Meet the Fletchers of Dare Island
Ambitious Meg, the daughter who never looked back
Steady Matt, the son who stayed
And rebel Luke, the Marine who thought he’d never return
A heartwarming new novel in New York Times best-selling author Virginia Kantra’s beloved series about family ties, second chances, and the power of love…
Marine Luke Fletcher is determined to do his duty—first to his country and now to his ten-year-old daughter, the unexpected legacy of a high school girlfriend. But his homecoming to Dare Island in North Carolina's Outer Banks challenges his plans for the future and forces him to face everything that's missing in his life. He wasn't prepared to lose his heart to this child he never knew. Or to fall hard for coolly reserved small town lawyer Kate Dolan.
Former military brat Kate knows Marines can make lousy fathers...and she's got the scars to prove it. Giving her heart to a man who's bent on leaving seems one sure way to have it broken.
Now, no matter what it takes, Luke must prove to Kate and to his daughter that Semper Fi is more than a motto—and to himself that there’s more than one way to be a hero.
©2014 Virginia Kantra (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
"With a swirl of successful and engaging features—small-town charm, family loyalty, a strong-but-gentle warrior hero—combined with strong writing and powerful storytelling, Kantra delivers a sexy, satisfying love story. Contemporary romance as warm and gratifying as a perfect day at the beach." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Filled with tender moments and sexy, sparkling exchanges, Kantra’s latest Dare Island romance is satisfying and sigh-worthy. Kate and Luke must learn to trust and let go of their guilt in order to find happiness together. A shivery, sensual and sensational read." (BookPage)
I would probably listen to this one again further down the road. Excellent book!
This was Luke, Kate's and Taylor's story and IMO the best in the series. Very likable characters and I just loved watching how Luke and his daughter get to know each other. This book deals with some difficult abuse topics towards the end of the book mostly, the romance was really sweet and I enjoyed how the other characters from book one and two are intertwined. The writing was really well done, the way the author writes I felt like I was on Dare Island up close and personal. I could smell Tess's chocolate chip cookies.
I loved her male voice for Luke. I think Sophie Eastlake is very talented and I love how she gets involved in her reading and makes you feel like you are actually in the book with her!
I have been listening to the three Dare books consistently over the past four days, so yes, I would consider this one sitting. :-)
I loved the first book - Carolina Home Allison & Matts story
Did not enjoy the second book - Carolina girl - Meg & Sam's story
The best was the third book - Luke & Kate's story.
Just a quick note I tolerated the second book knowing it's apart of the series, I just really dislike the female character Meg. I wrote a review.
This book very much worth the credit. :-)
Very realistic family life in my opinion. Everybody has their ups and down times. But most learn to deal with it one way or another. This particular family is a wonderful warm one. Love this small island town. Would like to see Ms. Kantra do a book about the police chief. I liked this particular narrator just fine and also think she did a fine job.
HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review
This is the third in the Dare Island series. If you plan to read the entire series in order you may want to wait to read this review as it could contain spoilers.
Luke Fletcher is in the Marine Corps he has just learned that about that his high school girlfriend has died leaving him with a 10-year-old daughter! Now he must make decisions and faces challenges whose first thoughts were for country, order and leading his men, now needs to figure out what the heck he is going to do.
When he goes home to Dare Island he gains full custody of his daughter thanks, in part, to Kate Dolan, the attorney who represented the estate of his former girlfriend. (The mother of his child.)
I really enjoy this Virginia Kantra series. I have been waiting for a long time to listen to them and it was well worth the wait.
Sophie Eastlake does a wonderful job in narrating the books, I've run out of words positive words for describing her.
Note: There are some heavy, intense scenes and discussions of child abuse.
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I raved over the first novel in the Dare Island series and forgot to mention I rated it as 4.5 stars. Sorry about that. Anywho, the third book follows the story of Luke Fletcher as he deals with a number of issues, each of which could knock him for a loop. Coming home as a career Marine from his latest deployment in Afghanistan; entering the life of his 10 year old daughter Taylor that he had NO IDEA existed until her mother died suddenly during his deployment; meeting and dealing with his daugher's attorney. Once again, the tale of chemistry, the struggle to establish a relationship with a trouble child and get a grip on being a father, the decisions to be made for his future....all of these pieces are gradually moved, fitted and click over the course of the book. It's a lovely lovely story of all kinds of love. The narration by Sophie Eastlake is beyound superior in every way. I think she's one of the best audible has to offer.
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If you're thing is fantasy and relaxation with no other purpose, then this series of books is for you. It's fun but has no true literary worth. It's like indulging in a quart of chocolate of ice cream; eating it straight from the carton. Know what I mean?
The entire book series is about the featured female in distress who gets rescued by that better than life handsome, rugged, one-of-a-kind, good guy. (Swoon.)
Every female character has the same voice inflictions, as does every male character. Boring.
I started to say, "No." Then it occurred to me that I did read the next book in the series. So, I guess Carolina Man prompted me to rid myself of some more greenbacks. I can't help but wonder what the heck got into me.
I read all of the books in the series. The series has a good story line but would have been very burdensome if I had been unable to fast forwarded through the downright silliness of "save me's" and juvenile mentality of sexual encounters (we're talking 7th grade, here). The "save me" component of every main female character conjured up cartoons of Snidely Whiplash tying women to railroad tracks, only to be saved by Dudley Do-Right. (And I thought perception of women had progressed in the last 50 years-- especially by other women.) I became frustrated with the template used throughout the book series about the (exceptionally wonderful, spectacular, amazing, sensational, miraculous!) smell of shampooed hair. Ugh. The narration was disappointing in that every male character sounds exactly the same (stereotypical tough, but good, guy), as does each female character (help me! help me!). By that I refer to both the phraseologies used, as well as voice tones and inflictions. I could only tolerate these type issues in exchange for an overall good story line and setting. Otherwise? I would have dumped the first book and certainly not have purchased the remaining books in the series.
Yes, the reader gave the characters more depth I think. I listen to A LOT of books and I really enjoyed the reader but do fill there is room for improvement. some of the characters just sound to much alike
Luke! What's not to love
I think she does the females better so any of the women.
I find the inclusion of the parents very touching and enduring.
The author has set the stage for many more additions to the series I do hope there will be more.
Virginia Kantra is a new-to-me author, but she's quickly become a new favorite! I absolutely loved this book. Yes, I read book three in the series first, but I was not at all lost with the characters or storyline. However, I don't think I was even halfway done with it when I added books one and two to my wish list--and I ended up buying them with my next available credits.
I loved Luke, Kate, and Taylor--Taylor especially is such a sympathetic character. Watching her try to deal with everything life has thrown at her is absolutely heartbreaking. I just wanted to reach in and give her a hug! (Not that she would have let me. But I really wanted to, anyway. That poor little girl...) I've always had a soft spot for heroes in the military, and Luke is no exception. His progression from a guy focused on his career into the kind of father his little girl deserves is fantastic. I did feel like Kate held on to her "I can't get involved with a Marine because he'll be just like my dad" attitude a little bit too long, but it wasn't unrealistic. It was a case of "it's not her, it's me": I loved him, so what was her problem? ;)
The narrator did a great job. I've listened to a couple of books lately where the narration was only so-so, but that was not the case here. She did an especially well with her male voices--not always the case with female narrators. (To be fair, there's an equal amount of men who don't do women's voices well either; it's always a pleasure to find any narrator who does a good job with the opposite sex.) I was very glad to see that she's narrating the entire series, because I'll be listening to the other two--soon!
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