We’ve got a little gem of a read here! Nina Lane’s prequel to the What If Duet, IF WE LEAP is LIVE!
Cole Danforth was a troubled kid with a bad reputation. When I was nine years old, he rescued me from bullies trying to steal my Halloween candy. Thus began my decade-long crush on him.
Now, the summer after my freshman year in college, I discover the boy has turned into a gorgeous man who makes me melt. Every part of me wants him — my heart, my mind, my body. But Cole, struggling with the burden of his past, refuses to accept how good we are together.
I believe in us hard enough to take the chance. But will Cole take the leap of faith with me?
This novella prequel takes place ten years before If We Fall. The reading order of the WHAT IF series is:
IF WE LEAP
IF WE FALL
IF WE FLY
One-click TODAY! IF WE LEAP is FREE with all retailers!
Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse at KFF
Lane has laid down a solid foundation for her all-new What If Duet with this delightful prequel. Fans of young adult romance, you are going to love it! Nonetheless, this novella does transpire well before If We Fall coming soon. Wherever you happen to be; on the beach, taking a break at work or in need of a little distraction, I couldn’t recommend one-clicking this freebie more. Overflowing with swoon-worthy romance, you’ll get the chance to meet Josie Mays and Cole Danforth. And their story certainly proves that opposites do attract because gosh, their chemistry simply pulses off the pages. The cover depicts them perfectly and the title, If We Leap is truly is a leap of faith for both of them.
“I’d never think of you as a fling.”
“Then how about a leap?”
“Oh, you’re a leap all right, Josie Mays. For me, a quantum leap forward.”
Josie impressed me. Arty, innocent, wonderfully weird and loving, she hasn’t got a care in the world. Coming from a loving family, she has a fabulous rapport with her older sister and mother who are always there to give sound advice. Saying that Josie’s a bit of a scaredy-cat, but has good reason to pluck up her courage and do something about it. True to her written words, Lane’s gone all out with Josie and Cole’s characters and I just couldn’t help falling for these two lovebirds. I really liked that they’d known each other for years, and even though they hadn’t had the chance to become true friends for reasons to be divulged, Josie’s persuasive ways make Cole realize that taking the next step was possible.
“You were like this little woodland elf I saw every now and then. You always seemed happy, you know?”
Cole’s been Josie’s crush since what seemed like forever. Lane’s masterfully developed flashbacks take the narrative back in time, giving me a vivid picture of how they met and what Cole had had to go through. For a short story, I thought his past unravelled at just the right pace. It didn’t feel in the slightest bit rushed or too slow. He’d never shared his horrendous experiences with anyone. Nonetheless, he trusts Josie and opens up to her. Shocking. Just. Damn Shocking. I got really teary-eyed whilst reading how he’d suffered at the hands of someone who should have loved and supported him. And it gets worse!
“Whether we fly or fall,” I said, “don’t let go.”
Fab quirky banter flows nonstop and the dual point of view gave me the opportunity to delve into the protagonists’ thoughts. Just the right amount of angst kept me on my toes but didn’t overwhelm and what else can I say except this author never ceases to amaze me. I cannot wait for If We Fall, book one releasing 30th August. Thank you, Nina, for offering your readers this little gem of a read. Bravo!
IF WE FALL (What If #1) releases 30th August
We fell in love. Then our world fell apart.
I wished so hard for Cole Danforth. And one day, he came true. He was my first boyfriend, my first lover, my first and only love. He should also have been my last.
But in a split-second, we were ripped apart, our lives broken, my heart shattered. After ten years, I’ve returned to my hometown, the place of my greatest joy and darkest pain.
Cole is still here, but the beautiful boy I’d loved is gone. Now he’s a ruthless, unforgiving man determined to feed both my resentment and my lust.
Then our torturous past encroaches again, trapping us in a violent storm.
But this time, there is no escape.
IF WE FLY (What If #2) releases September 13th
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances about professors, bad boys, candy makers, and protective alpha males who find themselves consumed with love for one woman alone. Originally from California, Nina holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she’s that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.