If Only by Beckie Stevenson ~Blog Tour w/ Review

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IfOnly_FrontCover_LoResOur story started like the fairytales you grew up reading, but it doesn’t end like them.

I was fifteen when I realised I was in love with Cole. He was the foster kid who wore scruffy clothes and never had any money. He was the bad boy, the fighter. The boy who took all the dares—and won. He was the boy that scared me but excited me at the same time. He was the boy I shouldn’t have wanted, but, of course, he was the one I wanted the most.

In the beginning, he was mine. And I was his.

Cole and Evie. Evie and Cole.

But then a lie was told. Lies break people. And broken people shatter into little pieces of tortured pasts and fractured futures.

And then our fairytale beginning morphed into a story of heartache and sadness, instead of happiness and hope. A story that ended with lost love, friendship, and a never-ending cycle of what ifs and if onlys.

Our ending broke me. Shattered me. Destroyed me.

When a story ends like ours did, is it any wonder I never wanted to start a new one again?

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Review

Panty Scorching-3.5
Storyline-3.5
Angst- 4
Tissues-0
Value- 4
Overall Rating- 3.5
Kindle eARC
Reviewed by Jen

When I read the blurb for If Only I immediately was intrigued and signed up to review it. I was really excited to start this book as the storyline is right up my alley! Diving into the book I was immediately drawn in. The story is told through the POV of the two main characters. I, personally, love reading stories like this as I feel you are able to get the complete story and are never left wondering well how did so and so feel about this situation. If Only is the story of Evie and Cole and they have loved each other since their childhood. Unfortunately, all it took was one simple lie to destroy the trust and these two characters had for one another. When life throws them a curve ball and has them working next to one another it is undeniable that the chemistry between Evie and Cole is still there -even after all the years they have been apart. Working together forces these two to not only talk to another one but acknowledge that perhaps things between the them aren’t as over as they once believed. Will they be able to finally bury the hatchet and learn the reason for the single lie that destroyed both of their lives OR will working together finally give them both the closure they desperately need to move on once and for all??

Love, lust, drama, angst, regret, and more drama fill the pages of this novel. As I stated before I was drawn to the storyline of the book and it did not disappointment however for me I found the drama to be a bit over the top and at times I just wanted to shake the two main characters and tell them to get their acts together. However isn’t that what all authors want? They want us to get so into the story that we want to reach into the story and be part of it. So I guess you can say mission accomplished. Besides the drama that I felt was just to much it is an overall good book. I crushed hardcore on Cole as he is a true gentleman with a bad boy streak in him- what lady doesn’t love that!! There are some pretty heavy things discussed within the book and the author did a great job at tying up all the loose ends by the end of the story. If you are looking for read that will give you love, lust, drama and angst this story is for you!
Jen

About The Author

Beckie’s real name is Rebecca, but she get’s called (and answers to) any of the following…Beckie, Bek, Becca, Rebecca, Pip, Pippy or Stevo.

Beckie is the author of ‘Sorrow Woods,’ the ‘Existing’ series and ‘Noah and Me.’

She is due to publish more YA and NA novels in 2015/16.

She lives in Staffordshire, England, with her partner and two children.

Beckie likes putting music on in the house and dancing around like a mad woman.

When she isn’t playing with her children, doing housework, dancing around the house like a mad woman, walking, cycling reading or writing, then she can be found working in an investment bank. Or sleeping.

You can find Beckie here…

Twitter: @BeckieStevenson
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BeckieStevensonAuthor
Instagram: BeckieStevo

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