IF I LOVED YOU (Harper Falls #1)

IF I LOVED YOU                                                     MARY J. WILLIAMS

Welcome to Harper Falls, Washington. A place where everything you ever dreamed of can be yours. Especially love.

If all you wanted was one night would you take a chance on a man who wanted forever?
Rose O'Brian wants to spice up her love life, and she knows that Jack Winston is just the man to help her. Unfortunately, Jack has a secret that is keeping his from the one thing he wants more than his next breath--Rose.

Rose has never believed in a happily ever after ending for herself; emotional scars run too deep. She tells Jack it's one night or nothing, but what she can't admit to him or herself is that he is the first man that has ever had her dreaming of more. When a demon from her past rears its ugly head will Rose have the strength to reach for what she wants? Can Jack convince her they have a future worth fighting for?

Book one in the Harper Falls series.

MY REVIEW:
     Rose O’Brian had so much to be grateful for yet it had been a long road in getting there and two years in therapy to get this far.  Yet, that’s not what helped it was her two best friends Tyler Jones and Jordanna (Dani) Wilde who helped her make it through.
     You see Rose was being raised by her single mother because her father took off before she was even born.  Her mother was always sad so little Rose always made up little songs and sang them to her.  It was always just the two of them.  At the age of 9 her mom passed away and all of a sudden the state finds a long lost relative her Aunt Louise.  Except don’t you dare call her that or you get slapped which only happened once to Rose. 
     Her aunt would go from one rich husband to another until the money ran out.  So when she and one of the husbands wanted to ship her off to Harper Falls Academy she was all for it to get away from her aunt.  But she could show how happy she was or her aunt would not let her go because she would know she wanted it to much.  The reason she wanted it most is the music program. 
     Her aunt ends up being a not so nice woman that she can’t seem to exercise from her life. She’s lucky some 10 years later she only calls in between husbands to a landline that Rose had installed in the house with an answering machine in the spare bedroom.  Out of sight out of mind.  Part of the subplot is her best friends have lost love interest that didn’t work out but Tyler’s is back in town and she has to see him on a daily basis.  He brought a friend Jack Winston with him.  The have a thriving security business.  They met in College and have been fast friends ever since both computer geeks.  Although Jack was an athlete.
     Not only bodyguards to the stars but programing high tech software that racks in the millions.  Drew Harper may be the hometown boy but it is Jack that does all the private and public appearances in town due to Drew’s love hate relationship with his mother.  They haven’t spoken in ten years.  There’s a story there…
     At a charity event at the Harper Estate that of course was being attended by those with the deepest of pockets.  Those that could afford to buy a ticket alone were doing well.  Since Drew would never set foot in his mother’s home Jack was representing H & W Security.  What irritated Mrs. Harper is the fact the woman that she feels cased the riff between her and her son, Tyler Jones, is now a well-known artist and can attend.
She along with Dani Wilde who is a well-known War Photojournalist and Rose a famous Song Writer were all more than able to attend.
     On this night though Rose was there to look for a one night stand as Tyler had suggested.  She knew Tyler was being flip when she said it but with her views on love and marriage and not time for dating lately.  Not to mention the choices available.  She decided to take matters into her own hands.  Scoping out the room B-I-N-G-O!!! Jack Winston is it!
     See how she handles the approach and he handles her pickup line.  Will he say yes?  But first will she have the nerve to even ask?
     I enjoyed this book.  I loved seeing the transition you see Rose go through.  She is like a true flower who goes through its blooming stage.  You get to see her open up to Jack as her (He’s her sunlight) and yet when someone from her past reappears it’s like she closes up like a flower closing for the evening.
     I give this 4 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at:

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