Joe Cantrell, owner of the Gansett Island Ferry Company, has been in love with Janey McCarthy for as long as he can remember. At the same time, Janey has been dating or engaged to doctor-in-training David Lawrence. When things go horribly wrong between David and Janey, she calls her “fifth brother” Joe, one of the few people in her close circle who lives on the mainland. Janey decides a few days with Joe is just what she needs before she goes home to the island to face her parents and family with the news of her broken engagement. It was bad enough for Joe loving Janey from afar, but having her in his house is pure torture.
This is the second book in the Gansett Island trilogy. It is the most horrible way a woman can find out her significant other is or has been cheating, Janey walks in on her fiance while he is in the middle of having sex with another woman. David is so busy he doesn't even realize she is in the room. Quietly slipping out to head back to the island to lick her wounds, her car breaks down. There is no one else to call (in her eyes) than Joe. Joe rushes to her aid, having been in love with her for to many years, he is having some mixed feelings about what has just happened with David, the brother part of him wants to beat him to a pulp, the lover part of him wants to kill him and the man in him, wants to make her all better. While staying at his house, she pushes him for the ultimate medicine, to help heal her broken heart. Is his heart safe, even from this woman he has given his entire heart to? How will she feel once she learns he has been in love with her for...years?
"May the Force be with you" (not that this was a hugely funny line, but it made me giggle while referring to Marie Force)
This series just gets better and better. I love this whole family, and the dynamics. I am so happy that Joe gets his HEA and that Janey finally realizes what is right in front of her face. I think one of my favorite parts was at the bachelor party, and the secrets that get spilled. I am looking forward to the next in the line and sincerely hope that Marie finishes out the brothers too.