Cindy Lawry needs a new roommate now that her sister Julia has moved in with her fiancé, Deacon. When she can’t find anyone, she puts up a flyer in the window of the Curl Up & Dye salon where she works as a hair stylist and at other places around town. With the summer season ending, she can’t afford to live alone, and she doesn’t want to move in with her mom and her new husband. So the roommate search is on, but she’s not getting many inquiries. After growing up in an abusive household, she’s anxious about letting a stranger into her home and her life.
Jace Carson needs to find a new place to live. The employee housing at the Beachcomer is right out of Animal House, and he’s way past the point in life where living like that is fun. All he wants is a quiet place to be in between working as a bartender at the Beachcomber and visits with his young sons, who live on the island. When he sends a text to the number a friend gave him, he doesn’t expect the recipient to be Cindy, the woman he’s been flirting with for weeks at the Beachcomber bar. She comes in and orders water because she suffers from migraines and apologizes for taking up a seat at his bar. He loves having her and her sweet smile at his bar, but he’s not sure that living with her would be such a good idea, especially since all he thinks about every time he sees her is how much he’d like to kiss her.
It’s autumn on Gansett Island, and the residents are settling in for another long winter of cold days and cozy nights. Celebrate the 25th book in the Gansett Island Series, and catch up with some of your favorite characters from past books while Cindy and Jace struggle to overcome demons from the past that threaten their chance at happily ever after.
Marie Force was born in Newport, Rhode Island and grew up in neighboring Middletown. She graduated from Middletown High School in 1984, and attended the University of Rhode Island, where she double majored in both journalism and political science. She graduated in 1988 and went to work for a local community newspaper, where she learned a great deal about writing and editing. Marie went on to earn a master's degree in public administration through a program offered by the University of Maryland. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a communications director for a non-profit organization and editor-in-chief of a national trade magazine. She is a member of RWA's New England, From the Heart and Published Authors Special Interest Chapters. She is the author of several bestselling series including the McCarthys of Gansett Island, Green Mountain, the Treading Water Trilogy and The Fatal Series. In 2015, her novel And I Love Her was listed on the New York Times Bestseller list. Marie's novel Desire after Dark, part of the McCarthy's of Gansett Island Series, became a 2016 New York Times Bestseller along with her stand alone novel, Sex Machine.