ARC Review & Giveaway: Live by MaryAnn Rivers

Published on January 21, 2014
Published by Loveswept
Source: NetGalley

Copy for review provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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.

Intense, complicated, lyrical, passionate.

These are the words that came to me while reading this one.  This is a hard review to write because I made some notes as I read and they are just phrases and thoughts that came to me as I read. (So, I’m going to warn you that this review may be disjointed or just phrases here and there that may or may not make sense)

I freaking loved this book.  I love these kinds of books, the ones that make my brain and heart work for it.  The ones that take my heart apart and put it back together.  The list of authors who do this to me is very short and Ms. Rivers just made the list.

What happens when you meet the love of your life at what you think is the wrong time but you just can’t stop yourself?  You don’t want to stop yourself?  What would you do?  What would you sacrifice?  Finding someone who fills a hole that you thought could never be filled or that you never knew was even there.  On top of that, there are family responsibilities and obligations that have been dumped in Destiny’s lap that she feels she must take care of.  And Hefin, he was not my usual alpha guy(he’s definitely more of a beta) but I enjoyed him, his passion for Destiny and his natural need to take care of her.

Hefin was all wires and ropes and tight efficient muscles.  His skin was a flawless pale gold with sleek brunette hair in the dips and furrows of his chest.  he moved against her like he couldn’t ever get enough of her, but it was graceful too, like they were dancing, like he was leading her to music in his head.

Have to engage your brain can’t just glide right through it.  Emotionally enthralling.  How were these two going to make it through to each other?  Would they?  Or would this be a lovely affair and then they move on without each other, possibly making a huge mistake.

This one isn’t for everyone.  You have to be ok with very lyrical prose and sometimes it feels so freaking….deep.  For me, her words WEAVE a story.  Each words builds on the other and before you know it you’re in that world and feeling for every single character in some way.  Anger at older brother Sam, pain for sister Sarah, curiosity about younger brother Paul and I felt a little bit of everyone of those for Destiny.

Just reading about  a kiss in her books gets me going…in the best way possible.  The language she uses to describe actions such as touching, embracing, hugging, kissing.  Very sexy and sometimes a little edgy and sad?  Gloomy?  But don’t let that scare you, it’s people dealing with real people problems, this isn’t a freaking fairytale. (For me, she’s like Anne Calhoun, Amy Harmon, Amber Lin, Ruthie Knox)

Loved The Story Guy and Snowfall  I loved this one too even though this one felt a touch more weighed down writing/language wise than the other two.

Up next in this series is Sam’s book, LaughThe irony of that title for Sam’s book does not escape me, he’s kinda grumpy and overworked in the first book. 😉  I’m really looking forward to his book!


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About 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.