quietlyon the floor in front of the fireplace, because his mom is sleeping in the next room. Puhleeze! While I applaud the effort to take on serious topics like domestic violence, unplanned pregnancy, divorce, and death of a loved one, there are just too many characters and story lines in play, fun dialogue always turns into someone's hot sex scene, and too much is left unresolved. This one needed better focus and editing.
nooknookSL More than 1 year ago
I have read and enjoyed all the books in this series and hope for more. I like that there is a main story line that manages to keep us in touch with the characters in her other books. After reading the first couple of books, you are familiar with all the characters and feel like you know them. This is light entertainment and I would recommend all the books in the series to anyone who enjoys a fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No story. Just sex. Very disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave up at page 190 - I was heartily tired of having to skip pages and pages of sex scenes. Every thing between the sex scenes was leading up to another sex scene. Enough already-I give up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, but way too many characters to keep straight. It takes a whole paragraph to name them, otherwise I would give 4.5 stars. GJRA
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was hard to get into at first but after sticking with it i enjoyed it. I think it woukd have been better if i had started earlier in the series. There were so many characters with history that i had no clue about. While it was said to be a stand alone book it would be better to start at the beginning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would like to read more of the McCarthys.
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robodogs More than 1 year ago
Read everything Marie writes. It's all great!
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sidneykay More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book - and I will read more of her books - could definitely have done without so much in the sex area, but some may enjoy it - would have been a good story without it!
richandmel More than 1 year ago
i really enjoy it there a lot of diffent love affairs going on
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good read. It has romance, life situations, resolutions and happy endings. I will be reading other McCarthys of Gansett Island books.
Tarri More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, which is the second in the series that I have read, but there were so many characters with their own side stories that it detracted from the Owen/Laura story. Also, bringing back characters from previous books is great, as long as I don't have to read the ongoing details of how much they are in love. Suffice it to say, a couple of pages of update on Mac and Maddie would have been enough for me. Still Owen and Laura both had interesting back stories and I liked how the author rolled them out slowly, so I could understand who they were.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just some inane words between sex scenes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the third book of the series I have read and it stands alone well. The main characters have histories which impact their relationships in ways both obvious and subtle. Family and friends lend support to an engaging, sexy love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
McCarthy's series is WONDERFUL! All of the books have uniqueness and all of the books update you on all of the characters! You will be hooked !!
mommiesallikat More than 1 year ago
love all her books!!!! awesome writer
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
STOP!! If you haven't read the previous 5 books in this series please go back and read books 1 - 5... I am an avid reader and this is one of the best series I have ever read... Ms. Force is a wizard at weaving characters and story lines in this fun, easy reading and captivating series... The stories are set on an island patterned after Blcok Island off the coast of Massachusetts... The tales involve the natives, kids who leave and come home, vacationers who come back drawn by the sense of community and lots of LOVE... I hope this series never ends... Ms. Force has a way of carrying her characters forward which adds so much to the series... The McCarthy brothers are hot,hot, hot and to add to the mix you get a cousin, and other extended family... It should be cumberson reading about all of them but their characters are so vivid you won't have any trouble at all. Enjoy this Series - It's Great!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the series. Can't wait for the next one.