Review: The Story Guy (Lakefield novellas) by Mary Ann Rivers

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Review: The Story Guy (Lakefield novellas) by Mary Ann RiversThe Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers
on July 8, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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?

Crista says:

The Story Guy is a quick and short read that never comes across that way. It is multi-layered, unique, and memorable.

Brian Newburgh and Carrie West meet online after Carrie answers a personal add. The add states that Brian is looking for a Wednesday afternoon weekly meeting that will consist of “kissing only”. The add clearly states that this meeting will not result in a relationship or anything further sexual. Kissing only.

This is of course a romance novel, so the rules set up in the personal add were meant to be broken:)

Although this relationship starts out “playing by the rules”, as the chemistry heats up between Brian and Carrie, things quickly progress beyond the Wednesday kissing date.

This novella has lots of unexpected depth. I loved Brian and his commitment to those he loves. Carrie, a librarian, came off as a bit desperate (which was unfortunate), but I still liked her character. I got a chuckle out of her love of books, and her email address:

This is a fabulous book to choose when you are in need of something quick yet still quality.

Karla says: 

Unique lovely story!

I would have liked the story to go on for just a little bit more, not only because it was so unusual, beautiful and heartwarming, but Brian and Carrie were the best kinds of hero and heroine. Two inherently good people with huge hearts! They made each other stronger and accepted what the other brought to the table, despite the impact it might ultimately have on their relationship.

The HEA is left to the imagination, but you know it is meant to be. Oh yeah… and I cried the so-glad-they-found-each-other cry!

Sweet, sexy, passionate but also inspiring and showcases the best of human nature!


About Mary Ann Rivers

Mary Ann Rivers has been wearing a groove in her library card since she was old enough for story time. She’s been writing almost as long—her first publication credit was in Highlights magazine. She started writing and reading romance in the fifth grade once she stumbled on the rainbow of romance novel book spines in the library’s fiction stacks.

She was an English and music major and went on to earn her MFA in creative writing, publishing poetry in journals, and leading creative writing workshops for at-risk youth. With Ruthie Knox, she is the co-founder of Brain Mill Press.

She loves to hear from readers and you can sign up for her newsletter, contact her by email, follow her blog, or check her out on social media.

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