“Picture this year like an alternate reality. A parallel universe. Your instinct has always been to wait, to be careful, to be sure. You don’t have time for that in Scotland. You only have time to enjoy, to live. See what it would be like to go against your instinct. Live a little, Brooks. You might enjoy it.”
(Sam to Jordan, If Only, A.J. Pine, 2014)
It has been two years since Jordan had a man in her life; a problem she hopes to remedy while attending college abroad in Aberdeen, Scotland. Jordan Brooks is on a deadline, one year in Scotland for college, one year to find a man, and one year to try being a different Jordan Brooks. Things start off smashingly, while on the train to Aberdeen, she meets Griffin, he is sweet, sexy and charming and as she states “A man whore with a heart.” (If Only, A.J. Pine, 2014).
She also meets Noah who is irresistible (he kisses her while trapped outside the train’s loo), drool worthy gorgeous, and witty, only problem is he has a girlfriend *le sigh. So there is boy drama, who should she chose for her fling? Griffin who is available or Noah who is definitely unavailable. Decisions, decisions.
I read this book over the course of two evenings and I felt that it flowed smoothly, the relationships were relatable to real life, the dialogue was fun to read and the characters were well developed. I adored the fact that Jordan was a literary lover who quotes The Great Gatsby.
“I’m suddenly aware that my lack of success in the male/female relationship department might have something to do with my preference for boys made from words.” (Jordan, If Only, A.J. Pine, 2014)
If you are in the mood for a witty romance with a bit of a love triangle I suggest you give If Only a read, you won’t be disappointed.This was a complimentary book, gifted to me from the publisher, for an honest review.
A new adult novel from Entangled’s Embrace imprint…
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.