Live by Mary Ann Rivers (The Burnside Series #1) – Review

Live by Mary Ann Rivers (The Burnside Series #1) – ReviewRelease Date: January 21, 2014
Title: Live
Series: The Burnside Series #1
Author: Mary Ann Rivers
Pages: 352
Publisher: Loveswept
Source: NetGalley
Available: Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iBookstore
From the Publisher: Mary Ann Rivers kicks off a new contemporary romance series—sure to please readers of Ruthie Knox, Kristan Higgins, and Jill Shalvis—where love can be found unexpectedly.

If there’s an upside to unemployment, Destiny Burnside may have found it. Job searching at her local library in Lakefield, Ohio, gives her plenty of time to ogle the hottest man she has ever laid eyes on: the sexy wood-carver who’s restoring the building. But as the rejection letters pile up, Destiny finds an unexpected shoulder to cry on. With his rich Welsh accent, Hefin Thomas stirs Destiny so completely that, even though he’s leaving soon, she lets herself believe the memory of his scorching kisses will be enough.

Hefin can’t help but notice the slender, confident woman with ginger hair who returns each day, so hopeful and determined. So when the tears start to fall, his silence—penance for a failed marriage—finally cracks. Once he’s touched her, what Hefin wants is to take her back to Wales and hold her forever. But Destiny’s roots run too deep. What they both need is each other—to learn how to live and love again.
5 Stars

You’ve previously seen me gush about Mary Ann Rivers thanks to her amazing debut novella The Story Guy and her inclusion in the Heating Up the Holidays anthology.

This girl can write y’all!

Des and Hefin meet in the local library. She’s unemployed and applying for as many jobs as she can find and he is restoring some wood paneling for the library. And there’s an instant connection that could be felt through the pages.

Hefin is Welsh. A Welsh carpenter. Need I say more? He’s also awkwardly shy. As I was reading about him and getting to know him, I couldn’t stop myself from a flurry of tweets to Mary Ann about how much I adored Hefin and the story.

I was having so much fun reading this one! It has exactly the right amount of humor, swoons, steaminess, and everything else you want in your romance – even a little bit of snark!

And then to make things EVEN BETTER – Mary Ann posted a link to the new epilogue of The Story Guy because  – as it turns out – the library where Destiny and Hefin meet is the same library where Carrie works (I didn’t catch that my first time through, I’ll be honest).

I couldn’t stop flailing and grinning and gasping as I read more.

I can’t say enough good things about this book, and I can’t wait for the next one in the series. Anything Mary Ann writes is an absolute must read in my book – because her books create so many emotions in me that I can’t stop reacting to the things I read on the page. Reading a Mary Ann Rivers work is like a full contact sport – no part of you will emerge unscathed.

Need More Information?

  • Dear AuthorHer characters, they fall in love the way we do. They learn frank and not always lovely details about each other as they fall, and they are often actually drawn to some of those less-than-perfect details. Like knobby knees and hair in natural places.
  • Smexy BooksReading this book made me think of a cloudy day. The romance in this book is super hot, and the characters and the storyline in general are composed in such a way – a Mary Ann Rivers type way. Such care is taken to craft the characters lives, and the words she uses make me just want to roll around with my Kindle.
  • Steamy Guys After DarkMary Ann Rivers knows her characters hearts, often filled with quiet passion, sometimes desperation, but the challenges they face temper them like fine steel and they rise above the fray stronger for it. Her stories stay with me long after I’m finished reading and Live is no different.

[…] book was about Sam, the eldest of the Burnside clan, I was turned off. I loved Des and Hefin in Live and Sam didn’t understand their love. He basically told Des she was stupid for falling for […]

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