Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Review: Laugh: The Burnside Series

The Burnside Series by Mary Ann Rivers
May 6th, 2014


Mary Ann Rivers continues her Burnside family series—perfect for readers of Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, and Ruthie Knox—as two people try to share their hearts without losing their cool.
Dr. Sam Burnside is convinced that volunteering at an urban green-space farm in Lakefield, Ohio, is a waste of time—especially with his new health clinic about to open. He only goes to mollify his partner, suspecting she wants him to lighten up. Then Sam catches sight of Nina Paz, a woman who gives off more heat than a scorcher in July. Her easy smile and flirty, sizzling wit has him forgetting his infamous need for control.
Widowed when her husband was killed in Afghanistan, Nina has learned that life exists to take chances. As the daughter of migrant workers turned organic farmers, she’s built an exciting and successful business by valuing new opportunities and working hard to take care of her own. But when Sam pushes for a relationship that goes beyond their hotter-than-fire escapades, Nina ignores her own hard-won wisdom. She isn’t ready for a man who needs saving—even if her heart compels her to take the greatest risk of all: love.

Review Rating: 4 LIGHTNING BOLTS

Review: Laugh captured my attention just as much as Live did. The author has a way with words, how they draw the reader into the story. Some characters you may love, or hate, but either way, I end up feeling SOMETHING, and that keeps me enthralled in the story.  I enjoy Rivers' writing style very much, and will keep looking for other books!

Sam and Nina are well crafted complex characters that deal with real life issues, and it's waved into the story. I had a bit of a struggle with Sam at first, but he really came through in this story and made me root for him. Nina is a great character, i could relate to her on many levels. The growing attraction between them kept me intrigued. All in all, I enjoyed this latest Burnside story. Great characters, plot and a good pace made for a nice day of reading! Bring on some more, please!

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Author Info  
Mary Ann Rivers 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. Now she writes smart and emotional contemporary romance, imagining stories featuring the heroes and heroines just ahead of her in the coffee line. Mary Ann Rivers lives in the Midwest with her handsome professor husband and their imaginative school-aged son.
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  1. Thanks for the spotlight and review of this book - this sounds like an interesting series and I'm going to have to check it out. Thanks too for the giveaway!