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Jacob "Smitty" Smith is ready to get married when on his wedding day he is told that his bride-to-be, Caroline, would not be coming. He is heartbroken and a year later, his best friend Jules trades in his honeymoon for a trip for him to go to Jamaica.
Sloan Talbott is headed to her sister's wedding in Jamaica but before leaving she must go to a grave site to shed some tears.
Sloan and Smitty are seated beside each other on the flight and right away sparks fly but both are afraid of getting attached to the other one due to their pasts. As they grow closer and closer they both realize how much they care about the other one but neither can forget their past heartbreaks.
These characters are amazing and so are all the supporting family members! I can not say enough amazing things about this book!!
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Sleep deprived and semi-delirious after plowing straight through My Favorite What If I have the strangest urge to smile uncontrollably and look at those ridiculously adorable photos of baby animals. You know the ones. Happiness. Grinning ear to ear as I write this, I can’t remember the last time I felt that warm glow of perfect bliss after reading an amazing book. My Favorite What If gave me a serious case of the warm and fuzzies. I just can’t get enough of Sloan and Smitty.
Sloan is a ray of sunshine, scratch that, she’s pretty much the whole rainbow complete with a pot of gold. Sloan’s charisma, her smile, her bubbly, flirty personality bursts off the pages and rejuvenates your senses. Her energy is off the charts. Not only is she a genuine, kind-hearted, caring individual but she’s feisty, confident and unafraid to embrace her sexuality. It’s liberating and wonderful seeing a character so free with her body without seeming overly promiscuous. A fitness guru and savvy entrepreneur, Sloan seems to have everything going for her but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Sloan’s heart is a shattered mess, plastered back together with cheap generic glue. Sloan lives vicariously through exercise and her passion but is hesitant to share her broken heart for fear of being unable to piece it back together again should things go south. Sloan is a natural lover, she has so much to give and so much happiness to bring to the world. It’s easy to feel kinship with her. Sloan has lived through a horrific tragedy. Her reasons for closing off her heart are sound and her fear is very real. The certainty that to love and lose it again will destroy you is strong.
Smitty is consumed by the memories of his jilted wedding. A slave to nostalgia, Smitty has a shrine to Caroline that makes it impossible for him to move on. Everything, even the smallest of things reminds him of her. While all his friends are getting their happily ever after, he’s trapped in memories. Smitty feels to move on would be betrayal and it hurts to much. He’s kind, flirtatious, he sometimes says the wrong thing and can be a little pushy but he’s all gruff, masculine heat. Smitty is adorable. He draws you in with his almost child-like uncertainty about Sloan, he’s attentive and curious. It’s so cute. He looks at Sloan with wonder, as if she’s the answer to his prayers.
Together, Sloan and Smitty are HOT. They’re gentle sometimes, teasing others. The chemistry escalates. It’s sexy, energetic, passionate.
My Favorite What If centers on the fragility of human life but more importantly, it glorifies the beautiful resilience of the human heart. We’re able to survive the greatest tragedies, overcome our pasts and find love again, brilliant and strong, born from the ashes of the wreckage. Lyssa Layne captures the overwhelming terror and anxiety of opening up, of living again, and the guilt of moving on after loved ones are cruelly ripped from our lives. Sloan and Smitty both find that it’s okay to be scared as long as that fear doesn’t prevent them from taking a chance on happiness, that sometimes, the risk is worth the possible backlash.
If you’ve read Everybody’s After Love, you’ll be so excited to see Jules and Bentley again. All secondary characters are lively and add to the story.
The tragic circumstances were a HUGE surprise. Speculation and suspicion are high as the story progresses. Get ready for shock and sadness.
Both Smitty and Sloan use sex to escape feeling anything real. The sex scenes were a little excessive but it was a part of their characters.
AWWW Smitty!! Lemme tell ya..this man stole my heart is Jules book. Then to SEE he was getting a book….Imagine me being a crazy girl jumping up and down. Yes I wanted Smitty to find love. SO imagine my shock when I SEE that the beginning of the book he is getting married. *Insert wrinkled eye brows* Unless her name is Angie, this won’t do!!
Smitty has found his one love. I mean I was even shocked to hear about their whirlwind courtship and pending nuptials but it just SEEMED right. It seemed he found his one…until Jules dropped the BOMB that Caroline isn’t coming. My heart was breaking for my man in the first chapter. NO NO NO not my Smitty!!! Why would this woman leave. He is perfection …in my eyes anyway.
So fast forward a year later and Smitty is still hurting. He hasn’t had the heart to remove Caroline from his life so to speak. He looks at her photo every morning and is still hurt by her departure. Jules has had enough. She FORCED Smitty to go on his trip…..errr…..his honeymoon because the trip hasn’t yet expired. She packs his bag and ships him off to Jamaica for the week.
Sloan is going to Jamaica to see her little sister get married. But before she can leave she has to go and visit a grave sight of someone she loves dearly. Her husband. She hasn’t been able to move on in over 5 years since he died. Her love for Cooper is so strong and she is happy, or so she thinks, with her life the way it is.
A simple seat assignment on a plane has the two meeting and forming a connection. I gotta say there was something SO RIGHT about Sloan and Smitty the more and more we saw them together. They were like two missing puzzle pieces. They just FIT!
When the story starts to unfold and we learn what happened to Coop and then why Caroline doesn’t show for the wedding. OMG I dunno which story made me sadder. But the things that REALLY BROKE Me was when Sloan leaves Smitty because of her involvement with Caroline…OMG….DESTROYED!!!
I was a bit mad at my man Smitty but loved when how he owned his heart and feelings. I loved how he never gave up on Sloan and even assisted is getting her family to help him get his woman back!!
I am so going to miss this guy and these characters but trust me you won’t be disappointed.
This was my first book written by Lyssa Layne, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect going in but I was pleasantly surprised. My Favorite What If, is the second book in a series however it can be read as standalone.
Smitty was supposed to get married & have his happily ever after with Caroline, however he found on out the day fo the wedding the bride wasn’t showing, and he shut down on himself for 6 months, until Jules (Heroine from first book) basically told him to get his s*** together and told him to go on his honeymoon. Alone..
Sloane, knows heartache after suffering a terrible loss , but is putting it aside to celebrate his little sisters wedding in paradise.. is it fate that these two just so happen to sit by each other on the plane & our heading to the exact same location once they land? Some may call that serendipity…
After an intense sexual connection during the plane ride & journey to the resort, they both decide on 1 week of fun, no strings attached adulterous fun, which by the way was hot – you could feel the chemistry between them coming off the page!
Smitty and Sloan both have their own reasons & excuses for wanting to stay well away from anything too serious, but when sparks ignite between them, it doesn’t take long for emotions and feelings to start getting involved, but when reality comes a knockin’, are they ready to face the real world?
This isn’t your standard, second chance at love book, there are twists and surprises throughout the book, which will keep you wanting to turn the page to find out what the heck is going on. So don’t expect hearts & flowers throughout the book, there is some real tear jerking moments aswell laugh out loud.
Personally, myself I am not a big fan on second chance at love books, be it the MC’s fell in love then got separated or the MC’s lost their first loves then fall in love again with someone else, so as much as I wanted to really love the book, I just couldn’t but that is just purely due to personal preference. It was written really well, has a great story line with well developed characters, Congratulations on another release Lyssa Layne <3
This can be read as a standalone novel and also as a sequel to Everybody's After Love. Smitty, everybody's best friend, was supposed to have his ideal girl, the white picket fence, and a happily ever after. It was not to be when Caroline never showed up for their wedding. With his friends' support, he picked up the broken pieces of his life and went on as best he could. Jules, the heroine of the previous book and his best friend's younger sister, couldn't stand to see him hurting anymore and made him take his honeymoon trip to Jamaica. Alone.
Sloane knew only too well what it felt like to lose people you love. With an upcoming family celebration on the horizon, she's forced to cope and hide her pain so the attention will be on her beloved younger sister instead. She takes the trip to Jamaica in stride and makes the best of what should be a great time in paradise.
Is it serendipity that these two are seated together on the plane and hit it off right away? When her family and his friends (through video calls) see how they interact and finally bring each other out from behind their masks, they think it is. But can a weeklong fling survive outside paradise when they're both concealing painful secrets that could blow their budding relationship up?
There's always that time when you ask yourself the question, "What if ...?" There are so many alternate realities that your mind can come up with that sometimes you miss the best one - the one right in front of you. This sweet story brings you along on the journey of two people who lost the best parts of themselves and found the missing pieces in each other. It's not all kisses, hearts, and roses though, as they have to face their pain in order to stay together.
If you're looking for that lazy weekend read, then My Favorite What If is perfect because once you start, there is no putting it down till the very end. A sometime tearjerker, an all around feel good ending, and an intricately twisting plot gives this novel by Lyssa Layne a double thumbs up from me.
While this book is technically part 2 of a series, I have yet to read Jules's story and had no problems reading this one first. I would highly recommend it. My only (minor) complaint would be that reading a story in first person is not my favorite, and this book has both characters' scenes written that way. However, there is a heading at the beginning of each scene to tell you who is speaking, and I found the story easy to follow and get into and soon forgot to be annoyed by the first person ;-) Even if you are like me and prefer to read in third person, this book is worth the time. You'll get so engrossed in the story itself, soon you won't care how it is structured because it is a good read that works.
Fast paced, hard to put down, and overall a great story! I think My Favorite What If is my favorite by this author that I've read so far!