Maddie Chester is determined to leave her hometown of Gansett Island, a place that has brought her only bad memories and ugly rumors. Then she’s knocked off her bike on the way to her housekeeping job at McCarthy’s Resort Hotel by Gansett’s “favorite son,” Mac McCarthy. He’s back in town to help his father with preparations to sell the family resort and has no intention of staying long. When Mac accidentally sends Maddie flying over the handlebars, badly injuring her, he moves in to nurse her back to health and help care for her young son. He soon realizes his plans for a hit-and-run visit to the island are in serious jeopardy, and he just may be “maid” for love.
Mac isn't back to his hometown for more than 10 minutes before he literally runs in to Maddie knocking her off of her bike on her way to work, which coincidentally is for his family's business. Maddie's injuries are bad enough that she will not be able to do much of anything for several days, so as a way to make it up to her, Mac decides to take on her shifts at work. While spending so much time with Maddie and her son, Thomas, he becomes attached and the scary part is he isn't scared about it. Maddie starts to soften towards Mac and confides some of her deepest secrets and hurts to him. Some of those hurts Mac knows he can make better and sets himself on a path to restore Maddie's reputation and have her for his very own. Before he can make everything right, he is sidetracked by a over bearing mother, an ex-girlfriend and Maddie's own insecurities.
"You've got a lot of your mother in you, huh?" He glowered at her. "Now you're just being mean." (Mac still trying to convince Maddie to let him help)
I really enjoyed this book. So much emotion packed in to one story!! Maddie is so strong and has a backbone made of titanium. Mac is such a softy and only wants what is best for Maddie and Thomas and does his best knight-in-shinning-armor thing. Maddie is so used to everything going wrong and people believing the worst in her, she isn't sure how to take Mac, but when they finally do come together, it is pure chemistry. This is a quick read with great humor and lots of great banter. A very lovely love story. I honestly can't wait to meet the rest of the McCarthy clan. Janey, the baby sister is up next, and I am anxiously awaiting June 1st.