I first stumbled upon this title when Chachic @ Chachic’s Book Nook posted a review of it . And well, simply put, I was drawn into the passage/quote about story guys from the novella she included in her review. That alone convinced me enough to buy a copy online as it is only available as an eBook.
“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?
Yep, evident from the cover, this novella is a romance, but it’s not an ordinary romantic story you normally get to read out here or there. Mary Ann Rivers crafts a unique plotline while merely utilizing a common thing as a means for two people to connect. In this case, Carrie encounters the personal ad of Brian and in that ad, Brian indicates the day, which is Wednesday, the time, the place, the task, and its conditions. So it’s up to the other party if he/she is interested to accept his “challenge”. The immediate attraction of Carrie to Brian just makes her do it. And the story just flows from there.
It took me a while to get used to Rivers’ sentence structures, but once I got the hang of it, I found myself so engrossed in the story. Despite the length limit, Mary Ann Rivers captures all the emotions and feelings she intends to convey in it. It’s altogether sad, funny, sexy, bittersweet, love, longing… She perfectly chooses the rights words to use and I can’t help but root for the main characters more.
Two people are brought together, hoping to escape their harsh reality at first, but as they spend more time together, something kicks in when they eventually realize their longing to fill each other’s gaping hole in their hearts. I love how Carrie and Brian’s characterizations are elaborated. How it is revealed and developed is similar to a book – mystery at first and then it will slowly unravel the mysteries and secrets behind the façade as the story progresses. Moreover, I love how Mary Ann Rivers incorporate book-related themes and topics into her story: librarians and libraries, Carrie’s loves for books, and most specially the story guy.
The concept of story guy is what impressed me the most. Even some of the passages are insightful and can be applied in real life. At the end of the day, this novella makes me want to have my own story guy – someone who not only highlights and makes a big bookmark in my life with those big ol’ paragraph of neon pink, but someone who I want to read all the way to the end and make a story with. This novella definitely did not disappoint. It leaves me hungry for more of Brian and Carrie’s story. Nuff said.