Author: Roni Loren
Series: Say Everything #2
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca on Jul. 6, 2021
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Book Rating: 9/10
The world can be a scary place. At least, that’s what Andi Lockley’s anxiety wants her to believe. It doesn’t help that she narrowly escaped a dangerous man years ago, or that every relationship since has been colored with that lingering fear. But things are better now―she’s channeling everything into her career as a horror novelist and true crime podcaster, and her next book may be the breakthrough she needs.
If only her grumpy new neighbor would stop stomping around at all hours of the night.
Former firefighter Hill Dawson can’t sleep. After losing part of his leg in a rescue gone wrong, he’s now stuck in limbo. He needs to figure out what he’s supposed to do with his life, and he can’t let himself get distracted by the pretty redhead next door. But when someone breaks into Andi’s place, Hill can’t stop himself from rushing in to play the hero. Soon, a tentative bond forms between the unlikely pair. But what starts out as a neighborly exchange quickly turns into the chance for so much more…if Andi can learn to put aside her fear and trust in herself―and love―again.
Intimate, sweet, and hopeful!
What If You & Me is a lighthearted, heartfelt tale that takes you on a journey into the lives of the dispirited, lonely, retired firefighter Hill who, after surviving a fire that claimed his lower leg, is still struggling to come to grips with a new life that no longer seems to have any purpose, and the scarred, sociable, podcaster Andi whose fascination with horror and true crime may have her leaning on her reclusive, reluctant neighbour for protection as well as a little companionship.
The prose is emotionally charged and honest. The characters are hesitant, vulnerable, and resilient. And the plot is a delightfully charming, sensual tale about life, love, trauma, friendship, self-discovery, happiness, taking chances, growth, healing, and the ongoing physical and psychological struggles suffered by those who have endured traumatic events.
Overall, What If You & Me is another uplifting, heartfelt, sensual tale by Loren that is an absolute treat, with its beautiful characterization, unique, unforgettable storyline, and a happy-ever-after ending that leaves you smiling, satisfied, and undoubtedly hoping for more.
This novel is available on July 6, 2021.
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Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.