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If I Could Stay

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  366 ratings  ·  97 reviews
They killed her mother, and if they find her, Leila could be next. Being pursued from one state to another, she has learned to constantly look over her shoulder, and when necessary, to become someone new. She’s burned through four cities and four identities, always managing to stay one step ahead.

Now Leila is left with nothing. No car, no money, and no choice but to trust
ebook, 215 pages
Published February 22nd 2018 by Hidden Falls Publishing (first published February 15th 2018)
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Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
Jumpin Genres! Wow, what a leap.
I loved Annette's Books of Dalthia Series. They were Squeaky Clean Romances with a very fairy tale like feel to them. I had no idea what I was getting myself into with If I Could Stay. Since I hate spoilers, I didn't even read the entire summary before starting it. I based bumping it to the top of my long to-read list on the fact that Annette wrote it. I wasn't wrong in that choice. I loved this book.

The fact that Annette made the jump to Romantic Suspense so eas
Annette is one of my favorite authors so I was very excited to read her new book, but it is probably one of my least favorite kind of books besides murder mystery's. I don't like the anxiety I feel, I put myself too much in books and the blood and gore never appeal to me. From the first few pages I knew I was going to enjoy this one! Gosh I loved the way it began and just told a great story. The back and forth from past to present was so well done! I loved that it was so realistic. The main char ...more
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it.
I loved the MC, i liked how strong she was even though her life sucks and her father is a criminal asshole.
I loved Jack, he cared about the h from the moment he saw her and was always there even after hearing about her family and secrets, plus he was so sweet and swooon worthy.
And finally, i freaking loved the suspense, it's what kept me going.
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
This one really hit the spot for me. It starts off right in the thick of things- we literally just jump right into the story. I honestly couldn't put it down! I loved the slow unraveling of the back story and the light suspense that had me completely drawn in. It's one of those situations where you just KNOW something is coming, something is going to happen, but you just don't know when or how. And when it does come? A bit surprising. I liked that. Sometimes with stories like this, the plot outw ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. I guessed totally wrong a bunch of times. It was good. Liked the characters and the plot.

Moral Note: Some mafia type violence and criminal activity. Clean romance - a handful of language (dang, heck & a$$)
I absolutely love Annette Larsen’s Books of Dalthia. It’s taken me years to try her new contemporary novels, for I’m more genre loyal than author loyal, but I finally picked them up. If I Could Stay was quite different from my usual genre in that it was both contemporary and suspense, both which I don’t usually like. As such, I didn’t enjoy this one that much, even though it was both well-plotted and well written.

I thought the story’s premise was interesting—I especially loved the dynamic betwe
Okay. Just finished this book and IT. IS. AMAZING. It's my first from Annette K. Larsen, and now I'm going to have to look up her other ones because if she can do this with romantic suspense, what will she do with fantasy?? ;)
So, without giving too much away:
The characters: So real and detailed, I felt as if they really existed. Most of the side-characters were well fleshed out too.
The romance: OH MY WORD. Genuine, warm, complicated, REAL. Clean and oh, so swoony!!! The romance built up gradual
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have been a fan of Annette K Larsen since I first read Just Ella. I've anticipated each new release with just as excitement as the first. I was surprised when I saw a new book coming out in a whole new genre but was still just as excited. I was not disappointed! I love suspense novels but there is always so much language and violence in them that I can never enjoy them anymore. I was so excited to read this clean (a few swear words and some kissing) romantic suspense and just enjoy the story! ...more
3.5 stars. Good story, but the middle section was just a bit slow for me. I really loved the first half of the book, though, with Jack and Leila meeting and their interactions. I was immediately pulled into the story and wanted to know what would happen with them. The middle was just not as exciting. Overall, I enjoyed this one.
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you need to sleep don't start this book haha seriously I couldn't put it down from page one!! I Love authors that capture the reader so quickly in the story and Annette Larsen truly has a talent for doing just that! The story was intense from the onset and I really felt connected to the main character. I also really loved Jack and LOVED how she found out his profession in the beginning... I seriously laughed out loud in the motel scene; just very well written & well-rounded! I can't wait for ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was something totally different from Annette Larsen but she proved her talent as a writer with a fantastic story. I don’t usually read many novels with suspense and criminal intrigue but this one sucked me in right away. The great chemistry between Leila and Jack didn’t hurt either. ;) I love to see an author I’m already attached to branch out and do it so well. I look forward to what’s next from Annette.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I started this assuming it would be just like all those other thrill stories of someone in hiding, probably because I recently finished Stephanie Meyer’s new book. But it turned out to be more exciting, with different twists along the way. I’m excited to see what is next now that we know Annette can master other genres as perfectly as romance!
Linda Freeman
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was the first book I have read by this author, so I can’t comment on the genre shift, but I loved how well the author created realistic dialogue between the characters. The story was well paced and had enough romance to stay true to the author’s apparent beginnings, but didn’t dilute the suspense in a cheesy way. A really enjoyable read.
Becky Helvig
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am always nervous when my favorite authors start to cross genres, but was not disappointed with this book. Annette has a knack for creating intricate plots and lovable characters, this story was no exception. I appreciated the humor interspersed with all of the suspense. I also loved all of the twists that kept me on the edge of my seat! Such a fun read!
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kept me hooked

This book had suspense & romance and kept me up late because I wanted to see what would happen next.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Annette writes clean romance which I love that I don't have to worry about there being anything inappropriate in her books. This was a very different story than her others, but it was unique to anything I've read. ...more
Valerie Miller
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A good romantic suspense.
I took 1Star away just cuz I prefer my romance dirty and this one was.... not. But it was acceptable considering that the heroine was 21.

Still, the suspense part was very intriguing. I enjoyed this.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
-‘...The darkness left me with nothing but my fears for company, whispering sweet nothings in my ears.’-
-‘“Please stay here and let me protect you.” This time it was me that framed his face with my hands, making him look at me. “I know you’d do everything in your power. But this is bigger than you, and I can’t watch you get hurt.”’-

This was my first time reading a novel by this author. I had seen the description of the book before it came out and I was dying to read it, based solely on the brief
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fabulous story! It has two of my favorite elements -action and romance. The author starts your right off in the thick of things, on the edge of your seat. I loved the way our two main characters met! The tension between them was palpable at times, yet stayed clean. I really enjoy this author and can’t wait for more swoon-worthy romances from her. I hope this is the beginning of many more contemporary romances!
Denita Whitehead
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: clean-romance
I LOVED this book! This is different from what the author has previously written, but it just shows how versatile her writing styles can be. I could not put this book down. It evokes all emotions into one exciting book. I can't wait to read it again! ...more
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
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Maria Thomas
I don't always like suspense and intrigue in books because they are too high intensity for me. But this one was moderate enough even for me. There is an element of intensity but nothing is graphic. No gore. Not too scary. And there is romance but it feels different because the suspense plays such a big part of the story. Instead of being a light and fluffy love story their relationship is grounding to help Leila navigate the difficulties she faces. And her difficulties are traumatic. She has a r ...more
Sara (Alicorn Feathers)
This is one of the better romantic suspense novels I’ve read, and I’ve read a lot of them. A LOT. Like I literally couldn’t count them even if I wanted to.

I liked the balance of the relationships and the suspense side, and even though all the characters seemed a bit too perfect, they were still interesting and kept me engaged.

There was a hint of insta-love; not a lot but it was there. But I believed the relationship, and it’s hard to make me believe in insta-love. Jack and Leila were adorable t
Shirley Bouwhuis
Couldn’t put it down

I always know I’m going to be reading a good book when I see that the author is Annette Larsen. I was curious about the change of genre for this book. But wow this was a book I couldn’t put down. I loved it, especially the part with the voice mails between the H and h. I laughed out loud they were so cute and touching. Jack was such a sweetheart. Someone complained about Leila’s over reactions in parts of the book. I think her reactions were right on and exactly how someone i
Sam Bateman
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow.... that was a lot of emotions.

I suggest starting the book earlier in the day, as it WILL keep you up until 3 AM to finish it (and I can attest to it) !!!

I just loved everything about this book. The suspense, romance, character development, plot, and just everything all at once. It wasn’t cheesy for me (which can make a modern romance not as appealing to me). I will definitely reread this in the near future!

After reading and rereading her Dalthia series and loving it, I was skeptical to se
Kristine Bullen
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All her books are amazing and I'm picky

I was looking for something new when I came across Just Ella. I loved it so much I ended up reading all the books in that series even though it wasn't a genre I usually read.

Then solely because her writing was sooo good, I decided I had to try out the other two books as well.

This book was one if the best clean romantic suspense books I've read and I've read a lot.

I wouldnt mind a sequel to this book...just saying. Annette, I hope you keep writing because
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is so enthralling! My interest was captured from the first page. I was wondering if I was going to like this book because it is very different from the other books the author has written. I loved it as much if not more than the other books she has written. Annette Larsen is amazing at writing real characters who weather life storms and come out stronger. The romance between Leila and Jack was developed over time through simple little things that are true to real life. The chemistry bet ...more
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If I Could Stay has all the love and laughter and suspense of her other books with a contemporary setting. Annette writes with such heart and emotion that you instantly connect to the characters. She is an expert at romance and knows how to build a relationship that grows over time keeping you invested in the outcome from start to finish.

All of her Dalthia books have a little scheming and intrigue in the plot, and this one was no different. I kept trying to out guess her, and failed miserably, w
Jaithra Kakarla
The starting of this novel was very interesting, I was eager to know the protagonist's story, the author created lot of suspense around the novel, and the snippets of the protagonist's past makes the reader eager to complete the story. As the story built up, the protagonist's past story was revealed and this killed the suspense of the novel. The problem was revealed and after a lot of unnecessary story, the problem fixing came. Again at the end, I felt interested as the conflict was finally bein ...more
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