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Review: Desire After Dark (The McCarthys of Gansett Island #14) by Marie Force

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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!

My Review

“Baby, being happy with you is like breathing–the easiest thing I’ve ever done.”

Desire After Dark is the fourteenth book in the Gansett Island Series. Told from multiple points of view, this story can be read as a stand-alone, but I would definitely recommend checking out the previous books in this series for full enjoyment.

Desire After Dark follows the story of Slim and Erin. Slim is happiest when he’s flying and loves living part time on Gansett Island. Everything was going just the way he wanted….that is until Erin enters the picture. Now, flying doesn’t spark his interest and happiness as much. All he can think about is the mysterious new Lighthouse keeper, Erin….Erin has just been going through the motions in life. She’s been stuck in the past, unable to move on ever since her brother passed away. Coming to Gansett Island was just the change she was looking for…that is until she meets Slim. When Slim and Erin share an unexpected kiss, that kiss has the power to change everything. At first the two just chat and text each other. But, when Slim returns to Gansett Island for the holidays, all bets are off. He’s determined to see where this “thing” with Erin will go. Only problem, he’s got just 12 days until he has to return back to Florida. 12 days may not seem like much, but a lot can change in such a short amount of time. Will Slim be able to bring Erin back to the land of the living? You’ll just have to read for yourself to find out.

Overall, I really enjoyed Desire After Dark. This is my first book by this author and I really enjoyed her writing style. I thought this story was a lot of fun and entertaining. I loved the connection and banter between Erin and Slim. I was excited to see where their story would go. Their story was filled with a lot of love and good times.

The only problem that I had is that while this can be read as a stand-alone, there was a lot of time spent with previous characters. Usually that’s not an issue for me, however, I really struggled with it in this book for some reason. I don’t know if it was because there was so many different characters telling their story or maybe it was just me. I can’t really say. I just felt like even though this was Erin and Slim’s story, there was just too many side stories going on.

Other than that issue, I really liked this book and that’s why I am giving it four stars. I thought it was fun and sexy. Desire After Dark was well written and held my attention the entire time. I really liked Erin and Slim. I enjoyed watching them fall in love. This is my first book by this author and I really enjoyed her writing style, so I’m looking forward to going back and reading this series from the very beginning.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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