“He smiled, I smiled. And that’s when I knew: I was a goner.”
“What If” is a sweet, and frustrating (in a good way) 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 that I couldn’t help, but love, they were sweet, had such a lovely bond, and the chemistry was there from the first time they met.
Their journey to finding HEA was heartbreaking, and heartwarming, so much happens between these two over the years, and many times my heart went out for them for some of the things they went through, but at the same time I want to shake them, slap them because of the unnecessary hurt, heartache and pain they caused each other, but I knew at the heart of it they loved each other.
What If was an enjoyable emotional read, it has that soul mate, thing happens for a reason feeling. It wasn’t short on it angst and drama, and once I started it I really didn’t what to stop, as I became invested in Briar and Arrow and their story. I was rooting for them, hoping that after all that had happened, what they went through together, and apart over the years that they would finally get the HEA that they so rightly deserved
This is Bayli Lane's second novel, and having read and liked her first, I have to say I enjoy this one more. The book was very well written, and the characters are well developed and Bayli writes in such away I can’t help but feel all Briar and Arrow’s emotions from the happy one to the sad one. I have to say I love the “Dear God” song I have added that to my playlist.
I enjoyed the ending, I like how things worked out for Briar and Arrow, but I did feel it was a little rushed. So I was pleased to see on Goodreads that Bayli has written an extension of the epilogue for this book. I’m looking forward to reading that one and the rest of the books that she has planned for the ‘What if’ series.
If you’re looking for an emotional, angst-filled book that is full of what ifs then this one is for you and should be add it to your TBR list.
“I was looking at the person who was supposed to be there every time I woke up, and every time I went to sleep”
“The scars she left inside of me would forever exist, not for anyone else to see, but for me to feel”
“The strings threading out hearts together were being pulled to tightly that I could feel the struggles and strain of the hold trying to snap”
“You can’t sit in the path of a deadly storm coming your way, and expect to make it out unscathed”
If you had to pick one single person to spend every day with, every hour, every minute, every dammed second with for the rest of your life, who would you choose?”
“Looking back later, I'd realize the mistake wasn't acting on my feelings for Briar, it was not acting on them."
“I'm tired of drowning, Arrow. I'm so tired of not being able to breathe"
Bayli Lane didn’t realize how much she loved creating a world from nothing until college. She went to Marian University where she majored in Communications but in her spare time wrote and read. Her love for reading is what really brought out her desire to create her own novel. After starting loads of stories and not finishing them, she finally decided it was time to put her passion to work. Bayli lives with her husband, Tim, in Indiana where she is probably sitting with a large cup of coffee and her computer working on her next book.