Today I have a new release from Mary Ann Rivers, Laugh, Book two of her Burnside series. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops, and while you are here, don’t forget to read the excerpt and enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win $25.00 E-giftcard to Book Retailer of Choice, Loveswept Mug and Tote Gift Pack, or Copy of THE STORY GUY and LIVE from Mary Ann Rivers.
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.
Author: Mary Ann Rivers
Published by: Loveswept
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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 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.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.