Friday, April 10, 2015

I is for If Only by A.J. Pine

So this author is new to me.  I went looking for an I book to add to my list and came across this book on another authors read list.  I gave it a shot and I was so glad I did. Not only did it have my favorite boy name ever . . . Griffin. ( I prefer Gryphon) But it also was a cute and endearing story that I instantly connected with.

If Only is about a girl named Jordan who decides to study abroad for a semester in Aberdeen Scotland. It's been two years since she has had a relationship of any kind, and her best friend Sam pushes her into being a little more . . .well  . . . loose. Basically hop into bed with the boys and don't think twice. Jordan's never had that kind of relationship and it makes her nervous. While on the train to Scotland she meets, not one but two different boys.  Griffin Reed a hot, sexy, player that immediately establishes a connection with her. And Noah the brooding, sexy, bookworm that shares her major.  While on the Train and a trip to the loo, Noah and Jordan get locked into the room together making the trip to Aberdeen a little more interesting when Noah suddenly kisses her. After the kiss Jordan's head spins and starts to pine over him, until she finds out he has a girlfriend that's also in Scotland. Desperate to turn off her feelings Jordan starts dating Griffin, but things end up getting all messed up when Griffin, the guy she counted on to be all fun and nothing serious, starts to get a little attached and she can't stop thinking about Noah.  Noah and Jordan end up being thrown together in so many ways, and it only further complicates Jordan's new lease on life. The only problem is, even though she cares for Griffin, her heart beats for Noah.  
I loved this book, though I kinda was partial to one of the boys so I wasn't overly happy with the ending, but such is life. Not every guy gets the girl . . . It's a cute, quick, fun read. With a great female lead, and two sexy male heartthrobs that would make great Book Boyfriends.
About the Author:  (Taken from her website)
AJ Pine  writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, her books have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes) and, of course, a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires, from Eric Northman to the Salvatore brothers. And in the midst of all of this, you’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago burbs.

AJ’s debut NA novel, IF ONLY, is out now with Entangled’s Embrace line, with a companion novel, WHAT IF is out now
Next year look for her new duo of NA books, ONE NIGHT and ONE LIFE with Penguin/Intermix.
Author Links!
If Only Series Book One:  

Sometimes it takes crossing an ocean to figure out where you belong.

It's been two years since twenty-year-old Jordan had a boyfriend—which means it's been forever since she, well, you know. But now she’s off to spend her junior year in Aberdeen, Scotland, the perfect place to stop waiting for Mr. Right and just enjoy Mr. Right Now.Sexy, sweet (and possible player) Griffin may be her perfect, no-strings-attached match. He’s fun, gorgeous, and makes her laugh. So why can’t she stop thinking about Noah who, minutes after being trapped together outside the train’s loo, kisses Jordan like she’s never been kissed before? Never mind his impossible blue eyes, his weathered, annotated copy of The Great Gatsby (total English-major porn)…oh, and his girlfriend.
Jordan knows everything this year has an expiration date. Aberdeen is supposed to be about fun rather than waiting for life to happen. But E. M. Forster, Shakespeare, and mistletoe on Valentine’s Day make her reconsider what love is and how far she’s willing to go for the right guy.

Amazon Kindle Price: $3.99 But It Now!
Amazon Paperback Price: $ 12.36
Barnes and Noble Nook Price: $3.99 Buy It Now!
Barnes and Noble Paperback Price: $ 12.23

What If: If  Only Series Book Two:                                          Sometimes it takes letting go of the past to find out who you want to be.

During his semester abroad, Griffin Reed almost gave his heart to a girl who loved someone else. Lesson learned. Now he’s home, where following in his father’s footsteps may not be what he wants, but it’s what his parents expect. It might be taking the easy road, but he doesn’t see a way out.

Something that could have killed Maggie Kendall took away the person she used to be instead. Her condition makes her dependent on sticky notes, photos, and medication just to get through each day. The last thing she needs is a distraction—or someone new to disappoint.

What they refuse to see is they are perfect for each other. Maggie makes Griffin want to be a better man, and he makes her believe a future is possible. But these two have to find a way to share the secrets ripping them apart, if they’re ever going to have a chance at happiness.

Amazon Kindle Price: $3.99 But It Now!
Amazon Paperback Price: $ 14.309
Barnes and Noble Nook Price: $3.99 Buy It Now!
Barnes and Noble Paperback Price: $ 14.09
What's For Dinner?: You tell me . . .maybe Fishsticks
Song of the Day:  (Taken from inside the book, and one of the scenes)
Take My Breath Away - Berlin


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