Also by this author: The Simple Wild
Published by Atria on August 6th 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Second Chance Format: eARC
Source: Atria, Netgalley
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Narrator: Devon Sorvari
Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
Life is a mixed bag for Piper Calloway.
On the one hand, she’s a twenty-nine-year-old VP at her dad’s multibillion-dollar real estate development firm, and living the high single life with her two best friends in a swanky downtown penthouse. On the other hand, she’s considered a pair of sexy legs in a male-dominated world and constantly has to prove her worth. Plus she’s stuck seeing her narcissistic ex-fiancé—a fellow VP—on the other side of her glass office wall every day.
Things get exponentially more complicated for Piper when she runs into Kyle Miller—the handsome new security guard at Calloway Group, and coincidentally the first love of her life.
The guy she hasn’t seen or heard from since they were summer camp counselors together. The guy from the wrong side of the tracks. The guy who apparently doesn’t even remember her name.
Piper may be a high-powered businesswoman now, but she soon realizes that her schoolgirl crush is still alive and strong, and crippling her concentration. What’s more, despite Kyle’s distant attitude, she’s convinced their reunion isn’t at all coincidental, and that his feelings for her still run deep. And she’s determined to make him admit to them, no matter the consequences.
SAY YOU STILL LOVE ME
by K.A. Tucker
I love KA Tucker. She writes poignant, heart-wrenching stories that always make me tear up at one point. I just love her writing. Say You Still Love Me was no different in that regard. However, it took me forever to make it through this book and I blame the way it was written.
Alternating timelines – we get the presence and flashbacks into the past. I’m not a big fan of excessive use of flashbacks as they keep the story from moving forward. And that’s exactly what happened here. This story would have been so much easier to read if the author had divided the book in two parts, a now and then respectively instead of going back and forth in every other chapter, which made the story feel like molasses, which is sad because the plot itself was beautiful! I found my thoughts drifting and my attention waning multiple times.
“You’ll make friends for life here. People you can call up twenty years from now, for anything, and they’ll be there for you. I promise you, you won’t forget these days, ever.”
I loved Piper and Kyle’s sweet beginnings, the first love when hormones got the better of you. Kyle is the boy from the wrong side of the tracks, Piper the rich girl, a daddy’s girl who wants to follow her father’s footsteps. I didn’t grow up rich but K.A. Tucker made Piper relatable because she wanted everything every young girl wants: a functional family and the approval of her parents for the boy she fell in love with. Imagine how hurt she must have been when he didn’t remember her when they met again.
Kyle may not have forgotten me, but he doesn’t seem to want to remember us.
It’s typical for this author that we only get one point of view and I’d really have loved to get Kyle’s. He left summer camp where he and Piper met without a trace. We learn why later on and because this story was so slow I was soooo tempted to skip and find out why. While I dove deeper into the story I found things out about him that made him look shady but I held on to the belief that this author would give us another lovable hero and in that regard K.A. Tucker never disappoints. While he wasn’t his boyish, playful younger self any longer, a grown-up, a little more somber version of him was just as alluring. The selfless things he did, the reason why he left, the realization that Piper has always been The One for him, it all made me fall deeper in love with him.
This was no The Simple Wild, which was one of my top favorites last year. It had all the ingredients but the execution didn’t work for me. I’m sure that’s a one-off and next time I’ll be singing praises about her talent and craft again. At the heart of it, though, this is a beautiful, a little heartbreaking, emotional story that will make you think of your own youth, the friendships you made, the carefree spirit of that time in your life, that tingling first love. Give this a try if this kind of story appeals to you because I’m just one opinion and you may feel completely different about it!
“And I will jump off any cliff you ask me to, no matter how frightened I am, as long as it means you’re waiting for me at the bottom.”