Friday, April 4, 2014

[Pat's Review]: "Live"

Live by Mary Ann Rivers
Publisher: Loveswept (January 21, 2014) 
Series: Burnside, 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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.

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Reviews of Rivers' Other Books:

The Story Guy -- Kame

Pat's Review:

This novel is the first of a series introducing us to the Burnside family. Two brothers and two sisters who love each other, but sometimes just can't get along.  Destiny is the third child, and the sister who wants to help everyone.  She has been unemployed for six months, dutifully going to the library every day to write applications and read rejection letters, plus she can get her paperwork verified to get her unemployment check.  An added bonus  is the daily sighting of the "woodcarver". Wooden panels in the atrium are being replaced, and one particular very handsome man with an interesting accent, is there every day with the crew working on the panels. Little does she know, the woodcarver has been looking forward to seeing her every morning also.  When her hopes are ruined from one more rejection, she falls apart. Trying very hard to muffle her sobs,  a voice behind her, with an interesting accent, asks If she's ok. This simple question from a man she knows only by sight, opens up a little pocket of hope. 

Hefin Thomas is the woodcarver. He's a free lance artisan, born and raised in Wales. His degree is actually in engineering, but he couldn't find work. Thus, his sympathy for Destiny and his understanding of her situation. He came to the States after falling in love with an American woman who was in Wales on vacation.  He loved her, and she loved him, but sometimes that's not enough.  They were divorces amicably and now he's doing free lance work to make the funds he needs to return to Wales and his family.

I totally fell in love with Destiny and Hefin.  This is a beautiful love story, with wonderful characters, and lots of laughs. We even get a cameo visit from a character from The Story Guy. But it also has heartache too.  Destiny's family depends on her for everything, while they carry on with their lives. Until she met Hefin, she thought that was normal. He opens up so many new places and ideas for her.  They fall in love knowing there is a good-by around the corner.  

I will never be able to look at limousines again, without thinking of Destiny. I recommend this wonderful novel for it's amazing writing, characters, and it's small town atmosphere.


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for her honest opinion.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! :) I know you and Kame both have enjoyed Mary Ann Rivers writing, so I will have to pick up one of her books very soon.

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Until Next Time,


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Pat Egan Fordyce said...

Thanks TBQ! I was going to mention the .99 cents deal, and I saw you beat me to it!

Anna@herding cats&burning soup said...

Oh nice. I think I'd totally love them. I don't remember reading about a woodcarver before. Interesting. Thanks for the intro Pat!

Loupe Duffy said...

This sounds really good , I just checked audible but no audiobook yet, I hope it gets published in that format soon.
Thank you.

steph fangswandsandfairydust said...

I love Welsh accents. It is hard to define why their so different from an English accent though. But you know when they are!

The_Book_Queen said...

*sigh* Yes, both accents are so, so good on men, aren't they? :)

The_Book_Queen said...

:( That's too bad, I hope they put this one up as an audiobook soon, I know that so many readers listen to book rather than read them.

The_Book_Queen said...

It's definitely an unique job, isn't it? I'm curious, too!

The_Book_Queen said...

:) No problem!