Review ~ Live (The Burnside Series) by @maryann_rivers


Book Description

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.


“Sizzling, sweet, and superbly written, Live is a marvelous love story.”—New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes

“A beautiful, aching exploration of love, family, and loss—highly recommended!”—USA Today bestselling author Ruthie Knox

“The romance in this book is super hot. . . . Such care is taken to craft the characters’ lives. . . . Just when things get really heavy there is naughtiness in a batting cage and sex in a limo. And Hefin, with his stubble and curls about his ears make things very steamy and put a smile on my face. He is such a good guy, and just what Des needed.”—Smexy Books

Live blooms with the freshness of thoughtful storytelling carefully tended by beautiful prose. . . . Rivers is actively staking new, lyrical ground in a genre often sidelined as a guilty pleasure. There’s no need to choose between heat and good writing. From this author, readers get a two-for-one deal.”—New York Journal of Books

“Mary Ann Rivers’s debut full-length, Live, will make you curl up with your box of tissues and cry until you’re not even sure whether they count as happy or sad tears. Rivers’s world and characters feel so real, their emotions so raw, that I need the almost poetic beauty of the words to bear so much truth.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers

“This is a rich, tender story, not at all the usual contemporary family series fare. I’m looking forward to seeing where life takes the Burnside siblings next.”—Karen Knows Best

“Rivers has written a remarkable romance novel: beautifully . . . written; tormented as only youth can be; serious as only the un-ironic are.”—Miss Bates Reads Romance

“Emotionally enthralling . . . intense, complicated, lyrical, passionate.”—Straight Shootin’ Book Reviews

“A stellar start to a new series that is so compelling and emotional, the characters won’t soon be forgotten.”—The Window Seat on a Rainy Day



My ****4 Star**** Review

This story took my interest right from the start with its almost poetic style. Sometimes I’d stop and just let the words dance in my head for a bit.

Destiny Burnside has had a serious rough patch. I felt for her and her situation from the start. Her issues are real issues and easily relatable like the sibling rivalries after the loss of their parents. She’s also a very unique and quirky character. Her whole family was made up of quirky personalities.

Now, Hefin is a unique character. He has issues himself, which have stemmed from his divorce. But, he has taken his past mistakes to heart. He’s controlled by them, and can’t seem to fully step away from his past. Without this one flaw, he’s absolutely perfect.

The plot itself was intriguing and frustrating all rolled into one. When the big obstacle for Des and Hefin became apparent, I was quite frankly shocked! But, then the way Destiny responded to the problem was quite frankly even more shocking. Let’s just say that Des is a WHOLE lot more braver than me! I admired her for it, though. But, sometimes it just seemed like heartbreaking torture to me. Destiny was good about doing things that had me laughing right alongside of Hefin to make up for the gloom. It really felt like such a bittersweet story throughout most of it. There were some real tearjerking, heartbreaking moments. But…it’s all worth it in the end! I truly look forward to the rest of the Burnside Series.

Warnings: strong language, sexual content
*I received a copy via NetGalley and Random House Group-Loveswept in exchange for an honest review.*

About the Author ~ Mary Ann Rivers

Mary Ann Rivers

Mary Ann Rivers has been wearing a groove in her library card since she was old enough for story time. She’s been writing almost as long—her first publication credit was in Highlights magazine. She started writing and reading romance in the fifth grade once she stumbled on the rainbow of romance novel book spines in the library’s fiction stacks.

She 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.

Mary Ann lives in the Midwest with her handsome professor husband and their imaginative school-aged son. She writes smart and emotional contemporary romance, imagining stories featuring the heroes and heroines just ahead of her in the coffee line.

Twitter: @maryann_rivers

Happy Reading,



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