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Hoping for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island #5)

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  6,506 Ratings  ·  219 Reviews
All her life, Grace Ryan was the “fat girl.” Taunted and teased and ignored by her peers, she tried every diet ever invented to no avail. Desperate to change her life as her twenties slipped away, she decided it was time for drastic measures and had lap-band surgery. More than a year later, she's lost 130 pounds and is venturing into the dating world for the first time. Du ...more
Published March 5th 2012 by Smashwords Edition (first published March 4th 2012)
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5 Stars

This series has just gotten better and better for me. It sort of reminds me of Robyn Carr's Virgin River series in that even though it has a main love story there are many other side love connections revealed throughout the book that add excitement, as well as, all the characters from the previous books appear…not just token appearances either. What is great about that is they might be living their HEA from the stories already told, but they still have trials to overcome, sort of soap ope
Anne OK
Mar 07, 2012 Anne OK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
Evan and Grace's book is another terrific addition to the Gansett Island series. Bravo to Marie Force for keeping this series fresh and full of new life. With each trip to the Island, not only do we get a new romance (this one a particular sizzler!) and a chance to revisit all the wonderful characters we've come to love previously, but there are lots of hints and teasers for romances in the making. It's no secret that I love anything Marie Force writes and this series is certainly no different. ...more
Mar 14, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really great book! Good for light reading or a simple romance read to fill the time. One thing I love about this series is that we get to catch up with the past couples and of course the interaction between friends/family. The Gansett series really reminds me of the virgin river and eternity springs series but that's not a bad thing. In this book, we have Grace & Ethan. Grace was a pretty easygoing character with a great since of humor. While Ethan was very hesitant he eventually got over th ...more
Jun 26, 2016 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read. I love this series!!
Another hit with the McCarthy’s of Gansett Island. This is one of the best series out there!

There was a lot of drama going on in this one that is only going to get wilder and ridiculously funny to read about. I feel there were more ‘mega’ plots going on in HOPING FOR LOVE than just Evan and Grace’s story. Owen and Laura got a lot closer and their story is set up for the next book. Tiffany and her marriage problems plus her attraction for the new sheriff Blaine Taylor is a story line not to be mi
I loved my return to Gansett Island. I often find myself wanting to move to island so I can hang out with the fun cast of characters that call Gansett Island home. While this story is Evan and Grace's, Hoping for Love has several side stories that focus on past favorites and future romances.

Hoping for Love is a great read that fans of the series will love.
Listened to on audio, narrated by Holly Fielding.

I'm going to have to re-listen to this one again another time. For some reason it wasn't holding my attention. I still enjoyed the bits I remember but I kept switching off and losing the thread of what was going on with Evan and Grace.

Perhaps I found their story a little boring. I kept thinking that I really want to listen to Owen/Laura and Tiffany/Blaine again.

It was great to finally see what happened when Tiffany handcuffed herself to her ex. I
This is just a feel good series. Love those McCarthy's and the rest of the characters from Gansett Island. Glad to hear there will be more bks and a new series. Still Mac and Bic Mac are my #1 crushes but Evan was a sweetheart. Thought this story would focus more on Grace but Evan was the star. Love the continuing side stories with all the’s like watching a TV show - entertainment and great romance.
Mar 07, 2012 Alison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved seeing Evan loose it over Grace. Poor man really had no idea what to do! I can't wait to see what happens with Laura and Owen and Blaine and Tiffany. BTW...I'm still chuckling over the scene with Tiffany, Jim and the handcuffs! LMAO!

Another great addition to the series!
Mar 14, 2016 Çisem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bu seriyi gerçekten çok seviyorum. Her kitapta önceki kitaplardaki karakterleri de okuyabiliyor olmak çok güzel. Sonraki kitap nihayet Owen ve Laura'nın. 4.kitaptan beri çatlattı yani meraktan. Tiffany'nin o şerefsiz kocasına da uyuz oldum. Umarım 6.kitapta o ve Blaine hakkında da birşeyler okuruz.
Mar 12, 2012 Mei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Ufff... I hate it when the book remains so open in the end!!! Now I have to wait for the next one...
I'm curious like hell to know what will happend next!!!
Jan 23, 2013 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marie-force
Seriously? This series has EATEN MY BRAIN. I seem to only be capable of reading and reading and reading. Glad the hubs is around to feed and water the kids, cat and dog.
Kara Parks
Mar 10, 2012 Kara Parks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: virgin
What can I say, I just love this series!! Can't wait for Owen and Laura's Story
Mary Catherine
Mar 16, 2012 Mary Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fifth book in THE McCARTHYS OF GANSETT ISLAND series, HOPING FOR LOVE reminds me why I’m so enamored with Marie Force’s books. Despite the emotional ups and downs I had with previous books (I loved some, liked others, and disliked one), HOPING FOR LOVE is, by far, my favorite for various reasons.

Grace Ryan is curvaceous and sexy but she wasn’t always like that. Growing up, she had the nickname, “The Whale,” and was teased and ostracized from her peers. Without a solid support group from frie
Anna D.
Jun 23, 2014 Anna D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this would be my favorite one but Evan turned out to be my least favorite hero in this series so far. The overall book was another winner though so I will continue on to the next book :)

Full review:
With each book I read in this series, I can’t help but compare the H/hs so that is the only reason why Evan is at the bottom of the Gansett hero list. Don’t get me wrong he’s still a great hero but just not as great in comparison to the perfect ones we’ve met before. I guess that’s not such
Kami Dodson-Perry
Nov 13, 2012 Kami Dodson-Perry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grace Ryan has always been the “fat girl.” She tried diets, exercise, anything & everything to lose weight, but it just would not happen. Desperate to lose weight & maybe change her life she decided it was time for drastic measures and had lap-band surgery. Now 1 1/2 years later she's lost 130 pounds and is starting to date for the first time ever. During a boat trip to Gansett Island with Trey, a boy she has had a crush on since middle school, she finds out she is being doped. Grace ref ...more
This had way too much going on. A side romance with Mom and Dad McCarthy. Laura and Owen. Tiffany (omg, Tiffany) and her divorce. Mac and Maddie. I liked most of the side stuff, but the main romance was really lacking, IMO. The POV kept jumping around too much.

Grace comes off as creepy in the beginning and way too needy. Evan did not seem as developed like the other H's of Force's. It was awkward, awkward, awkward, sexy time, awkward, BAM! Evan has done a complete 180 and he and Grace are set.
Mar 11, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I started with this series last summer and have enjoyed it thus far. This is definitely a series book, and I would not recommend it without reading the other books in the series, starting with "Maid for Love". While the story centers around the main character, Grace and Evan, the cast of characters from previous books show up. This series is hard to describe. It isn't "edgy", nor is it one of the best that I have ever read. But there is something entertaining, and welcoming about this series. I ...more
Aug 13, 2016 Dianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marie Force has done it again - she has written another wonderful book!

I loved Evans and Grace's story. I would go as far as saying this is my favourite book in the series so far.

Many people have compared this series with Robyn Carr's Virgin River series which I am a huge fan of and I have to say this series is just as good, if not better because we are able to follow the lives of the other members of the McCarthy family whom we have all fallen in love with. I can't wait for Laura and Owen's s
Mar 17, 2012 LC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good addition to the series. I really enjoyed seeing more of Big Mac and Linda. We got to see more of them as a "couple" in this book which was nice.

Grace wasn't the most original heroine but sweet and you definitely want to root for her. I AM however, really excited to read Laura's story next. Her scenes with Owen in this book were some of the best!
Mar 17, 2016 Gamruk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: güncel
#asknedensizdeguzel tek gecede okundu bitti. Pek bir sevildi. Evan cok seker degil miydi ama yaaaa Kabullenemedigi halde kıskandığı sahneler favorim. Sapsirik aşıklara dayanamiyorum arkadaş :D Yeni kitap Owen ve Laura da merakla beklenmekte tabi. Gansett adası ve sakinleri bir başka cidden. Seviyorum bu seriyi arkadass ^^ ...more
Nov 05, 2014 Nefise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, dnf
Maybe because I haven't read read the previous books in the series, I didn't like to bombardment of the previous books' protagonists summaries so I couldn't get involved with story and quit trying to.
Oct 29, 2013 Mareli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Those perfect McCarthys men! Always the playboys, the "love-them-and-leave-them" kind of men, and then they fall like a boy in front of his first girl!!!!

Another story of love at first sight with him, stubborn for only a day before admitting defeat.

Onto the next one!
Lady Heather
I think this is my favorite story of the series... so far.

Evan was really fun to watch 'fall', and Grace was AMAZING! Her nativity, and innocence was wonderful.

Once again the writing, characters, and story.... lovely!

Can't wait to read Laura & Owen's story!
Danielle Calabrese
Another great installment in the Gansett Island series. This one is my favorite so far. I just loved Grace and Evan together...they were so cute. I cannot wait until Owen and Laura's story!
May 16, 2016 Marulett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was REALLY good!! The only thing I would mark as "makes reader dizzy" is all the jumping around between the couples...but aside from that it was superb as usual :)
Jo Ann
Jan 18, 2015 Jo Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am officially addicted to this series and all the fantastic characters. Wanted a little more of Evan and Grace but otherwise another winner.
Jan 31, 2016 HÜLYA rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bir şey eksik idi..Serinin diğer kitapları daha iyi idi...Yine de Marie Force fazla beklenti olmadan okunur...
Dawn ♥ romance
I enjoyed this story with plenty of action. It had a good balance between main romance and side stories which are typical in this series. It was the heroine and her background that made this a good book even when it was pretty much love at first sight. Pharmacist Grace, who recently lost extra weight she's had all her life, is left stranded by jerk boyfriend and musician Evan comes to her rescue.
Apr 22, 2012 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars

I absolutely loved the first book in The McCarthys of Gansett Island series by Marie Force, Maid for Love. However, in my opinion, the last few books in the series haven't been as good as the first, and honestly, I was on the fence about continuing this series UNTIL I read Hoping for Love. The latest installment in The McCarthys of Gansett Island, Hoping for Love, was my favorite book in this series since Maid for
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