Celebration After Dark, Gansett Island Series, Book 14

McCarthys of Gansett Island Series

Book 14
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On the occasion of their 40th wedding anniversary, Big Mac and Linda McCarthy take a look back at how they came to be, while each of their children confront a new challenge in their own lives. Come to Gansett Island to celebrate the holidays and the anniversary of the island’s most loved couple! More than 25,000 words.

The Gansett Island Series

Book 1: Maid for Love (Mac & Maddie) 

Book 2: Fool for Love (Joe & Janey) 

Book 3: Ready for Love (Luke & Sydney) 

Book 4: Falling for Love (Grant & Stephanie) 

Book 5: Hoping for Love (Evan & Grace) 

Book 6: Season for Love (Owen & Laura) 

Book 7: Longing for Love (Blaine & Tiffany) 

Book 8: Waiting for Love (Adam & Abby) 

Book 9: Time for Love (Daisy & David) 

Book 10: Meant for Love (Jenny & Alex) 

Book 10.5: Chance for Love, A Gansett Island Novella (Jared & Lizzie) 

Book 11: Gansett After Dark (Owen & Laura) 

Book 12: Kisses After Dark (Shane & Katie) 

Book 13: Love After Dark (Paul & Hope) 

Book 14: Celebration After Dark (Big Mac & Linda) 

Book 15: Desire After Dark (Slim & Erin) 

Book 16: Light After Dark (Mallory & Quinn) 

Gansett Island Episodes, Episode 1: Victoria & Shannon

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HTJB, Inc.
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Dec 1, 2015
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140
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9781942295365
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English
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Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Sagas
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A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller! 

Owen Lawry is days away from leaving Gansett Island to attend the trial of his father, who is charged with assaulting his mother almost a year ago. He has spent his entire adult life trying to outrun his violent past, but the upcoming showdown with the father he hasn't seen in more than a decade has him spending far more time in the past than in the present. His biggest challenge is convincing his pregnant fiancée, Laura McCarthy, to sit out the trip. The last thing he wants is to expose the woman he loves to the pain of his past.

Laura is determined to stand by Owen's side throughout the trial and into the life they have planned together. The trial and her final divorce papers are the only things standing between them and the wedding they have looked forward to all year. Can she convince Owen to let her in and allow her to help him through this difficult time? And what will become of the man she loves if his father walks free?

As Owen and Laura prepare for the emotional battle with his father, his mother, Sarah, finally comes clean about her violent marriage with Charlie Grandchamp, the man who has been her friend and companion for months now. How will Charlie react to hearing Sarah's secrets, and will their relationship move forward now that he finally knows the truth about why she can't bear to let him touch her?

Catch up with all your favorite Gansett Island characters from the past ten and a half books and meet several new characters, including some McCarthy cousins on the island for Laura and Owen's wedding, who will be featured in future books.

While Gansett After Dark could be read as a standalone story, readers will enjoy it more if they have read the rest of the Gansett Island Series, particularly book 6, Season for Love.

The Gansett Island Series

Book 1: Maid for Love (Mac & Maddie) 

Book 2: Fool for Love (Joe & Janey) 

Book 3: Ready for Love (Luke & Sydney) 

Book 4: Falling for Love (Grant & Stephanie) 

Book 5: Hoping for Love (Evan & Grace) 

Book 6: Season for Love (Owen & Laura) 

Book 7: Longing for Love (Blaine & Tiffany) 

Book 8: Waiting for Love (Adam & Abby) 

Book 9: Time for Love (Daisy & David) 

Book 10: Meant for Love (Jenny & Alex) 

Book 10.5: Chance for Love, A Gansett Island Novella (Jared & Lizzie) 

Book 11: Gansett After Dark (Owen & Laura) 

Book 12: Kisses After Dark (Shane & Katie) 

Book 13: Love After Dark (Paul & Hope) 

Book 14: Celebration After Dark (Big Mac & Linda) 

Book 15: Desire After Dark (Slim & Erin) 

Book 16: Light After Dark (Mallory & Quinn) 

Book 17: Episode 1: Victoria & Shannon

Book 18: Episode 2: Kevin & Chelsea

"Light After Dark is a welcome return to the island. We get real life family issues as well as believable characters and the must have - Happily Ever After."  —Lisa at Comfy Chair Reviews

Mallory Vaughn is at a crossroads in her life. A year after learning that Big Mac McCarthy is her father, she’s spending more and more time on Gansett Island, surrounded by the large and boisterous McCarthy family. When she’s laid off from her longtime job, Mallory goes to visit her family on Gansett and tries to figure out the next chapter. An unexpected job offer will have her packing up her home in Providence to move to the island for at least the summer, if not longer. She decides to make this the “Summer of Mallory,” full of new adventures, new people and new opportunities. Will a new love also be part of the Summer of Mallory? Anything is possible on Gansett Island, especially true love. 

Take the ferry back to Gansett to catch up with the McCarthy family and their friends. Be on hand as Laura and Owen welcome their twins and the family comes back together for another summer of love and adventure on Gansett Island.  

Book 16 in the Gansett Island Series

The Gansett Island Series

Book 1: Maid for Love (Mac & Maddie) 

Book 2: Fool for Love (Joe & Janey) 

Book 3: Ready for Love (Luke & Sydney) 

Book 4: Falling for Love (Grant & Stephanie) 

Book 5: Hoping for Love (Evan & Grace) 

Book 6: Season for Love (Owen & Laura) 

Book 7: Longing for Love (Blaine & Tiffany) 

Book 8: Waiting for Love (Adam & Abby) 

Book 9: Time for Love (Daisy & David) 

Book 10: Meant for Love (Jenny & Alex) 

Book 10.5: Chance for Love, A Gansett Island Novella (Jared & Lizzie) 

Book 11: Gansett After Dark (Owen & Laura) 

Book 12: Kisses After Dark (Shane & Katie) 

Book 13: Love After Dark (Paul & Hope) 

Book 14: Celebration After Dark (Big Mac & Linda) 

Book 15: Desire After Dark (Slim & Erin) 

Book 16: Light After Dark (Mallory & Quinn) 

Gansett Island Episodes, Episode 1: Victoria & Shannon

"You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that's fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won't want to stop reading. Every book's a winner!" New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak

 

6 CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE NOVELS in 1 GREAT BOXED SET

LOVERS AT HEART (The Bradens, #1)
DESTINED FOR LOVE (The Bradens, #2)
FRIENDSHIP ON FIRE (The Bradens, #3)
SEA OF LOVE (The Bradens, #4)
BURSTING WITH LOVE (The Bradens, #5)
HEARTS AT PLAY (The Bradens, #6)


NEW TO THE LOVE IN BLOOM BIG FAMILY ROMANCE SERIES?

 
THE BRADENS are just one of the families featured in the LOVE IN BLOOM big family romance collection (Snow Sisters, The Bradens, The Remingtons, Seaside Summers, The Ryders, Wild Boys). Characters from each subseries appear in future Love in Bloom books so you never miss an engagement, wedding, or birth! Although each book may be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel, for even more enjoyment, read the complete Love in Bloom series, beginning with the SNOW SISTERS trilogy (available as boxed set or as individual titles). You'll be introduced to the Bradens in Sisters in White (Snow Sisters, Bk 3). Characters from the Snow Sisters appear in The Bradens. 

 

Visit Melissa's website for checklists, reading order, family trees, and more. 

 

BOXED SET BOOK DESCRIPTIONS

LOVERS AT HEART
SILVER MEDAL WINNER, Readers' Favorite Awards, Contemporary Romance

Handsome, wealthy resort owner Treat Braden is used to getting what he wants. When Max Armstrong walked into his life six months earlier, he saw right through the efficient and capable facade she wore like a shield, to the sweet, sensual woman who lay beneath. She sparked an unfamiliar desire in him for more than a one-night stand, leaving his heart reeling and his blood boiling. But one mistake caused her to turn away, and now, after six months of longing for the one woman he cannot have, he's going home to try to forget her all together.

Max Armstrong has a successful career, a comfortable lifestyle, and she's never needed a man to help her find her way--until Treat Braden caught her attention at a wedding in Nassau, causing a surge of emotions too reminiscent of the painful past she'd spent years trying to forget. Max will do anything to avoid reliving that pain--including forgoing her toe-curling, heart-pounding desire for Treat.

When a chance encounter turns into a night of intense passion, Treat realizes that the mistake he made six months earlier may cause him to lose Max completely. He will do everything within his power to win her heart forever--and Max is forced to face her hurtful past head on for the man she cannot help but love. 


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DESTINED FOR LOVE
BRONZE MEDAL WINNER, Readers' Favorite Awards, Romance Sizzle

Love hot cowboys?
Rex Braden is wealthy, hard working, and fiercely loyal. Sweat at his brow, he works the family ranch by day, then kicks back at night with part time lovers who require nothing more than his physical presence a few times each week. But that was before. Before Jade Johnson, the daughter of the man his father has been feuding with for over forty years, moves back into town.

After ditching a horrific relationship--and her veterinary practice in the process--Jade Johnson returns to the safety of her small hometown and finally finds her footing. That is...until her horse is injured and Rex Braden comes to her rescue. The last thing she needs is a bull-headed, too-handsome-for-his-own-good Braden complicating her life.

Despite the angry family history, sparks fly between Rex and Jade, and attitudes follow. Fifteen years of stifled, forbidden love stirs a surge of passion too strong for either to deny--and the rebel in each of them rears its powerful head. Loyalties are tested, and relationships are strained. Rex and Jade are about to find out if true love really can conquer all.

 
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FRIENDSHIP ON FIRE
SILVER MEDAL WINNER, Readers' Favorite Awards, Romance Sizzle

Small-town overachiever Riley Banks has finally scored her big break--working in Manhattan as a fashion design assistant for her childhood crush, Josh Braden. She enters her new job hoping to make a name for herself and--just maybe--explore the romance that slipped through her fingers way back when.

Josh Braden has models at his beck and call, a staff that never says never, and an elegant clothing line for the holiday season. When he hires Riley Banks, he expects her to learn the business from the ground up. But the girl next door turns out to be much more than he remembered.

Josh and Riley's friendship heats up. Every steamy kiss and every erotic caress stirs a love they cannot deny. But when Riley designs a wedding gown that would cause even the most jaded fashion editors to swoon, Riley's mentor accuses her of stealing the designs.


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SEA OF LOVE

Lacy Snow wasn't looking for love when she met strikingly handsome and seductive Dane Braden. But how could she ignore the six-foot-three darkly handsome god who tagged and researched sharks for a living--and made every nerve in her body tangle into an overly sensitive knot? Even her fear of sharks could not suppress their intense attraction.

As founder of the Brave Foundation, Dane Braden travels from port to port, educating and advocating on behalf of the mammals he adores--and spends his nights finding solace in the arms of strangers. The last thing Dane was looking for when he met Lacy Snow was a relationship, and the last thing he expected was to fall in love.

Fifteen months--and hundreds of flirty emails, steamy phone calls, and sensual video chats--later, they reunite and take passion to a whole new level. But as Lacy's phobia meets Dane's past love life, their steamy romance is upended, and when tragedy strikes, Dane and Lacy are forced to face their deepest fears head-on as they try to navigate their own sea of love.


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BURSTING WITH LOVE
"The whole Love in Bloom series is pretty amazing, but Bursting with Love just blew me away. It's sweet and heartbreaking and sexy and easily one of the best romances I've ever read." -- Fic Central

After having her heart broken by a country music star, Savannah Braden has sworn off men. She takes a break from her fast-paced Manhattan lifestyle for a weekend at a survivor camp to rebuild her confidence and readjust her priorities. But when she meets the handsome guide, Jack Remington, she's drawn to everything about him--from his powerful physique to his brooding stare--despite the big chip on his shoulder. Powerless to ignore the heated glances and mounting sexual tension, Savannah begins to reassess her hasty decision.

After losing his wife in a tragic accident, Jack Remington found solace in the Colorado Mountains. This solitary existence allows him to wallow in his guilt and punish himself for having made a decision that he believes cost his wife her life. He never expected to want to return to the life he once knew--but then again, he never expected to meet gorgeous, stubborn, and competitive Savannah Braden.

One passionate kiss is all it takes to crack the walls the two have built to protect themselves, and allow love to slip in. While Jack fights his way through his guilt, and struggles to get back into the lives of those he left behind, Savannah is there to help him heal, and together they nurture hope that they've finally found their forever loves.


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HEARTS AT PLAY
GOLD MEDAL WINNER in the Readers' Favorite Awards - Romance Sizzle Category
2014 NOTABLE ROMANCE BOOK, Shelf Unbound Magazine


"Impressive and sweet and swoon-worthy...Melissa Foster struck the perfect balance, making the story real and lovely." -- Readers Favorite

Brianna Heart has a six-year old daughter and a twelve-year plan to keep her life as simple as possible until Layla turns eighteen. That means swearing off relationships and the drama that goes along with them, working two jobs, and being the best damn mother she can be.

The last thing Capital Series Grand Prix racer Hugh Braden wants after dating media-hungry leggy models and money-hungry fan girls is a blind date. But how could he turn down a favor to one of his best friends? Hugh expected the date to go poorly, but he didn't expect to be intensely attracted to the beautiful brown-eyed bartender who completely blows him off--and steals his every thought thereafter.

When Brianna's perfectly orchestrated life turns upside down, Hugh is there to help, softening the turmoil, and maybe even rescuing her heart from the lonely place where it has been hiding. Can a man who doesn't believe in fate and a woman who doesn't believe in true love find happiness in each other's arms forever?


Millions of readers have fallen in love with Ava's bestselling books...come join the family.

International Bestselling Author Ava Miles shares a powerful tale about the sweetness of home and falling in love for the first time.  

Chase Parker doesn’t believe in all that gushy home sweet love stuff. 

Moira Hale sure as heck does. 

Becoming a respected corporate executive of a billionaire enterprise is more enduring, according to Chase. He lost his home in a tragedy as a kid and doesn’t plan on building another one ever again. But he finds himself stuck in small town Dare Valley recovering from a skiing accident—and in a home much like the one he lost. 

Moira is excited to have her first real home in addition to a fantabulous new job, working in tandem with Chase’s boss on a high-powered fundraiser. She and Chase don’t have to worry about an office romance technically because they don’t work together. And so, while Chase is recovering, they decide to “hang out” and enjoy each other.

Neither anticipate how deep their feelings go. Chase certainly doesn’t expect to sift through the ashes of his past in order to heal and share his memories with Moira—or find comfort in all the things he’d locked away. But soon Chase discovers how sweet home can be…all the while falling in love. 

PRAISE:

"Ava's story is witty and charming." Barbara Freethy #1 New York Times Bestselling Author on Nora Roberts Land 

"On par with Nicholas Sparks' love stories." Jennifer's Corner Blog

“The constant love, and the tasteful sexual interludes, bring a sensual, dynamic tension to this appealing story.” Publisher’s Weekly 

"I am adding Ava Miles to my list of always reads like Susan Mallery, Jill Shalvis, Kristen Ashley, and NORA ROBERTS." Marjay's Reading Blog 

"Miles' story savvy, sense of humor, respect for her readers and empathy for her characters shine through..." USA Today on The Gate to Everything

CHANCE FOR LOVE, A Gansett Island Novella

Billionaire Jared James has everything a man could ever want except for the one thing money can't buy...

After forty days holed up in his house on Gansett Island nursing a broken heart, Jared James decides enough is enough. Determined to snap out of the funk he slipped into after his girlfriend refused his marriage proposal, Jared organizes a party for the friends who've seen him through the worst of his heartache. Now if only he could stop thinking about the love of his life and how he will survive the rest of his days without her...

She was Elisabeth all her life until Jared made her his Lizzie...

Elisabeth "Lizzie" Sutter knows she has no business chasing Jared after she turned down his lovely, heartfelt marriage proposal in a moment of sheer panic. It didn't take long for her to realize how foolish she'd been. Now all she can do is hope it's not too late to set things right with the one man she can't live without...

Author's Note
We got to know Jared in Time for Love, when David and Daisy befriended David's elusive landlord who'd come to the island seeking refuge after a bad breakup. We saw him again inMeant for Love, when he reconnected with Wharton classmate Jenny Wilks. Readers were eager to know more about the woman who'd broken Jared's heart, and they wanted to know what I had in store for him. The more I thought about his story, the more I realized what I needed to do. I hope you'll enjoy this brief visit with some Gansett Island friends as well as the introduction of a new couple.

The Gansett Island Series

Book 1: Maid for Love (Mac & Maddie) 

Book 2: Fool for Love (Joe & Janey) 

Book 3: Ready for Love (Luke & Sydney) 

Book 4: Falling for Love (Grant & Stephanie) 

Book 5: Hoping for Love (Evan & Grace) 

Book 6: Season for Love (Owen & Laura) 

Book 7: Longing for Love (Blaine & Tiffany) 

Book 8: Waiting for Love (Adam & Abby) 

Book 9: Time for Love (Daisy & David) 

Book 10: Meant for Love (Jenny & Alex) 

Book 10.5: Chance for Love, A Gansett Island Novella (Jared & Lizzie) 

Book 11: Gansett After Dark (Owen & Laura) 

Book 12: Kisses After Dark (Shane & Katie) 

Book 13: Love After Dark (Paul & Hope) 

Book 14: Celebration After Dark (Big Mac & Linda) 

Book 15: Desire After Dark (Slim & Erin) 

Book 16: Light After Dark (Mallory & Quinn) 

Book 17: Episode 1: Victoria & Shannon

Book 18: Episode 2: Kevin & Chelsea

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