I’m very late to the party, but I don’t think I could be more disappointed in this story than when I turned the last page. I’ve read other Marie Force stories. I think her Green Mountain series is brilliant in its simplicity, and was really excited to try additional works. I’m a fan of the maid and the rich guy trope – shoot I watched Maid in Manhattan expressly because of that – but there was something about Maddie and Mac that didn’t convince me.
In her late 20’s Maddie and her sister have lived on Gansett Island their entire lives. For the past 8 years, Maddie’s worked as a maid on the island. I’m not sure what made her chose that career path, but then again it doesn’t matter; she just is. And if many of the townspeople have anything to say about it, Maddie will always only ever be a maid.
After dropping off her 9/10 month old son with her sister, Maddie rushes off to work on her bicycle. As she’s peddling along, Mac steps in the road and both take a tumble. Maddie worse than Mac (I really didn’t think she was going that fast to have those kinds of injuries she did, but oh well) and trying to do the right thing Mac decides that he’s going ease Maddie’s burden because he played a major role in why the accident happened.
The attraction for Mac is instant. He doesn’t remember Maddie; she was a few years behind him in school and he’s been off the island more than he’s been on, but he knows that he wants to help her and I can’t hold that against him. At first Maddie is hesitant. Actually, she’s really adamant that Mac not help her; after all Mac is the son of her employer and how would that look if he were to do maid services in his parents hotel? I understood Maddie’s hesitancy once I got a real look at Mac’s mother, she’s a little bit snobbish.
I didn’t think the time frame of their love was realistic. As a matter of fact, it was in the insta category and didn’t make for a fulfilling read. Part of Maddie’s issue on the island is the nick name that she was given during her high school years. Part of Mac’s issue is his ‘need’ to fix all of Maddie’s woes. What he did might have made more sense if he knew her longer, but instead it just came across as just not a cool thing to do.
It was all just too quick for me, especially the way that they fell into the sex, with both the reader and Mac knowing Maddie’s town history and why she tried her best to not be the center of attention. And then the whole thing with Tom and Thomas, that was a try harder on the plot moment for me.
All that being said, this doesn’t mean I’m not going to read the next one in the series because I totally am.
Joanna skipped ahead to Desire After Dark, Book 15.
Happy reading folks!
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Maid for Love
by Marie Force
Release Date: April 29, 2011
Publisher: HTJB, Inc