Review: The Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers [novella]

July 12, 2013 Review 2 ★★★★★

Review: The Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers [novella]

Review: The Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers [novella]Release Date: July 8, 2013
Title: The Story Guy
Author: Mary Ann Rivers
Pages: 120
Publisher: Loveswept
Source: NetGalley
Available: Barnes and Noble | Kobo
From the Publisher: 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?
5 Stars

I never realized that a novella could have such a rich and robust story. While simultaneously making me swoon and turn me on.

This one just hit it right out of the park. And guys – this was her debut.

The Story Guy is everything you want to read in a romance. There is chemistry and passion and sex and romance just oozing off the pages. Then you’ve got the geeky-chic lonely girl librarian heroine paired with the fabulously flawed and hunky lonely boy. But his flaws, when finally revealed, will make you fall for him even more. Trust me on this one.

He fits his bottom lip gently between mine, and he is holding my head. “Mmm.” He hums, and I suck that bottom lip right into my mouth. It’s crazy. His mouth is cool and sweet. He stills. Squeezes my nape. “Okay.” He breathes into my mouth. “Okay.”

Because apparently I had just given him permission to eat me alive.

I have never had a first kiss like this. Is is that he’s a stranger? So beautiful? If so, I am ruined for anything but beautiful strangers for the rest of my life.

Steamy. And that’s just the first kiss!

I was drawn to this story because she’s a librarian and not only do I love books but I finished my MLIS in December. Instant connection. And I knew that Carrie was a girl after my own heart when she explained her (carefully hidden) tattoo of the Library of Congress call number for Wilson Rawls’s book Where the Red Fern Grows :

“The first book I ever read that made me cry. I was seven and hadn’t realized books could do that. Just finish you like that. I was sitting in a beanbag chair in the school library when the book ended, weeping, looking at all the books on the shelves all around me, and I decided then and there that I never wanted to be anywhere else.”

With a main character like that who has first kisses like the one you just read – how could you not love this story?

I laughed, I cried, and I fell in love. Exactly what I want to feel when I read a romance. Not to mention turned on. There was plenty of that too, don’t worry.

Read it, you won’t regret it. And I’ll certainly be reading anything else Ms. Rivers writes.

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2 Responses to “Review: The Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers [novella]”

  1. Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader

    Wow. Just wow. I had read a number of glowing reviews for this book already but I think yours has finally clinched it for me. I purchased this book on Amazon.com the second I finished reading your review. That first quote actually made me a little dizzy, it was so sexy 😛

    Lovely review, Mandi Kaye! It was a pleasure to read and now I can’t wait to read The Story Guy too!

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