Laugh (Burnside #2) by Mary Ann Rivers

June 1, 2014


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.

This was the 2nd book I have read by Mary Ann Rivers, the first being Burnside's #1 "Live." Although I didn't get quite as captured as I did with the first book I still enjoyed it. Even if you haven't read the first book in the series, you will still catch on to the story line! While the first book is about Des Burnside, this book centers on the eldest of the Burnside siblings, Sam. This focuses on Sam's journey and understanding himself and opens his eyes to the way he acts with his family and friends. Sometimes he goes about things all wrong, and has a hard time expressing himself, but his heart is in the right place. 

Along with Sam, Nina is a starting role in this book. When Sam meets Nina, there is an instant spark between them! Things move fast between them, not only physically but emotionally as well. Since Nina is a widow, she does her best to not get so involved and resists him. However, it isn't long before they are exploring one another outside and inside (little more graphic then I would have liked honestly). 

What I loved most about this book most was Sam. In the previous book he was very unsympathetic and whose sole purpose was to make everyone around him miserable. In this story you really see a different side of him, he opens up to Nina and to his friends and family that is both welcoming and refreshing! With a couple bumps along the way, the ending of this book is nothing but perfect! I can't wait to read his brother Paul's book, aka PJ. I know that will be another good one in this series!


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