Thursday, January 16, 2014


Title: Live
Series: Burnside
Series Placement: #1
Author: Mary Ann Rivers
Age Group: New Adult/Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 21, 2014
Published by: Loveswept
Format: eBook
Pages: Approx. 352

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Book Blurb:
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.

Reviewers Note: Live is book one in the Burnside series and is an Adult Contemporary Romance written by Mary Ann Rivers. I received this eARC from the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review through Tasty Book Tours.

3 Lovely, Beautiful Stars!

The Review: 
This was a beautiful, heartfelt read. Destiny Burnside or Des for short, was a great heroine who was selfless and kind and really cared about the people around her. She took care of her family, most of the time at her own expense, and she fell in love, wishing and wanting to truly live her life with no regrets or passions unfulfilled. When she officially meets Hefin after weeks of eyeing him at the local library where she's searching the help wanted ads and he's restoring parts of the library, she falls freely into love, knowing their time together will be short with a sorrowful ending, but she chooses to bravely move forward despite that.

Hefin is a wonderful hero. After a failed marriage that’s left him with a truck load of guilt, he doesn't want to hurt Des, knowing he’s leaving soon. But like she has, he’s been eyeing her for weeks, admiring the strong, chin-up female who takes her circumstances in stride. Hefin is a bit complicated but I loved the way he supported Des and thought about her.

These two have to go through an emotional journey to get to the end and it's sometimes fun, sometimes painful but always worth it because they aren’t leaving “what-if’s” to chance.

I loved the story and I really liked the characters. The reason for only three stars is there was a ton of inner monologue. Some scenes were so riddled with it I actually found myself skipping over paragraphs a few times just to get to the meat of the scene. The author would take us out of the present scene with loads of background information, sometimes having an entire page of it during a conversation between characters. It was a bit frustrating because I kept being pulled from emotional or playful moments to be given unrelated information or memories from the past. It was circumstances like those that left me wishing for less character thought.

The Wrap Up: 
Great story and great characters. My copy needed some serious editing but it was an unedited copy so its understandable. I do wish there had been less monologue but overall, I enjoyed this beautiful story of two people who find love despite a difficult situation.

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About the Author...

Mary Ann Rivers 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. While training for her day job as a nurse practitioner, she rediscovered romance on the bedside tables of her favorite patients. Now she writes smart and emotional contemporary romance, imagining stories featuring the heroes and heroines just ahead of her in the coffee line. Mary Ann Rivers lives in the Midwest with her handsome professor husband and their imaginative school-aged son.
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