If Only by A.J. Pine
Release Date: March 24, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Embrace; 342 pages
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 she stop thinking about Noah who, minutes after being trapped together outside the train’s loo, kisses Jordan like she’s never been kissed before? Never mind his impossible blue eyes, his weathered, annotated copy of The Great Gatsby (total English-major porn)…oh, and his girlfriend.
Jordan knows everything this year has an expiration date. Aberdeen is supposed to be about fun rather than waiting for life to happen. But E. M. Forster, Shakespeare, and mistletoe on Valentine’s Day make her reconsider what love is and how far she’s willing to go for the right guy.
Teaser Excerpt #4—Jordan and Noah have it out the day after they met on the train and
kissed as strangers.
“What about you and Griffin? You’re not on this tour alone.”
I mirror his stance, arms crossed to hold myself together because a hint of pain replaces the sting in his voice.
“Oh,” I say.
“Yeah. Oh. What about you? Was the train real for you?”
“God! Of course it was. Do you think I go around kissing random strangers? Griffin and I met on the train, too,” I continue. “But nothing happened with him before we got to Aberdeen.”
Noah shifts his stance but stays firmly against the door. “And now?” he asks.
“And now we’re just seeing what happens, having fun. No point in looking for something real in a year with an expiration date, right?”
Noah’s brows pull together. “Do you really believe that, Brooks?”
“Ugh!” I step toward the door, pushing him out of the way. Only because he doesn’t expect it does his position falter. I throw open the door and storm inside, Noah following quickly after me.
“What?” he calls. “It’s a valid question, Brooks!”
I stop short and turn to face him. He skids to a halt milliseconds before knocking me over. His exhales tickle my cheek, but I don’t let his nearness distract me.
“Why do you do that with my name?” I ask.
He cocks his head to the side, and I hate the familiarity of it, that I can already tell this is his thing.
“My name is Jordan, but you call me Brooks.”
His brows pull together, a small crease forming between them. “Isn’t Brooks your name, too?” I can’t tell if he’s teasing or trying to figure me out.
“It is,” I say. “But no one except my best friend Sam calls me by my last name. It feels…personal.”
Now he smiles, the maddeningly gorgeous sight too much.
“You look like a Brooks to me. That’s all. If it bothers you, I can stop, Jordan. See? I have no problem calling you Jordan, Jordan.”
I shudder and squeeze my eyes shut. “Stop! You can’t do this, go all hot and cold on me like that. You can’t be all sweet and funny and charming and have a girlfriend. And you can’t accuse me of anything more than knowing the simple truth. This year isn’t real. It’s a fantasy. Anything that happens while we are here ends when we return home in May.”
We remain in our stand-off, close enough to repeat our train performance, neither of us daring to do it.
“You’re dramatic,” he says.
“I am not,” I pout. At least, I wasn’t before meeting him. But in one day he’s managed to get under my skin, and the person I thought I was doesn’t exist anymore. Somehow one kiss has turned me upside down and inside out, the level-headed girl I used to be lost in the turbulence.
AJ writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend those hearts with a happily ever after…maybe. The first book she wrote was YA, but now she’s two-timing her first love Pine4BWwith NA. She’s always in the middle of reading two to three books, adores online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes), and she still loves vampires, whether it’s Eric Northman or the Salvatore brothers. When she’s not writing, AJ is sneaking off to her day job as a high school English teacher or hanging with her husband and kids in the Chicago burbs.
AJ’s debut NA novel, IF ONLY, releases with Entangled’s Embrace line on March 24!
Representation: Courtney Miller-Callihan at SJGA.
1 If Only Swag Pack -An “I love you from here to Scotland” print, Ahava pendent, A pack each of Much Ado about Nothing and A Room With a View confetti, Much Ado about Nothing travel mug and A Room With a View Blu-ray (a $25 Amazon gift card will be substituted if winner is outside the US)
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