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Liz Loves Books

I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.

Maid for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island, Book 1)

Maid for Love - Marie Force This book is difficult for me to review. There are things I liked about it, things I loved about it and a couple of things I disliked strongly. I'll try to cover as much as I can without spoilers and put the rest behind tags at the end.I liked the heroine. She was strong in adversity without being bitchy or cold. She was trying to do her best for herself and her child. I can't think of any tstl moments on her part. I liked the hero's father and sister as well as several other secondary characters. I liked the way some of the secondary characters did some growing. I loved the setting and I could feel the author's love for it as well. I loved that the hero was so determined from early in the story. I love Cinderella stories and this is a pretty good version.Now for things I didn't care for. Some of the hero's actions were just too arrogant for me. He crossed the line in that regard several times for me. He does in the heroines eyes as well but she is more willing to forgive and accept than I would be. I didn't like the heroine's sourpuss sister. Instead of protective, she comes across as bitter and spiteful. It seems like she might be being set.up for transformation in a future book but I'm not sure I want to put up with her that long.The things I disliked strongly need to go behind spoiler tags so I can be specific but I will say up front that those of you who hate a certain type of story with single mothers in them should be wary! Yes, this book has the dreaded secret baby plot in it. There's a bit of a twist to it because the hero is not the father. The father is present, though and the heroine and later the hero both conceal the information that he's the father from him. Sure, the guy's an ass and the author has him quickly sign away his parental rights. That didn't make it okay for me. Further, the hero and baby daddy make this deal without the heroine's knowledge. This really is not the kind of thing that should be handled under the table in a diner!So, I'm a bit torn. I enjoyed about 95% of this story. I liked the setting and secondary characters so much that I know I'll be back for more. But the bad thing was bad enough that I can't say I loved this book or even really liked it. So liking & 3 stars it is. I am cautiously optimistic that book 2 will be better.