The Story Guy (Novella): Novella

The Story Guy (Novella): Novella

by Mary Ann Rivers

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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?

Praise for The Story Guy
“In just over 100 pages, debut author Mary Ann Rivers gives us a powerful love story.”USA Today
“A beautiful and affecting contemporary romance.”Library Journal

“I just finished it and as I’m sitting here jotting down thoughts for the A review, I’m crying and smiling.”—Dear Author
“If you too have been wanting more unbaggaged heroines, then Carrie . . . is the woman you’ve been waiting for.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers
“For all the seriousness this book is so damn sexy. There is kissing on a bench and phone sex and real sex. It’s really hot. And parts made me giggle too.”—Smexy Books
“There was great character development and it was a lovely story to read. This was Mary Ann Rivers’ debut novel and I can’t wait to see what else she writes next.”—The Book Vixen

“A sparkling gem of sweet emotion!”New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips
“A beautiful love story full of sly wit, slow kisses, and heart-punching truths. I can’t recommend Mary Ann Rivers highly enough.”—Ruthie Knox, USA Today bestselling author of Along Came Trouble
“In The Story Guy, Mary Ann Rivers writes a compelling story about finding love in the unlikeliest places. I was hooked from the first page.”—Elise Sax, author of An Affair to Dismember
“The plot of The Story Guy allows—demands—a slow physical build-up with delicious anticipation, making it an incredibly sexy read. The love scenes are fresh and exciting and intensely emotional. This was an intensely emotional read all around, for me. It probably won’t make every reader burst into tears, but it has a lot to offer anyone. 5 stars.”—Karen Knows Best

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from the Loveswept title Long Simmering Spring.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345548740
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/08/2013
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 118,328
File size: 2 MB

About 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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The Story Guy (Novella): Novella 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. I love stories where the female character takes some risks to change things about her life that she doesn't like. Plus I like the fact that the story showed that the whole world doesn't revolve around us, and if something goes wrong we shouldn't instantly blame ourselves and our faults for things not going how we want. I can't wait to read another of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I won an ARC of this novella and had no idea what to expect from it.  Very quickly the story sucked me in. The male character is so tough dealing with what life has dealt him, and yet so tender in trying to get just  a little bit of sweetness for himself without hurting anyone else.  The result is so heartbreaking, yet so  glorious all at the same time.  There were enticing interactions between Brian and Carrie and hot, hot  scenes mixed with yearning and love both denied and confronted.  Just a glorious read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have read in a very long time. The characters are multi-layered and complex. Who thought "just kissing" could be so hot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is simply one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read.It is all at once sensual,compassionate and heart-wrenching.I found myself completely invested in the outcome of this story and even though it is a novella it never felt rushed to me.Please read this book,you won't regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is about a woman-of-a-certain-age, Carrie, who reads ads in the local Metrolink. She comes across an ad requesting an hour of her time on Wednesday's just to kiss, nothing more. She is intrigued. She contacts him by IM and is more intrigued. When they meet on Wednesday, the explosive chemistry from their kiss makes her want to grab this stranger, Brian, and hold him and hang on for dear life. I love how the chapters are titled as segments of time. I realized at the end of the book that the time they spent together was very short yet so much happened! Their time became richer, fuller. What would you do if you only had an hour a week to be with the one you love, to shed your troubles and sorrows and daily humdrums like a cloak...who would you be then? I love the voice too. I can see the dry brittleness of Carrie's life. I can see the glittery newness of her Wednesday's with Brian. She changes so much even from the first encounter. I keep asking myself, "Why?" What story could he possibly have to ONLY allow himself Wednesday kisses and nothing more? What is a story guy? "Story guys are like life highlighters. Your life is all these big blocks of gray text, and then a story guy comes in with a big ol' paragraph of nion pink so that when you flip back through you life, you can stop and remember all the important and interesting places." All I can say is "Yeah. That." This whole story touches my soul. It reverberates and pings and I am in awe. I realize that a good romance is also a mystery. The mystery of the human psyche. That is what draws the reader in. Ms. Rivers writes in first person and still makes the scenes so sensual and a little erotic even. I think she writes with such emotion that the story flows. It is no longer segments of time from their episodes. I am floating on a magic carpet over the richness and vibrancy that is Carrie and Brian. Brian's story is heartbreakingly real and his declaration of love to Carrie is not a flowery rendition of what a woman wants to hear. It is the truth of the heart! The Story Guy is a must-read and the author is a must-follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great little story. Emotional powerful great characters. There really are people like this in the world.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
The Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers was a very interesting novella. Considering it’s length, I can’t say too much without giving it all away. Nonetheless, it’s about a bored librarian named Carrie who impulsively answers a personal ad by Brian to meet every Wednesday at noon and kiss for an hour. Seems simple enough, right? Of course, Carrie quickly realizes that she wants to do more than just kiss Brian. Their sexual attraction can’t be denied. Unfortunately, Brian’s long suffering family situation doesn’t allow him much room to do anything other than his hour of kissing. The more that Carrie learns about Brian’s situation, the more she wants to help him but that’s easier said than done. He doesn’t think that he deserves to be happy. Albeit, he really wants to be with Carrie too. I did enjoy that The Story Guy offered a different type of romance but I have to admit that it is very far-fetched. The speed at which these two become smitten with each other under the circumstances is crazy. The sizzle between the sheets is noteworthy and they have some phone sex that you should have to pay by the hour to witness. On the other hand, I found it hard to believe that Brian hadn’t made any attempt to take control of his life until now. He was much too young to have given up even if Carrie awakened something in him. Maybe, it would have been more believable if things hadn’t happened so fast. **Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ameliad More than 1 year ago
Librarian Carrie West is scrolling through personal ads when she sees one placed by a user named Gear Tattoo who is looking for someone to meet him in the park on Wednesdays for kissing.  Carrie loves her job as the "Liberrian" but longs for love in her life.  Gear Tatttoo is Brian Newburgh who has promised kissing only on the Wednesday dates which will stop if either person stops coming to their dates.   Carrie and Brian are strongly attracted to each other but Brian has a secret.  Carrie soon wants more from Brian than the kissing sessions he had promised but his secret is coming between them.  Then one day Brian's secret is revealed in a way neither could have anticipated. Mary Ann Rivers has written an very emotionally touching story about a couple who have to learn to love.  I really felt the connection between Brian and Carrie.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't get why the ratings for this novella are so high. I lost interest in it half way through but (painfully) kept at it hoping something....anything would happen. Big fan of love/romance but this whole "-kissing-" thing was just boring.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must-read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
even though it was short, I connected with the characters and cried! guys like this must really exist... somewhere.
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Brunette_Librarian More than 1 year ago
      Carrie is a 30-something librarian, who loves her job, but is looking for that special something. Not having any luck in the love department, she reads the classified ads online. Never responding, just reading, until the day when she sees that special one ad. Just kissing, only Wednesdays, nothing more, with no repercussions. She responds and meets Brian, a government worker hiding his true nature in these Wednesday outings.        Each Wednesday Carrie and Brian meet, kiss, and learn a little more about one another. I don’t want to say anything more than that else it might ruin the story, but at points I found the story utterly beautiful. Unexpected moments of tenderness abound. You never know what a person is going through just by looking at them, and sometimes, its the people who seem the most confident who need a shoulder to lean on.       A gorgeously written novella, The Story Guy was perfectly paced and had fully fleshed out characters. I fell a little in love with Brian myself during their Wednesday chats. A well written story by a new author everyone should try, featuring librarians (woot woot), a well placed ad and Wednesdays full of love. Well done! 
kcp59 More than 1 year ago
I love the fact that this book is about a h/h who are in their 30's! There is so much emotional depth in this story that you forget it is a novella. This isn't a book I would normally pick up, but I am so glad I did.
NaughtyBookSnitch More than 1 year ago
Brian the attorney puts an ad in the Metrolink looking to meet someone on Wednesdays and just kiss for an hour. No strings attached and he wont touch.  Carrie the librarian is happy but feels life is just moving on around her. Carrie is intrigued by this "Wednesdays Only" ad she sees on Metrolink and actually responds not thinking she will really get a reply.  What a beautiful story about life and love. This is such an amazing read. This is so well written that it doesn't feel like a novella. It may be short but there is so much meaning packed into this little read. I really didnt want this to end. I got butterflies in my tummy and tears in my eyes while reading and I haven't gotten that feeling while reading in a long time.  I love the first meeting in the park when they first kiss. That is the most beautiful description of a kiss that I feel like I was feeling it for myself. There was an instant connection between Brian and Carrie and you can feel every little electrical current running through their bodies. Brian has responsibilities that take up most of his time. Carrie won't give up and knows there is more there and continues to wait for him on Wednesdays. The sensual moments between the two are seriously hot but definitely does not overshadow the story.  I think every little part of this book has meaning and this book is my Story Guy and one that I will never forget. 
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog A LOT of people have been raving about this book so on a night when insomnia had its grips in me, I decided to pick this book up on a whim. Upon starting I knew there was something unique about this novella right away. First off, there’s a certain appeal to Rivers’s writing that I still can’t pin on. Her authorial voice reminds me of another author, but yet that name still seems out of reach. I’m reminded a bit of Charlotte Stein, who has her own unique voice and just has a special way to storytelling that makes you want to figure out what happens next. In some ways, I felt the same thing while I was reading this book. But still, I’m not sure I can say that Stein and Rivers are comparable. I just had the same reading experience when I read both of their books. Carrie is a proud librarian who finds an online ad that piques her interest. It’s a temptation too good to resist so when she messages this handsome poster and agrees to meet up with him on their lunch breaks on Wednesdays for some kissing action, I knew I found a story that was just as unique as the author’s voice. The twist is the kind that hits you right in the gut. Like a knife, it slices through you and you’re going to feel a lot of different emotions while reading this. THE STORY GUY is a powerful story that made me want to read more from this author. If this is what Rivers is capable of in a novella, I’m dying to see what she does with a full length novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story. Passionate scenes, good story line, likeable characters. I enjoyed the romance, however, I found myself repeatly rereading text. The writing was poorly defined - who was speaking what dialogue? I found this problem quite confusing. The story was creative and also made me emotional, especially at the end. S.A.K.
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twocoulters More than 1 year ago
This book is emotional and SEXY...everything a romance should be. The characters are so well-written that I know the next time I enter a library or a law office I'll being looking around for Carrie and Brian. This author's writing debut has made such a profound impact on my expectations that I fear for the next book that comes under review; the new standard by which I will measure future romance-debuts. I won this book but, that in no way affects this review. I read this book twice (back-to-back) for the simple reason that I could not put it away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very immediate, very sexy, very visceral. And also very sensitive. Takes a difficult angle for a romance novel: real life issues. Both characters in the relationship were likable; Brian for his steadfast desire to do the right thing, Carrie for her determination to break out of her long-standing comfort zone. And they were smoking hot together!