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Ready for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island #3)

4.26  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,915 Ratings  ·  249 Reviews
For four of the best summers of his young life, Luke Harris was in love with Sydney Donovan, a wealthy seasonal visitor to Gansett Island. Then Sydney went off to college and never came back. She married another man and had two children while Luke remained on the island, working at McCarthy's Gansett Marina and wondering what had gone wrong between him and the only woman h ...more
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Published July 1st 2011 by HTJB, Inc. (first published June 28th 2011)
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Jul 21, 2011 valee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cont-romance
Loved this one. My favorite on the series so far. What I liked the most was that we got a great deal of information about every other couple we have already read about and some new ones that started on this installment. The only bad thing I seriously can mention about this book is that it just left me DYING for more.

Marie, please, please tell me we are getting more books in this series. I definitely wanna read about Grant, Evan and Adam! I just need it. There are still so many amazing characters
It's sad how the further I get into this series, the more irritating the characters become to me. Don't get me wrong, I liked this latest installment of the McCarthys of Gansett Island series... but Luke and Sydney just lacked the special spark to me. Sure, they had plenty of scenes together and if you add in their past relationship that they had, it would seem like a good romance right? Well, I think my problem with Sydney was because of the fact that she left Luke heartbroken all those years a ...more
Lady Heather
OK.... see what happens when you spend the better part of your day 'playing' on Goodreads and not end up reading until ungodly hours in the morning because you get 'into' the story again and can't put the book down. to follow :))
Sherri Hayes
Apr 15, 2014 Sherri Hayes rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

This is the third book in Marie Force's Gansett Island Series, and tells the story of Luke Harris and Sydney Donovan. I've read the first two books in this series, and I have to say that Marie Force is quickly becoming one of my go to authors.

When I need something that will take me away from reality for a while, Marie's stories always do the trick.

Where to start with this book. I loved the sweet connection between these two old lovers. Sydney's back story was heartbreaking. Seeing her
Listened to on audio, narrated by Holly Fielding.

The narration on this is really good. Perfectly paced for the emotional nature of this book.

I originally read this back in 2011 and having recently listened to them all on audio, I decided to leave this one until last because it was previously my favourite. I'm glad to say I loved it even more on audio.

Luke is just WOW. He appeals to me on so many levels. He's the strong silent type of hero, which doesn't always appeal to me, but Luke really did.
Jul 01, 2011 Steffi rated it it was amazing
Eagerly anticipated: Luke and Syndney's story.

From Fool for Love we already know that Syd and Luke have quite a past. Luke was left heart-broken when Sydney never returned to the island and finally married someone else. After a terrible accident that took her husband and both her kids, Sydney has come back to Gansett to recuperate. After one year they grow closer again and it turns out that neither of them could forget the other. But the road to recovery is hard and old hurts, while in the past,
Apr 04, 2014 Sonia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Poorly written story.

I enjoyed the follow-up with the other characters, that was nice. The author told me that Luke loved Sydney rather showed me how Luke loved Sydney. I did not believe their love affair, so I did not buy their HEA. Perhaps the devastating experience by the h is too serious to be dealt with in a story where the author is not willing to spend the time to do it right. in addition, since the author did not "show" me the relationship between the characters when they were young, I d
Jul 03, 2011 Kathy rated it really liked it
Another wonderful and sweet book in the angst free McCarthy's of Gansett Island series. The series is perfect for anyone wanting a realistic contemporary about normal people falling in love without having to fight off werewolves or drug cartels, nor do they have to worry about not fitting in with the aristocracy of the British ton (these would describe the last few books I read so Ready For Love was a perfect break). I really hope that Marie Force continues this series, which it appears from wha ...more
Laura's Book Addiction
I love this series so much. I really really can't wait to read Grant's story I'm so tem Stephanie to win his heart.
Anna D.
Jun 13, 2014 Anna D. rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Still a lovely read but I wasn't as sold on the heroine as in the previous books.

Full review:
A really fun and easy read! This book met my expectations. I adore the world the author has created in this series and I’m definitely a fan. My attachment is beyond the H/h, it has stretched to the community that keeps growing with each book. This is both a pro and a con because the more involved we get with the characters, the more the H/h has to share page time with these other characters. I
Cocktails and Books
When I read what happened to Sydney Donovan's family at the end of Fool for Love, I could imagine how we were going to get a story out of something so tragic. Well, we got one and it was good!

A little more than a year ago, Sydney Donovan's life was turned upside down when a drunk driver hit her car killing her 2 kids and her husband. She was not only physically broken, but psychologically as well.

Little did Sydney know that Luke Harris, her old high school summer sweetheart, watched her as she
4.5 Stars. Love Marie Force - Have I said that a time or two or ten? She writes the best guys whether its contemporary romance or romantic suspense. Again have I said that more than several times? I want all of them. This is a sweet, very sexy, lovable series. Her characters are charming and their stories page turning waitng to get to their eventual HEA. I want to live on Gansett Island and I'm pretty sure that I even have a huge crush on Big Mac. Although I also want Mac..or Joe...or Luke. I'm ...more
Jun 22, 2016 Becky rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! I loved that so many other characters were in the fore front as well. It was great to see Mac and Joe again. I also liked the insight into Grant and can't wait to read his story. Another great read and I'm thrilled that this is such a long series..I still have lots more books to read!!
Laura Johnson
A very heart-warming story of old love being stronger in the present. It gives hope that all is not lost. Looking forward to read more!
Sara  ~Sphunky~
Jul 09, 2012 Sara ~Sphunky~ rated it really liked it
Another sweet romance from the McCarthy family series by Marie Force. I loved reconnecting with all the characters/couples from the previous books, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series for the new characters that were introduced in this one. Marie Force writes sweet/romantic and sexy male leads and her stories are easy and quick reads. Nothing is drawn out and she is able to make you connect with many of the characters easily.
Vikki Vaught
Rating 4.5 Stars

Vikki’s Musings

Ready for Love is the third book in the McCarthy’s of Gansett Island series. I have read/listened to the first two books in this delightful series, and now I’m hooked. I just have to find out about the rest of the McCarthys and Gansett Island. Just what I needed, another series to fall in love with! At least I can buy the next three in a bundle, to save a bit of money, but then no audio version for $1.99, decisions, decisions!

Luke Harris has been in love with Sydne
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Jul 02, 2011 A Tasty Read Book Reviews rated it really liked it
Great addition to the series. Luke and Sydney had a second chance at love and they overcame all the insecurities and issues that surfaced as the relationship tried to take flight. I really liked Luke as a hero, he was the quiet, simple guy who was hot hot in the bedroom!! Fun read, just can't wait for Grants story or Tiffany!!
Angela Murnin
Aug 27, 2012 Angela Murnin rated it liked it
Gansett Island is starting to feel a little small to me by this point! Didn't enjoy this story as well as the first two, yet I'm still interested in seeing what happens with all the couples and little families.
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
Reh, not the best of the series. Little weak.
Oct 29, 2013 Mareli rated it really liked it
Better than the previous two. So far, I found all the couples a bit boring, but in this book we have several secondary stories and they make the story up.

Onto the next one!
Emily Steinmetz
Jul 09, 2011 Emily Steinmetz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've really enjoyed this series so far. This story picks up where the last left off with Sydney and Luke. I'm a sucker for a series, and this one doesn't disappoint.
Nov 28, 2014 HÜLYA rated it really liked it
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Aly is so frigging bored
May 11, 2016 Aly is so frigging bored rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Buddy-read with Maru
It was 40% depressive...
Feb 10, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this as part of Good Reads First Reads

I was a little wary of starting this book having been previous book in this series which I haven't read. The characters already had lives and I was worried that I wouldn't be able to follow the story - but fear not - the author has written these so superbly that it didn't matter - I soon got the hang of every-one and what had happened to them

The story of Sydney can only be described as shocking. She left the island and had a life with her husband
Sarah Briggs
(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).

(This review may contain spoilers).

After having read the second book in this series, I was quite happy to win the third one as well. Given the foreshadowing in the second book (although I didn't think it worked quite well), I was pretty eager to see how things would work out in this book.

I found it really easy to relate to the characters in this. They were likable, realistic characters and I felt that the issues Sydney in
Feb 06, 2012 Morgan rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars

Ready for Love was another good addition to The McCarthy’s of Gansett Island series by Marie Force. I really like the McCarthy family and the small town island life, but I must admit that I am starting to feel a little worn out by this series. I feel like the novels are getting more repetitive and more predictable. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed Ready for Love, and I am still looking forward to reading Falling for Love. I am just ke
Jan 05, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it
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Julie Prestsater
Jul 19, 2011 Julie Prestsater rated it it was amazing
The McCarthy's of Gansett Island series continues with Luke and Sydney. I didn't know it was possible to love the series even more than I already did. Sydney has been through so much and Luke is very gentle with her. I find it very inspiring that she allowed herself to heal and love again. With so many years apart, I love the chemistry between the two and it's so believable. The characters and relationships are so geniune that you'd think you could just travel to the east coast and run into thes ...more
Jul 24, 2012 AJ8 rated it it was amazing
I am REALLY liking this series. I didn't plan on reading them but got the first one free and now I am hooked on the series with the McCarthy boys and girl. This book was not about the one of the boys in the McCarthy family but about a partner in the Marina family business (Luke) whose childhood sweetheart lost her husband and 2 children to a car wreck and she is learning to cope by staying with her parents. Luke has always been in love with Sydney and they begin a new and find out they were both ...more
I found myself skimming through this book at times. There were a few too many POV characters and I don't think it's necessary to set up following books (nor did I care too much about Ned and Maddie's mum to have to read their POVs either). I also struggle to buy into the relationship development between Luke and Sydney when the book is set over such a short time span (a couple of weeks). The previous books were exactly the same. I will be reading Grant and Stephanie's book because the excerpt at ...more
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