I Do

I Do

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I Do by A.J. Pine

A new adult romance from Entangled's Embrace imprint...

Sometimes you have to trust your heart to find out what home really means.

Duncan McAllister is marrying Elaina Tripoli tomorrow. Except—he's missing. Jordan, Noah, Griffin, Maggie, and Miles arrive in Greece for the festivities to find frantic messages from both the bride and groom. Noah and Griffin set off to find Duncan while Jordan, Maggie, and Miles try to salvage what should be a day of celebration before the wedding.

But the Americans have their own baggage. Noah's got a surprise planned for Jordan that has to go perfectly. Griffin's keeping life-changing news from Maggie. And Miles—well, he wasn't looking for love on this trip until a Greek sous chef named Alex rocks his world.

The race is on for Duncan to make it back to Elaina before she decides not to take him back at all. For Noah to make sure his monumental plan goes off without a hitch. For Griffin to tell Maggie the truth without losing her. For Miles to admit that letting himself fall in love is worth the risk.

Happily Ever After waits at the finish line…if the four couples can make it on time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633754690
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 11/16/2015
Series: If Only , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 261
Sales rank: 195,978
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

AJ writes stories to break readers' hearts, but don't worry--she'll mend those hearts with a happily ever after...maybe. The first book she wrote was YA, but now she's two-timing her first love with NA. She's always in the middle of reading two to three books, adores online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes), and she still loves vampires, whether it's Eric Northman or the Salvatore brothers. When she's not writing, AJ is sneaking off to her day job as a high school English teacher or hanging with her husband and kids in the Chicago burbs.

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I Do


By A.J. Pine, Karen Grove

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2015 A.J. Pine
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-469-0


CHAPTER 1

Jordan

There is no such thing as overpacking. There is no such thing as overpacking. There is no such thing as overpacking.

Now all Jordan had to do was click her heels together three times and her suitcase would close, right?

"Finished!" Noah yelled from the kitchen/living room — the only other room aside from the bedroom and a sad excuse for a bathroom.

"Packing or grading?" Jordan asked before dropping down, butt first, onto the unzipped case. She blew a lock of hair out of her eyes, but it fell back as soon as the puff of air left her lips.

"Figures," she mumbled. She couldn't even contain her hair. How would she contain the contents necessary for a trip overseas where she would be a bridesmaid for the first time? She didn't know how to bridesmaid, let alone perform such duties in a foreign country. So she packed everything from a bathing suit to a parka. Maybe one of the two would have to go.

She looked up, sensing Noah's presence, expecting quiet condescension at her inability to embrace the whole less is more concept.

Instead, he leaned in the doorframe and quirked a brow, dark waves flopping over his forehead.

"Both." His brows furrowed. "I finished both. Grading and packing." Noah's eyes drank her in. "Nice outfit, Brooks." The left corner of his mouth hinted at a grin. Then he was squatting in front of her, lifting the strap of her camisole that had strayed from her shoulder.

Goose bumps peppered Jordan's skin at the soft graze of his fingertips. God, he could still set her on fire with the simplest touch, even after three years.

"I mean it," he continued, his lips trailing after his fingers, brushing her pebbled skin. "This is my favorite outfit of yours. You should wear it every day."

Butterflies danced in her belly at the low rasp of his voice. He dropped to his knees, resting a hand on her bare thigh and using the other to free her neck from its blanket of hair.

He nipped at the flesh below her ear, and she let out something between a sigh and a moan.

"This is what I wear every day ... unless I'm in class." She tried to sound annoyed, to assure the beautiful man doing beautiful things to her that she would wear more than pajamas at home — once grad school was over and she was done volleying between her own writing projects and grading those of her undergrad students.

"Do you remember what I look like in real clothes? Because I don't. I'm not even sure I can wear a dress to the wedding. My body may actually reject it, like a virus." She flailed her arms and added, "Danger, Will Robinson. Foreign object. Must destroy."

This didn't deter him. Jordan was ready to protest further, but then Noah's fingertips reached the hem of her boy shorts, and she forgot why she was so frustrated. That is, until Noah's lips found hers, and the two of them lost their balance, tumbling over the side of the still unzipped suitcase and into the frame of their bed.

"Shit!" she said.

Jordan rubbed her temple, and Noah massaged his shoulder.

He chuckled. "Loving you really is a contact sport, isn't it?" He kissed the spot where her head had greeted the metal frame. "You okay?" Jordan sighed. "You still love me? You do see the mess sitting in front of you, right?"

"Technically," he said, his grin widening, "you're more sprawled than sitting."

She reached over her head to grab a pillow, but Noah caught her wrist before she could whack him with it. This was good, the two of them finding a few moments to pretend like all they had on their list was getting her suitcase closed. It wasn't that things weren't good between them. They were perfect when they had time for little moments like this. But the whole being-an-adult thing — classes, teaching, the day-to-day stresses — often got in the way.

"You're so busy," she said. "We both are. And ..." Her voice broke a bit on that word, so she cleared her throat and tried to hold it together. "I feel like everything around us is so crazy. I just ... I miss you."

It sounded silly saying that when he was next to her in bed every night. But it was the truth. She thought back to the year they'd met studying abroad in Scotland, how it took them ten months to finally get things right. Despite how difficult the whole falling-in-love thing was, it seemed like a cakewalk compared to balancing her MFA with Noah's first years as a teacher. They just needed a small window of simple. A reboot. She wanted to remind him that someday it would be more like this — quiet time alone instead of the tornado that had been their lives for the past three years — maybe even with less physical injury.

"Your suitcase?" he said. "That's a mess. But you, Brooks?" He pulled her to him, scooping her up and depositing her onto his lap. "I'm so proud of you. You thought you had no direction when we met, and look at you now. You're a student, a teacher, and soon your passion for writing will also be your career." He kissed her softly on the forehead. "You amaze me. Every single day."

Jordan took in a sharp breath. Yes, his touch could still drive her crazy, but it was the things he said — ridiculous things like being proud of her when she still felt so directionless — that melted her heart.

"And I miss you, too," he said, his voice growing serious so she knew she wasn't imagining the strain. "We'll get through this — the hard stuff. And God, yes, I love you. Never question that."

She kissed him, teasing his bottom lip with her tongue and teeth as she felt his smile against hers. They would get past the hard part, wouldn't they?

"Run away with me to Greece," she whispered to him.

"Already got my passport," he answered, warm breath mingling with her own.

"And your kilt?"

Noah's smile widened, and she leaned back to see his blue eyes shine at her.

"And my kilt," he said.

With that he snuck a finger under the hem he'd teased before.

"We still have an hour before the taxi comes." His statement came out like a question.

"How long will it take you to fix my suitcase problem?" Jordan asked.

He lay her back gently on the floor, one finger still under the soft cotton, tracing the line where her thigh connected to her hip — following it down until Jordan wasn't sure she'd even bring a suitcase anymore, not if ditching the wardrobe meant more time for Noah to torment her until she forgot her own name.

His thumb brushed over the outside of her shorts, right between her legs, and yep — she might as well have been nameless at that point. But when he whispered Brooks, she knew without a doubt who she was.

She was the girl who fell for the boy and somehow managed to make it work for three years and counting. He was now the man she always knew he'd become, and together they were headed back to where it all began — to watch her former roommate, Elaina, and the boy in the kilt she swore she'd never fall for, Duncan, say, "I do." Then Jordan and Noah would trace their steps back to Scotland, where they'd met and where they'd gotten it all so wrong before finally getting it right.

"Screw the suitcase," she whispered, and Noah's lips traced the line of her jaw until they rested at her ear.

"As you wish."


Noah

Jordan strode past the skycap, and Noah followed her into the terminal.

"We could have checked the bags outside," he told her. He may have purged half her closet from her luggage, but that didn't mean he wanted to weave through an amusement park–length line with both their bags when they could have taken care of it outside.

Once in line, she turned to face him.

"This way we save a little extra cash."

She combed the hair off his brow, and, well, he couldn't argue with the logic of her touch — or the fact that this trip was already costing them money they didn't have. But for the next week, he didn't want her to worry about money or graduation or any of the normal, daily stressors.

He waggled his brows. "Means I can buy some shitty airplane headphones for the in-flight entertainment."

Jordan hooked a finger in the collar of his T-shirt.

"I thought I was your in-flight entertainment." She pouted, and Noah's pants suddenly grew tighter in the groin region.

"Jesus, Brooks. We're not even checked in yet."

She bit her lip, then unbuttoned her gray peacoat and unwound her scarf. Her V-neck T-shirt was pulled off center so he could see the strap of her bra. The short flight from Columbus to New York meant not much more than an hour of alone time before meeting up with the rest of the group, and then plenty of time for his pants to loosen up on their own.

Noah sighed.

"What?" Jordan asked, but her grin told him she knew what she did to him.

"Did you really seat us next to ..."

For fuck's sake. He sounded like enough of a dick without finishing the question, but the words were already out there. God, he hated Jordan seeing him like this.

"Griffin and Maggie?" Of course she finished the thought. "No, we're not next to them. We're one row in front of them. And, babe? It's been three years. We're past all that, right?"

The line was moving now, which gave him a reprieve from having to look her in the eye and tell her that yes, when he wasn't thinking about how he almost blew his chance with her three years ago, he was past all that, past her dating Griffin when Noah said they could only be friends despite how much he knew he was falling for her. But when all that was going to be sitting one row behind them for eleven and a half hours and spending the weekend with them, it was hard not to go back there in his head.

When Jordan hefted her suitcase onto the scale at the check-in counter, Noah gave his messenger bag, still slung over his shoulder, a safety pat, reassuring himself of the small velvet box inside. He would have a doover after their time in Greece, on the train ride from London to Scotland. As long as everything went according to plan — no unnecessary stress for the girl who never relaxed — he would leave the States with his girlfriend and return with his fiancée.

Jordan gasped, patted her pockets, riffled through her purse, and Noah's eyes grew wide.

"My passport!" she yelled. "Shit, Noah, my passport!"

He let out a long, shaky breath as he pulled both their passports from the back pocket of his jeans and lay them down on the counter.

Nervous laughter erupted from his girlfriend's lips.

"This trip is going to be the end of me, isn't it?" she asked as she steadied herself against the counter.

He looped his arm around her waist and drew her near as the airline attendant checked their bags to New York and through their connecting flight to Thessaloniki, Greece.

No, he hoped. This is only the beginning.

CHAPTER 2

Griffin

Griffin stared at the envelope on the counter. The envelope ... stared back.

Chickenshit, it said. He could hear the stupid thing judging him.

He ran a hand through his hair and laughed.

"It's a freaking envelope," he said to himself. "You open the mail every day." Yet he still hadn't touched the taunting piece of paper.

And with that, he ignored the thumping of his heart and the dampness of his palms, tearing it open before he could chicken out again.

Because he was a man of logic, Griffin held his breath as he began to read, deciding that nothing was real or official until he exhaled.

Dear Mr. Reed,

Congratulations. We are pleased to inform you that out of hundreds of applicants, you have been chosen for the AmeriCorps Eli Segal Fellowship ...

Griffin exhaled. He was sure there was more written on the document, but all his mind kept looping on replay was Congratulations.

This had been nothing more than a whim, applying for the fellowship. The same as ditching his father's job offer and joining AmeriCorps. Now he had two whims adding up to major life changes, which should be great. It would be damn near perfect if he hadn't neglected to tell Maggie he was doing it. But what were the chances of him winning the fellowship when only one person got it a year? It wasn't worth planting the seed of moving to D.C. when the odds were so not in his favor.

... After the terms of your current AmeriCorps post are served, we welcome you to Washington, D.C., for your thirteen-month position as the next Eli Segal fellow. We expect your confirmation of acceptance no later than January 14th. Congratulations on entering the next phase in your country's national service. We look forward to seeing you in Washington.

Excellent. Two weeks to make a decision that would affect not one life ... but two. And a trip to another country in between. No pressure.

The apartment door flew open, and he acted on instinct, hurriedly folding the paper and shoving it in his back pocket as Maggie beelined for the bathroom.

Shit.

She knelt over the toilet and heaved, and in seconds Griffin was there with what he knew she needed: her emergency migraine medication injection.

"Hey, Pippi," he said, his voice gentle as she collapsed on her butt against the shower door. Tears streaked her face as Griffin pushed a tangerine wave behind her ear. "I got ya, sweetheart," and he held up the syringe for her to see.

Maggie nodded as he slid her long skirt up over her knee, rested the syringe atop her bare thigh, and pressed the button. He still winced when he had to do it, but Maggie didn't even flinch. She was a pro ... or more likely in too much pain to register the needle piercing her skin. She was now a three-year survivor of a brain aneurysm. Griffin hated that days like today would forever be a part of Maggie's life, yet he admired her acceptance. Her strength. She had to live her life differently than she did a few years ago, dealing with chronic headaches and short-term memory loss, but she was no longer living in fear of What if? He just thanked his lucky stars he was home to be here when she needed him.

He stood to wet a washcloth with cold water, then dropped down next to his girl, putting an arm around her and leaning her head on his shoulder.

"How's this?" he asked, his voice soft and low as he rested the cloth on her forehead. She closed her eyes, even though the light was off, and forced a small smile through the pain and nodded.

This wasn't the norm, but it also wasn't a surprise. Maggie had had a final exam this morning, an art presentation this afternoon, and then worked a shift at Royal Grounds. To accommodate her first year back with a full class load, two professors allowed her to finish her final projects during the holiday break. But sometimes too much was just too much, especially with her health history. So he held her and waited for the medicine to take effect. Fifteen or twenty minutes usually did the trick, and as much as he hated seeing her like this, he always appreciated a few quiet minutes with Maggie in his arms.

"Thank you, Fancy Pants."

Griffin stirred, apparently having dozed — lulled by her breathing and the crash from the adrenaline rush of the letter and Maggie's entrance.

"Look who's back," he teased, and then kissed the top of her head.

"Don't let your lips go any farther than that," she said as she maneuvered out of his arms and stood. "I need to brush my teeth, do the whole post-migraine cleanup."

She smiled weakly, and Griffin joined her where she stood.

"You need to lie down," he said. That was the drill. Migraine, meds, nap. Then she would be good as new.

"I need to shower," she insisted.

He raised a brow. "I can help you with that." The corners of his mouth turned up. But he was only teasing, expecting her to say no regardless of how much he'd love to be with her. Griffin always felt the need to reassure her in these moments, to show her that her health — any small setbacks — didn't scare him.

Maggie turned on the sink and splashed cold water on her face. Then she loaded her toothbrush with a decent helping of paste, and then pointed the toothbrush at him.

"Start the water, and make it hot, please. I want to burn away this day."

Griffin obliged while Maggie started to brush.

"That bad, huh?" he asked.

She held up a finger as she finished her routine, which always ended with a minute-long mouthwash finale.

"The school stuff was okay," she said. "Just draining. I mean, I couldn't have studied more for that final, you know? But the coffee house was nuts. And Miles took the night off to work on his dissertation, and ..." She let out a long breath and looped her arms around Griffin's waist. "And I'm just glad to be home with you, where everything is quiet, and normal, and I can finally breathe."


(Continues...)

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I Do 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
TangledUpInBooks More than 1 year ago
Actual Rating 3.5 out of 5 Stars! Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating. I Do ended up being a very pleasant surprise. I got pretty intimidated when I first started and discovered it had seven points of view. Seven. The most I've ever dealt with has been three, so I was worried that it was going to end up being too much or jumbled or confusing or any number of risky things hopping around between so many heads. Honestly though, for this book, it really, really worked. Even starting this series on book three didn't throw things out of whack either because I never felt lost with any of the characters or their history. Basically I had tons of fun reading this book! I liked each one of the eight characters that this book shuffles through in varying degrees. A couple were just okay, a few were great and two of them completely stole my heart. But there really wasn't anybody I did not like at all. Alex and Miles were totally my guys. Part of me feels like, since they were the only new couple to this series, meeting and getting together in this book, that maybe it was the newness of them. Seeing the sparks of that first attraction and watching them fall for each other that did it for me. That and they were just so sweet and incredibly sexy! Even though I was intimidated with seven points of view at first, I felt it was such a shame to miss out on Alex's and seeing what exactly was going on in his head as Miles fought his feelings. I really only take issue on one thing when it comes to this book. Each one of the couples always seemed on the brink of ripping of their clothes and jumping into bed at the end of each of their points of view. Now, it wasn't graphic sex each and every time though, sometimes a point of view would end with a bit, or a lot, of foreplay and then end leaving no doubt what happened after the switch. They're all young and in love, I get it. It's just that the first 10 percent alone was filled with heavy make out sessions and a whole lot of feeling each other up. And lots of leading up to sexual encounters and then switching views. It wasn't terrible, I guess I just wanted more story and conversations and showing me that it wasn't just each other's bodies that had all these people into each other. One thing this book did a bang up job on was throwing wrenches into everyone's plans. Just when you'd think that things were going to smooth out something would jump out and threaten to rip the couples apart and then it would turn into a domino effect. There were times when I wondered if everyone who came to Greece would end up leaving there happily ever after you know? It was a bumpy but extremely fun ride that's for sure! Seeing as how I did start this series in an odd place I would love to go back and read the first two books and actually see some of these people get together instead of just hearing about it in the past tense. Something I'll definitely have to do one of these days! As I said in the beginning, this book truly was a pleasant surprise with 8 solid characters that would easily leave you laughing, swooning or completely frustrated. You could easily read this book on it's own if you haven't read the first two books, although it did leave me wanting to know more details. Thanks to Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book!
IreneC More than 1 year ago
5+ stars So many happy feels after reading I DO. I DO ticked all the boxes for me, once I started reading it couldn't put it down! Loved all the POV's, I know some readers don't enjoy the change from one POV to another but I loved it. It was like a few different storylines were going on at the same time but it all came together beautifully. After I finished I couldn't stop smiling, loved how this series came to a close. I'm going to miss all of the guys, especially Maggie and Griffin, love those two =) A.J.Pine is a talented author who's done a brilliant job writing a heartfelt & sweet romance. All the books in the If Only... can be read on their own but I highly recommend them all. You too will fall in love with these wonderful, memorable characters.
MELHUTCHINSON More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! It is so different than anything I have read in a ling time. I loved that it was about more than just one couple and that there was a lot going on for the 7 points of view. You had to keep up with the story because you could get lost with everything going on but A.J. Pine sis a fine job of keeping it all flowing flawlessly. I don't want to give anything away on this one so no spoilers from me, but I have to say that this is one of my favorites that I have read in a long time. Will Duncan and Elaina make it back to each other before it is too late? You need to read to find out for yourself and to find out what else goes on with everyone else involved. Such a great read and written so brilliantly! Thanks A.J. Pine for a great read and look forward to more from you in the near future!
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is a brilliant culmination of multiple romances told from multiple points of view, a fitting ending to a superb series. If you’ve read any other books in this series, you’ll recognise many of the characters in this story which brings them together for the planned wedding of Duncan McAllister and Elaina Tripoli in Greece but nothing is going right for any of them! The groom has disappeared and the other couples all have plans, expectations and things to work through! If it could go wrong, for these couples it is likely to do so! It is a fun read, with great characters moving on with their lives from the previous stories but also highly entertaining. The author makes brilliant, skilled use of the different points of view to relate events and making it easy to empathise with them all. There’s plenty of drama and turmoil throughout the story, keeping the reader enthralled right to the very end. The epilogue is endearing and left me smiling. If you like romances, this has four couples! It is a lovely ending to the series and also works well as a standalone. I have no hesitation in highly recommending it! Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
SweetMarie-83 More than 1 year ago
I loved the first two books in AJ Pine’s If Only... series, If Only and What If. When I heard there was going to be another book in the series, I was ecstatic. I wanted to know what would happen to these couples I loved so much, plus I’d hoped for a story that involved Miles from the second book. I Do is a beautiful, fitting end to the series, and made me fall for these characters even more. When I heard I Do was told from multiple points of view, I thought it would get confusing, but it was easy to keep up. Pine took something that could have been a mess and did a brilliant job with it. All the characters had such distinctive stories and personalities, I never got lost. It was actually the perfect way to tell the story, because we got to know the characters so well in the first two books, it was nice to be back inside their heads and see things from each perspective. One of the things I loved most about this book (and Pine’s other books) was that things weren’t easy for the characters. In If Only and What If, we got to see Noah and Jordan, Griffin and Maggie, and Duncan and Elaina get their happily ever afters, but with I Do we see what comes after the happily ever after. Each couple was madly in love, but they still had struggles and fights and misunderstandings. It was wonderfully realistic, and it made me continue to root for them the way I did in the previous books. I absolutely loved Miles’s story; I adored him in What If, so to get him as a main character instead of a side character was great, and his story was beautiful (and sexy!). Reading I Do was like being reunited with old friends. It was a perfect ending to a series I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. It was laugh-out-loud funny, romantic, sweet, and full of feels. Noah, Jordan, Griffin, Maggie, Duncan, Elaina, Miles, and Alex will stick with me for a long time to come.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.25 stars--- I DO is the third (and final?) installment in A.J. Pine’s contemporary, new adult IF ONLY… erotic, romance series focusing on a group of friends. I DO looks at twenty four hours in the life of seven friends on the eve of Duncan and Elaina’s wedding in Elaina’s home country of Greece. When Scotsman Duncan sends a cryptic message to Elaina apologizing for not getting on the plane, his friends go in search of the wayward groom while the ladies remain behind wondering where everything went wrong. I DO can be read as a stand alone without too much difficulty; any important information is revealed where necessary but I will add that there is quite a bit of backstory and history between the friends that is important to the storyline. I will admit I have not read the first two installments and felt I was missing something-a prior connection to the characters- throughout the story. Told from seven third person perspectives (all 7 friends) I DO is an ensemble storyline that focuses on the relationships, history, emotional happiness and heartbreak between seven friends whose own relationships with one another are beginning to implode. On the eve of Duncan and Elaina’s wedding, emotions run high as friendships and relationships run a fine line between hatred and love; Elaina believes Duncan is a runaway groom: Jordan’s prior relationship with Griffin keep’s Noah wondering if Jordan made the right choice; Maggie makes a decision about her future with Griffin; and Miles is looking for something more when a Greek chef with American roots sets about to seduce our only single male. I will add that although the storyline has seven points of view, and four different but converging relationship paths, there is never any confusion to the who, what or why. I DO is an entertaining storyline with realistic friendships and relationships-not everything is hearts and flowers; mistakes have been made; lines have been crossed. These friends have issues with one another- too much history to be forgotten; too many broken promises and broken hearts. The premise is engaging and at times I began to wonder if there would ever be a happily ever after for any of our couples as the drama of everyday life seemed, at times, to be overwhelming. The characters are passionate, emotional and real but all have an untoward propensity for casting a negative aura over their past, present and future situations ; the happily ever afters are intimate and revealing. The epilogue fast forwards the series one year wherein we get up close and personal in each couple’s lives. A.J. Pine invites the reader into an emotional storyline about seven friends whose connections, friendships, relationships and loves, intertwine and weave a path of memories and happily ever afters.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I can't even begin to say how much I LOVED this book!! Revisiting all the couples from the series and seeing Miles get his HEA was the perfect ending to the series. Seeing where each character was in his/her life, the small troubles each faced, and applauding how love and commitment got each one through made this one of the most enjoyable books I've read in a while. Written in seven different POV's seems like it would be hard to keep up with but it wasn't at all. The characters are all so entwined throughout the series, going from one to the other was the perfect way to write this one. I highly recommend this one! You could read this standalone but don't cheat yourself. Read the other two books in the series then read this wrap up. You'll enjoy it so much more.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun read and a perfect way to end this series! I’m just going to keep this review short and sweet and say if you loved The Only Series, you will certainly love and appreciate this story. I Do is centered around Duncan and Elaina’s wedding in Greece. All of our friends and favorite characters are reunited to celebrate this occasion. Of course, everything that can happen and that could possibly go wrong does and all you can do is sit back and enjoy the ride. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It really reminded me of why I loved all these characters. I loved all the multiple points of view. This is one situation where the multiple points of view have really paid off. It was great catching up with everyone again and seeing how their lives have changed since their stories ended. I loved all the angst, drama and romance. There was never a dull moment and in the end, I was left with the biggest smile on my face! *I was provided an ARC copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This third story in the If Only series is a wonderful conclusion to the romances begun in the first two books (which are standalones and had happy and satisfying endings on their own). If you haven't read those two prior to this one, there is still a good introduction to the couples of interest and one new romance to add to the mix. It's rare to have a romance with more than 3 or 4 points of view, and in this one we get seven! Though you might think that would make for a more complicated reading, the points of view were clearly marked and definitely made for a richer experience. Reading this book also made me think of the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral (without the funeral part), with its general madcap antics and proper Scotsmen (wink wink). I loved that movie, and I loved this story equally. The central focus of the story is Duncan and Elaina's wedding. Having been introduced to these two in the first book in the series as secondary characters, their romance was just getting underway and it was wonderful to get to see things as they take the plunge into committing to spending their lives together, and for Duncan, moving away from his Scottish home to live with Elaina in Greece. They made for such an interesting couple, definitely a case of opposites attract, but a most delightful one. Duncan has always come across as a very down to earth, friendly man with a big heart. He lives hard and he loves hard, making mistakes along the way. His decisions have consequences though, and I enjoyed seeing him and Elaina work through them before their big day. For Noah and Jordan who've been living together happily for the past three years, it's a chance to reconnect with their old friends and consider making things more permanent between them. As the couple who started the series off, I loved seeing them together and finding that they are still wholly committed to each other. Griffin and Maggie are the newer couple, Griffin having dated Jordan briefly before she ended up with Noah, and now having found Maggie. Maggie has some unique health problems, and these have resulted in Griffin being overprotective of her, to the point that they still have communication problems in their relationship. They had some issues to deal with on this trip to the wedding, but it was a good example of the work that's involved in a relationship once the initial starry eyed romance has settled down. The new romance in this one is with a favourite secondary character from Maggie and Griffin's book, Maggie's best friend Miles. He's been invited along to the wedding, to be there for Maggie in case she needs any assistance as Griffin is part of the wedding party. On the plane, Miles meets a gentleman with whom he shares an instant attraction - and who by luck or fate, ends up being a chef at Elaina's family restaurant. Miles is such a fun character but more of a playboy than a man of commitment. A vacation fling is something he's pretty comfortable with - only he discovers as he spends time with Alex that maybe, this time, he'd be willing to commit to more. I loved seeing him find someone willing to challenge him and keep him on his toes. With all of these couples we get some sexy scenes, lots of humour (including some airplane shenanigans) a wonderful sense of their friendships and I thought this was a fitting end to the series. I'm going to miss them. 4.5 stars.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
A.J. Pine examines love in this comical, emotional and entertaining read. I Do gives a whole new meaning to the saying "through the eyes of love". Ms. Pine invites of into the lives of four couples as they journey through the pitfalls, rewards and baggage that love entails. Set in motion by the pending nuptials of close friends each couple starts to question and take her closer look at the relationship they are in flaws and all. I received an ARC of I Do in exchange for an honest review.