Would you Give Up on a Guy with a Secret?

The Story Guy


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?


by Mary Ann Rivers
Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept
e-book (Novella) 120 pages
Pub Date Jul 8 2013
E-book won in blog giveaway; property of blogger. No Remuneration was exchanged and all opinions expressed herein are my own unless noted otherwise.

mytakeThis story is sad, sexy, uplifting and filled with a realistic view of a difficult, duty-bound life.

Without belittling Mary Ann’s talent I have to say his story was like reading something by the combined beings of Megan Hart and Charlotte Stein. While steamy and erotic, this is more than a story of longing or physical intimacy.  It might make you believe in love at first sight.  The characters contend with a lot of frustration and emotion.

I didn’t think, at first, that I would like this story. Carrie has a dissatisfaction that neither she nor I can figure out other than it lies somewhere in her love life.  So there’s some weird weeping.  While she sees herself as a person, it seems, with a small but not unhappy midwestern life, she has a streak of daring that runs through her; after all she sees that ad, and, I think we can assume that she answers it.

Brian does have this problem he won’t share either in revelation or in his life. It was perplexing for a while – I imagined all sorts of horrors like a mad wife locked in a tower. When it comes out, what is perplexing is why this obviously smart man can’t find solutions or help. Maybe he is really using the problem as an excuse to avoid intimacy.  At times I thought he was going to go mad himself.  But he had already locked himself in a tower, only getting out for that Wednesday rendezvous.

It made me think about whether it’s worth trying to have a relationship with someone who has some kind of secret s/he will not share.  But I guess it depends on how much you think s/he is worth it or how much you care. What do you think?

The title stems from Carrie discussing Brian with a friend.  He tells her the guy might just end up a story she can share.

It’s about love, loss, broken futures, unhappiness.   But, it’s also about hope and solutions. And, for me it is something I am glad I kept reading.  It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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