ARC BOOK REVIEW
So this is a difficult one for me to rate; On the one hand, I loved the majority of “If You Say So” And I also found it to be incredibly romantic, emotive and sweet, I could actually feel the sentiment projecting off the page; right at me.
I have a soft spot for fighters with a core of mushiness and Jay Hamilton had this in spades.
He was a man who was tough, took no crap but was also not afraid of embracing his softer side and showing his true emotions.
I suppose what I’m trying to say he was Alpha enough that he didn’t need to prove himself in any way; secure in his own manliness; with no point to prove.
His personality really complimented Alison’s and the projected dynamic between these two was something I truly enjoyed.
It was such a believable partnership and I had no issues warming to and embracing this couple wholeheartedly.
But then on the other hand that ending; man, I hated it; like it really pissed me off big style.
It totally blindsided me; and usually for me in fiction that’s a good thing.
It’s not very often an author is able to sneak up on me and take me unawares like A.R. Myles did here, but this time; it so wasn’t my bag.
I found it unnecessary and frankly a trifle bemusing; like what is the author trying to accomplish here; if it was to make me have a good old cry and shock the socks off me then mission accomplished; it certainly achieved its intention.
But all that this finale brought to my table was a big pit of sadness combined with despair.
And it left behind an awful sour taste in my mouth.
I was so enjoying the refreshing simplicity of “If You Say So”; then to be left feeling like I had been floored by a ten-tonne lorry; unacceptable.
Without that finish, I would have rated this much higher; In fact, it was a total four-star from me, up until that moment I was bomb-shelled in such a dramatic fashion.
Such a shame as I was so enjoying myself until then; this book is still an excellent read and was exceptionally well written with a warm inviting style of storytelling.
It was told in dual POV had no OM or OW drama; which I was stoked about; I’m not a big fan of this and seem lately to be getting this a lot in my choice of fiction; so was great that this was missing from “If You Say So”.
I think this book is going to be like marmite; you either do or you don’t.
Unfortunately for me, that finish major derailed me.
Despite the above, I would still recommend this; its really gonna come down to your own personal preferences and what you like here.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “If You Say So ” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.