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If Only

(If Only.... #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  897 ratings  ·  149 reviews
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
ebook, 342 pages
Published March 24th 2014 by Entangled
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It's just me Shelly B
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 h
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
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?



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


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 c
Reanell Tisdale
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 i
A.J. Pine
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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.
Chris Torretta
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. Seriousl
Angela Sisi
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Claire Robinson
Mar 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: entangled
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 t
4 stars
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really really really enjoyed this book. I was surprised that this was a debut novel. I honestly didn't expect much, but I was totally drawn into this story from the beginning. The writing was great and I loved how she weaved classic literature and film into the novel. It was very well done.

I was initially drawn to this book because of the setting: Aberdeen Scotland. Ask any of my friends and you'll learn th
Megan Erickson
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-new-adult
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
Sabra Gerber
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 -- makin
Lia Riley
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Please note: I stopped starring reviews awhile ago. They make me stress, and I like to avoid stress.

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 h
Gary Anderson
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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—o
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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!


Sizzling Hot Books
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Original review can be found here :)

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 la
Sera ~ Catty Reader
4.5/5 stars

Looooooooved this one! Review to come closer to the release date.

Ellyn Adkisson
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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!
Rachel Harris
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 :)
Maria Rose
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 cha
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 s
Joy Kirr
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, adult
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:

I am grateful to have met (and presented with!) this new author, and am inspired, as
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 o
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, new-adult
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
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
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 tastefu
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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!
Alison Bliss
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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!
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.
Amanda G. (Nellie and Co.
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites-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 ...more
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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 ...more

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