May 23, 2016

*New Release & Review* Desire After Dark (The McCarthys of Gansett Island #15) by Marie Force

Tobias “Slim” Jackson has the perfect life as a pilot on Gansett Island in the summer and in Florida in the winter. He’s happiest when he’s in the air, or at least that was the case before last summer when he met Erin Barton, Gansett Island’s newest lighthouse keeper. Now he can’t seem to find his usual enthusiasm for flying, winter in the sunny South or anything that doesn’t include her.

Erin has been stuck on pause since she lost her twin brother. She’ll tell you herself that her life has been a hot mess since Toby died. After dropping out of law school, she’s flitted from one pointless job to another, existing rather than truly living. Then she comes to Gansett Island to take over as the new lighthouse keeper and meets Slim, who happens to share her beloved brother’s first name. That small coincidence is enough to convince Erin that she needs to spend more time with the dashing pilot—except for the fact that he’s spending the winter more than a thousand miles from her.

Now Slim’s come home to Gansett for the holidays and to hopefully pick up where he left off with Erin. He’s got twelve days before he’s due back in Florida to finish out the remainder of his winter obligations. A lot can happen in twelve days, but will it be enough to convince Erin that it’s time to start truly living again? Read Slim and Erin’s story and catch up with the rest of the Gansett Island cast in Desire After Dark!

I received a copy of this story for an honest review.

What I Loved: Desire After Dark is a sweet romance with a touching story about healing and embracing happiness after overcoming life changing events. Erin and Slim are both mature characters and I appreciated the care the two characters gave to each other and the investment in their possible future together. Also I have to give props to Marie Force for addressing mental illness respectfully and referencing the need for professional help.

What I Didn't Love: I'm new to the wold of Marie Force and The McCarthy's of Gansett Island series. Even though Desire After Dark is a stand alone I frequently felt lost with the multitude of characters whose POV's were interwoven with Slim and Erin's love story. The frequent jumps between characters was a bit distracting. A chart to help show how the various characters are connected may have helped clarify confusion for new readers.  

Favorite Quotes:
"We're smart enough now to know that when we click with someone, really click the way you and I have, it's something to hold on to, something to value."
"For a very long time my life has been spinning out of control. When I'm with you, the spinning stops. I thought you should know that."
"Baby, being happy with you is like breathing - the easiest thing I've ever done."

Fans who like their romance with strong emphasis on friends and family would do well to check out Desire After Dark.
Happy reading.

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