This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Love Swept, Random House
Released on July 8, 2013
I was introduced to The Story Guy through an email and thought it sounded interesting, but didn’t run to buy it right away. I was chatting on Twitter when I saw Ruthie Knox giving away ecopies of the book and I couldn’t resist trying to win. Boy am I glad I didn’t pass this one up. For many reasons I should have dumped the book right away, but it left me wanting to know more and the only way I was going to, was to read it.
The story guy is explained as someone who enters your live and leaves “highlighted” sections in your life’s story, but that is all they are, just a highlight.
Carrie West is happy with her life, but at the same time disheartened that she hasn’t connected with a man and found the love of her life. She has tried the whole dating scene many times, but just hasn’t found one worth staying with. For fun she reads the Metro ads online as an “activity” much like watching a movie, for fun. When she comes across an ad that reads…[quote]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 hookups. I will meet with you for as long as you meet me, so if you miss a Wednesday we part as strangers. No picture necessary, we can settle details via IM. Replay back with “Wednesdays Only” in the subject line.[/quote]
…she is intrigued enough to answer. She is at once excited, nervous and looking for a thrill to get her out of her slump. He responds and accepts her as his kissing buddy. And so Carrie waits in anticipation for Wednesday. Upon meeting Carrie realizes this is truly more than a Wednesday only thing, but doesn’t know how to breach the walls Brian has put into place.
Brian Newburgh is an attorney by day and holds a secret in his off hours that provides him not extra time. Uncomfortable with one-night stands, kissing allows him an hour of time indulgence on needs that he expresses through kissing. Brian’s secret is huge and not one that has an easy solution. Carrie is kept in the dark also for most of the book as to why he can’t accept more than kissing. When you read why, your heart will break and give you a new found respect for Brian.
Both characters are extremely strong characters. Brian for what he is dealing with and the responsibility this places on his shoulders. Carrie because she ultimately accepts this burden as well and expects nothing more than what Brian can provide back to her. Brian pushes Carrie back continually to protect her, but Carrie shows she won’t break.
The kissing between these two is at once cute and extremely steamy. The nervousness of kissing a stranger for the first time, to them parting with the agreement to meet again the next Wednesday. There is phone sex that almost more sexy than when they actually have sex. These two connect not only through kissing, but through being there for each other and talking.
The story is short, only 120 pages, but Mary Ann Rivers uses each word to convey more than a novella to us. She gives a full bodied story with hope, joy, depression, sadness and two people made for each other. I highly recommend this book to anyone who thinks everyone deserves a chance at love.