3 out of 4 stars
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If I Loved You by Mary J. Williams is book number one in the Harper Falls series. This is the first novel Williams has ever put out, which surprises me due to the fact that her writing is so good. Williams knows how to captivate an audience with her words and keep them intrigued. I found her dialogue to be especially interesting, as she always had a way of keeping it lighthearted, sexy and fun. By the end of the novel, I was left feeling like I hadn’t had enough of the small town that is Harper Falls. I didn’t want the story to end, I really got invested into it and I think you will, too!
The main character of the story is Rose, a rising recording artist and musician. Rose seems to have her life together: she has a great career and great friends. She likes the fact that she is not tied down to a romantic relationship and promises that she will never get married. But one day she realizes that she needs something to fulfill her sexual desires and so, she decides to initiate a one night stand at the Harper Falls Ball.
Enter Jack, a celebrity bodyguard who is very single and attainable. Rose comes on to Jack and they immediately discover the spark between them. Soon, they start to get to know each other better, and they quickly realize they have feelings for each other. Although Rose’s goal was to have a one night stand with no strings attached, can she be able to maintain that type of relationship with Jack, a man that she really, really likes?
I enjoyed the way this story turned out. Although it seems pretty predictable, you soon discover unexpected plot twists and themes other than lust. The emotions that came from these stories definitely tugged on my heart strings, and they will tug on yours as well. Williams touched on all the emotions on the spectrum, such as anger, love, anxiousness and sadness, which is hard to do in a romance novel like this one. She somehow made the words you see on the page come alive and made me fall in love with the characters, plot and setting. I quickly became interested in all of the stories that made the characters who they are, including their past and current struggles.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The only reason I did not give the novel the full four stars is because of the grammar issues. For me, these issues did take my attention away from the story at times. It’s not very hard to notice that the editing in this book wasn’t very thorough. But excluding the grammar, I would read this book again in a heartbeat. All in all I thought this novel was a fun, quick, and excellent read for the summer. I recommend it to anyone who is a sap for a delightfully sexy and cute romance story!
If I Loved You
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