What If

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What If

If Only..., #2

People should not dwell on the past and wonder “what if?” too much. Because Maggie Kendall was doing that a lot it took her a long time to realize that she should not live in the past but turn to the future. Actually it took her the whole story to realize that. And it took me half of the story to warm up to it.

On one hand the writing of “What if” is good. It is a story written in dual POV. Each character's voice is easy to recognize. The story flows nicely. The author slowly builds the atmosphere, the characters and the plot. I liked the development and the progress of the characters and how they change through the story. I liked how each of them comes to a realization that change is needed in order to receive and accept love. But on the other hand the author failed to stir up emotions in me. I did not feel the connection between the hero and heroine and I just could not find the point where they fell in love. The story lacks chemistry between hero and heroine. It is similar with the conflict. At the very end of the story the author decide to stir up things a bit and she introduces a huge conflict that I found over the top and totally unnecessary. The lack of trust between the hero and heroine made me wonder if this relationship was going in right direction. The story would be much better if there was an honest and open conversation between the two main characters.

All in all, “What if” was a nice read, but not a memorable one. It is your typical new adult story.

The Story:

Neither Griffin Reed nor Maggie Kendall is looking for a relationship, but from the moment they meet they want to be with one another. But they both have issues they have to deal with in order to open themselves up to love.


Book Blurb for What If

A new adult novel from Entangled's Embrace imprint...

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.


Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2015 3.50