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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.

342 pages, ebook

First published March 24, 2014

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A.J. Pine

23 books707 followers
A teen librarian by day and a romance writer by night, A.J. Pine can’t seem to escape the world of fiction, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s the author of the If Only series (Entangled Embrace), the Only You series (Berkley/Intermix), the Kingston Ale House series (Entangled Select), and the Crossroads Ranch series (Forever Romance). When she finds that 25th hour in the day, she might indulge in a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires, superheroes, and a certain high-functioning sociopath detective. She hails from the far off galaxy of the Chicago suburbs.

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Profile Image for It's just me Shelly B.
251 reviews282 followers
March 26, 2014
This book absolutely positively DID NOT work for me!!!!!




I feel like I got robbed because that blurb sounded GOOD but the book definitely didn't deliver what the blurb portrayed. I'm a HUGE fan of "triangle cheating angsty" books so when I spotted this book I was like "Hell Yea....OMG I gotta read this soooon!"


So the basis of the story is the girl, Jordan, meets 2 guys on a train, Griffin and Noah. She ends up locked in the "loo"(you'll understand why I put quotes on that later) with Noah and he kisses her however Noah has a girlfriend. She's seated with Griffin on the train so through out the 9hourish train ride she gets to know and like him also but she can't stop thinking about that kiss from Noah. They are all on their way to study abroad at a university in Scotland. I'm not spoiling here because you can get all this from the blurb. So you see to me that sounded like my KINDA book!



Let's just say my assumption was....WRONG!!!!


Basically the feeling I got from this book was it wanted to be a trianglish book but still keep the fluffy aspect of a vanilla type book. That just don't work with this genre!


So the entire time this chick is going all "drama Queen" over a damn KISS!!! A FREAKING KISS.....now had Noah thrown her against the wall in the "loo" and had HOT monkey sex and turned her world upside down I might have felt the attraction more. But one KISS...NO!!! Even when they interacted I couldn't understand why they were so obsessed with each other! There just wasn't any depth to them at ALL.




Poor Griffin...I typically like the bad guys in books but not in this book. The BEST thing Griffin did was leave because if he had stayed I might not have liked him either! He should count he's blessing that he was basically wrote out of the story......it actually made his character seem strong and not pathetic like the other two. But because he left there went the jealousy factor that I also like in this genre.



If I had to read the word "loo" one more time I think I would claw my eyes out.....it's in this book like a million TIMES!!! The chick should have went to the doctor because no one should go to bathroom that much! That's all I'm saying about that.





Now I'm not typically overly critical of books but this book just pissed me off and not in a good way!! I kept reading it thinking something is going to happen it just has to.....something has to happen....well I will tell you this NO nothing really ever happened. The sex scene...the ONE sex scene...by the time I got to it I just didn't care anymore.


The best thing in this book was Duncan "the man-child" and Elaina...they were AWESOME....LOVED THEM!!!


All this could have been avoided if the blurb was worded different because had I known it was a vanilla fluffy book I would have NEVER read it!!! Then I wouldn't be complaining about it! These just aren't my type of books.


On a positive note if you like those type of books then I definitely think you would probably like this book and you should give it try. I can see someone who likes this genre and this type of book loving it....it's just not for me:(

This is just my opinion and you know what they say about opinions everybody's got ONE!


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Author 51 books2,173 followers
March 23, 2014
A Scottish setting with hot guys thrown in the mix? Count me in! I loved the characters in If Only, even the side characters--Elaina & Duncan were so much fun! There were lots of swoony moments & I was having a hard time deciding which guy I liked more. But it wasn't long before I picked sides, and I'm so happy with how it all ended up. Now I think I need a trip to see the setting myself.
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468 reviews558 followers
March 11, 2015
1.5 because 1 star is for the ones really "special" to my heart

Please read the blurb again.... just bare with me...

What do you see?

TRIANGLE?
or
CHEATING?
or
ANGST?
or
SEX?

PFFFFFTTTTTT.... YEAH RIGHT....

It's all one big delusion!!!!!

*SPOILERS*

I swear it's a conspiracy against me!!!! But I finished.... barely.... last 10% I skimmed... I didn't care anymore, I just wanted to be done. The second I clicked for next page and saw that it's over, I was never happier to see the words "THE END". Because I could finally put this boredom behind me.

This book should come with a warning:

"CLEAN NEW ADULT BOOK TILL 99,8%"!

I think people deserve to know this because the blurb makes them believe differently. Nope.... ONE BIG DELUSION....

This book actually started really promissing, I mean, both men involved in the "triangle" had a potential to be great..... but honestly... they started to bore me to death really soon...

The main heroine needs a profesional help for sure... by that, I mean those pretty guys in white uniforms that give you magic pills. She is overdramatic through the whole book, like she wants to be in some historical romance novel.

And all this is happening because of one kiss at 9% I think....

yep..... one kiss constanly mentioned, the earth moved, the sun shattered, I GOT IT FIRST 100 TIMES, really no need to repeat it till the fu@king end, EVERY SINGLE PAGE!

And that's it.... maybe in total 3 kisses, and 2 are near the end.... seriously. ...

*loading gun*

I honestly didn't feel chemistry between any of the participants of the famous TRIANGLE .... too bad, because maybe running into bisexual waters could have maybe add to .... nope forget it... nothing could save this book...

Noah... the one that is the "trouble" and important for the story is one word man. Whenever she asks him something, he answers to her "Brooks" (her name is Jordan Brooks), and she knows what he means. Yep, she knows the poems he sings to her in his head....

*removing the safety on the gun*

There was no drama, no angst, nothing... nothing happened in this book, nada, zero... nowhere, neither between characters, nor in some plot sense....

So they go through some "bumps" in their "relationship".... but the thing is, through the whole book they maybe were in the same "room" 5 times tops.... you basically read about earthshattering kiss from the beginning all the time....

You expect for her to have sex, and fun.... blurb remember !? yeah... I don't think she knows how penis looks, I think her ex was like Ken doll.

So, by the time first and only sex happens in the book (99.8%) you really don't care because you probably fell asleep.

One more thing that is simply amazing and important for the story is that she constantly needs to go to the loo! She is American, but since she is studying one year in Scotland, she refuses to say toilet, so you basically read on every third page how she needs to go to loo to take a piss.... I wonder did she gasp while being in the loo, like she h0gasped all the time !? hmmmmm....

*pulling the triger*

There are some other stuff that I would love to comment but it's time for me to *shoot myself with the gun* because I refuse to spend another minute on this book.... enough time was wasted..

*gun fired*
Profile Image for Reanell Tisdale.
533 reviews183 followers
March 25, 2014
I just absolutely loved this book!!!

Full review to come!


This was my first book that I've read by AJ Pine and it won't be the last. I love her writing style, and the way she can write out these amazing characters.

We meet Jordan while she's on a train traveling to Aberdeen University. While on the train, she meets Griffin, who happens to sit down beside her and starts up a conversation. She learns that Griffin is a man-whore. But he's the worst kind of man- whore, he has a heart. He tells her he isn't Mr. Right, he's Mr. Right now.

Jordan runs off to the loo, and after arriving she finds it occupied. She is standing outside the door when it opens and the occupant lands in her face. After the mishap, she comes back out of the loo to find that same boy just outside the door. It seems as though the doors to get back in the train car to their seats are jammed.

After he starts to have a panic attack she starts up a conversation and they realize they have a strong reaction to each other. Noah and Jordan hit it off while being stuck in that cubby area, and share a life-altering kids. Then Noah gets a text message on his phone and the spell is broken.

Jordan goes back to her seat with Griffin. They decide since they already know each other, they should do the tour together the next day. Once they arrive Jordan comes face to face with Noah, and his girlfriend. Yep....you saw that right girlfriend. Jordan and Griffin start a relationship, one that is easy and no commitments, just go with the flow type relationship.

Noah confuses Jordan, he seems to want her and tries to explain his situation with her but Jordan doesn't want to hear it. She is hurt that the kiss meant something to her and it didn't him. We learn quickly that things are not always what they seem.

They both do stupid things to hurt each other, but they can't seem to stay away.

I am so glad I decided to join this review tour. This book touched everything I Love in a book. It had romance, angst, the sexy book boyfriends, and a heroine who I liked. Grab this one babes! You won't be sorry that you did!
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Author 23 books707 followers
February 15, 2014
Well, I wrote it, so it makes sense that I loved it. This is my debut, guys, so this book will always have a special place in my heart. I hope you find some love for it too.
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862 reviews38 followers
March 13, 2014
If only!!!

If only I had not cried during half of this!

If only I had not fallen for BOTH guys in this book! ACK

If only this book wouldn't have ended!

If only I hadn't read this book so fast!!

If only A.J. Pine had more books so I could at least feel like I wasn't missing something!

Ohhh... I want to say so much about this book! There's so much to this story and so much happens from the 3/4 point on! I will make sure to not add in spoilers but damn! It's going to be tough to review this one. Seriously!

Wow. I'm actually kind of speechless.

Ok, first let's talk characters. LOVE them! I love them. I cannot get enough. I want so much more about each of the characters. Not only the lead characters but the side characters too. I'm in love with Sam even though she isn't really even IN the book! She's a best friend that is across the ocean and even though she's in very little of this she makes such a huge presence!

The men... There are some great guys in this. Like Jordan I was curious if the guys she meets are players. I was left thinking yes to certain guys (I cannot name them!!! IT's killing me!) and then I would swing back the other way and like a guy and then swing back. Yes I feel like a pendulum but I really wasn't sure who I wanted Jordan to be with the most! Griffin and Noah both seem so fabulous and then they both seem like such jerks. It was like torture! By the end I knew who I liked but I want more from the other guy too... I really don't want his story to end!

And then there is Jordan. She's not your normal "Oh my I'm a damsel in distress and I am looking for a big, strong man to help me with my virginity" and thank goodness for that! But what she is is a confused gal that is trying to find her way in this world. Like most of us! I loved her story even though she has to go through a bit of crap to figure things out. Half the book she's crying and I'm crying with her.

And then the quotes... I love when authors quote other books and movies, but especially books and movies that I love and A.J. Pine freaking NAILED this! Every reference I clung even closer to the story so by the end it's amazing that I can even let go.

Well... I haven't yet. I think I'm in denial about that letting go bit. I need more A.J.
3 reviews
March 26, 2014
Once I started reading it, I could not stop. I loved the characters, I loved the writing, and I love that it makes me want to read some classic novels that I missed out on when I was younger.

I am amazed that this is A.J. Pine's first novel; her writing is exquisite. I hope there is a second, and maybe, if it happens, it will focus on a certain male character who deserves his own happy ending.

I rarely reread books but I will reread this one so I can fall in love with the characters all over again. From laughter to tears, to frustrated sighs, this book was worth all of the emotional commitment I gave it.
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2,303 reviews704 followers
March 26, 2014
1 - Only because you were set in Aberdeen Star.

E. M. Forster –
It is not possible to love and to part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: Love is eternal.


I would be lying if I said I enjoyed If Only, the book for the most part was a struggle to get through, there were a couple of times when I heaved a sigh and thought “finally we are getting somewhere”, but no unfortunately the Drama just kept piling up.



There were things about the book that I did like though, Elaina (Jordan’s room-mate) was an absolute riot, and deserved her own book, I felt sorry for Griffin and Noah. Duncan was likeable as well, and the whole Scottish location and Britishisms of the book like Salt & Vinegar Crisps and Snakebites in the Blue Lantern bar, bought back memories of my own days as a student.

Noah - There’s alot of power in being straightforward.”

My main issue was that I really didn’t like Jordan, and bearing in mind this book is entirely from her POV, I knew I wasn’t onto a winner from about 25% in, add to it that there is a slight “Love-Triangle” vibe running throughout the book too, and it was an effort to keep going. I also had to remind myself that Jordan was a university student nearing her 20’s and not nearer the age 10, because her actions/reactions most of the time involved her throwing her toys out of the pram and/or storming off in a huff.



I got to the point where I actually just wanted both Noah and Griffin to tell her to “stroll on” as her constant strops and over-reaction to things edged over the line into annoying territory more times than I care to mention.



That said, I do believe that at the heart of If Only there is a great story dying to be told, a few of the lines contained therein made me sigh –

”Ever since the train it’s been you,” he says. “I’m sorry it took me so long to say it. Just tell me I’m not too late. Tell me I didn’t blow it.”

I managed to get to 72% before I said enough was enough, and I skipped to the end to see who she ended up with. I will leave you to decide whether you want to read the book to find out yourself who it is she may or may not end up with!



ARC provided via Netgalley, I am sorry that I cannot provide a more positive review on this occasion.
Profile Image for Megan Erickson.
Author 43 books1,847 followers
February 19, 2014
This book hit me with all the feels. A.J. has a way of writing that is so relatable. You feel everything the characters do, as if you are right there with them, which is good because you'll want to be in Scotland with Jordan and Noah and Griffin and hilarious Elaina.

I love the tagline because that's exactly what this book is about. Jordan has to take a trip to another continent to find out what and who she wants.

It's a wonderful example of a New Adult, coming-of-age story and that's got a whole lot of heart.
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29 reviews13 followers
March 24, 2014
In AJ Pine’s smart, wonderfully written novel, If Only, college student Jordan Brooks heads for a year abroad to Scottland, where she plans to reinvent herself, thanks to loving advice from her best friend Sam, the only one in the world who calls her Brooks.

Throughout the story, I loved Jordan Brooks for her wit, smart dialogue, relationships with friends (and of course boys), but her constant (dire!) need to go to the bathroom kept her so down to earth, and (sadly for me) so relatable -- making me feel like she could be my BFF, and that I, too, might call her Brooks.

The first part of that had me laughing aloud was actually Jordan’s first attempt to excuse herself to head to said loo, but it wasn’t just the request, but rather, extensive inner monologue questioning and then belittling herself for the exit.

And throughout the book, Jordan (and Pine!) continued to make me laugh -- but also wonder and reflect through Jordan’s questioning and wondering and especially through the impressively developed and considerate detail in monologues, dialogue and description of setting. She captures so well a person’s dueling desires and fears, hopes and anxieties.

I constantly found myself highlighting favorite lines -- some for their beauty, some for their insight, and others, because oh.my.god they made me laugh!

Pine balances humor, wit, and charm in not just Jordan but all of her characters -- especially favorites of mine, Elaina (the Greek roommate), Duncan (the man-child boyfriend), and Noah (the man we all fall for), tying ideas together so beautifully with her literary allusions and epigraphs, as she explores ideas of identity and discovery, the importance of relationships, and trust -- in yourself and in those around you.

A must read.
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Author 18 books771 followers
June 11, 2015
Please note: I stopped starring reviews awhile ago. They make me stress, and I like to avoid stress.
Instead I designate this book as: HUG TO YOUR CHEST, SIGH, AND RUSH OFF TO READ E.M FORESTER GOOD.

IF ONLY is a book that left me confused. Not because of the plot or characters, but why, oh, why isn't more New Adult written in this vein?? The closest comp title I can come up with is Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl. Pine clearly loves the english language and takes care to craft her words with love and heart. When her characters discuss books, it's not to tick off a "we are in college so must discuss a generic class" box. Her characters LOVE their books. A ROOM WITH A VIEW, THE GREAT GATSBY and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING all play significant roles.

I honestly feel the need to reread A ROOM WITH A VIEW AND MUCH ADO, STAT.

The heroine, Jordan Brooks, spends her junior year in Aberdeen, Scotland. I additionally appreciated the non-USA study abroad setting. Exchange trips are often period of seismic personal growth and this story was no exception.

There is bit of a love-triangle. Don't want to give away spoilers. Let's just say I'm keenly anticipating Book 2. Even if you don't generally like love-triangles, you will dig IF ONLY because Pine handles the plot with deft care. Honest. Serious. Why are you still reading this? Run along and preorder IF ONLY! Add to your TBR! Go on, get!!!

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Author 1 book83 followers
March 24, 2014
Although romance isn’t exactly my default reading genre, a guy needs to stretch, right? If they’re all as good as A. J. Pine’s If Only, I might dabble in this again. Everything I want in a story is here: likeable characters, humor, a dash of the exotic, and a narration that drives through to a satisfying conclusion.

College student Jordan Brooks, the protagonist of If Only, is beginning a year of study in Scotland. On the train ride to her Aberdeen campus, she makes out with two different guys—one is a bad boy, and the other has a girlfriend. And we’re off!

The dialogue is witty, flirtatious, and funny, but these characters are smart too. The Great Gatsby, A Room with a View, and Much Ado about Nothing all play important roles in the plot, although a reader not familiar with those titles will have no trouble understanding what is going on.

Travel narratives have two appealing conventions: descriptions of a locale’s most interesting features, and the knowledge that our traveler must eventually go home. If Only capitalizes on both of those ideas, providing a charming, vicarious vacation for readers.

Disclaimer: I was surprised to find myself in the acknowledgements, but I’m proud to be there. A. J. Pine is my friend and colleague. Friendship is a theme that runs through If Only, reminding us what it’s like to be in an interesting circle of friends.
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Author 5 books123 followers
March 24, 2014
This is one of my favorite New Adult book. Smart, sweet and just saucy enough, I want to keep reading it over and over again.

Can't wait for more AJ Pine books. And can the next one have more Jordan? And Noah? And Griffin?

And more quotes from my favorite books? And more re-enactments of my favorite movie scenes?

And more Scotland? Because Scotland!

WRITE. MORE. BOOKS.

Please.
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63 reviews5 followers
March 26, 2014
Original review can be found here :) http://wp.me/p3gvf0-uc

I started If Only one morning before I got out of bed. On a school day for my girls might I add. Now, if I had known what I was getting into when I dove into these pages, I probably would’ve NOT started it then. Why, you ask? Because due to the addiction that is Ms. Pine’s writing and story, my children were fifteen minutes late for school. In fact, I’ve got to admit that for the rest of the day and a half I took to read this book, my laundry wasn’t done, nor were the dishes…and my three year old went to preschool without her hair being brushed. I was so engrossed in Jordan’s tale, that I spent the rest of that day, and that night, and into the next morning, devouring this book until I was finished. I had to, you see. Because If Only was utterly fabulous.

Jordan’s on a journey, not only to Scotland for the summer, but of self-discovery in a way as well. Two years she’s been relationship free, and she plans on sticking to that rule. But sometimes fate has a way of changing things for a person, and on one fated train ride, Jordan meets two guys who somehow decide her fate for her. One boy steals her heart. One boy is exactly what she needs…for now.

But what do you do when your heart battles your mind? When you want something you can’t have? How about when you’re terrified of wanting something you shouldn’t? That’s the case with Griffin and Noah. Now, I’m not one for spoilers, and yes, in a way If Only does take on that of love triangle. But the love triangle is pivotal for Ms. Jordan and her journey. She’s’ got to figure out who she is, what she wants, and if that means loving on two guys–even an untouchable one–then that’s exactly what she’s got to do. Now… I may not have agreed with all of Jordan’s choices, but she was young and real and in the end, it was her life, not mine. Only Jordan alone could decide her fate.

Question is, does she make the right choice in the end?

I will admit, my heart broke about a million times over in this book. Why? Well, bottom line is, I didn’t like the guy Jordan decided to be with in the end. Gasp…I know. :( I don’t want to tell you who she picked, because that takes away from the journey of Jordan that is If Only. But I will admit, I had to put my Kindle down for a few minutes just to catch my breath when her choice was ultimately made. To me, though, that’s what reading is all about. The breathless moments, the tears, the will they or won’t they do it questions. Sometimes, as a reader, I find myself so joined with a character, that I forget it’s fictional, that it’s not me living in those pages. And if that’s what you love in a story, then Ms. Pine will take you down that road with her debut novel, If Only. But dear God…I wish I’d been warned by how hard this book would hit me. :)

Sure there’s angst, and tears, and those ultimate swoon worthy moments that you have to shut your eyes and hold on to, for fear the next chapter might steal it all away from you. But Ms. Pine is such a skillful story teller, that you can’t help but keep going, even if you are scared of how it will all end. Or heck, maybe you won’t scared be and you’ll be giddy and smiling and cheesy smiling in the end.

I admire Ms. Pine for taking the road she did when it came to this book. Don’t get me wrong, many people will adore the guy she put Jordan with in the end. Too, many may not be. But such is fiction, and when the story is still so excellent, the end result doesn’t always matter. Crazy, right? Well, not to me. I am a reader…not a judger. :)

Overall, I highly recommend If Only to fans of New Adult books. It’s got steam, it’s got sweetness, it’s got humor, and it’s got a timely love story that you won’t soon forget. Great writing, flawed characters that you can’t help but love. And a boy–or two in this case–that will definitely make your tummy churn in a good way. Take my advice, just a low woman on the reviewing totem pole of books…read If Only. It’s simply amazing.
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197 reviews3 followers
March 30, 2014
Loved this book from the first page to the last. I loved Noah and Jordan's story. I loved fighting for them! I want more of them and Griffin. The book brought back my own memories of studying abroad and my own personal journey while I was there. The book also made me want to see Scotland. I felt like I was there! Can't wait to read more of this series!
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Author 14 books1,339 followers
April 25, 2014
Weeks later, and I can't stop thinking about this book. It more than deserves its place on my top ten of 2014...yes, I realize the year isn't even half over. It was just that good. A heroine I could relate with, romance that made me swoon, and real character growth. A.J. Pine has a fan girl in me :)
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2,454 reviews242 followers
November 20, 2015
A.J. Pine may be a newcomer to the world of new adult novels but she is definitely not an amateur as this wonderful emotional love story shows.

This is the tale of Jordan, a college student travelling to Scotland for a school year who meets two fellow students on the train ride there - Griffin, a single handsome eligible bachelor and Noah, an intense man with whom Jordan has an instant emotional and physical attraction. The problem - Griffin is unattached and Noah is not.

I really enjoyed the character interactions and dynamics of this book. Jordan's feelings and emotions are thoughtfully and carefully portrayed, giving the reader an intimate view into a twenty something woman who isn't looking for love but is finding it anyway. The forbidden attraction she feels for Noah affects all her decisions. Thrust together by their classes, close living quarters and mutual friends, denying this attraction seems to be the only way to move forward leaving Jordan to contemplate a relationship with Griffin who is more than willing to accommodate her. The tension between the characters, both sexual and emotional is well written and believable.

Secondary characters add humour and witty dialogue to the story giving a real feel for the college environment portrayed. Following the ups and downs as Jordan reaches for her happy ever after ending makes the reader unable to put the book down until its very satisfactory conclusion. 5 emotionally heartwarming stars!
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542 reviews43 followers
March 8, 2014
I loved it!!!

Jordan is on her way to Aberdeen Scotland where she'll be studying abroad for a year. On her way there, she meets not one but two hot guys. Griffin is serial monogamous who Jordan thinks she should have since her studying abroad is short term she thinks of it as a fantasy. Noah is English major who after an amazing fallen with Jordan leaves a lasting impression.
Jordan has to deal with her feelings and figuring out who she wants to be and who she wants to end up with as well. This story had me laughing, crying and swooning. Noah killed me especially when I thought he finally got it together. There were times when Jordan frustrated me but not to much because I understood she had to go through those situations to grow. I have a small spot for Griffin even though I really didn't want him with Jordan but he grew on me and well my feelings haven't changed for him I love he was willing to change.

It's an amazing debut novel!


ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review
Profile Image for Joy Kirr.
988 reviews128 followers
March 24, 2014
I haven't read a romance in... oh, my. It's been too long. Maybe that's why I fell for Noah on the first page I met him. I was angered many times, however, at how 20-year-olds act... Why so foolish? Why not just TALK about it?! But I got over it, as I know there has to be conflict in order for there to be a story. I have bookmarked some quotes, and have written more here: http://geniushour.blogspot.com/2014/0...

I am grateful to have met (and presented with!) this new author, and am inspired, as well!
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22 reviews
March 5, 2014
If Only, by AJ Pine, makes its debut on March 24, 2014 as part of Macmillan's Entangled Embrace imprint.

Sometimes it takes crossing an ocean to figure out where you belong.

College student Jordan Brooks is finally taking her friend Sam's advice: look for Mr. Right Now instead of Mr. Right. As she heads off to Aberdeen, Scotland for a year of studying abroad, she promises herself that she will take chances. She will meet new guys. She will meet Mr. Right Now.

But Jordan doesn't expect to meet him on the train to Aberdeen.

Handsome, charming Griffin is also studying abroad. Even on the train, girls practically throw themselves at him, but Griffin doesn't want any of them. He only wants Jordan.

And then there's Noah.

One minute they're trapped on the train in between malfunctioning doors; the next they're sharing the most passionate kiss of their lives.

Who will Jordan choose? And who is the girl that met Noah at the train station?

With the choice suddenly out of her hands, Jordan chooses Griffin, knowing that their safe, fun relationship can end at any time. Noah stays with his girlfriend, wanting Jordan from afar. Despite the fact that they can't be together, Jordan wonders if Noah, Mr. Right, isn't what she wants after all.

MY THOUGHTS:
I thoroughly enjoyed this light romance. The book's description plays up the fact that Jordan hasn't had sex in two years as if it's an important plot point, but it really isn't. This isn't a book about sex; it's ultimately a book about love.

The plot was well-constructed and the main characters leapt off the page. Literature by William Shakespeare and EM Forster weaved deftly throughout, adding stronger undertones to the story than you find in a typical cookie-cutter romance.

My only complaint is that the college-aged angsty banter between Jordan and Noah was a little much at times, but overall, I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance, young adult and new adult genres.

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1,101 reviews11 followers
March 11, 2014
ARC generously provided by publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.

Jordan is off to study for a year in Aberdeen, Scotland. She is determined to discover who she is and what she wants. IT is a year to have fun and nothing serious. What she doesn't expect is to meet two guys from America on the train ride to campus that will form what kind of year she will have.

Griffin sits down next to Jordan and they hit it off right away, she pegs him as a player, but quickly learns he is a good guy. She then has a run in with Noah coming back from the loo that knocks her world off its axis. She discovers that there is a connection between her and Noah that is undeniable. That is until she finds out he has a boyfriend.

Jordan must decide since she can't be with her Mr. Right (Noah) can she be with Mr. Right Now (Griffin).

I really didn't know what to expect from this book but I really enjoyed it. Jordan did not get what she had planned for the year and I will tell you there is lots of angst and delayed gratification. Griffin is a great guy who lets Jordan know that he is not into big commitment, however it is obvious Jordan means more to him then he had planned. Griffin is a great friend and I felt badly for him on how he was second choice but he really does fit the friend mold.

I liked Jordan and really felt for her, her relationship with Noah is heart breaking. For most of the book I will say I was cheering for them with their obvious attraction to each other, but Noah is determined to make a failing relationship work. Then when they give in he does something stupid and hurtful and I wanted to smack him. It seems like he spends most of the book hurting Jordan and at one point I really kind of wanted Jordan to tell him to take a hike. But this is a story about taking chances and opening yourself up to both love and pain. It is a really sweet book with a writing style that makes you really feel what the characters are feeling.
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555 reviews4 followers
March 28, 2014
Summary from Goodreads:
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.


As a high school lit coach, I follow many blogs and A.J Pine's blog is one of them. When she posted a note about her first book finally coming out on Amazon, I had to read it. For a first time author, I was impressed with how her writing kept me reading. I enjoyed thinking back to my time abroad in college in England and my travels to Scotland where Jordan was studying. The love triangle between Jordan, Griffin, and Noah was a bit predictable but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. If Only falls under the category of "new adult" so I am not sure I would recommend this to my high school students, but if you like fun, romantic stories with a little bit of classic literature mixed in (you can tell A.J. Pine is a high school teacher), consider checking this one out. For 99 cents, I couldn't pass this up.

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206 reviews39 followers
March 6, 2015
I really enjoyed reading this book, and was surprised to know that it was A.J. Pine's debut!



Jordan, is an English Lit major spending her junior year in Aberdeen, Scotland. On the train from London to Aberdeen, she meets Griffin. I really liked Griffin, he is the worst kind of man-whore because he has a heart!
She also meets Noah, who happens to be an English Lit major as well. A lot happens, and a slight love triangle is formed. I usually hate love triangles, but Pine has managed to do it tastefully, and it wasn't so bad because you actually love both guys! well, it is somewhat bad because you can't really choose between them in this case, while other books make it easier to root for one guy, this book makes you see this whole thing differently.

I also loved Elaina & Duncan! They were so much fun!

I hope Elaina and Duncan get their own book.. I know that the second book "What If" is about Griffin *happy dance*.

This is a NA book that I wish more NA books were like.. The only other university experience book I enjoyed and loved was Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl.
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May 9, 2014
Glory to L. Ron, I loved this book! And that joke. Which I'm gonna steal and incorporate into my own vocabulary.

Jordan is smart, sensitive, funny, and vulnerable. Griffin and Noah both bring out something different in her, and I found myself conflicted along the way as to who I was rooting for. A great cast of supporting characters, particularly Elaina, made Jordan's journey so fun to follow.

Can't wait to see what's next from A.J. Pine... such a great read.
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80 reviews1 follower
August 9, 2016
This book was a much needed breath of fresh air in a new adult world filled with over the top story lines. I thought that the characters were well developed and likable even when I wanted to shake some sense into one of them in particular. This is a great story about a girl trying to lose herself for a little while, but in the end finds that she's a lot happier being true to who she really is. Loved it!
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Author 15 books1,068 followers
March 24, 2014
As someone who has toured Scotland, I thought the author did a terrific job with bringing a real Scottish flavor to her story. The setting, the details, and the Scottish brogue. This was such a sweet, fun romance and I loved the beautifully crafted storyline. The characters were fantastic and I loved all of them, even the secondary ones (Elaina and Duncan). Can't wait to see what this author writes next!
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October 6, 2014
Such a fun, cute read that had me wanting to make out with everyone in sight. So many likeable characters, and a really nice change from the category's darker fare. Particularly recommended if you've been looking for more romantic, less sex-filled NA.
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285 reviews46 followers
March 25, 2014
Previous to reading If Only, I'd only ever really read one New Adult book, and yes, that book was sexually heavy, but at the time that hadn't bothered me much but it came to bother me later, so I'd been wavy of trying another New Adult for a while until I saw this adorable looking book on NetGalley. It attracted me much like a Young Adult book would and after reading the synopsis I had a really good feeling that I would thoroughly enjoy this and by jingo was I right. If Only had the right amount of humour, physical attraction and emotional attraction, as well as a main character I could oh so relate to and two wonderful, charming and unbelievable young men. For a debut author coming out onto the writing scene, If Only was fantastic.

Quite early on in this book I realised that the cover wasn't a fair representation of the leading lady inside and while this originally annoyed me a little, it was quickly forgotten as Jordan travelled to her new home in Scotland, meeting two very irresistible guys on the train and having a nice little smooch with one of them. Now, this may sound like it's set up to be a big explosion of love triangle and leading two men on, but If Only doesn't even think of doing that; A.J. Pine made it clear a third in how she planned to end her story, but that didn't keep me from wanting to devour every page quicker than the last. Both Griffin and Noah were fantastic romantic interests for Jordan and the relationships she formed with the both of them were both believable and honest, highlighting the difference between liking someone a lot and having feelings stronger than that, and what is that makes someone want to take that step from seeing one another to actually dating. Not only that, but the relationships Jordan had with the other characters in this story, her best friend Sam who is one of the bets best friend I've read about in a long time, encouraging Jordan to find herself and supporting her decisions even if that doesn't include her, her flatmate Elaina who is the rock Jordan needs throughout her stay in Scotland, but also becomes one of her closest friends, and some other more minor characters like Duncan and Daniel, who all play their parts in this story. Ever single character in this story was relatable in one way or another, whether it be Elaina's new found romantic side, or the risk-taking side of Jordan and I couldn't have not fallen in love with these characters.

On the other hand, there were features that I know for a fact some people might not like or could be classed as irritating, for example, the constant use of Scottish phrases such as 'aye', 'darling' and many more, and I admit, even this was ever so slightly annoying for me, but it was very quickly lost on me throughout all plot twists involved. Another feature that could annoy some people would be the amount of 'angst' involved; there's a lot of 'we need to avoid each other but we can't' or 'I want to be with you but it's complicated' and 'I've jumped to the wrong conclusion and pushed you away' and for some people that would be highly frustrating and would cause people to not even consider this book, and I don't blame them, some people like it, some people don't. Personally, I really don't mind, and I think in If Only it really complimented the story; they had to get to know each other, learn the hard way about trust issues, each others feelings and had to hurt each other just a little to realise what was worth fighting for.

If Only is a very addictive story, it kept me wanting to read on and find out if the characters ever got their act together, and I couldn't help but adore the fluffy moments, be immersed in the steamy scenes and genuinely feel as though Pine was churning and twisting my heart in her hands, my feelings were everywhere. This novel has changed my preconception on New Adult novels, teaching me that not every New Adult read is just going to be sex orientated, some focus on friendships and relationships, on the changes one person goes through and the lessons they learn throughout those changes, and thought of leaving pieces of yourself behind with the places you visit and the people you meet and the thought that sometimes not changing can make the biggest difference of all. I couldn't have loved this book anymore and I would definitely recommend it anyone looking for a meaningful quick read with fantastic characters.
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2,195 reviews504 followers
August 26, 2014
So that happened.

When I first read the description of this book, I was excited to read it. I mean, check it out:

It's been two years since twenty-year-old Jordan had a boyfriend—which means it's been forever since she, well, you know. Well...that sounds promising. It's been a while and that means we're in for some steam...proceed.

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. Scotland! SOLD! I love me a Scottish man! And since it's set in college...NA book...I'm there!

Sexy, sweet (and possible player) Griffin may be her perfect, no-strings-attached match. He’s fun, gorgeous, and makes her laugh. Well, I do love me some sexy sweet players in NA books. They always redeem themselves and provide a lot of entertainment.

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. Oh boy. Love triangle....or square in this case...not a huge fan but seeing as it's set in Scotland and there's bound to be a hot Scottish guy, I can deal. I hope the girlfriend doesn't cause too much trouble.

So, when I was provided the opportunity to read and review this, I jumped at it. But unfortunately, almost immediately I was disappointed. I found out Griffin was not Scottish. But I persevered and kept reading, hoping that the second guy would be Scottish...or English or even Irish! But alas, it was not meant to be because I soon met Noah and he was also *sob* American! And since I knew from the blurb that Noah and Griffin were going to be the two guys of the triangle, I knew there was no hope for a hot Scot. I did have some hope when Duncan was introduced but he was quickly regulated to a friendship role and later the boyfriend of Jordan's flatmate. Then there was Daniel...I really liked him. He was Welsh and I would have been happy if Jordan had ended up with him, but that didn't happen either.

Basically, I didn't like the guy that Jordan ended up with. I was Team Griffin but even he wasn't around that long. And for half of the book, I was subjected to an on-and-off again friendship/relationship between Noah and Jordan. Jordan must have said a million times how much she liked him and how she wanted him and was attracted to him but I didn't feel it. Noah was a jerk (and not in a likable way or even a KA jerk hero way), I disliked him from the moment he introduced his girlfriend. He did nothing but jerk Jordan around.

The book wasn't bad. It wasn't awful. It just wasn't what I was expecting out of it. With the lack of a Scottish hero, it didn't have a Scottish feel to it. It could have been any other NA book set at any other college/university out there.

One of the things I really liked about this book was the secondary characters. I liked Jordan's flatmate, Duncan and Daniel. I could read more of them.
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