Thursday, 18 July 2013

Book Review: The Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers

The Story Guy
Author: Mary Ann Rivers
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: 8 July 2013

In this eBook original novella, Mary Ann Rivers introduces a soulful and sexy tale of courage, sacrifice, and love.
I will meet you on Wednesdays at noon in Celebration Park. Kissing only.

Carrie West is happy with her life . . . isn’t she? But when she sees this provocative online ad, the thirtysomething librarian can’t help but be tempted. After all, the photo of the anonymous poster is far too attractive to ignore. And when Wednesday finally arrives, it brings a first kiss that’s hotter than any she’s ever imagined. Brian Newburgh is an attorney, but there’s more to his life . . . that he won't share with Carrie. Determined to have more than just Wednesdays, Carrie embarks on a quest to learn Brian’s story, certain that he will be worth the cost. But is she ready to gamble her heart on a man who just might be The One . . . even though she has no idea how their love story will end?

My Review

Carrie is a librarian in her thirties who's happy with her life, but she's starting to feel that something's missing. When she sees an ad in the personals advertising for someone to kiss for an hour on Wednesdays, she's drawn to it. It's completely out of the norm for Carrie, but she spontaneously emails him, and agrees to meet him on Wednesdays.
When Carrie meets Brian, their explosive chemistry is obvious from the beginning. But can it be something more, or is there some things Brian just can't share...?

Carrie is happy with most aspects of her life- her job, her friends, her family, but she's lonely. She's also feels too comfortable and yearns to have something more. Enter Brian. Brian is definitely something of an enigma. He is very honest and forthcoming about their 'meetings', but closes up when Carrie tries to find out more or push past his barriers.

Their chemistry was totally smoking! The first kiss they share was pretty incredible, and left me goose-pimply. As their relationship progresses, so does the steam factor. The basic idea of the story just feeds the furnace- the illicit feeling of meeting a stranger for kissing sessions once a week.
The story develops into a very emotional read, and mirrors the complicated and intense love that Carrie and Brian come to share. I honestly had no idea what it was Brian would be hiding, but when I found out, my heart ached for Brian and it showed a whole other side to him.

For a shorter story, this packed in a helluva lot of emotion! It took me by surprise, but in a good way. I'm very intrigued to read more from Mary Ann Rivers, as this is her debut book and was very impressive.

*I received a review copy of the book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for my honest review. Thank you!

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