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Fool for Love

(Gansett Island #2)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  12,604 ratings  ·  636 reviews
Sometimes you have to rock the boat . . .

Joe Cantrell, owner of the Gansett Island Ferry Company, has been in love with Janey McCarthy for as long as he can remember. And for just as long, Janey has had a boyfriend--now fiance--doctor-in-training, David Lawrence. But when things go terribly wrong and the engagement is broken, Janey decides that a few days on the
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Published May 27th 2011 by HTJB, Inc. (first published May 26th 2011)
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Melody Cox
I want to start out by clarifying the safety aspect of this book and basically the whole series. First we have the four McCarthy Brothers and their Sister Janey. All the boys had definitely been sexually active...probably since their teens. They did the typcal serial dating type thing only being intimate with one woman at a time until they broke up...except Evan who was an up and coming country western/pop singer who like his weekend flings...hook ups after concerts and that type of thing. All b ...more
Joe Cantrell has loved Janey McCarthy since they were young kids. She sees him as one of her brothers and has been in love with med student and now fiancé David Lawrence for almost 13 years. That is until one fateful night and everything changed. She calls Joe for help and things escalate from there.

How refreshing to have the man suffering from unrequited love for a change:) What I really enjoyed about this story is how both characters never avoided expressing their true feelings to each other,
Very satisfying read that follows the same formula of many of Marie Force's previous books I have read--her style has always been a hit for me. Engaging, sweet characters, some kind of love triangle, no major villains, charming, believable storyline, and some very sexy scenes.

1. Very likable characters- Force's heroes always seem perfect to me and I absolutely loved Joe. Joe is Janey's older brother's best friend and he has been in love with Janey since she was 13 or maybe earlier. He has genui

So far Marie Force is two for two with insanely sweet and besotted heroes who will do whatever it takes for their women.

Joe has been in lu-hove with Janey forever despite the fact that she's been with her yucky fiancee for way too many years. Janey catches said yuck in bed with another woman, and THAT IS IT. She doesn't pass Go or collect her $200, but jumps into an affair with the H. It's a little quick, but okay. Hurray for a heroine who doesn't wallow in What did I do wrong and take back a ch
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
3.5 stars

I just finished this story on the way home from work. Love a story of unrequited love, and this didn't disappoint!. Don't forget about the steamy scenes that will singe your eyebrows. The narrator was quiet and lent a sensual, as well as melancholy feel to the story. That sounds a little confusing, so how about this: The narrator was wonderful!
Janey McCarthy and her long time fiancée have been in a long distance relationship, while he’s in school to become a doctor. Janey decides to surprise him on their thirteenth anniversary when she shows up to find him in bed with another woman. On her way back home her car breaks down in the middle of the highway so she calls her brothers best friend Joe Cantrell to come and help her.

Joe has been in love with Janey for as long as he can remember but not ever acting on his feeling since she has a
Sandra Hoover
For thirteen long years, Joe Cantrell has watched as the woman he secretly loves planned a life and family with another man. Unrequited love in check, he played his role of friend and "fifth brother" to Janey McCarthy, only wishing for her happiness. Then one fateful night, Joe gets a frantic phone call and just like that - the playing field is forever changed. Is this Joe's chance? Janey is planning a wedding, secure in a future she has planned for thirteen years. But what happens when those pl ...more
Mar 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who don't want to be surprised
Joe has loved Janey forever. Unfortunately Janey has been engaged to someone else for just as long. When Janey catches her fiancé in bed with another woman she turns to Joe and things quickly heat up.

There are just as many clichés in Fool for Love as there are books called Fool for Love in the Goodreads Database. I imagine I could find the same basic plot line in more than one of them but it doesn't matter all that much.

It's derivative but it's still entertaining.


Minx Malone
May 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classic-romance
I thought it couldn't get any better than Mac and Maddie's story. The way Joe loves Janey makes you want to yank him off the page and kiss him. No one writes to-die-for heroes like Marie Force. ...more
Read the first one quite a while ago and was a little disappointed so put me off the series, but as it is MF I knew I was always gonna go back to it sometime......This was so much better than the first!
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Buddy read with Aly :)

Really liked Joe and Janey's story!
Jun 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Oh, Now this one was more my speed. This one had the depth that I think was lacking in the first book of the series, Maid for Love.

One thing I liked about it was that it was told a lot from the perspective of the hero. Joe Cantrell has been in love with Janey McCarthy forever. But she has been with her high school sweetheart, David forever. The two of them have been together for 13 years and planning a huge wedding for the following year.

Joe knows that he has no chance with Janey and his love is
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When veterinary assistant Janey walks in on her fiancé in bed with another woman, she’s devastated. She rushes out before he sees her, and then her car breaks down on the way home, so she calls Joe.

Joe is a ferry captain, and owns the boat service that takes everyone out to the island where the novel is set. So he’s what I think of as grounded affluent – there’s money there, but not so much that he’s buy-a-girl-a-designer-wardrobe fancy. He’s a family friend and has been in love with Janey forev
Lady Heather
This the second book in "The McCarthy's of Gansett Island".
Janey McCarthy is the youngest and the only girl in a family of 5 children. She is traumatized when she plans a surprise visit to her fiancee in Boston where He is doing His MD Internship (a man she has been with for over 13 years)only to discover Him in bed with another women. He doesn't see her (and after standing there watching them for what seems like forever) she runs out of their apartment in total shock to get back to her home on
Megan Fall
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another five star read. I've been rooting for Joe since I met him in the first book. I am so glad the hunky captain won over Mac's little sister. They make a perfect couple!! Now I desperately need to read Luke's story. ...more
May 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cont-romance
I think I should have waited a bit more before starting this book. I started Fool for love right after finishing book 1 and I think that's the reason for why I couldn't enjoyed this book more. For this very same reason I'll wait a bit before reading book 3.

I enjoyed the characters in book 1 better. I know, it seems I'm the only one who thinks this way according to the rating but I'm sure about that and it has nothing to do to have read them together. The main characters in book one had more char
Jan 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Ok so not as good as Maid For Love but still quite good.
There was a lack of story here. Jainey dumped her boyfriend after seeing him in bed with another woman, and ends up in bed with her brothers best friend who has carried a torch for her for years. He now has to wait for her to come round to the idea. And she really enjoys being with him, he encourages her to go to Vet school - and that's when she realises she loves him, and breaks up with him to save him from a broken heart. Sound logic righ
Lu Bielefeld
She catches her fiance in bed with another woman and our hero offers a friendly shoulder for her to cry on.
She discovers that the love she supposedly felt for her ex is nothing compared to what she has with our hero.
I liked the story and how she puts herself first and kicks the cheater to the curb.
Our hero loves her for a long time and when he has the chance to stay with her he takes advantage.
The second in the McCarthy series is very much like the first- a fast, sweet, and tender love story with an H/h who are goodhearted and caring people. I loved that it wasn't angsty because I didn't want either Joe or Janey to get hurt, they were just that nice of people. Also like the first in the series, the book is mostly dialogue, which I love and Marie Force is great at writing it. ...more
3.75 Stars

I don't know why I never read this book when I loved book one but I'm glad I got around to it! I loved how utterly devoted Joe was to Janey and gave her nothing but unconditional love. I also liked the flip on the typical brother's best-friend trope where this time it's the guy who's in love with the little sister.
Anne OK
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-reads
Splendidly written, captivating characters, heartwarming romance. This book was just a joy to read.
Big Joe  Rossi
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joe Cantrell has loved Janey McCarthy as long as he can remember...from a far. See Janey has been with her now fiancee for 13 yrs...until he royally screws it up. When Janey's car breaks down, the first person she thinks to call is Joe. That night with change everything, chance everything.

Now he will have to make sure he proves he is nothing like her ex and she will need to see if friend zone Joe can become boyfriend Joe. All while keeping the secret from her family during the week before her br
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Contemporary Small Town Romance
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Fool for Love is the second book in Marie Force’s Gansett Island series. While the first book of the series introduced us to the McCarthy family and told the story of oldest son Mac, this second volume gives us a romance between Mac’s best friend, Joe, and his only sister and the youngest McCarthy, Janey. Joe has been in love with Janey from afar for years, while Janey has been in a long-term, but also long-distance, relationship with her high-school sweetheart, David, wh
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
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I really enjoyed this story but it still only gets 3/5. It was a good story and I liked the hero and heroine...loved them but the book just wasn't 4/5 or 5/5 quality. Not enough pizzazz. So this is the perfect beach read.

This book is worth the read if you're interested in a relaxed unrequited love-story without a lot of suspense and anxiety than this is a go to for you.

I believe I gave book one in this series a 3/5 as well but in my opinion this story is better. So maybe this book is a 3.5/5.

I h
May 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-contemp
Listened to on audio, narrated by Holly Fielding.

I orginally read this in 2011 on kindle and rated 3 stars but after the audio I'm increasing it to 4.5 stars.

The narrator is still good, but she sliped up a lot in this. They were all small slips ups, but annoying. Does nobody proof listen to these things? There is also a lot of background noise. Annoying, but didn't ruin it.

Now about the book...I remember I was previously rankled by Janey, because she made poor Joe jump through hoops, however, ha
Lisa Filipe
May 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
What a cute story about Joe and Jacey. Joe, Joe, Joe....what can I say. Who wouldn't want someone as sexy as him to have been in love with them forever, and to punch her cheating fiance in the face!! Loved that part...."Why did you punch him?", "He just looked smug and smiling." haha love it!! I wanted to punch David myself.

Another great one Marie, please keep them coming!! And Im so looking forward to the other MacCarthy brothers to have their own stories....maybe one will even be matched up w
Oct 25, 2013 rated it liked it
mmm not bad but a bit lame like the previous one. Too perfect from the start. He's unbelievable. Loved her since forever.

I'm still trying to find my pace into this series, that's a bit slow for me right now, but as I like this author, I'll go on with the next one!
Brooklyn JoJo
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars This was a sweet, light read. The emotional parts were a little overdone but hey, for a freebie I can't complain too much. I may even go on and read the other books in the series at some point. ...more
May 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
I couldn't get through this book, unfortunately it was really boring. I wanted to enjoy it, cause I love Marie Force, but I couldn't. :( ...more
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Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, romantic suspense and erotic romance. Her series include Gansett Island, Fatal, Treading Water, Butler Vermont and Quantum.

Her books have sold nearly 10 million copies worldwide, have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have appeared on the New York Times bestseller more than 30 times. She is also a USA

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