Meant for Love (Gansett Island Series #10)

Meant for Love (Gansett Island Series #10)

by Marie Force


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

A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!

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

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: Victoria & Shannon (Episode 1)

Book 18: Kevin & Chelsea (Episode 2)

Book 19: Mine After Dark (Riley & Nikki)

Book 20: Yours After Dark (Finn & Chloe)

Book 21: Trouble After Dark (Deacon & Julia)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985034184
Publisher: HTJB, Inc.
Publication date: 11/18/2013
Series: Gansett Island Series , #10
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 156,193
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(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

The dream was always the same, the last perfect moment before life as Jenny Wilks knew it ended forever. She and her fiancé, Toby, in their cozy New York City apartment, enjoying breakfast, the morning paper, the news on TV, talking about everything and nothing. He’d asked about their dinner plans, and she’d reminded him her parents were coming the next day, so they needed to clean their apartment.

He’d groaned in protest, and she’d laughed at him, as she always did. She was a neat freak, and he was a certified slob. She loved him anyway, even when she had to pick up after him. Every time she had the dream, she tried to recall those final minutes, wanting desperately to know what they’d said to each other.

It was the one thing she couldn’t remember, and the one thing she desperately wanted to know.

Toby got up to leave for work in lower Manhattan, leaning in to kiss her the way he did every morning. He looked gorgeous and successful in the suit that had been cut just for him, as he rubbed his freshly shaven cheek against hers. “I’ll—”

A roar of noise startled her out of a sound sleep, setting off a panic deep inside where the lingering trauma still resided. An engine, close by… In a cold sweat despite the oppressive heat, she launched out of bed and ran for the window to find a shirtless man standing on the back of the biggest lawn mower she’d ever seen. At—she glanced at the clock on her bedside table—5:45 a.m.! Was he serious?

Next to the clock was a framed picture of Toby that brought back the dream in startling, vivid detail that made her eyes swim with tears and sparked fury that had her running for the lighthouse’s spiral staircase. Down she went to the first floor and then one more level below to the mudroom and out into the pearly predawn, where the air was thick with heat and humidity.

She burst into the yard, screaming as she went, “Hey! Hello! Do you know what the hell time it is?”

The dark-haired man wore a bulky headset over his ears and couldn’t possibly hear her over the roar of that…thing…he was driving. It was massive—and very, very loud. His skin glistened with sweat as day three of the heat wave from hell began on Gansett Island.

Jenny looked around for something, anything she could use to get his attention and zeroed in on the bumper crop of tomatoes that had begun to ripen on the vines she’d planted earlier in the summer. Without giving a single thought to what she was about to do, she grabbed a handful of pulpy tomatoes and began flinging them at the man’s back.

The first two went wide, missing the target, but the third one hit him square between the shoulder blades, splattering on contact. Excellent.

Recoiling from the direct hit, he cut the engine on the beast, threw off the headset and jumped from the platform, spinning to face her. “What the hell was that?” Looking around, he noticed the remnants of the first two tomatoes on the ground next to him. “Are you throwing tomatoes at me? What the hell?”

“I could ask you the same thing! Do you haveany ideawhat time it is?”

“Ah…five something?”

Despite her rage, she couldn’t help but notice a muscular chest and belly, dark chest hair, tanned skin and khaki shorts that hung from narrow hips. He wore work boots with dark socks that peeked out the top of them. “Five forty-five.In the morning!”

“Thanks for clarifying. Do you mind leaving me alone? I’ve got a long day ahead of me, and you’re the one who complained to the town that we hadn’t been out to cut the grass. We’ll, we’re here to cut the grass.”

“Not at five forty-five in the morning you’re not.”

“Ah, yeah, I am.”

She took a step closer to him. “No, you’re not.”

He took a step in her direction. “Yes, I am.”

The fourth tomato in her hand went sailing toward his head.

He ducked at the last second, avoiding a direct hit. “Are you completely insane?”

As he looked her up and down under the cover of sunglasses, Jenny realized she was wearing next to nothing as she faced off with the angry lawn guy. The lighthouse didn’t have air-conditioning, and the heat had been unbearable, thus the short nightgown she’d worn over tiny panties. She crossed her arms over her unrestrained breasts.

“Look, lady, I’m sorry if I woke you up, but I need to get back to work if I’m going to keep this already screwed-up day on schedule.”

“You’re not turning that…thingback on at six o’clock in the morning! I thought I was being attacked or something.”

“Right. Attacked. On Gansett Island, where it’s so unsafe.”

Jenny knew what it was like to be attacked in a place where she’d always felt safe, a thought that brought back the images from the dream, reminding her of what she’d missed out on thanks to the roar of his lawnmower.

Who knew when or if she’d have the dream again? It had been more than a year since the last time Toby had “visited” her slumber. “You never know when a safe place can become unsafe.” As she uttered the words, her chin quivered and her eyes swam with tears.

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Meant for Love 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 126 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed the whole series! I love how each book picks up right where the last one left off! I can't wait for the next one in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recommended for a good read. All the Ganset books have been very good. Have read a number of this author's books. Have never been disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book! The humor, the plot, and the absolute truth of the illness of dementia, brought both laughter and tears throughout this book! Thank you for writing this book!
LotsAReading More than 1 year ago
This is an amazingly entertaining series!!!  I am starting #11.  They are super romantic, with lots of "spice," but they also have a plot worth reading.  I have enjoyed ALL of them!!!.
Daisy_Girl More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book!  I love romance, and it doesn't disappoint.  I love when a series has the same characters in all the books and you can learn more about what is happening with the other characters!!!  Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This bokk was awesome I love this series and all her series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
like all others you can't put them down. Can't wait till the others come out and the new series begins. AWESOME SERIES!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and, well, all her books! great writing!!
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Great story that keeps your attention. One book flows into the next without losing you if you haven’t read the others
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good novel. Loved it. ZJR
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If you're not obsessed with them, don't bother. Two stars instead of one because the writing is better than some I've seen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent , very emotional story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm on Book 11 now and I have read the very first book Made for Love thru 10.5 I can hardly put them down. I love them all
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think Jenny and Alex are one of my favorite couples. Their story is sad and very special. All of the stories are really enjoyable. CB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, like most of Marie Force's, but like the fatal series I'm afraid she is getting into way to much sex, sex & more sex. I loved the fatal books til it got to butt plugs, whippings, so I quit reading them. Now she's mentioned plugs again in this series plus guys slapping their butts. So not cool. May be the last of the I read. 265 pages of a really good romance & about dementia. Should have been 5 stars. GJRA
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Very good read
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badkat17us More than 1 year ago
This is the tenth book in this series and I think they should be read in order to get the whole story. This book focuses on Jenny the light house keeper and Alex. Jenny has been through a great tragedy losing her fiancé Toby in the south tower on 9/11. She has come a long way since she moved to Gansett Island to be the light house keeper and is finally ready to date again. Her friends immediately jump to help to set her up with single guys on the island. Then one day she is woken very early by a man mowing the lawn around the light house. She throws a few tomatoes at him to get his attention. She never thought a few tomatoes and early wake up would change her life so much. Alex has moved back to the island to help take care of his mother and with the family business. He has gone from working a job he loved back to mowing lawns. Alex has a lot on his plate right now but one look at Jenny and something takes him over. They don’t even bother to exchange last names. They both like that the other doesn’t know there story. But things quickly go from just sex to meaning more. Could they be just what the other needs? Will Alex be Jenny’s second great love or just the man who helps get fully back to her old self? This book was emotional at times. I felt for Alex and his brother Paul. They are trying to help their mother so much but they need help. Just like the other books you get to read about the other couples on the island. Evan and Grace finally set a date. Dan help Kara avoid what could have been a horrible situation; as well as a bunch of other things. I can’t express how much I love this series. The books pull you in and you wish you could have the characters for real friends. Marie Force you are fantastic.
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Marie Force makes us always fall in love again with every book.
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