Blog Tour – 4 Stars for If You Say So by A. R. Myles

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?

My Review

4 Stars!

I have to say, If You Say So was a pleasant surprise that I really enjoyed.

Boxer meets girl, boy offends girl, girl blows off boy… then, things change. Just to clarify, this is not an enemies to lovers romance. Jay and Ali just get off to a rocky start that quickly rights itself and picks up steam and fast. Instalust, for sure; some may call it instalove, but several months pass before mention of the L word occurs. I do have to say, at first I wasn’t sure where the book was going. Heck, even by just over 50%, I was still unsure. But, when A. R. Myles gets to the point, things move along at a good pace. It just takes a while to get there. Jay and Ali face a lot of internal and external influences that keep them from their happily ever after. Ali’s mother is a hag to end all hags and she does her best to drive a wedge between the couple. But, the biggest issue holding them back is Jay. He has secrets, or issues really, that put more negative force on the relationship than anything. Ali is particularly patient with the guy even though she knows he’s holding back. Then you hit the ending and I seriously thought about throwing my iPad. It would have been a very unfortunate ending to my beloved iPad, but the ending was just that shocking!

All in all, this book is a really good read and I enjoyed it!

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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