Thursday, July 18, 2013
Review: The Story Guy (Novella) by Mary Ann Rivers
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? ~ Goodreads
This books was literally ALL OVER my Twitter feed on it's release day. Some of my favorite bloggers and authors were calling The Story Guy their favorite book of the year, despite it being a very short novella.
I was definitely interested but then panicked. Because me being me - I'll be the lone blogger that hates it. But at 120 pages why not give it a shot?
I have to be honest, I wasn't blown away into best book of the year territory but The Story Guy packs an emotional wallop.
The premise seemed silly to me. Kissing….just one day a week…he won't touch below the shoulders?? Visions of tortured heroes with weird kinks danced through my head.
Despite this being a novella and the romance unconventional, I completely bought into the premise. The reason for the kissing only rule was sweet and Brian's reluctance to enter a relationship was heartbreaking. It actually cut a little too close to home for me. Without revealing any spoilers I can absolutely attest to Brian's hesitance. I noticed a few reviewers thought he was begin overly dramatic but I totally got it.
Final thoughts: The Story Guy is a sweet, heartbreaking, (very) sexy and even funny romance that had a surprisingly slow, believable build despite the short timeframe of this relationship.
Also a plus - library humor. Read it and you'll see what I'm talking about.
If you're a fan of Cara McKenna (if not – you should be) and her very smart, erotic romances I think you'll enjoy The Story Guy.
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Buy the book! The Story Guy (Novella)