Welcome to the online home of author Mary Ann Rivers. I write warm, very sexy, and emotional contemporary romance about people you’ve met. Of course, not people you’ve really met, because I’ve made them up in my head, but absolutely people you could have met. Ordinary people, who are actually extraordinary, because they are about to fall in love.

This website in a peek inside the cities of my imagination, populated by heroes and heroines finding love and community in a beautiful and imperfect world. You can also find me writing on my blog or at Wonkomance, a blog devoted to the weird in romance.

LIVE releases January 21st, 2014 and is Book One of The Burnside Series.

Mary Ann Rivers kicks off a new contemporary romance series—sure to please readers of Ruthie Knox,

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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.

HEATING UP THE HOLIDAYS released Oct. 28th and is a Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year’s holiday anthology with the talented Lisa Renee Jones and Serena Bell. My story is SNOWFALL.

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SNOWFALL by Mary Ann Rivers

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.

What a few lovely and amazing people have said about my debut THE STORY GUY:


“In just over 100 pages, debut author Mary Ann Rivers gives us a powerful love story.” — USA Today

“I just finished it and as I’m sitting here jotting down thoughts for the A review, I’m crying and smiling.” — Dear Author

“If you too have been wanting more unbaggaged heroines, then Carrie . . . is the woman you’ve been waiting for.” — Heroes and Heartbreakers

“For all the seriousness this book is so damn sexy. There is kissing on a bench and phone sex and real sex. It’s really hot. And parts made me giggle too.” — Smexy Books

“There was great character development and it was a lovely story to read. This was Mary Ann Rivers’ debut novel and I can’t wait to see what else she writes next.” — The Book Vixen

“A sparkling gem of sweet emotion!” — New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips

“A beautiful love story full of sly wit, slow kisses, and heart-punching truths. I can’t recommend Mary Ann Rivers highly enough.” — Ruthie Knox, USA Today bestselling author of Along Came Trouble

“In The Story Guy, Mary Ann Rivers writes a compelling story about finding love in the unlikeliest places. I was hooked from the first page.” — Elise Sax, author of An Affair to Dismember

“The plot of The Story Guy allows—demands—a slow physical build-up with delicious anticipation, making it an incredibly sexy read. The love scenes are fresh and exciting and intensely emotional. This was an intensely emotional read all around, for me. It probably won’t make every reader burst into tears, but it has a lot to offer anyone. 5 stars.” — Karen Knows Best

THE STORY GUY is available now from Random House Loveswept: