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For some people falling in love was a happy, glowing experience. For Briar Kelly and Arrow Donovan it was more like getting hit by a freight train.

Caring for one another was never an easy feat. They constantly fought to hold their feelings inside, not wanting to jeopardize their friendship. Then, Arrow left for the Marines, and everything changed. Briar was shattered. Arr
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Kindle Edition, 311 pages
Published April 11th 2014 by Bayli Lane
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Anna
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ohhhhh life ...

This book is a classic example of how LIFE HAPPENS and when life happens .... Shit happens and oh my god I needed these two to have their we are meant to be HEA ....

Bad. Like triple bad. My heart was being pulled in ten different directions. It was a great story of a friends to lovers given a second chance then a third chance. It was the required potpourri of angst and butterflies and drama to satisfy a hopeless romantic like me ❤️

Hearts have a way of finding their way home. T
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Sara
Apr 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5**What if you two just had a talk to clear shit up** stars

What if....Briar never went to that party
What if.... Arrow never left that room
What if.... It was Briar he kissed and not Darcy
What if.... these two actually admitted their feelings


This book was full of What If's. I think this would really annoy a lot of readers, but for some reason I just dealt with it and kept reading. The book is told in alternating POV's of Briar and Arrow.

They meet at a party freshman year and connect just talking
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Bayli
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition

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“Do we have a problem?” Killian asked. I chuckled humorlessly. His eyes narrowed and chest puffed up. “If you
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Andrenella
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I read What If, I would message Bayli and let her know exactly how I was feeling. Some of my messages went like "WTF" "OMG I HATE LACEY" "I'M ABOUT TO HAVE A HEART ATTACK" "OK I'M HAVING ANOTHER HEART ATTACK". This book got my attention from the very beginning and kept me intrigued the whole time. Bayli is an amazing writer and this book was perfection! The story between Arrow and Briar had it's up and downs and there were a lot of times I wanted to jump into my kindle and slap both of them! ...more
Alison
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wow, I just became a Bayli Lane fan!
Great storyline, moved quickly, dual POV, loved Arrow Donovan, all alpha!
Only negative was the ending felt a little rushed, but then I saw on GR that she has a book coming out that's an extension of an epilogue for this book. Squeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I am screaming that I highly recommend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Brooke Cumberland
Wow...this was an emotional roller coaster. I haven't cried this much from a book in awhile. I felt every emotion, every heartbreak/tear, and every happy moment. I went in completely blind, not knowing much about the storyline or the author's writing style, and was pleasantly surprised with what I read. The blurb caught my attention so I dove in. I can't believe this is only Bayli's second novel - she has a beautiful writing style that really captures you in with every single page. I loved this ...more
Ada Slowe
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What" and "If" are two words as non-threatening as words can be. But put them together side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life.

This is the exact quote that comes to mind when I think about this book. I can't even fully express in words how much I loved his book. Its been such a long time since I've read a book in little under a day. But I did with this, and I thank Bayli For that.

I've been waiting for this book since reading the blub, I've been intrigued since
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Jen Popina
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bayli Lane has done it again!! She pulled me in to this roller coaster of emotions and didn't let me go!! This story was just WOW! I laughed, and cried, and loved, and hated, and screamed. I started reading and literally did not/could not put this book down! I was pulled in from the first chapter. My heart broke for Briar, it broke for Arrow, and it even broke for Killian. Briar and Arrow were so frustrating at times and I wanted to smack them, why couldn't they just see! I loved the format of t ...more
Danielle Calabrese
I4 1/2 stars! f you do not like miscommunication between characters then do not read this book...there is all sorts of miscommunication going on! With that being said I don't mind that aspect in books as long as the writing and the likability of the characters holds my interest, and boy did this one ever...all night long! I could not put this one down!
Jordyn Kinder
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book, it had me hooked from the very beginning!!
Romance
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What if the one you loved, loved you back but was to afraid to tell you? How long would you wait for destiny to bring you together?

Arrow and Briar had me going back to the days of young love. The days when we had that crush but were too afraid to tell that person how we felt. The fear of rejection. We have all been there.

Arrow, is the guy we fall for. Call it love at first sight, but once we start talking to him for a few hours we are doomed. Done. Stick a fork in us... we sense the mutual inter
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Felecia Hickman- amaya
Let me start by saying that I absolutely adore Bayli Lane she is a phenomenal author and a beautiful person with a infectious smile. I had the pleasure of meeting her at the Cincy Author Event one of the best days of my life. I am now kicking myself in the butt for only buying a signed copy of Becoming More which I adored ….. ugh why didn’t I buy What If as well. Ok now that I got my gushing over Bayli and self loathing over a missed opportunity of owning a signed copy of this book out of the wa ...more
Nickie Nalley Seidler
What if was one of the books that caught my attention right off the bat. Everyone has always had one of those circumstances where you've asked yourself "what if" and this book was just that. You have Briar and Arrow since teens wishing to be with one another but communication has lacked in their relationship, they're friends only zones. Arrow thought he could read Briar several times and even though he did, he didn't feel the deeper conncetion he always wished they'd had and neither did she. The ...more
Beth Jones
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First I would like to say after reading this book and hearing about Dear God from Avenged Sevenfold I had to google the song and was a bit misty eyed after reading the book when I was listening to the lyrics. Ok on with the book.

What If was a really great read. It is full of true love, tragedy, hurt, darkness, & passion. A story of two best friends that could not be together either for fear of losing their friendship or have other people in their lives. What If is exactly that what if I did this
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Jill
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly loved everything about What If. What If was one of those books that captured me from the very first word. I could not put it down, not even for a second!



I loved Briar's character from the beginning. She was your normal teenage girl. Secretly she's always loved her best friend Arrow. They met at a party when they were younger. Briar found herself in a bad situation, and Arrow was there to save the day. Ever since their first encounter, they were inseparable. Briar was always with Arrow,
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T.H.
This is the first book from Bayli that I've read and from this point on I will read everything she puts out. I loved "What If".

Arrow is amazing and Briar is incredible. They've known one another most of their lives...as friends. No matter how strong their feelings may be toward the other, it's just never been the right time for more. Reading the struggles they both faced I wanted to jump into the book, shove them in '7 minutes of heaven', and let them get their groove on.

Do they come to terms w
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Rachel
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Best friends always just out of reach in this second chance romance

I hadn't read anything from this author before but I really enjoyed this book. I loved the military aspect and the best friends afraid to be more drama. There was a lot of moments where I felt one or the other character should have fessed up to their feelings but obviously that would have made for a different book. I would have liked to see a few more chapters once everything came together (yes it's a HEA) and maybe some more lov
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Maureen Mayer
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED this book! I was able to connect with the characters instantly, and the emotions they evoked in me were all over the place! Their pain, sadness, heartache...I felt it all! And at times I wanted to shake Briar and Arrow and make them open their eyes and see what they had right in front of them! But I will say, I was very happy with the way this book ended, and I can't wait to read more from Bayli Lane. She's a wonderful writer and always has a way of drawing me in with her words.
Tammy Marshall
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing book. This book took me on an emotional roller coaster. I could feel what Arrow and Briar were feeling. I read this in one sitting. I could not put it down. make sure you have a box of tissues ready. You will need them.This is by far on e of my most favorite. And I will be re-reading this again and again and again.. Way to go Bayli. Awesome book...
R. Holmes
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book so much! Arrow Donovan is such a sweetheart! Love him!
Melanie Charlesworth
There are multiple ways someone can break you. If you felt affection or love for that particular person, there were even more ways for them to have that control. You were inadvertently giving that someone the knife and widening your arms, gesturing to your heart, and saying, “It’s yours. Do with it what you want: break it, shatter it, hold it, caress it, handle it with tenderness, but please, please love it.”

This book is amazing. A-MAZ-ING. It made me feel. It made my chest hurt. It made me cry
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Jennifer
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are no what if’s for me… Huge 5 star read for me!

I was so giddy to read another novel by Bayli Lane! Her debut novel Becoming More knocked the socks off of me so when I saw What If in the works, I was salivating until the day I was able to read it! Just that title alone I was like… awh man…. This one is going to be a doozy! Just those two little words “What If” bring so much uncertainty to my mind. Everybody has what if’s in their lives that make you think, what if this would have happened
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Jennifer
There are no what if’s for me… Huge 5 star read for me!

I was so giddy to read another novel by Bayli Lane! Her debut novel Becoming More knocked the socks off of me so when I saw What If in the works, I was salivating until the day I was able to read it! Just that title alone I was like… awh man…. This one is going to be a doozy! Just those two little words “What If” brings so much uncertainty to my mind. Everybody has what if’s in their lives that make you think, what if this would have happen
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Derna
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***


“He smiled, I smiled. And that’s when I knew: I was a goner.”


“What If” is a sweet, but a frustrating story about Briar Kelly and Arrow Donovan two people whose road to true love was so not smooth sailing, and I have to say the title fitted it perfectly.

The storyline, which I won't say much about as I feel the synopsis give you all you need to know is told from dual POV which I love. Briar and Arrow are two characters tha
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My Secret Book Spot
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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5 of 5 Stars

I absolutely fell in love with Arrow Donovan over the course of What If. It wasn't an instant love because he made all of the mistakes that a young man is prone to make when he's finding his purpose and learning what makes him happy. Arrow knew from the time he was 14 that he wanted to be with Briar Kelly but things don't always work out as planned. During a late-night game of truth or dare, Briar catches Arrow in a compromising position with her best friend, Dar
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multitaskingmomma
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, romance, mf
Original Blog Post: http://www.multitaskingmommas.com/201...

If you like watching Latin and Asian telenovelas, then What If is the book for you. Don't get me wrong, Bayli Lane did a wonderful job with writing this book but it's one of those whose plot would have been solved in a minute if either hero or heroine had asked just one simple question. "Can I kiss you?" would have been on top of my list.

This is a prime example of what can go wrong when there are misunderstandings or miscommunications i
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Maria
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Briar and Arrow met when they were fifteen. When Arrow stopped another guy from hurting Briar. That was the first time that Arrow saved Briar. Half an hour later was the first time he shattered her heart.
Briar was convinced from the very first second of his love for Arrow, but when you find a person like him - someone who completes you, calms you and can makse you laugh until you can not continue emitting any sound- you don't risk everything confessing your love, especially when he started datin
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Jennie Wurtz
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Bayli Lane. As a HUGE fan of Becoming More (her first novel) I could not wait to get my hands on What If and see what she had in store for her readers. Let me tell you this story has made a lasting impression on me, and that is exactly what I want a book to do when I am finished with it. I love this story! Even before reading the first page, I knew it was going to be different. A book about the choices we make, the paths we take, and how different our lives might have been if only we’d go ...more
J Ho Lo
Solid 3.5 stars.

This is a hard one to review. The writing was beautiful. Bayli has a way of grabbing your attention and not letting it go until you finish. If I was rating this solely on writing style it would easily be 5 stars. Unfortunately the characters and the way the story played out detracted a bit from the book for me.

First, the main characters were frustrating for me. I understood that at the beginning they were early teenagers so I expected the immaturity level. However, even 10 years
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