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The "What If" Guy

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  277 ratings  ·  66 reviews
What would you do if your "what if" guy showed up at the lowest point of your life?

(Autumn Cole clocked hers with an encyclopedia.)

After losing her job at a swanky Seattle art gallery and finding out her father has been hospitalized, single mother Autumn Cole reluctantly returns to her tiny hometown of Fairfield, Washington, to put the pieces of her life back together.

Paperback, 296 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Entangled Publishing (first published July 27th 2011)
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Jan 03, 2012 Tammy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lovers of PG-rated romance
This one is a fun little ditty that packs an emotional punch.

Autumn Cole, single mom and daughter of the town drunk, is forced to return to her hometown after losing her job at a swanky Seattle art gallery. Her 12-year-old kid is just as disgruntled about the move as she is and gives her a bad time. Her father has been hospitalized, but is as stubborn as all get out and not easy to care for. And the cherry on the sundae? Autumn discovers her son’s new teacher is also her former college sweethear


Thirteen years ago, Autumn Cole left Henry Tobler, the love of her life. Sometimes the course of true love does not run smoothly but takes a meandering path to fulfilment. After losing her job, Autumn decides to return to her small hometown in Washington with her twelve year old son to look after her ailing father. But Autumn is not prepared to run into Henry again after all these years, in of all places, her hometown, population 500.

Written in the first person from Autumn's point-of-view,
Allison (The Allure of Books)
You guys, I fell into tingly-happy-amazed book love with The "What If" Guy by Brooke Moss almost immediately. In fact, let me go ahead and tell you now that my main complaint is that this is Brooke's first book so there is no back list to go fanatically hunt down and read. I didn't have particularly high expectations since I had no idea what to expect, but let me tell you - the book blew me away! When Autumn and her son move back to her hometown to take care of her father, she runs into Henry, h ...more
This is exactly what I needed!

The "What If" Guy was such a warm and sweet story about family roots, finding your way through life and second chances. It's a story about Autumn Cole who was in love with a guy named Henry Tobler but broke his heart and hers in the process when she found out she was pregnant with another mans child.
Years later, Autumn and her son go back to her small town of Fairfield to take care of Autumn's alcoholic father when sure and behold who happens to be the new teacher i
3.5 stars

At times the pacing of this book was a bit sluggish for me. However, I did like this story line. It made me: smile, happy, skim parts, and even cry a little bit.

1. Henry and Elliot's relationship
2. When Autumn and Henry finally express their feelings to each other
3. Henry and Autumn's first date
4. Henry and Autumn's love for each other & their tender relationship
5. The ending...when we see how Autumn and Henry turn out and how Elliot turns out as a man.
6. The embarra
Dee Bibb
TITLE: The’What If’ Guy
AUTHOR: Brooke Moss
PUBLISHER: Entangled Publishing

In, ‘The ‘What If" Guy, Brooke Moss tells the story of a single mom who has lost her job and finds out her father is in the hospital. She reluctantly decides to return to her hometown to help her father until she gets back on her feet financially. Her twelve year old son is not happy about moving from the city to a very small town. But then, Autumn Cole isn’t too happy about returning to resume her role as the daughter of t
Diana Leneker
OK OK I got to admit it....I'm a small town girl, from a small town. Population of Napavine, WA., when I lived there was around 400. And low and behold I moved back there to raise our kids. So you can imagine how surprised I was to start reading "The What If Guy" by Brooke Moss, and the heroine of this book had to move back to her small town in Eastern, WA., to help take care of her alcoholic father who was seriously ill. She brings her 12 year old son home with her to a town that she turned her ...more
Rachel Firasek
The "What If" Guy was the best Cont. Rom. I've read this year. Last year, I was in love with Julia London, this year I'll follow and bother Brooke Moss. Sorry Brooke, there will be serious siren stalking.

Quick Review: All joking aside, this story made me remember my first true love. I had a long deliberation last night on whether or not he would qualify as my "what if" man and sadly he didn't. At least not in the "Henry Tobler" way. Wow, now here's a hero that we can all love. Smart, artsy, and
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Kate
Book provided by publisher for book tour

I wanted to read this story because of one of the first lines in the blurb – ‘Autumn Cole clocked hers with an encyclopedia.’ After accidentally hitting my husband with a 2x4 (among other things…and all totally accidental, I swear), I could relate! The opening language had me completely hooked (see Favorite Quote), but I didn’t have my hopes up for the language and style to continue. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised! Brooke Moss’ The “What I
Any book set in a small town in Eastern Washington should go on my reading list!!

Finally read it and thoroughly enjoyed it! Off and on I wondered how much of my feelings toward the book were because of the story and writing and how much were from my memories of the area. (I went to Elliot's school; I played softball in "the pit")

The romance between Autumn and Henry was ever-changing and always interesting. Will they? Won't they? *Why* won't they? There was just enough "yeah right" mixed in with
I will start with a confession. It was the above eyecatching beautiful cover which first caught my attention and made me notice Brooke Moss' debut novel. But then when I read the blurb I was a goner: I love small town romances and second chance love stories even more, and Brooke Moss surpassed all my expectations! It is a wonderful, heartwarming, romantic, emotional yet chuckle out loud story.

The "What If" Guy is the story of how Autumn Cole a thirty-something young single mom leaves Seattle wi
Meggan Connors
I really enjoyed this book. As a caveat, I am not normally a reader of contemporary romance, mostly because it's supposed to be real. I like my stakes high, and the body count higher. I'm only kind of kidding.

But here's the thing: I couldn't put this book down. I had to know what happened to Henry and Autumn, because, well, I fell in the love with the characters. And that's what sets this book apart from the other contemporary romances I've read (and, eventually, had to put down): the characters
I was dubious about reading this book after the prologue. I wasn't expecting one and wasn't sure how it would fit into the novel or if it would draw me into reading much further. I felt the same way a few pages in, but then the novel took off.

The story centers around Henry and Autumn, two adults who were in love for a brief period of time during college before she discovered she was pregnant with a former fling's baby.

Fast forward to 12 years later and Autumn is coming back to the small town she
This book was so amazingly good that I don't even want to write a review. Because there is no way I can fully capture the awesomeness that is The "What If" Guy with my lousy words.

This fantastic book is all up in my relationship lovin' grill and I ATE! IT! UP! I cried people, I cried like four separate and distinct times. CRIED! The last time I cried while reading a book was 1987! Seriously, it was when I read Taliesin by Stephen Lawhead.

I just...just...*squee* I don't have much more than that.

Joy (joyous reads)
Most of us have them.

You know, the one person that got away; the one that from time to time would niggle his or her way into your somewhat peaceful existence.

Well, Autumn Cole has that person. But for her, the thirteen years and the miles apart didn’t seem to have made a difference. Because for her, Henry Tobler would always be the lit torch she would carry around with her forever. When news of her father’s accident and subsequent failing health reached her, she had no choice but to go back to F
Amanda (Hootie) Clark
This is the second book I have read by Brooke and I am starting to develop a small crush on her! Her stories are so honest and emotionally endearing I always leave feeling like I made new friends. The "What If" Guy starts with Autumn Cole breaking up with her college love Henry Tobler because she found out she is pregnant with another mans baby. She doesn't feel worthy of his love and leaves him high and dry, well not dry because she leaves him in the pouring rain on a dreary Seattle day. Once t ...more
Converted this reader to contemps!

As a reviewer I usually open my review with a synopsis of the plot but in this instance I feel like the blurb really gives the perfect gist of the story without being spoiler filled. This is a really complex story layered with themes of love, forgiveness, friendship, and responsibility.

I hope it says something about this book that I do not read contemporary romance. It's just not a genre I care for. I'm more of a scifi-fantasy kind of girl, give me something un
The What If Guy is a wonderfully written romance about second chances, forgiving and moving on.

I read this book in one sitting into the wee hours of the night. It was certainly a sweet, contemporary romance. That will have you teary eyed, your heart full and even your heart heavy at times.

The characters are wonderfully created, all being realistic and filled with depth. The country feel about the book was certainly Heartwarming and well put forth.

I enjoyed Brooke Moss's writing, her characters,
Apr 09, 2012 Janelle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Janelle by: Tammy
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Great, easy read. And the fact that is was local didn't hurt, I always like being able to picture the location the book takes place.

This was a contemporary, chick-lit/romance with a PG rating as my friend Tammy mentioned. There was the usual back and forth, does he, doesn't he, should I, shouldn't I, debacle about following your heart, but it was well laid out. Very sweet, romantic story that I would highly recommend to anyone who likes tame, modern romances.
Danielle Barclay
Totally satisfying with wonderfully written characters! This is a feel good book that was a pleasure to read. Just make sure you grab a few tissues, this one tugs on the heart-strings!
Melissa West
I adored this book. Heart-warming, funny, it's that "feel good" kind of book that we all need to pick up from time to time. Loved it! Can't wait for Brooke's next one!
Shirley Frances
Autumn returns home to Fairfield with her son Elliot to nurse her father back to health and get her life back on track. The last thing she expected was to run into her ex-boyfriend, Henry, the only man she ever loved.

Although this is mainly a Romance, it encompassed so much more. Brooke Moss brought to the page a heart warming story about friendship, family and second chances. From the start, I was drawn into the story and its characters.

A funny and strong-willed single mother, Autumn felt like
Melody May
Rating 4.5 Stars

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Have you ever wonder if the guy you left behind was the "one"? Well, Autumn Cole has always thought of Henry Tobler after leaving him. She never thought she would see him again, funny how fate intervenes in her life.

Yes, I did enjoyed this story. The "What If" Guy has a lot of emotional tension. The tension tends to circle around Autumn and her dynamics between her son, her father, and Henry. Coming back to her hometown hasn't been an easy transition. I
From the big city to the hick town where everyone knows her past Autumn suddenly finds herself facing her past in a way she never expected. With the added addition of her twelve year old son Elliot and a drunk father she’s got the odds stacked against her. That is until she stumbles upon her once true love, Henry. What if you could have a second chance at love? Autumn gets the opportunity to during her return trip home and discovers she may find happiness after all.

Brooke Moss knows how to write
Mrs. Badass
3.5/5 but not quite 4 stars.

Brooke Moss is a talented writer. The "What If" guy is well written. Personally I have issues with psuedo-cheating. The problem for me is that Henry--our hero--is separated, but not divorced from his wife (Who still loves him and wants him back).

The premise/summary goes like this:
Autumn leaves home to pursue college and falls madly in love with Henry. Autumn and Henry are young and in love. Autumn was 18 and Henry was in his early 20's I believe. They had been dating
Samantha Janning
I received The “What If” Guy by Brooke Moss through Danielle at Entangled Publishing for Brooke’s blog tour. The story follows Autumn Cole, a single mother who has lost her posh job at a Seattle art gallery and is forced to move back to her hometown of Fairfield to help herself recover financially, and to help her ailing father. Billy Cole, also known as the town drunk, as several medical problems thanks to his years of alcoholism, so Autumn moves her and Elliott- her twelve year old son, into h ...more
Jennifer at BookShelfery
"What If" Guy
\wut if gahy\ , noun;
1. a loose end;
2. an unknown;
3. a guy with whom you had a a wild love for, but stomped on his heart and left him standing in the rain, only to wonder "what if" you had stayed together

The What If Guy by Brooke Moss is super heart-warming. I mostly read paranormal, YA, and Dystopian, but occasionally I like to pick up a contemporary romance novel, and I prefer them with a lot of wit, snarkiness and rugged leading men. Grrrr baby grrrr. The What if Guy totally deli
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I received this book from the author for an honest review.

OMG This book has me in tears....good and sad....cracking up and crying over loss. I have to commend Brooke, she has mad writing skills. I have loved both books of hers and will most definitely keep an eye out for her new releases.

Ok this book is about finding the love of your life but letting him go when you find out you are preggo with another m
I loved this story! I sat down with the intent of reading for just a little bit and didn’t come up until the book was completed. I love when a book grabs me and doesn’t let me go. There were so many things that I enjoyed starting with the cover, it is one that would totally have me picking the book up in a book store. If I am actually in a store shopping, the cover is what pulls me in. The characters and relationships in this book were outstanding. Each and everyone was written to its fullest wi ...more
Rarely do I enjoy contemporary romances as much as I did this one! It played out like a movie in my head and there were times I was yelling at the characters and times where I cried with them and for them. It's unusual for me to find a book that will evoke that much emotion out of me. Usually with romances you get the edge of your seat feeling and then your anticipated happy ending. I got that here, but I also got more out of it than just those two. My husband even got a mini review on our way t ...more
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