Saturday, September 8, 2012

Fool for Love

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?

*May Contain Spoilers*

Marie Force continues The McCarthys of Gansett Island series with Fool for Love. Hinted at in the first book, Maid for Love, Janey and Joe take the spotlight in this second installment. 

Joe is a very easy character to fall in love with. From character and reader point of view. He's an all around good guy who is always there for his friends. No matter what. Readers will adore him because of his obvious one woman intentions. It's easy to make a connection with a character that has so many redeeming qualities. Especially when they punch the villain in the face... 

Janey, on the other hand, is not the easiest character to connect with as the story continues. Readers will form a bond with her right off the bat because of her fiance's infidelity. Though when she jumps into bed with Joe the very same night, readers have to wonder what drove her to do that. Loneliness? Revenge? And though her motives are explained and understandable, how she treats Joe was a bit of a problem for me. Especially since he is up front and honest about his feelings for her: he's been in love with her for as long as he can remember. 

Though writing Janey this way, Force evokes the exact feelings she wants from her readers. She wants the readers to fear the hurt that Joe could end up with, and the uncertainty that Janey has throughout the story. Goal accomplished. 

The plot line was wonderful. I love how Force revolves this story around the happily ever after of Mac and Maddie's story, as Joe and Janey are dancing around Mac and Maddie's wedding. It was great to have them in the novel, playing such large supporting character roles. 

No disappointments in this sequel, looking forward to Luke and Sydney's story, which was hinted at as being the next one. If you haven't read this series yet, pick it up! Seriously. 

rating: 4/5 cups
Fool for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island, Book 2)

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