Fool for Love
The McCarthys of Gansett Island, Book 2
Publisher: HTJB, Inc. (May 26, 2011)
Paperback/E-Book/Audio Print Length: 257 pages
The author sent me an e-copy of this book as a gift. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Joe Cantrell, owner of the Gansett Island Ferry Company, has been in love with Janey McCarthy for as long as he can remember. At the same time, Janey has been dating or engaged to doctor-in-training David Lawrence. When things go horribly wrong between David and Janey, she calls her “fifth brother” Joe, one of the few people in her close circle who lives on the mainland. Janey decides a few days with Joe is just what she needs before she goes home to the island to face her parents and family with the news of her broken engagement. It was bad enough for Joe loving Janey from afar, but having her in his house is pure torture. Will he take advantage of this opportunity to show her what they could have together? And what will Joe’s best friend and Janey’s protective older brother Mac have to say about it? MarieForce.com
This is the second book I have read by Marie Force. The first took place in Vermont and this one in Rhode Island where Marie lives. She fashioned the fictitious Gansett Island after Block Island. I enjoy reading books that take place in New England. While I have begun to dislike the winters, the area is my home and I love it here, and I’ve often said I like to read books where I am familiar with the settings.
The characters in this book grew up on this tiny island in island families. There’s a certain romance to that — islands are physically removed from the reality of the mainland, they are like small towns for the year round residents, and as Marie says they are a bit lost in time. That allows a story to be a bit of a fairy tale. Joe is the knight in shining armor who really does rescue Janey, a damsel in distress for whom he has held an unrequited love, whose car has broken down.
I found Janey’s character a little confusing; or maybe a bit split. She’s been one way with her boyfriend of 13 years, and then she’s bolder, hotter, and much more of an adventuress with Joe. She is another heroine who put her dreams on ice for a man. I think most women, and men too, have put some dream on hold or scrapped it altogether, for a relationship, for children, to take care of an ailing parent or for love. The dream can be big or small. Janey’s dream was a big one; and it remains to be seen of the guy was worth it.
But here’s the crazy thing about bad choices, you would not be who you are without them. Nor, do you have to continue making them.
For Joe, like a fairy tale hero, there will be just one woman for him. He’s given things up too, for love and family.
It’s a romance so you know she’s not going to go back to her creepy manipulative ex. Or is she? This is either self or indy published and so the HEA rule may or may not apply. She does a pretty good job keeping you guessing through out.
I fall in love with Marie’s characters; they are people I wish I knew, who I wish were my friends. And the story has a lot of interesting events. This is pure escapist fantasy romance. Joe is an ideal guy: hot, funny, smart, well-off, etc. and TOTALLY devoted. It all works out so perfectly. In this story line all the “i”s are dotted and every “t” is crossed. If you approach it knowing that, it is wonderful. It has a couple of edgy moments and tough decisions someone has to make for personal growth. But, I loved it, and it is both sweet and hot, pretty erotic (all vanilla). Because whoever is going to get together is going to set off some fireworks! I enjoyed it and when I was finished I turned off my kindle with a sigh, which means the romance novelist hit the mark.