☆☆➹⁀☆ 2.5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What It’s About:
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 Industries, and coincidentally the first love of her life.
The guy she hasn’t seen or heard from since they were summer camp counsellors 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 not only alive but stronger than ever, 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.
Guest Reviewer Tom’s Thoughts:
I loved K.A. Tucker’s last book, The Simple Wild, so much–the end brought me to tears–that I happily agreed to review her latest novel, Say You Still Love Me. Her latest book is a love story about two people from different sides of the tracks. The two fall in love at summer camp at age 17 and are then separated for 13 years. The author builds out the background on the separation by alternating chapters between past and present. Although I am not a fan of this particular writing construct, I found that the author was able to use if effectively to build suspense without the usual frustration of switching between time periods. The authors best writing comes through in the chapters detailing the main characters’ adventures at summer camp. Tucker’s writing here hit enough nerves of familiarity that I’m sure she will have most readers fondly revisiting their late teens.
Although character development is somewhat weak, the two main characters are likable enough in both time periods that I was rooting for them to get back together throughout. This hope holds the book together despite what felt to me like an endless parade of implausible circumstances used to create both the cause as well as the resolution of the couple’s separation. Despite this, I admit the book writing was good enough that I stuck with it to the end. It is an easy read with enough “feel good” moments to keep romance fans engaged.
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