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- Maid for Love
on May 05, 2011
Maddie Chester is just living her life on Gansett Island on her way to work when she bumps into Mac McCarthy, literally and he begins to fall for her, figuratively. Mac is the kinda of guy who goes the extra mile and helps Maddie despite her repeated objections to take care of her son. She has always done thing for herself and doesn't want any help, especially a McCarthy's, but can't deny her attraction for long. Just as Maddie starts to believe in Mac and a life she never allowed herself to dream, something from her past that still plagues her is thrust into the spotlight.
After reading an excerpt and finding where I could buy it (Thanks to Marie Force), I started it and before I knew it, had read it front to back. It's a sweet romance with steam and a terrific storyline. Her characters are real people you can connect with, living their lives and finding love when they're not expecting it.
If your looking for a contemporary romance that will make you sigh in delight and has unexpected turns, I'd recommend any book by Marie Force. One of my favourites is Love At First Flight.
- Between The Land And The Sea
on Sep. 27, 2011
Marina is going to live with her aunt and cousin while her dad, an expert in the field of agronomy goes to a dangerous country to help. Until now it's always just been the two of them living a vagabond lifestyle, but she quickly feels at home due to the attraction to the boy who has saved her twice and an explainable pulled to the sea. Marina and her cousin Cruz both share the tragedy of losing a parent as infants. The subject of her mother isn't something she can ask her father. In the past, he has always refused to answer any question and becomes so depressed that she's given up asking. Her need for answers is putting her in danger and forces her to make a decision that will effect the rest of her life.
This was my first book involving this particular mythical aquatic creatures and I enjoyed Derrolyn Anderson's take on the myth. All the sceneries, scents and colours were beautifully described. One thing that I'm so glad this book has in common with a few others I've read and really enjoy is how strong the secondary characters are. They have they're own distinct personalities. Sometimes I find myself forgetting or mixing up secondary charachters, which shows me how unimportant their role is and makes plots where they're spotlighted something I wouldn't really enjoy because they're not important to me. That wasn't the case here.
There was a lot more action and mystery then I anticipated, plus the love story wasn't as straightforward (they see each other and immediately fall in love) as they tend to be. While Marina's story is the main focus, it isn' the only one. It's a very unique story and I look forward to reading what Derrolyn Anderson has in store for the characters next.