If Only by AJ Pine: Review

If Only by AJ Pine: ReviewIf Only by AJ Pine
on March 24, 2014
Genres: Coming Of Age, Love & Romance, New Adult

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.

It has been awhile since I took a break from all the hot, sexy, steamy reads and read a really sweet, innocent New Adult book. If Only was a bit of cleansing for me, something I totally needed.

Jordan is on her way to Scotland to spend her junior year abroad. In the past two years, she hasn’t been with anyone or really put herself out there. Well, as luck would have it, she literally meets two guys on the train, Griffin and Noah. In a funny meet-cute sort of way, Jordan and Noah hit it off right away. But of course as luck would have it, he really isn’t available. Griffin on the other hand offers Jordan a no strings attached sort of arrangement. Of course, in the back of her mind all Jordan can think about is Noah and the connection they shared on the train.

I know what you are thinking, this book screams love-triangle, right?! Well, I really didn’t think that it had that much of one. Sure…there were feelings that were hurt but it wasn’t intense and made me want to scream. It was pretty obvious as to how the story was going to play out. I mean I was totally rooting for one of the guys the entire time. And no, I am totally not telling you which one.

I really liked Jordan. She wasn’t one to feel sorry for herself and play the victim card. Sure she was a bit confused on what she wanted to do with her love life, but who wouldn’t be when you have two hot guys?? There were times where I wanted to scream at her for sure, but then again I reminded myself that she was still young and needed to learn from her experiences. I also loved Jordan’s wittiness and humor. There were a bunch of times I laughed out loud. On a sidenote, l Iove that she seems to have a smaller bladder then me (you will get it when you read the book).

Both guys were sweet, but like I said above, there was one that just stole my heart. Both Noah and Jordan were both incredible and I’m a bit jellie that she got both of them. I don’t want to say much more as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. I also really liked Duncan and Elaina; they definitely need their own story.

If you are looking for a fun, sweet read then look no further.  I also want to point out that this book was exceptionally written.



About AJ Pine

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 PineAuthorPicfavorites 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.