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If only I hadn't had that last drink...It might be the toughest night of the year for Micah O'Shea, but one tequila too many and suddenly she's seeing the world--and her best friend firefighter Josh Taylor--in a new light! Surely a bit of Dutch courage is all she needs to see if he tastes as good as he looks?Why did no one tell her that the morning after is way more awkwarIf only I hadn't had that last drink...It might be the toughest night of the year for Micah O'Shea, but one tequila too many and suddenly she's seeing the world--and her best friend firefighter Josh Taylor--in a new light! Surely a bit of Dutch courage is all she needs to see if he tastes as good as he looks?Why did no one tell her that the morning after is way more awkward when you're friends with the man you threw yourself at? And that it gets more awkward when you start having X-rated dreams about him? Perhaps Micah should stop saying "If only..." and start asking "What if...?"Winner of Harlequin's So You Think You Can Write contest 2013!...

Title : If Only...
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ISBN : 9781460334966
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Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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If Only... Reviews

  • Desere
    2019-03-26 21:07

    Everyone knows when you lose someone it hurts, but it is even worse if it's unexpected. In this debut release from Tanya Wright she tells the story of Micha O'Shea. Ten years ago she was planning spending the rest of her life with boyfriend Drew, dreaming of picket fences, children and the perfect happy ever after. Then suddenly it was all brought to a screeching halt when Drew was tragically killed in an accident. It is a hard blow for all of Drew's friends but of course more of a blow for Micha. As their friends move on with life and once a year celebrate the life that was Drew, Micha falls deeper and deeper into a world of depression, binge ice-cream eating and hiding from the world. That is until one night she joins them in the annual celebration and ends up having one too many shots of tequila and kissing her best friend, sexy and delicious firefighter Josh Taylor. Josh has been Micha's rock ever since Drew's death, he takes care of her on every friendship level possible, after all he did promise Drew he would. But the soul searing kiss Micha lays on him sends his senses into overdrive, and keeping his distance and not dreaming up erotic dreams of Micha is darn near impossible and not as easy as it has been for the last ten years. As for Micha, the kiss as her seeing Josh in a new light and as she floats between dreams of Drew and her having their happy ever after and X-rated dreams of Josh , she is soon forced into having to decide if she wants to continue to live in the past or say "What if I took a chance?" This was such a stunning read and from the very first page had me in tears. I bawled my eyes out for the pain Micha goes through, I wanted to give her a big hug and tell her she will get over Drew somehow, someday. Of course when one is standing on the outside and Micha's loss is not something you have gone through it's very easy to say that they will get over it. So right at the moment I wanted to tell Micha it will work out somehow , I also came to a sudden halt and started thinking, what if this was me, would I want to get over it, would I too go into a state of depression, or would I tell everyone am fine and totally actually be fine? And with this realization it hit me, that until you have been through such events there is no way you can say how you will react, and you can listen to the advise of others around you but in the end it's up to you to find a way back to the land of the living. The character of Josh was a treat to read, fun loving, sexy, a little bit crazy fun and a whole lot of always rock solid pillar strength. I fell head over heals with this hero long before Micha did! But any woman out there would agree that a guy who is always there for you, and goes to the extremes to try and make you smile is perfect and any woman would easily fall in love with him, so this little personality trait is not what truly attracted me to his character. It was the soul searching the poor guy has to go through, and finding the reasons to truly look deep inside the meaning behind is promise. Being in love with Micha for so long and never acting on his feelings because of a promise to his best friend showed him as loyal as they come. Loyalty is always a unique and sadly not found very often personality trait. Through this character the author showed that being loyal and keeping our promises are one of the most valuable and attractive traits any one person can show. Of course just as any romance reader would, I shouted out more than once for him to forget the darn promise and take hold of Micha already, but yes the nagging little voice of reason was with me all the way. Through these set of emotions the author reminded me that a promise is a promise and loyalty is a stunning quality but what if we can see our promise in a different light? From this read am taking away a range of messages. Holding onto the past will only cause you to never really step into the future life has planned for you, never decide for someone when they are ready to let go they need to do so in their own time, and never take a promise at face value, yes you made the promise but what exactly did you promise?I highly recommend this read for each and every single romance fan out there. The book had serious depth, a stunning life lesson and a beautiful forever to be remembered romance. A word to the wise, make sure you pull out the tissues for this one, trust me you'll be needing it! 5/5 star review " One too many shots leads to the kiss of a lifetime, and suddenly the past seems so far away"

  • CL
    2019-03-24 20:21

    This is one of - correction - THE best book in Harlequin Kiss's series so far and this is why:1. Ultimate Friends-to-Lovers trope. Yes it was a slowburn but it was so beautifully done.2. This book had DEPTH. The backstory and the history between these characters....<33. It was a romance where the Male was a firefighter but didn't have the whole book centred around his !sexybod / !life/death situations / !firefighterbrotherhood stereotypes4. This book is about friends and the author did a great job of a) showcasing their friendship and b) introducing the secondary characters so you got to know them without them taking over Josh/Micah's story. I can only hope that the plan is for each of them to get their own book?The only thing that could have made it better is some Josh/Micah sexytimes at the end (I was weirdly invested in seeing the moment when Josh finds out that Micah never slept with Drew so I feel robbed!). Perhaps an Appendix can be added? :)

  • Kay
    2019-03-29 21:24

    3 1/2 Stars ~ It's been ten years since a tragic car accident took her boyfriend's life, and this year when the gang gets together to celebrate Drew, Micah's grief is as if he'd just died. Over the years, if it hadn't been for Josh, Drew's best friend and now Micah's, she didn't know how she'd have survived it all.  Looking at her life, Micah realizes she's got to get a grip on her feelings and finally let Drew go.  But somewhere in all her mixed up feelings for Drew, Micah finds herself dreaming of Josh in a very not best friend sort of way. She's shocked at herself, and struggles to hide what is quickly becoming an intense attraction.  Little does she know that Josh has been in love with her from the moment he'd ever laid eyes on her, all those many years ago.  This is Ms. Wright's debut with Harlequin and from the Dear Reader letter she shares with us that this story is very close to her heart.  The theme of loss and survivor guilt is an emotional one, and Ms. Wright gives us plenty of emotion.  There's also a lovely "Friends" sort of feel to the characters.  They all have known each other since high school and have each other's backs no questions asked.  Josh faces his own personal dilemma with a possible future with Micah, but in true Harlequin style he fights for his HEA.  Ms. Wright has a fresh voice and I'm looking forward to reading her next romance.

  • Saly
    2019-04-05 16:11

    Rating 3.25 stars

  • Cheryl M-M
    2019-04-24 16:20

    Sometimes you just need to let go of the past to be able to confront the future.Micah has spent a decade using the tragic demise of a friend, to hide away from the world and any type of close romantic relationship. All that time wasted, just wallowing in self-pity and denial. The old gang of friends is getting fed-up with the very reluctant Micah. As far as they are concerned it is time to move on, move over and let it go.That's the thing about keeping a ball full of remorse and guilt in the pit of your gut for a long time, eventually that ball grows so big it is in danger of bursting. When it does there is nowhere to hide from all the repressed emotions and memories.Sounds like Micah is in for a tough time, which I suppose is true if she wasn't having trouble keeping her mind and hands of her best friends body.Not that Josh minds all the looking and touching, but he would like to know whether Micah can distinguish between past and present. Does she want him or does she want the impossible and the past?I received a copy of this book courtesy of Harlequin UK and Mills & Boon.

  • Gail
    2019-04-12 15:31

    Nice story. The heroine has been mourning the death of her boyfriend for the past 10 years. Well, stuffing the grief away and only taking it out once a year. But now it's all welling up again and her friends, who were his friends and relatives, have moved on and they want her to as well. And why is she suddenly noticing the cuteness of the hero, her best friend and the dead boyfriend's bestie too. The heroine got a little whiny for me, but not enough to interfere with my enjoyment of the story. It's a sweet friends-to-lovers story.

  • Gosia
    2019-04-05 15:23

    Definitely time to move on...Definitely time to move on...It was a cute book. Story of friends that get together every year on the same day to remember a friend that passed away but also story of two of those friends where feelings are awakened between the two of them. The thing that bothered me was the girlfriend of the guy that passed away has been holding on to him for 10 years even though they were together for 2 years. You need to let go of the past to be able to move on and have a future.

  • Patty K
    2019-04-01 21:20

    I loved it. I must disclose though, I know the author personally. This is a quick, easy read, it's a nice romance and while I kind of knew what was going to happen, Tanya added a great twist in the story that I didn't see coming. I was engaged and felt as if I knew the characters personally, I find myself hoping for the best for them!! This was Tanya Wright's first book and I can't wait to see her next project!!

  • June
    2019-04-04 13:13

    Ten years of secrets and denial and things building up. Josh had his secret that kept him acting as protector for Micah. And each year Micah took her moment in time to grieve the loss of her first love. The ten year anniversary of his death felt different though and suddenly things are messy for all of them. Very enjoyable and emotional story.

  • Sheila
    2019-03-29 18:10

    A nice light romance, good for a first and good too that it retained the romance without resorting to full-on sex. My only gripe would be the scene of the Halloween party - not great as a scene for a Christian writer, although not viewed as seriously as it should be in the US. Good quick read.

  • Stefanie London
    2019-04-02 21:20

    Tanya Wright packs a lot of emotional punch into this short book. The build up between Micah and Josh is slow burning, making the payoff even sweeter. A sweet romance with all the feels. I enjoyed seeing these two get their happy ever after.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-26 14:30

    I am bouncing between 2 and 3 stars for this one and i feel generous right now and I am going with 3. I just feel like it was drawn out too long.

  • Deb
    2019-04-16 19:08

    I wanted something fluffy and nice because the news and weather was depressing me. This is a nice story, but not perky. Some depressing subjects are discussed here. Not a bad read though.

  • Samantha
    2019-04-01 21:20

    For a first book this was brilliant.