Thank you so much to Sourcebooks Casablanca and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of What If You & Me! This is the second book in the Say Everything series by Roni Loren and while I didn’t love book one (Yes & I Love You), I knew I was going to really like this book, because it was Andi’s story and I wasn’t wrong.
What If You and Me 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
The world can be a scary place. At least, that’s what Andi Lockley’s anxiety wants her to believe. It doesn’t help that she narrowly escaped a dangerous man years ago, or that every relationship since has been colored with that lingering fear. But things are better now―she’s channeling everything into her career as a horror novelist and true crime podcaster, and her next book may be the breakthrough she needs.
If only her grumpy new neighbor would stop stomping around at all hours of the night.
Former firefighter Hill Dawson can’t sleep. After losing part of his leg in a rescue gone wrong, he’s now stuck in limbo. He needs to figure out what he’s supposed to do with his life, and he can’t let himself get distracted by the pretty redhead next door. But when someone breaks into Andi’s place, Hill can’t stop himself from rushing in to play the hero. Soon, a tentative bond forms between the unlikely pair. But what starts out as a neighborly exchange quickly turns into the chance for so much more…if Andi can learn to put aside her fear and trust in herself―and love―again.
Oh man y’all, this book was definitely heavy in a lot of parts. And so many parts were scary- not because of anything that Andi or Hill did, but because Andi’s job is to podcast about true crime, specifically acts against women, and man, there are some really sick and twisted people out there and I know I’m generally a paranoid person, but I really don’t think I’m paranoid enough… Besides that, I thought the book itself was really, really good. I loved getting to know Andi better and I loved getting to know Hill and watching the two of them interact and try and work through their trauma was such a rewarding read. Plus, they have amazing chemistry, so that was great! Roni Loren is such a talented writer, and after reading this book, I’m 100% sure that the reason I didn’t like book 1 in this series is because I really just do not like stand up and that overpowered the rest of the book for me- thankfully, there was none of that here- just true crime, horror movies, cooking, and personal trauma. Besides Andi and Hill, I really liked Eliza and Ramsey and I’d love to see them in another book. Overall, I really liked What If You & Me and I highly suggest reading it (but maybe read it with a light on).