Review: Desire After Dark

Title: Desire After Dark, McCarthy's of Gansett Island #15
Author: Marie Force
Published: May 23, 2016
Genre: Contemporary

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!

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I have only read one other book by Marie Force, although I admit, I have had this series on my TBR for a long time.  THE WRECK was a stand alone and I absolutely loved it.   This book is part of a huge series---book #15!  I liked the synopsis and decided to jump right in without having read the rest of the Gansett Island series. 

So there in lies a fatal mistake.  Although the writing was impeccable and the characters likable in every way, I felt like I had walked in on a private conversation and everyone stopped talking as soon as I came in the room!  The story is about "Slim" and Erin.  The couple have a platonic history but have been texting and face timing for the past few months. When the holidays roll around, it looks like they may be ready to move the relationship forward. 

I enjoyed getting to know these two.  What was difficult to handle was the catching up with everyone else on the Island. Sometimes chapters flew by and we didn't get to see what the lead couple was up to.  I am sure if I had read the rest of the series, I would be more invested in the rest of the McCarthys.  As it was, there are so many of them, it was hard to keep track of who was who and who was married to whom.  We also catch up with Slim and Erin half way into their relationship.  There is no slow lead up to romance.  They know each other and again, it felt like I was peeking in on them in a private moment and not knowing what got them to this point. 

Fans of the author will most likely eat this one up.  It is my typical favorite--one big epilogue, catching up with everyone.  But because of the history of the series, I couldn't get invested in what was happening here. 

*ARC received from the publisher for an honest review

Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold more than 2.2 million books, and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books, which has sold more than 1 million books. In addition, she is the author of the Green Mountain Series from Berkley Publishing as well as the new erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the slightly modified name of M.S. Force. 

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news. 

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