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Meant for Love (Gansett Island Series Book 10) by [Force, Marie]
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The Gansett Island Series, Book 10

A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!

She's waited a long time for her second chance at love…

It's been twelve years since Jenny Wilks lost her fiancé in the 9/11 attacks in New York City. Since then she's been floundering, trying to find her way. Taking the job as lighthouse keeper on Gansett Island was the best thing she could've done for herself. On the island she's found amazing friends and a wonderful new life. There's only one thing missing and that's romance. She's recently asked her new friends to fix her up with some of the island's more eligible men. While her friends are busy arranging dates for her, Alex Martinez comes to cut the grass at the lighthouse.

He's given up everything to come home to Gansett to care for his ailing mother…

Alex has gone from cultivating orchids at the US Botanic Garden in Washington to cutting grass on Gansett, like he did as a teenager. Running the family business with his brother while managing their mother's dementia requires Alex's undivided attention until a sexy lighthouse keeper shows him there's much more to life than work and endless obligation.

During a scorching summer heat wave on Gansett, Jenny and Alex take comfort in each other, and what begins as a hot summer fling quickly becomes something much more lasting. But will it hold up beyond the heat wave when real life intrudes on their sexy interlude?

Catch up with many of your favorite characters from past Gansett Island books in this latest installment in the New York Times bestselling McCarthys of Gansett Island Series!

“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

The 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
Book 14: Celebration After Dark
Book 15: Desire After Dark
Book 16: Light After Dark

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3726 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985034181
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: HTJB, Inc. (18 November 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FWYBQPM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,709 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Mimmy on 1 December 2014
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Thoroughly enjoy this Island series, well done Marie
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You will love this series. The characters are great.
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A bit predictable, boring
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 19 November 2013
By Bergy37 - Published on Amazon.com
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Meant for Love is a wonderful continuation of Marie Force's Gansett Island Series. In book 10 readers finally get to see Jenny get her HEA with Alex Martinez. He's wonderfully cheeky and a bit of a caveman, but he's also incredibly sweet and endearing, especially when he's dealing with his mother or showing Jenny how much she means to him.
Marie did a wonderful job centering this story around two delicate subjects: 9/11 and dementia. She takes us through Jenny's experience in dealing with the loss of her fiance on 9/11 with just the right amount of solemnity and respect. Marie also takes the reader through a very realistic depiction of dementia. She not only shows the reader how Marion's illness changes the lives of her sons, but we get a glimpse into Marion's own feelings during her brief moments of lucidity. Marie carefully takes us through the pain of her characters' experiences without becoming depressing.
Mixed into all the seriousness is Marie's wonderful blend of lightheartedness and humor. Alex and Jenny are delightful together. He is fresh and bold and she calls him on it. Readers also get to enjoy catching up with favorite characters from previous books in this delightful journey to Gansett Island.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meant to Love this book! 18 November 2013
By JACK - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been anticipating this story for ages- finally, Jenny gets her happy ending! But Alex? I never dreamed I'd be so in love with that man. He's a little too blunt, a little too caveman, but he's fantastic all the same!
Marie Force has done it again - she has continued the series with a plot that will pull readers in and characters they will love!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That was worth every second of waiting for this book 19 November 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Meant For Love is the story of Jenny and Alex.

Jenny Wilks is a 37-year-old woman who stopped living twelve years before, when she lost her fiancé in the 9/11 attacks. After years of letting life pass her by, she ended up in Gansett Island after submitting to the lighthouse keeper position. Her letter to the city council was one of the most beautiful and emocional things I've read, even if I know her particular story isn't real. It's been a year since she moved to the island and found a bunch of friends who have helped her move on with her life, even setting her up on dates when she tells them she's ready.

Alex Martinez was born and raised in Gansett and had to return home from his dream job in DC after his mother's Dementia took a turn to the worst and his brother couldn't handle it all - their mom and the family business - alone anymore. It's heartbreaking to read the scenes where she's present, but it's incredible how much Alex and his brother, Paul, stood up to the challenge.

In the middle of a heat wave, Alex gets to the lighthouse to mow the lawn after months of delaying it due to his mother willness. He wakes Jenny up from a dream that's been haunting her for years and she angrily storms out to have words with him. Neither of them expected the instant attraction they felt for each other, though. And even if Alex isn't sure there's room in his life for love and even if Jenny has still some demons that keep her from completely surrendering, they're not able to stop the pull and quickly engage in a relationship. It starts out as pure heat, but it climbs to meaningful really fast, taking them both by surprise.

Alex is a little rough around the edges and a swear-at-every-turn kind of guy, which is a stark contrast to Jenny's sweet personality. He's also impulsive and has some jealousy issues that'll make you laugh and want to pull his hair out a few times along the book. Alex doesn't expect anything from Jenny and he feels like he can't drag anyone into his life with the huge space his mom occupies at the moment, but Jenny doesn't care about it and is constantly surprising him with her willingness to help and to accept him and his life, just as it is. As for Jenny, she still strugles with the loss of Toby, her fiancé, and she has to deal with the guilt, but also the elation of finding out she was able to find a connection to another human being again. She has some trouble sharing her story with Alex in the beginning, out of fear of it changing the way he looks at her and treats her. I can't imagine being in her place, but what a burden it must be to be seen only for the tragedy you've lived through. She's one amazing and resilient woman and Alex sees that. He's the perfect fit for her.

"The more time she spent with him, the more she began to suspect he could actually be all right for her."

One of the things I like the most in Marie's stories is that they seem real, not fiction. I could easily imagine her characters living just like it's told on her books and it means we can relate to them, which makes for a great reason to love it. Her writing is incredible and her characters are always complex and likable, so it's always a plus when we get to meet the couples from past books and "see how they're doing".

This is the tenth book in the Gansett Island series and, although I imagine you could follow Jenny and Alex's story without previous knowledge, I fully recomend reading them all in order, especially for the secondary stories, which are mostly abouth past characters. There have been a couple of books in the series that left me wanting more cause I didn't much like Adam and Abby or David and Daisy, but that was my personal feelings for them and I could still enjoy the books, especially for the glimpse into other couples in between the main plot. This one has done it for me again and I was so hooked I simply couldn't stop reading.

If you're already a Marie fan, I'm sure this one will go up there amongst your favorites. If you're not, yet, just get to it and surrender, starting with Maid For Love, which is currently, and almost always since I first read it, free.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Sexy, and Genuine romance! 19 November 2013
By Jenn Avery - Published on Amazon.com
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Meant for Love is book 10 of Marie Force’s The McCarthy's of Gansett Island Series. This series is one of my favorites, and Marie does such a wonderful job creating characters that are easy to love, but aren't so perfect that they make me hate them. In this book, Force successfully balances the main story-line, which bringing in some of the earlier characters that I've grown to love. My heart broke for both Jenny and Alex and what they were going through. When I first read Jenny’s letter previously in the series, my heart broke for the woman who was still trying to pull her life together ten years after 9/11. When Alex’s family was introduced, my heart again broke for him and what his family is going through in dealing with his mother’s dementia. The journey they take together feels genuine and realistic.

Force also does a great job of telling a compelling love story involving a woman in her late 30’s. So many books in the romance genre involve women in their 20’s, and here it is done casually, realistically, and compellingly. There is no reason women in their 30’s… or beyond… can’t find love, and I’m so glad Force is writing about it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Feels like coming home....again 10 February 2014
By Desiree Putaski - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm giving this book 5 stars because I really did love it, but my disclaimer is that it's not my favorite in the series. I am not sure that any of them will ever be Mac and Maddie for me. All the books in the series are awesome and I get giddy every time I see a new one come out. The McCarthy's have almost become my fictional family and all their friends my own (ok, that makes me sound like the crazy cat lady who really should get out more often and associate with real people..LOL).

I love Marie Force's writing style. All of the characters come alive and I am truly sucked into the story with the first word! I'd move to Gansett Island tomorrow!

My only mark in the con column is that there is SO MUCH sex! And it starts like when they first meet each other! I'm not saying I'm a prude...not saying I haven't read my fair share of "mommy porn"...but it just wasn't something that I expected so much of in one of this author's books. There is sex in all of them... but not this much and maybe it's just never been so descriptive? I'm not sure what it was... but it just seemed a little out of place.

But I loved it despite all the sex (yea, my husband is like "Did you really just put there was too much sex?" yea... I did)... I love Gansett Island and can't wait to read more! We want more, we want more!

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