Sunday, May 29, 2016


Title:  Desire After Dark
Series: Gansett Island #13
Author: Marie Force
Release Date: May 23, 2016

Tobias “Slim” Jackson has the perfect life as a pilot on Gansett Island in the summer and in Florida in the winter. He’s happiest when he’s in the air, or at least that was the case before last summer when he met Erin Barton, Gansett Island’s newest lighthouse keeper. Now he can’t seem to find his usual enthusiasm for flying, winter in the sunny South or anything that doesn’t include her. 

Erin has been stuck on pause since she lost her twin brother. She’ll tell you herself that her life has been a hot mess since Toby died. After dropping out of law school, she’s flitted from one pointless job to another, existing rather than truly living. Then she comes to Gansett Island to take over as the new lighthouse keeper and meets Slim, who happens to share her beloved brother’s first name. That small coincidence is enough to convince Erin that she needs to spend more time with the dashing pilot—except for the fact that he’s spending the winter more than a thousand miles from her.

Now Slim’s come home to Gansett for the holidays and to hopefully pick up where he left off with Erin. He’s got twelve days before he’s due back in Florida to finish out the remainder of his winter obligations. A lot can happen in twelve days, but will it be enough to convince Erin that it’s time to start truly living again? Read Slim and Erin’s story and catch up with the rest of the Gansett Island cast in Desire After Dark!

This is the first book I've read in the Gansett Island series. I've heard a lot about this series and wanted to read it, but I'm always reluctant to start in the middle (or toward the end) of a series. I like to start at the beginning. I was told that this book could be read as a standalone and I wouldn't miss anything so I read it. While I agree that the story of Slim and Erin could be understood without the background on all the other characters I will say that there was quite a bit of story revolving around secondary characters and it definitely would have made more sense if I had read the previous books, or at least some of them. The story came through, but every time other characters secondary stories were mentioned I felt like I didn't get what was going on. So I would say that this book can be read as a standalone, but it would be better to have read the other books first.

Now as for Slim and Erin (if I take away all of the background stories) I really liked their story. Desire After Dark was a pretty quick read. Their story flowed nicely and I'll definitely be picking up more of Marie Force's books. Slim and Erin are both in their late thirties. They met (probably in another book) when Slim came to Erin's rescue after a flat tire. He is a sexy, confident pilot. Erin is also sexy, but a little less confident. She had lost her twin 15 years ago in the 9/11 attacks. She never got over it and hasn't managed to have a serious relationship since. She also has a fear of flying ever since the attacks. With Slim being a pilot and Erin afraid to fly you can already see conflict. But Slim is extremely understanding and great with her fears. When forced to confront her fears he coaxes her through and is wonderful. It's as though the two of them had been waiting for each other. They are perfect for each other.

Overall I really liked Slim and Erin's story. I just wish I had read some of the other books. I intend to rectify that situation soon (and read all). I give Desire After Dark FOUR STARS!

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