Monday, July 2, 2012

What If by Kelly Rae: Blog Tour, Book Review and Giveaway!!

What If…

By Kelly Rae

Short Description:

One fateful night during high school Katie Wright loses everything: her father, the first man she ever loved, dies in a car accident and Chris Staller, the first boy she’s ever loved, breaks her heart. Fast-forward ten years and Katie is a beautiful, successful woman who has spent the past decade doing her best to make her life all about work, keeping everyone at arms length—friends and lovers alike. But she’s lonely and beginning to awaken to the fact that pretending to be happy and content doesn’t mean she actually is. Working through her emotional challenges while maintaining a stellar career reputation has been tricky, but she’s always determined to come out on top.

Paying a visit to her old high school, Katie runs into Chris, now a dedicated PE teacher who pines for the one he let get away: her. An upstanding member of the community and a much better man than he was a boy, Chris is determined to win Katie back at all cost. But Katie is less than receptive to the idea, and when he lays down a challenge, she is determined to come out on top again.

Learning to follow the heart is a lesson everyone must learn and Kelly Rae’s sweet love story is a powerful reminder of the healing power of forgiveness in that journey. Delivered with unadorned prose, extraordinary grace, and warmth, What If…will fill your life with hope and the positive force of life.


 Author Biograph:

Kelly Rae is a native of California, currently residing in a mountain of snow in Central Oregon, covertly planning her escape to get back to her Golden State roots. Kelly has a nine year-old son named Triton, who is her inspiration in all things, and a passion for writing, reading, and traveling.

Web Presence:

@kellyraebooks twitter handle

My Thoughts and Review:
I am always a sucker for a good romance story, I can't help it, it is the hopeless romantic in me. I love happily ever afters and I love when the hero gets the girl.

I knew from the moment I first read the synopsis on this book that I would want to read it. It just appealed to me.

I loved the prologue, it pretty much hooked me in and the first few chapters were great and then things started to change, just a little once I got to know the main character Katie a little better.

 Let me explain a little by what I mean that things changed.

Katie was kind of...almost whinny. She had a woe is me attitude and at times I think she felt like the victim when really what happened in her family was awful, but she wasn't a victim. If anythign she should have been a survivor. Losing someone you love, is never easy, especially when you are on the cusp of adulthood.

I had a really hard time liking her and relating to her, which I think is why this story sort of dragged for me at times.

There were moments when I wanted to shake her and tell her to grow up and act like an adult and see that times and people change and things aren't always so black and white. That she needed to learn to forgive. Forgive herself and to forgive others around her.

That kids will be kids and they will make some bad choices but just because they made them as teenagers, doesn't mean they will make them as adults too. 

Then we have Chris. I wasn't too sure if he really was a good guy there for awhile.  He did make some bad choices as a teenager, which actually didn't bother me so much. It was the bad choices he made as an adult (okay just one bad choice really) that bothered me. 

I mean after all, didn't I just get done saying that most adults learn from their mistakes as kids? Geesh! Chris!

But I started to warm towards him there in the end. When he was honest and kind and patient with a girl that really didn't always deserve it. And that speech at the end when he finally got to have his say?
Yep, that did it. My heart melted a little with that speech he gave Katie. How could she possible resist him after that?

And scenes at the end? Well, lets just say they were a little heated. More than I was expecting after so long a wait.

All in all, this story was a cute one, even though it was a little frustrating at times and the characters could be infuriating, this really was a nice story about learning to forgive and letting go of past wrongs and to give second chances. Because, we all deserve a second chance once in a while.

Overall I give this one 3.5 Stars!

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  1. Hey just took in your review. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    I'm following you from Goodreads, care to follow me?


  2. Thanks emaginette! I will go check out your blog too! :)