Sunday, July 6, 2014

Book Tour Review: What If by Bayli Lane

For some people falling in love was a happy, glowing experience. For Briar Kelly and Arrow Donovan it was more like getting hit by a freight train.

Caring for one another was never an easy feat. They constantly fought to hold their feelings inside, not wanting to jeopardize their friendship. Then, Arrow left for the Marines, and everything changed. Briar was shattered. Arrow was hurt.

While Briar told herself she’d never let another man affect her in such a way, Arrow still remained in the forefront of her mind. For Arrow, his memories of Briar kept him alive in both of his near death experiences. When Arrow’s demons threatened to drag him under, Briar was there, pulling him from the darkness.

"What ifs" keep piling up while resentment and redemption battles continue; will Briar and Arrow be able to find their happily ever after, or will this be one war that Arrow can't win?

What If is a great second chance love story. Or maybe it is a first chance love story that took years of unspoken love. Either way, this story was great.

This book had great characters. Arrow is Briar’s best friend since they were 15 years old. However, they were in love with each other but never spoke of it. The author, Bayli Lane did a great job putting us in Briar and Arrow’s head. I really felt a connection with Briar and her feelings. Briar was a very likable character and quite honestly could have been me or you or your best friend. She was real. Her emotions were real. I loved her.

Arrow was amazing. There were times in there that I wanted to knock him around but only because I felt so much for Briar. Arrow was a strong man who went into the Marines and saw things that were people’s worst nightmares. Both of them had other relationships for years but they still thought of the other day.

Ultimately they were soul mates. They belonged together and as a reader, I did want to yell at them a few times to just tell the other person their real feelings. I heart broke for them at times but thankfully my heart was put back together again.

I recommend What If to everyone. This book was very well written and you are brought right into the story and even makes you start to wonder the “what ifs” in your life. 

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. 

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