“Because, even after all these years, with college and boyfriends, and my career and my engagement to David, Kyle Miller has always been a sliver in my heart, a shadow in my thoughts. A lingering ‘what if’ that I have never been able to truly shake.”K.A. Tucker – Say you still love me
Publication Date: August 6, 2019
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: YA & Adult Contemporary Romance
Dates Read: August 6, 2019
📖”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.”📖
This was my first KA Tucker book, and I can honestly say that I am now a total fan and she will probably be an auto-buy author for me!
Say You Still Love Me is a beautiful story of second chance love. It was the perfect summer read, and I literally could not put it down. Tucker’s writing is phenomenal. It flowed so nicely, and I never got bored or felt that there were any slow parts.
This story is about Piper and Kyle—teens who meet at summer camp 13 years ago and who lost touch after their whirlwind summer romance, until one day when Kyle gets hired as a security guard in Piper’s building.
The story alternates POV between the present and the past almost every chapter. I loved the dual timeline. It treated really nice buildup to the event that forced them apart. I also felt that this gave us a really good idea of who the characters are now and were back then.
The characters are very well developed. This is definitely a character-driven story, and we get to dive deep into who these characters are as people and the journey that they are on. It was so easy to get invested in the story of Kyle and Piper.
Piper—> She is a smart 29-year-old who is being groomed to take over her father’s multibillion-dollar real estate development firm. She definitely knows her stuff and is super bold. She can go toe-to-toe with any man in the business. Piper is a character that I connected with immediately. I know that this is why I was completely sucked into the story. One of my favorite moments is when Piper finally stands up to her father.
Kyle—> He is a strong and lovable character. I did not connect as much with him while reading, and I think it’s because I liked his teenage character better than his adult character. I was confused what Kyle’s motives were. It was apparent he was back in Piper’s life for a reason. It didn’t take long to see that he was a good guy though and that he has always been there for her in some way or another, even if she couldn’t see it.
Side Characters—> Not only are the main characters great, the friends and co-workers were also great as well. The camp friends were unique personalities and reminded me of the show Friends.
There were only a few things that I didn’t 100% like in this book. The first being the non-connection I felt to Kyle. The other was that I felt like we needed more chapters set in the present. The romance in the present made me feel that this story ended a bit too soon. I just needed a little bit more from Kyle and Piper talking it out as adults before everything was wrapped. Other than that, the romance was swoony and angsty! Even after all the years apart, Kyle and Piper’s feelings for one another still held strong and I was rooting for them to get their second shot at love! This story is about a first love that endures hardships and years of separation. It is the perfect romance novel about second chances.
This was a highly enjoyable read! It’s a mix of YA and Contemporary Romance and Tucker does this seamlessly. There are so many levels to this book. It is light and funny, but also deep and emotional in some parts. I also really enjoyed the fact that it was steamy but not TOO steamy. I love young love, and this romance was the sweetest. I loved the past setting of this story in a summer camp—it gave me wistful feelings for my own childhood and made me reminisce on my own summer camp days.
This book is all about second chances and enduring friendships. Tucker did an amazing job of tackling all the issues facing this couple. It was realistic, and beautiful, with a well deserved HEA.
I highly recommend you pick this book up! The writing is fantastic and it is such a sweet romance that you won’t want to miss!
Special Thanks to Atria Books and K.A. Tucker who generously provided an advanced copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
Language: Mild–but not non-existent
Steam Level: Moderate–not crude or too detailed