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Peek Inside What If

Griffin Reed is buried under his parents’ expectations to follow in his father’s footsteps. He cloaks his own wants in self sabotage—until he picks up a pretty, red-haired hitchhiker. Maggie Kendall’s life is dependent on sticky notes, photos, and medication to get through each day. The last thing she needs is a distraction—or someone new to disappoint. Griffin and Maggie just might have a future if they could let go of the past. But that means taking a chance on the one thing they both avoid—complicated.

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A 2015 Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence finalist in the New Adult category

Sometimes it takes letting go of the past to find out who you want to be.

During his semester abroad, Griffin Reed almost gave his heart to a girl who loved someone else. Lesson learned. Now he’s home, where following in his father’s footsteps may not be what he wants, but it’s what his parents expect. It might be taking the easy road, but he doesn’t see a way out.

Something that could have killed Maggie Kendall took away the person she used to be instead. Her condition makes her dependent on sticky notes, photos, and medication just to get through each day. The last thing she needs is a distraction—or someone new to disappoint.

What they refuse to see is they are perfect for each other. Maggie makes Griffin want to be a better man, and he makes her believe a future is possible. But these two have to find a way to share the secrets ripping them apart, if they’re ever going to have a chance at happiness.



"Addictive writing and toe-curling romance...a universal tale of finding strength in love that captivated me from the start. Pine once again proves she's a literary force to watch!" --Rachel Harris, author of the LOVE AND GAMES series.
"One of my faves of 2014. You'll root for these characters with every turn of the page." --Megan Erickson, author of the BOWLER UNIVERSITY series. 
"WHAT IF is perfection in words. I have waited for this book forever." --Sil at Hopeless Book Lovers
"I will read anything by AJ Pine. ANYTHING! I didn't want this story to end!!" --Reanell at Book Babes Unite
"Pine is a bright, authentic voice in New Adult romance...Griffin Reed might be my favorite NA book boyfriend of 2014." --Lia Riley, author of the OFF THE MAP series
"Such a cute read, I really enjoyed this one. The feels!!"--Pam at [YA]Escape From Reality

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633751484
Series: If Only, Book 2
Release Date: Dec 8, 2014
Page Count: 415
Imprint: embrace
Genre: contemporary, new adult
Tropes: fling

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By Reanell November 24, 2014

5 'what if' stars!

I ABSOLUTELY loved What If. I didn't know after reading If Only who I would love more, Noah or Griffin. And I can say with 100% certainty that it's GRIFFIN! I don't know if it's the name Griffin I love so much or what but every Griffin I have read in a book I have adored. I think i ...more

By Rachel November 14, 2015

Overall rating: 3.75 "Pippi/Fancy Pants" stars!

Cheating: (view spoiler)
Love triangle: (view spoiler)
Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)
Intimate Pasts: (view spoiler)
OM/OW drama: (view spoiler) ...more

By Mandy December 05, 2014

I loved this book! This is a unique story about a girl, Maggie, who has a condition where her short term memory is affected. She can remember some things, but needs a lot of visual clues and reminders. Griffin is following the path that is set out for him by his father but is unhappy and acting out. ...more

By Lia November 24, 2014

A compelling follow up to If Only, What If is powerful and deeply involving love story with a well-differentiated cast. The complexity of Pine's characters shine, leaving the reader with no choice but to go "all in" on their journey to claim love and personal fulfillment. Pine is a bright, authentic ...more

By Silvana [The Book Voyagers] August 10, 2015

WHAT IF is perfection in words. I have waited for this book forever. Since I finished IF ONLY and told Amy about my super duper big love for Mr. Griffin. And god did this book make me feel all the emotions.

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How can you love a boo ...more

By Megan November 13, 2014

This book. Oh man, this book. I love so much about it that it's hard to put into words. Maggie is a kick ass heroine. Griffin is charming as hell with this underlying vulnerability that makes you want to hug him to your chest.

AJ's writing is always gorgeous, but it really shines in this book. The ch ...more

By Khulood March 06, 2015

3.5-4 What If? Stars

I'm not sure how to rate this book.. On one hand, I really love Griffin (team Griffin' here, even from "If Only"), but Maggie, omg Maggie.. I had many moments (too many for my liking) where I wanted to go find a real sorcerer, create a spell to transport me into the book, find Ma ...more

By Olivia January 21, 2015

This was a great read. I love being pleasantly surprised by a read-for-review. The characters and humour were great. I loved Maggie she was sweet, caring and her 'issues' were real and not just thrown in there to create drama. The story was slightly predictable but the writing was so good it didn't ...more

By Bette December 02, 2014

Amazing read!! So glad to see Griffen (from If Only) get his HEA. Loved the storyline which is different from anything I've ever read. Very enjoyable.

Back home after spending a year in Scotland, Griffen Reed is simply floating through life doing what is expected of him. Maggie Kendall is struggling ...more

By Amanda G. January 06, 2015

Let me start by saying I don't care, I've officially run out of care, I care no more, because while What If had it's little issues that elsewhere may have caused me to nit-pick and reduce ratings, I can't find myself doing that with Pine's work because her characters are too perfect, and the emotion ...more

By Jen December 04, 2014

Note: This ARC was provided by Entangled Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What If
by A.J. Pine is the second book in the If Only series and I'm going to be upfront about this and say that I went into the book with a bit of trepidation because of my reaction to the first book ...more

By Tina December 09, 2014

^^^ I wish I could give this book 10 stars^^^^

What If is my first AJ Pine book and I need her to write libraries full of books for me to read! This story hooked me from the first page and I loved every minute of it. It is full of hope, love, life, and strength. Griffin and Maggie are perfect! Their ...more

By Maria Rose March 31, 2015

This romance treats us to the story of Griffin and Maggie. Griffin is coasting by, finishing his college degree with no idea of what he'll do in the future except knowing that he doesn't want to follow in his father's business footsteps. Maggie struggles daily to cope with a traumatic brain illness ...more

By Marie December 08, 2014

4.5 stars

What if? What if…you were afraid your own body would betray you in a way that’s possibly deadly? What if…you were known as a player and no one saw you as anything but? What if…you were afraid to fall in love, but that’s exactly what happens? These are just some of the things Maggie and Grif ...more

By Pam December 02, 2014

*ARC received from publisher via NetGalley

Such a cute read, I really enjoyed this one. The feels!! Griffin and Maggie are such likable characters. I felt for Maggie. She's still trying to get used to this new life, where her brain doesn't work the way it used to and she has all of these systems in p ...more

By Amy November 25, 2015

What If follows the story of Griffin and Maggie. We first meet up with Griffin in If Only. After the way things ended for Griffin in that book, I couldn't have been happier to hear that he was getting his own story.....

What If picks up 2 years after the events of If Only. Two years since he fell for ...more

By Kelley January 07, 2015

I was provided a copy of this book for an honest review.

Five fantastic, well-earned stars.

Here’s the thing—I don’t award 5 stars often. In my mind, to be a 5-star review, you have to have a couple of things. (1) you have to hook me from the start (2) you have to keep that story moving so I want mor ...more

By Elaine December 02, 2014

WOW! A great story about people determined not to date each other because of their past records and possible futures but there are too many forces at work to let them get away with this - love must have a way! Really enjoyed this well written traumatic tale which has great characters with whom the a ...more

By Once March 06, 2015

What If takes you through Maggie and Griffin's journey of finding love when neither of them wants it. They are both rejecting any sort of relationship, due to the complications they each have in their own lives, but when they meet for the first time there's a pull that can't be ignored.

I asked mysel ...more

By Michelle (Adventure in Bookland) December 03, 2014

What if……
Maggie wasn’t sick two years ago
Griffin wasn’t a guy that had a new girl in his bed each night
Maggie never missed her bus and hitchhiked
Griffin never gave Maggie a ride to work
Maggie and Griffin never met

All those what if and so many crossed both Maggie and Griffin’s minds in order to prot ...more

By Irene December 10, 2014

4.5 stars

LOVED What If!

What If ticked all the boxes for me, loved Maggie and Griffin (even the supporting characters) loved the storyline and loved the writing.
A.J. Pine has written a heartwarming love story that will make you laugh, swoon and shed a tear or two.

I was left with a heart full of so m ...more

By Amber December 16, 2014

**4.5 stars** Wonderful read! I really enjoyed the first book in this series "If Only", but I loved "What if". I was so looking forward to Griffin's story and it was all that I could hope for. I loved the story, the journey of Griffin and Maggie's relationship, all of it. I even shed a few tears at ...more

By Natalie December 02, 2014

Gah. I loved loved loved this book. I love Griffin and his sisters (and not just because the coolest one shares my name!) and I love how intensely Maggie is trying to make herself whole again.

I love their banter and I love their weaknesses and I love the way they're both terrified and both committed ...more

By Isalys December 30, 2015


By Michelle December 08, 2014

**Recieved an ARC copy from NetGalley for honest Review**

Wow, this is the 1st book that I read from this Author and I have to say, I LOVED it. (It does have a book before this one, If Only - which I totally just bought - but this can be read as a Stand Alone).

What If?? Two little words, 6 letters, ...more

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A.J. Pine

About the author

A.J. Pine

AJ Pine writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, the books she writes have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes). And a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires, superheroes, and a certain high-functioning sociopath detective. You’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago ‘burbs.

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