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Top Ten Tuesday (31): Top Ten Books for YA and Contemporary Romance Newbies

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at The Broke and the Bookish

I’m going to do a split version for this week and do a top five for YA books and another top five for Contemporary Romance books. So here we go…

Top Five Books for YA Newbies…

 

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JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta. My general belief is that everybody should read this book at least once in his/her life. 🙂 It’s an amazingly woven, poignant, and powerful story. Here’s my attempt to REVIEW this.

 

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FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell. If you need an initiation to the YA genre, you’ve got to try Rainbow Rowell’s YA books.

 

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SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE by Morgan Matson. I love the plot and character development in this one. It was great being with Emily in her journey of discoveries.

 

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THE WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski. This is a historical fantasy variation of YA, whose story presents sides that you will have a hard time choosing over. Here’s my REVIEW.

 

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THE QUEEN OF ATTOLIA by Megan Whalen Turner. This is actually the 2nd book in The Queen’s Thief series and my favorite. But I would still recommend reading the series in order to get that full impact of MWT’s genius.

 

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Cover Reveal: SUMMER RAIN: A Romance Anthology

Girl meets Books is happy to participate in the cover reveal of the soon to be released romance anthology from RITA-award winning authors, SUMMER RAIN!

Book Details:

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Author: Ruthie Knox, Molly O’Keefe, Cecilia Tan, Charlotte Stein, Mary Ann Rivers, Amy Jo Cousins, Audra North, Shari Slade, Alexandra Haughton
Release Date: June 9, 2014
Genre: Romance Anthology
Cover Design: Book Beautiful
Event Organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

In this romance anthology, RITA-Award winning author Molly O’Keefe shows us the power of a city thunderstorm from the top of a skyscraper, while Amy Jo Cousins soaks us in a rain in Spain. New York Times bestselling author Ruthie Knox’s heroine is devastated by a winter storm, while a summer thunderstorm grants Alexandra Haughton’s hero and heroine a second chance at love. Rain sparks self-awareness in the robot in Charlotte Stein’s story and allows Mary Ann Rivers’s heroine to fall in love with her hero and her own art. Rain causes romance between the college students in Audra North’s and Shari Slade’s stories, while romance causes rain in Cecilia Tan’s myth-inspired tale of a sacrifice to a demi-god. Nine romance novelettes, edited by Sarah Frantz.

All proceeds from the volume will be donated to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (www.rainn.org), the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the United States.
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Interview, Review, & Giveaway: LAUGH by Mary Ann Rivers

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*Loveswept is hosting a TOUR WIDE Rafflecopter Commenter Giveaway for Grand Prize – $25 egiftcard, Mug and Tote Set or Copies of LIVE and THE STORY GUY from Mary Ann Rivers.

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Series: The Burnside Series #2
Author: Mary Ann Rivers
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | iTunes

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.

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Promo & Giveaway: LIVE: THE BURNSIDE SERIES by Mary Ann Rivers

I’ve been a fan of Mary Ann Rivers since I read THE STORY GUY, a novella everybody should read. She has released her first full-length novel entitled LIVE: THE BURNSIDE SERIES.

This book is amazing. You can check out my review HERE. And it’s currently ON SALE for just $ 0.99 at Bookbub. Check out more information below.

Plus, Mary Ann Rivers is hosting a GIVEAWAY for digital copies of her works: LIVE, THE STORY GUY, HEATING UP THE HOLIDAYS, and ARC of LAUGH (Book 2 in her Burnside Series)!

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Book Info:
Title: Live
Author: Mary Ann Rivers
Series: The Burnside Series #1
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: January 21, 2014
Book Blurb:
Mary Ann Rivers kicks off a new contemporary romance series—sure to please readers of Ruthie Knox, Kristan Higgins, and Jill Shalvis—where love can be found unexpectedly.
If there’s an upside to unemployment, Destiny Burnside may have found it. Job searching at her local library in Lakefield, Ohio, gives her plenty of time to ogle the hottest man she has ever laid eyes on: the sexy wood-carver who’s restoring the building. But as the rejection letters pile up, Destiny finds an unexpected shoulder to cry on. With his rich Welsh accent, Hefin Thomas stirs Destiny so completely that,even though he’s leaving soon, she lets herself believe the memory of his scorching kisses will be enough.
Hefin can’t help but notice the slender, confident woman with ginger hair who returns each day, so hopeful and determined. So when the tears start to fall, his silence—penance for a failed marriage—finally cracks. Once he’s touched her, what Hefin wants is to take her back to Wales and hold her forever. But Destiny’s roots run too deep. What they both need is each other—to learn how to live and love again.

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“Waiting On” Wednesday (17): LAUGH by Mary Ann Rivers

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.

This week’s spotlight is on:

Laugh

 LAUGH by Mary Ann Rivers

Release Date: May 6, 2014

 

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

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.

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Virtual Book Tour: LIVE: THE BURNSIDE SERIES by Mary Ann Rivers (Review & Giveaway)

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Book Info:

Title: Live: The Burnside Series

Author: Mary Ann Rivers

Publisher: Loveswept

Release Date: January 21, 2014

 
*Loveswept is hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for $25.00 E-Retailer Gift Card or Loveswept Tote.

 

Book Blurb:

Mary Ann Rivers kicks off a new contemporary romance series—sure to please readers of Ruthie Knox, Kristan Higgins, and Jill Shalvis—where love can be found unexpectedly.

If there’s an upside to unemployment, Destiny Burnside may have found it. Job searching at her local library in Lakefield, Ohio, gives her plenty of time to ogle the hottest man she has ever laid eyes on: the sexy wood-carver who’s restoring the building. But as the rejection letters pile up, Destiny finds an unexpected shoulder to cry on. With his rich Welsh accent, Hefin Thomas stirs Destiny so completely that, even though he’s leaving soon, she lets herself believe the memory of his scorching kisses will be enough.

Hefin can’t help but notice the slender, confident woman with ginger hair who returns each day, so hopeful and determined. So when the tears start to fall, his silence—penance for a failed marriage—finally cracks. Once he’s touched her, what Hefin wants is to take her back to Wales and hold her forever. But Destiny’s roots run too deep. What they both need is each other—to learn how to live and love again.

My Review:

Mary Ann Rivers does it again in her full-length novel debut. Get ready to be swept away by her story-telling. LIVE is as much about the love story of Destiny and Hefin as it is about these two people rediscovering the love for themselves.

Destiny Burnside, or Des, to family and friends, has been in an employment slump for months now since her father’s death and she constantly comes to the town library for job hunting. That’s where she “met” Hefin Thomas, “met” being the defining word as they have not been introduced at all and the extent of their interaction is when she ogles him at the library. He’s one of the highlights of Destiny’s day, even more so when it is currently filled with thoughts of her constant failure to land a job, of trying to help with the recovery of her sister who was in a motor accident, and of somehow trying to keep her family together, since that Burnside siblings lost their father. What she didn’t know was that the ogling went both ways.

Hefin Thomas is currently working on a restoration project for the library. He’s originally from England but moved to the States when he got married. Unfortunately, his marriage didn’t work out, leaving him divorced and his heart scarred. His aware of Destiny Burnside since the first time he saw her enter the library. But his little “crush” on Destiny can turn into a complication when one day he could not help himself when he saw her breakdown and cry. He didn’t have time for a long-term and serious relationship. Not when he decided he needed to get back to England in order to find what he seemed to have lost since his divorce.

From that first touch of Hefin’s hand on Destiny’s knee as he tried to comfort her in what she deemed a pretty embarrassing breakdown, in the library no less, I knew I was in it for the long haul. Because I wanted to see how they would change each other’s lives. And boy did they ever.

Hefin has found himself lost since his marriage collapsed and the painful part for him is that he blames himself for the failure. He has grown resentful of his ex-wife when they were still together not because she didn’t love him but because he somehow could not find himself as himself when they moved to the States. I love how Mary Ann Rivers presented this conflict with Hefin. You could see how it must have happened in the past and you understand the reasons behind it. And you also understand that Hefin somehow needs to open himself up to acceptance: acceptance of the fact that yes, he was at fault but then a marriage is not a relationship of one alone. And I love how Destiny stirs him towards that realization. Apart from his divorce, you just know that Hefin is finding himself lost somehow. Adrift. He plans to return to England where he hopes to reconnect with his past and be able to start anew towards his future.

In the outset, I initially thought that Hefin had the more complicated and heavier of the conflicts in the story. But if you’ve read Mary Ann Rivers before, you’ll know that her characters are multi-faceted, layered, and deep. And Destiny Burnside is no different. I was surprised to find myself realizing the conflicts and complications of Destiny’s life much the same time as Hefin starts to discover them. Because that’s also the time Hefin realizes that Destiny is the kind of person who likes to take care of people. And that caring personality meant that you don’t get to see what her worries or her problems are like because it doesn’t show. She doesn’t show it because that’s part of her nature.

The love story of these two was heartbreaking and heartwarming to read at the time. Heartbreaking because you know these two have set a sort of deadline for their time together, knowing that Hefin is scheduled to return to England. Heartwarming because you know neither time nor place would matter when you know change is bound to happen within yourself, with the way you see your world, with the way you love and live your life, and find your home.

There were so many good parts that I truly loved in this book, I must  have highlighted favorite passages dozens of times in almost every single chapter. I really appreciate Mary Ann Rivers’s style of writing. I particularly appreciate all the metaphors and the imagery that she presents to her readers. LIVE has a lot of those and you have to read the book in order to appreciate it better but a couple of my favorites are the Dome of twigs constructed on Destiny’s backyard, the talk about owning to your percentage for the failure of a relationship, and every reference that talks about finding your place in the world, that place you can call your home.

These two people’s journey in life and love would inspire you, make you ask questions about your own lives, about the importance of living, the healing power of love and acceptance. As much as I would like enumerate all the things I love about this book, because there are a lot, I feel I would be taking the experience from you. So I will just suggest that you go buy and read this book. You can never go wrong with a Mary Ann Rivers book. Destiny is the first of the Burnside siblings to get a story and I know we’re looking out for Sam Burnside’s book sometime in the immediate future. Mary Ann Rivers has created a wonderful groundwork for them and I can’t wait to read their stories as well.

Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars

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About the Author:

mary ann riversMary 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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Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-me Authors I Read in 2013

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at The Broke and the Bookish. For this week’s list: New-to-me Authors I’ve Read in 2013. 2013 was a great year for me as a reader, I’ve discovered new genres that I’m beginning to enjoy and of course, I’ve discovered great new authors. Here’s a rundown of my Top Ten.

 

 

 

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#10   Cheryl McIntyre

Before Now is one of the books that have really resonated in me, not because I’ve experienced the same things the characters have (I haven’t) but because Cheryl McIntyre’s writing made them so alive and real.

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#9       Lauren Layne

I’m so happy to have discovered her Love, Sex, & Stiletto series. It’s fun, sexy, and full of romance.

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#8       Katie McGarry 

I’ve only read Daring You To but it already turned me into a believer. I look forward to reading more of her work. I haven’t read Crash Into You yet (I know, it’s a crime.) but by the looks of all those starred reviews, I’m guessing I’m looking forward to an amazing read.

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#7       Stephanie Perkins

I loved Lola and the Boy Next Door so much. It was such a refreshing reading experience for me. And Cricket Bell is one of my favorite characters for 2013. And her new books comes out 2014, which is so far away.

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#6       Veronica Roth

I haven’t read Allegiant yet and with all the spoilers of the ending that I’ve read and heard about, it will be some time before I pick up that third book. But I’m still glad that I’ve read the first two books. They’re great reads.

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#5       Gayle Forman  

Oh, Gayle Forman. If I Stay broke my heart. But Where She Went just about killed me. I love these two books so much. I liked Just One Day enough and I haven’t read Just One Year yet but her first two books are enough to make me and keep me as a fan. 

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#4       Kate Meader

I discovered Kate Meader late in the year and also because she just recently released her books. I love her writing style, at times funny, romantic, and heartwarming. 

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#3       Mary Ann Rivers

Her debut release was a novella and her second release was a short story that was part of an anthology. Her full-length novel, Live, comes out in 2014. But no matter the format or the length, Mary Ann Rivers’ stories are forces to be reckoned with. Both of them are such great stories with great writing. 

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#2       Rainbow Rowell

I think I can’t gush enough about Eleanor & Park and Fangirl. Those two books are so different and yet so alike in the sense that you have great characters, a hit-my-heart-with-a-bullet-why-don’t-you storylines, and just really awesome writing. I’ll have to read Attachments soon before Landline comes out next year.

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#1        Laura Florand

I love Laura Florand. Her books are decadent. So for those of you who haven’t tried out her writing yet, indulge yourself with romance, chocolate, Paris, and fabulous writing.

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There you go. What about you, guys? What are your picks for the week?

It’s Monday: What are you reading? (6)

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey. It’s a great opportunity for bloggers to post what books they plan to read for the week. Here are some of the books that made it to my TBR list this week.

 

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Live by Mary Ann Rivers – I’m so happy I got an eARC copy of this. Plus, I have the opportunity to participate in a Virtual Book Tour of Mary Ann River’s first full-length novel in January 2014. She’s one of my greatest author finds this year, with her The Story Guy and Snowfall, which are both exceptional, exceptional works.

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Lost in a Royal Kiss by Vanessa Kelly  I got this for free from Amazon on a special promo. I haven’t read any of her works yet but I started this one and I’m liking Vanessa Kelly’s writing style so far. Get this novella for free here.

What about you? It’s Monday! What are you reading?

First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros: Snowfall by Mary Ann Rivers

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First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a weekly meme hosted at Bibliophile by the Sea, where you get to share the first paragraph (or so) of a book you’re currently reading or thinking of reading soon.

 

For my first entry for this meme, I’m featuring the latest novella from Mary Ann Rivers. Her debut novella, The Story Guy, won my heart and total devotion over. It’s a novella, for crying out loud, it shouldn’t hit you so hard. But as Courtney Milan has previously shown me and now Mary Ann Rivers, novellas do have the capacity to kick you in the gut with all these intense emotions and great characterizations. And it’s great! Here’s the first paragraph (or so) of the book.

 

     This is the time of year we want most to tell the people we love that we’re okay.

      I think that’s why we get on ladders and hang lights from the tallest eaves of our houses, from the very tops of trees.

       It’s to get some light in front of the darkness, to tell the whole world that we’ve made it, and that these lights, way up here? That’s what we think of the New Year, what’s coming—it’s all going to be light and joy and flame in the blackness and non of us have any reason to be afraid.

       All those carols we loved as kids?

       Now, they make us cry, because to sing them, to hear them, to pass a flame candle to candle while the lyrics come easy, is to acknowledge everything that has come since childhood.

      The darkness and the light.

 

Prior to starting this novella, I could not help but think if it will be just as mind-blowing in greatness as her debut and wondering if she will be a keeper author or just one of those one-time deals. I’m happy to report that she does deliver. I’m just halfway through but I’m glad that her writing is as steady as in her first novella and the poignancy and slight humor, not to mention the intense emotions (I believe I said that already) are still very present in her new story.

 

Here’s the blurb from her Goodreads:

Jenny Wright can’t get enough of her erotic conversations with someone she knows only as “C.” Flirting online helps Jenny temporarily escape confronting the changes to her life as she slowly loses her vision. Jenny’s occupational therapist, Evan Carlisle-Ford, is helping her prepare for the challenges ahead, but the forthright, trustworthy man can no longer ignore his growing attraction to his fiercely intelligent client. Now Jenny must choose between the safe, anonymous “C”—or the flesh-and-blood Evan, whose heated kisses can melt snow faster than it can fall.

 

This novella is part of a three-book bundle featuring two other writers, Lisa Renee Jones and Serena Bell, entitled Heating up the Holidays.

 

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News: Upcoming anthology and full-length novel from Mary Ann Rivers

Mary Ann Rivers debut book (which is actually a novella but boy did it blew all the other competition away), The Story Guy, has been reviewed and rated highly by a lot of critics. And I absolutely adore it. In just a hundred pages or so, this book had me laughing, intrigued, and head-over-heels in love with the story. And I couldn’t believe Mary Ann Rivers was able to get all that in a novella.

 

So when I heard that she’s coming out with a new full-length book by January 2014, I was ecstatic. It’s entitled LIVE, book one of a four-book series featuring the Burnsides.

 

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“The Burnsides are a close-knit, working class family of two brothers and two sisters who are at a tremendous crossroads as the grieve the death of their father. They live in a neighborhood of family friends, old classmates, and families who take care of each other.”

 

 

Mary Ann Rivers is also coming out with an anthology scheduled for release before the end of this month. Here’s the blurb from her website:

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SNOWFALL by Mary Ann Rivers

When Jenny Wright becomes involved in an online romance with someone she knows only as “C,” she can’t get enough of their erotic conversation. In truth, Jenny is hiding from the confronting the innumerable changes to her life as she slowly loses her vision. It’s easier having a relationship with someone behind a computer screen, someone with whom she doesn’t have to share every intimate detail of her life.

Jenny shares the most with her occupational therapist, Evan Carlisle-Ford; she shares her worst emotions, the work she loves, and her true self.  Evan finds a way to partner with Jenny to face the challenges ahead, even as he has to confront his growing attraction to his fiercely intelligent client by ending their professional relationship.

Evan is real in every way–forthright, trustworthy, and his kisses can melt snow faster than it can fall. Jenny finds herself again, for herself, and is ready to see the world in new ways and let “C” go. When Jenny receives a very unexpected surprise for Christmas, she must decide whether to let down her defenses and trust–in herself, in the ever-changing world, in the possibility of true love.

 

And for all those who haven’t read The Story Guy yet, oh my gosh. Please do check it out. It’s amazing! Here’s the blurb that can lure you in…

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“I will meet you on Wednesdays at noon in Celebration Park. Kissing only. I won’t touch you below the shoulders. You can touch me anywhere. No dating, no hook-ups. I will meet with you for as long as you meet me, so if you miss a Wednesday we part as strangers.”

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?