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If you knew love would hurt you, would you fall? If you knew love would leave you, would you let it go? If you knew love could never be, would you try?
From bestselling author Randi Cooley Wilson comes a gut-wrenching love story about heartbreak, second chances, and letting go. The ifs that linger between the pages of this novel will break your heart and stay with you long after the final chapter.
Emerson Shaw thought she’d left her old life behind her, but when she returns home for her best friend’s wedding, she has no idea her past is waiting to reclaim her. Dark and broken, Lincoln Daniels never wanted to find love. But when he met straight-laced Emerson, he fell. Hard. The only thing they seemed to have in common was an undeniable mutual attraction, but from the moment he laid eyes on her, there was something about her that called to him. Until he lost her. Tormented by demons and consumed by dark desires, it took years to slowly glue together the shattered pieces of their what ifs. Just when Emerson is finally ready to let go and stop existing in a past full of pain and regret, Lincoln returns, turning her life upside down. What begins as a tentative friendship quickly escalates, and the two soon realize that all the ifs lingering between them no longer matter.
If is a love story about two damaged people whose future depends on promises made in the past.
What happens when two broken people meet, fall in love, and realize they can never be?
What happens when all the what ifs no longer make sense?
If you knew your heart would break, would you still fall?
This book is intended for mature audiences.
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5 stars This book just sucked me right in from the beginning and I just couldn’t put it down. NA adult novels are always hit or miss for me, but Randi Cooley Wilson does a phenomenal job with If. Emerson and Lincoln are both students at the same college and you see that some of their issues are related to that budding adult maturity you see among the college age group, but you also see an intense connection between the two of them. It is almost like gravity constantly pulls them back into each other’s orbit no matter what comes their way.
I really liked Emerson. She is a young woman who finds comfort what she can control which reminds me a bit of myself. Of course, what she can’t control is how she feels about Lincoln and all the “what ifs”. She is a relatively strong heroine, but there are a few instances where I disagreed with her decisions. Lincoln survived a tough childhood and it has impacted his approach to relationships or lack there of. He tends to blow hot and cold which is something that made me feel for Emerson, but I do think it was fitting for his character. I loved him as the hero in this book. My heart constantly broke for the two of them, but really for Lincoln because he seemed like a lost, broken soul.
If is an enjoyable, angsty read that moves at a great pace. I loved both Emerson and Lincoln as well as the secondary characters Kennison and Josh. This book was told entirely from Emerson’s POV and I do wish that there were a few chapters interspersed throughout the book that were told from Lincoln’s. This is definitely one of those rare books that I will re-read. I received this book as an ARC and I voluntarily leave this honest review.
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Randi Cooley Wilson is a best selling author of paranormal, urban fantasy, and contemporary romance books. Born and raised in Massachusetts, she attended Bridgewater State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies. After graduation, she moved to California and worked in Marketing, Public Relations and Advertising on Luxury and Global Lifestyle Brands. In 2014, Randi published the bestselling and award nominated Revelation Series, the Royal Protector Academy Series, and the Dark Soul Series. Randi makes stuff up, devours romance books, drinks lots of coffee—though she prefers champagne—and has a slight addiction to bracelets. She currently resides in Massachusetts with her daughter, fur baby, and husband.