Friday, March 7, 2014

Review: If Only by A.J. Pine

If Only
By: A.J. Pine
Release Date: March 24, 2014

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.

Talk about trying to catch a break after a long awaited dry spell, this book had a little bit of everything in it with tons of trust issues and back and forth.  I loved A.J. Pine's writing style and the creation of her characters.  It was even an extra bonus that it happened outside of the US while studying abroad, which just adds to the setting even more.  This book was a great read that really made you feel for the main character and want her to win in the end.  Because it's really all about winning in the end. 

We meet Jordan who is on her way to Scotland to study for a whole year, she meets sweet man whore Garrett but then a second guy randomly by the loo who just happens to take her breath away with a kiss that was unforgettable to her.  There's an instant connection, like you just know that you are meant to be with this person but one thing happens and another and the timing is just not right all the way around.  Noah and Jordan again run into each other in the same school doing the same major and still it's just not the right timing for the two of them but their attraction comes off in waves when they are around each other and everyone notices. 

It was fun watching them off and on and off and on again, because you really never know what's going to happen with them.  Like I said you really want to root for Jordan to get together with someone and it's just so hard watching it, there are a lot of ups and downs in this book and I loved every minuted of it.  It kept you anticipating with what was going to happen next.  There was a lot of angst and just crazy moments in this book.  Jordan is such a lightweight pussy lol, which you have to read the book to find out what I'm talking about.  Really you will not regret it because it was just the perfect story of having to really work for something you want as long as you know it's exactly what you want. 

I loved all the characters in this book from the crazy flatmate, to the wanna be director from the Shakespeare class.  Noah made me mad a couple times but only because I wanted him to figure out what it is he wanted already and stop stringing Jordan along ugh, so frustrating.  Men! I wish I had the opportunity to do something the way she did but alas there is still time in life.  Amazing addicting and very honest read.  Sometimes like I said you have to work for it and I think all the characters did in this book. 

By far one of the good books out there and I can't wait to explore more from this author.  Cute cover, not exactly how I pictured them but cute none the less.  Go read this book, it's worth the time because I couldn't even put it down.  From beginning to end it will keep you interested, there is also some great quotes from some great authors in this book.  After all these are students who are majoring in literature after all. 

I received this book from NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

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