Laugh: A Burnside Novel [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Laugh: A Burnside Novel

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Overview

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.

Praise for Laugh
 
“Amazing . . . one hell of a journey for a single book.”—Never Too Fond of Books
 
“The humor, emphasis on community, and passionate feeling make [Laugh] a lovely read.”—Dear Author
 
Laugh makes you want to go out and take life by the horns, hug your friends and family tight and, yes . . . laugh.”—For What It’s Worth
 
“If you want to read superb quality writing, be challenged intellectually and emotionally and be stimulated sensually—Mary Ann Rivers is the author to grab! Trust me on this!”—Ripe for Reader
 
“Sam is my new favorite [May Ann Rivers] leading man. And trust me, when you read this you’ll know he’s all man.”—The Book Hammock

“I love the Burnside family dynamic in this series—it’s messy and real.”—Red Hot and Blue Reads
 
“Mary Ann Rivers has the ability to take my breath away and make me laugh in the same paragraph . . . heck, maybe even the same sentence.”—Straight Shootin’ Book Reviews
 
“One of the most achingly real love stories that I’ve ever read.”—Love at First Page
 
“Mary Ann Rivers is an author I trust implicitly. She unfailingly delivers stories with such realism. . . . She delivers the romance that is best experienced in the quiet moments between two people falling in love, or who are already there. It’s gritty and tough and messy. It’s beautiful.”—The Bookish Babe
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804178228
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Series: Burnside
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 11,344
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted August 1, 2014

    Nope

    Did not make it past page 42. Just not into "soft porn", if you could even call it soft.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2014

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    ¿An emotional, sensual and utterly vibrant novel.¿ *****

    ¿An emotional, sensual and utterly vibrant novel.¿




    *****




    Phenomenally beautiful!!!




    Sam is wrapped so tight, it's a miracle he doesn't implode....a complex man who never asks much for himself but asks too much of himself. A heart overflowing with a turmoil of feelings, predominantly love, for all those close to him, and a mind in constant movement, preoccupied with how to keep it and them all contained. Always a losing battle and he knows it. Sam is a smart man, brilliant even, but socially hindered by a disorder that has all but alienated him from the family that he loves more than anything.




    Nina has known loss and has committed herself, at a fairly young age, to be content living in the bittersweet aftermath of what she imagined was her life's love lost, but finding satisfaction of growing and nurturing crops, making friendships and building community. She too, doesn't ask for much of anything for herself. More important to her are those whose future is dependent on her farm, those who still have futures to look forward to. Nina moves forward, but is emotionally stagnant. 




    When Sam and Nina meet, there is a kind of instant recognition, despite their quite obvious differences. They seem to be able to see through the other's behavioral patterns straight through to the truths at the core of it and understand. For Sam it brings a sense of quiet, peace, a silence in his soul that he can't find anywhere else. For Nina it allows her to let go, to feel and experience with all her senses, without the dulling cloud of perpetuating grief.




    This is a beautiful story written by the extremely talented Mary Ann Rivers, who has the ability to create characters who are appealing in their imperfections and so honestly portrayed in full context, they become as real as family members. Her insight in and knowledge of the human psyche stuns me every time I read one of her books. The erotic scenes in Ms. Rivers' books truly heighten the experience of the overall read, simply by merit of the added dimension to the relationship described, and the manner in which she writes them is as gorgeous and as enticing as everything else. Steeped in thought, feeling and sensation, she never allows you to lose touch with the underlying connection and dynamic between the characters, in favor of the physical action taking place. 




    If you want to read superb quality writing, be challenged intellectually and emotionally AND be stimulated sensually - Mary Ann Rivers is the author to grab! Trust me on this!




    ¿An emotional, sensual and utterly vibrant novel.¿

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2014

    Incredibly well done story. Sam and Nina are a great couple bo

    Incredibly well done story. Sam and Nina are a great couple both with issues needing to be resolved but with the strength and determination to do so. Very well written and the wonderful secondary characters are fascinating. I was glad to see the author lighten up on the vocabulary in this one. Made reading a bit more pleasurable. I highly recommend this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2014

    AWSOME

    Great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2014

    Colorless

    Red. Orange. Yellow. Green. Blue. Purple. Brown. Pink. All the colors I miss out on. Now add a few more. All I have ever seen is black, white and grey. "See how the sun sets, how there is a rainbow around it?" My parents asked me. "No!" I yelled, covering my 4-year-old face with my small hands. That was my last memory and, children, I fear evven that is beginning to fade into the darkness of oblivion...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    Saved by the blurb too long too descriptive

    No need for h h or AA honest review

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  • Posted May 21, 2014

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    I enjoy reading this series. Mary Ann has developed a wonderful

    I enjoy reading this series. Mary Ann has developed a wonderful family and their friends. Sam has his turn in this story. He is a doctor trying to open a health clinic. He has a major case of ADHD and the family believes he can just power on thru it. Needless to say there is a lot of arguing going on. Then he meets Dina who has an organic farm and garden lots all over the town. City Boy meets Country Girl. Dina is a widow who lost her best friend/husband in the war. You will find tragedy with friends, Big Brother hospital rules and also get to see how Dina and Sam fare. I liked this book. Now I will wait for the rest of the family to catch up. Enjoy this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

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    better than the story guy or the first burnside book. very nice to gain insight on sam amd see him grow into himself and find his true place in the family.

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  • Posted May 19, 2014

    Laugh by Mary Ann Rivers is the second book in the Burnside seri

    Laugh by Mary Ann Rivers is the second book in the Burnside series. This book is about the oldest brother, Sam. Readers met Sam in the first book in the series “Live” which was Destiny’s story. Frankly, I thought Sam was a controlling jerk. I wasn’t sure how the author was going to redeem him in his own book; but I was willing to read it and give Sam a second chance.
    Mary Ann does a thorough job of describing characters with realistic flaws, attitudes, emotions; and, in this case, a chronic condition of ADHD. Sam couldn’t have been more real to me as I read his and Nina’s story. He wants to make everything around him the “best” it can be – it has to be right.
    Nina Paz is a strong, independent woman who had to learn how to live her life all over again after her husband died in Afghanistan. In fact, she did an amazing job of embracing life and living every day being a part of as much as life offers to her. Being an organic farmer provides her with an opportunity to be a part of the community and a give herself roots to enjoy each day.
    The supporting/secondary characters were so well developed. The story would not, could not have been complete without. All of them helped the plot to move. Their insights and “help” steered the dynamics between Sam and Nina to become the loving and laughing couple that they became by the end of the story.
    If you enjoyed the first book in the series, don’t miss this one. It was worth it.
    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Random House in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted May 11, 2014

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    Mary Ann Rivers never ceases to delight, I¿ve enjoyed every titl

    Mary Ann Rivers never ceases to delight, I’ve enjoyed every title that I have read from her pen, and this was no exception.  Using characters that are real, with issues, hang-ups and even their own particularly amusing gaffes in relationships, her stories amuse, entertain and leave you with a smile. 




    Sam is a beautifully defined character with a boatload of issues: all stemming from his mother’s death when he was a young child.  He’s compensating for that early lack of control with an obsession to have the final say in every outcome: and at a farm – that will be difficult.  Animals tend not to take direction and orders particularly well, and Sam’s discomfiture with that fact, and many others make him enjoyable to watch even as you want him to loosen his grip.




    Nina has had a rough patch after the death of her husband, and leaving all that she knew to team up with a friend in a new venture in Ohio.  Her loss-fears are increasing as her friend and business partner has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, but Nina is determined to move forward and do her best to ignore her fears to focus on the what needs doing now. 




    Effectively presenting the character’s point of view while not stinting on the interactions between them, Sam and Nina develop and grow as the story moves forward. There were also several inclusions that show the couple as they interact individually with other people in their lives, as their own relationship grows and develops, their other relationships do start to show changes as well.  




    Though not without a few issues in Nina’s often extensive navel gazing, and a few moments where it was necessary to go back and discover who was speaking as Rivers is not a “said Nina” sort of writer, did have me flipping back a couple of times: but in the grand scheme of things these were minor issues only annoying at the moment and forgotten soon after. 




    You do not have to read the first in this series to enjoy this title (I didn’t), but I cannot help but think if you are a fan of the series you will enjoy this book.  Contemporary romance readers looking for real characters that leave you with a sense of ‘I could see that”, this is the book for you.




    I received an eArc copy from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

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  • Posted May 11, 2014

    This book was well written with very likeable characters. It is

    This book was well written with very likeable characters. It is about love lost and pain, starting over after losing so much. I felt there was a little too much information given on what was going on in the characters heads. That may be the reason I just could not get into this story. It was not a bad read but for me the words did not flow easy. The character feel so much and the author does put a lot of feeling into her writing. The characters mind wander a lot and I think that is where the author lost me, I can’t put my finger on just why this book just doesn’t do it for me. The characters very believable, the love scenes are wonderful and I really like the characters but something is missing.

    Sam loses his mother at a very young age, he never gets over this for his mother was his world. She understood his very sensitive nature, stood beside him through his OCDC is what I think he has. He tries to be everything to everyone and if he lets the little things go then his world falls apart. Forcing on the little things he wears his self out and can’t get the big picture which in returns leaves things by the way side. This partner sends in off to volunteering at an urban green-space farm hoping to get him out of her hair why she gets the clinic going for he is driving her nuts.

    In comes Nina who has a story of her own. She is the daughter of a migrant workers who has come a long way from the fields to live her husband’s dreams. Her husband was killed her husband in Afghanistan (I get a little confused here because the author talks about him getting killed over there and later on about getting out and dying from some kind of illness. But I could have missed read this part, as I said I had a hard time getting into this story.) She has gone on and built a wonderful business which is going well. Her husband was her everything, she grew up with him and has spent her time waiting for his return her whole life. The loneliness has always been hard in years past but she knew he would be coming home. When he doesn’t return she feels like she is still waiting for him knowing she is not. She does have a few sexual times only to have the convert of a warm body.

    Sam and Nina have many issues and they are determinate to find the strength to see them through. Together they make a lovely team with helping each other find their way to a loving and last relationship. Finding away to bring their families back together as they learn to love again.

    This book about their past, lost and coming together. There were a lot of funny and cute things. “When you look at me you screwed up your face. Are you having a stroke?”(This is on their first meeting and she is trying to get the better of him. Her friend has told her what a control freak he is.) “Am I having a stroke?” “Because I saw this thing on TV about recognizing the warning signs of a stroke, and I think rudeness and ugly faces were on the list. And possible planting petunias in the middle of July in Ohio, but I could be wrong about that one. “and the scene with the hat where she is trying to get him to wear the dirty, molded hat was very cute. They have a lot of funny lovely spats. I loved the scene where his friend comes over and they spat back and forwarded about why he was there and how life was. There are tons of very cute scenes.

    I am giving this book a 4 star for the reason I couldn’t get into it and the author lost me along the way. Just because this book doesn’t do it for me doesn’t mean you won’t love it. The reviews on this book are outstanding, we can’t all like the same thing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 21, 2014

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    Posted May 6, 2014

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