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Title: If You Say So: A Novel
Author: A.R. Myles
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Sometimes life is a dream you don’t want to wake up from . . .

The night Alison Lockhart walks in to Undisputed, she only wants to have a drink, celebrate a friend’s birthday, and forget about the newest guy her mother tried to set her up with. It’s why, when the infamous Jay “The Hurricane” Hamilton—one of the highest-ranking boxers at The Underground—labels her a ring rat, she writes him off as just another guy with an over-inflated ego.

Only she can’t stop thinking about him.

Or his steel-blue eyes.

Or the apology on his perfect lips. 

Their fall is fast and hard, but when Alison’s ex shows up and Jay starts keeping secrets, will they be able to find their way out of the nightmare?

If You Say So

If You Say So by A.R. Myles
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️Stars
ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-29/5/18

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.

I kept repeating it over and over in my head as I put the car in drive and pulled out of the parking lot. The whole way home, I constantly looked over my shoulder and in the mirror to make sure no one was following me. The drive was normally only fifteen minutes, but this one felt like an eternity since every set of the lights I came to turned red.
You’re okay.
I finally pulled up behind Undisputed and parked in my usual spot. Leaving my things on the front seat, I climbed out and made my way to the back door, my legs feeling unsteady with every step I took.
I yanked the door open and relief washed over me as I stumbled inside and bumped into an extra table Jay kept in back. The whole thing rocked, and the tray of glasses on top of it slid to the floor.
“What the hell,” Kelsey said, coming through the door, stopping when she saw me standing in a sea of broken glass. “Ali? What’s—are you okay?”
The moment she said my name, everything came undone, whatever energy or adrenaline I had used to get home was no longer with me. My legs shook, and as I began to collapse, she hurried to my side and caught me. “Jay!” she shouted. “Jay, get back here, now!”
A few seconds passed before he pushed through the door. “What is it now, Kel—Ali?” he said, rushing forward and taking me into his arms. “What the hell happened?”
I buried my face against his chest and curled my hand around his shirt, the tears flowing as a small sob rocked my body. I never felt safer than I did when his arms were tightly wrapped around me. I never wanted him to let me go.
“What happened?”
“No idea. I heard a crash, came back to see what happened, and found her. She just collapsed,” Kelsey said, taking a step back.
He smoothed his hand over my head, and when he spoke, his voice was soft. “Baby, what’s going on? What happened?”
The door swung open as Hollie and Vince entered, their eyes landing on Jay and me and then all the glass on the floor. “Lockhart, don’t cry, it’s just a little bit of glass,” Vince said with a laugh, but it quickly faded as he held his hands up. “Whoa, tough crowd.”
Hollie elbowed him in the ribs and looked at me. The worry was clear in her eyes. “Ali, what happened?”
The author of the Breathe Again and Blinded by Love series, both written under the pseudonym, Emma Grayson. If You Say So is my debut novel under A.R. Myles and my first standalone novel. I’m currently working on a few new novels as well as a new series, which is focused on single moms who are trying to make it in the dating world after being wronged by their loser exs.
Born and raised on the outskirts of Edmonton, Alberta, I reside in a small town with my family, my eleven-year-old son, and six cats. I love my romance with a twist of suspense, and when I’m not writing or reading or coming up with new plots, I spend most of my time binging all the shows on Netflix and drinking Starbucks coffee with my mom and best friends.

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